Academic Progression

Progression in the nursing major is dependent upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed sequence of courses. Nursing students must obtain a minimum grade of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in all required prerequisite and nursing courses before students may progress to the next sequence of nursing courses. Students who earn less than a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in any nursing course must repeat that course in its entirety in order to continue in the program. Required courses may be repeated only once. The option to repeat a nursing course is not guaranteed. See Course Failure and Petition Process sections for more information. Students who earn a “C” or below in a repeated nursing course are not permitted to enroll in the course a third time; they are dismissed from the nursing program.

Graduate students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in all graduate work. Graduate-level credit will not be given for any class in which the grade earned is lower than a B (3.0). A graduate student whose grade point average falls below 3.0 is placed on academic probation and is subject to dismissal from the program. A graduate student cannot earn a master’s or DNP degree with less than a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all graduate-level work.

Earning less than a C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale), is defined as failing a course in the graduate nursing program. Withdrawal from a course in failing status is considered equivalent to a course failure. Failure or withdrawal in failing status from any two nursing courses will result in dismissal from the School of Nursing.

If a student encounters circumstances beyond his or her control, that student is responsible for addressing this as soon as possible with faculty instructors and with the academic advisor. The Recruitment, Admission and Progression Committee (RAP) and/or the Dean may require documentation and testimony of these circumstances.