Pre-Nursing Student Handbook 2018-2019 - Allied Health & Nursing

 
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Pre-Nursing Student Handbook
         2018-2019
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                                     Welcome
The School of Nursing staff and faculty of Minnesota State University, Mankato welcomes you
as you begin your academic and professional journey as a pre-nursing student. The Pre-Nursing
Student Handbook is an essential resource for you to read and become informed of the School of
Nursing’s advising structure, program requirements, policies and resources that will impact your
academic plan of study. The Handbook will assist in your communication, understanding and
overall academic success as a pre-nursing student.

Academic Advising
Academic advising is an ongoing process where the student and advisor(s) work together to
clarify goals, establish meaningful educational plans, effectively use resources and seek
opportunities. The end goal is for you to be an involved, independent, self-directed life-long
learner. Within the School of Nursing, pre-nursing students have an opportunity to utilize both
the Student Relations Coordinator (SRC) and the Pre-Nursing Advising Assistant as academic
resources through progression of the pre-nursing curriculum.

Advising Structure
Pre-nursing students will have opportunities to meet with advisors during group advising
sessions, individual appointments, and walk-ins. Group advising sessions are held each
semester for first-year students to provide information regarding the program application
requirements, pre-requisite coursework, admission preparation, policies and academic
planning. It is the expectation for all first-year students to attend a group advising session,
prior to scheduling an individual appointment or walk-in. Second-year students are encouraged
to schedule individual advising appointments to allow time to review progress towards
admission and alternative plans of study.

Student Responsibilities for Advising
      Be an active participant in the advising experience.
      Accept responsibilities for your decisions.
      Follow through with recommended actions and referrals from advisor.
      Provide advisor with accurate information about interests, abilities and goals.
      Come prepared to each advising session with questions and materials for discussion.
      Learn and understand the nursing program’s application and admission requirements.
      Read and understand the contents of the Pre-Nursing Student Handbook.
      Check MavMAIL daily and be aware of important dates, deadlines and opportunities.
      Know how to access and interpret information on E-services including registration,
       billing, grades, and Interactive Degree Audit (DARS).
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                                          Table of Contents
Vision and Mission .............................................................................................................. 4

Four-Year Academic Plan of Study...................................................................................... 6

Admission to Pre-Licensure Program.................................................................................. 7

Admission Ranking .............................................................................................................. 9

HESI Admission Assessment Exam .................................................................................... 10

Group Interview ................................................................................................................ 13

Policies for Pre-Nursing Students ..................................................................................... 14
  A. Pre-Requisite Grade Requirement ......................................................................... 14
  B. Standard Grading Scale .......................................................................................... 14
  C. Double Letter Grading Scale ................................................................................... 14
  D. AP and IB Examination Scores ................................................................................ 15
  E. Repeat Core Pre-requisite ...................................................................................... 15
  F. Course Substitutions .............................................................................................. 15
  G. Course Waivers....................................................................................................... 16
  H. Pre-Nursing Appeal................................................................................................. 16
  I. 5-Year Limit for Core Science Pre-requisites .......................................................... 17
  J. Nursing Assistant Admission Requirement ............................................................ 17
  K. English Language Proficiency Requirement ........................................................... 17
  L. Minimum Grade Pre-req for NURS 282 and 284.................................................... 17

Specific Pre-Nursing Resources......................................................................................... 18

Additional Academic & Student Support Resources ........................................................ 18

Aging Studies Minor for Nursing Students ....................................................................... 21

APPENDICES
  A. Aging Studies Minor Declaration Form .................................................................. 22
  B. Pre-Nursing Appeal................................................................................................. 23
  C. Nursing Assistant Admission Requirement FAQ .................................................... 24

Disclaimer
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the material contained within this handbook. However, all
policies, procedures, and program information are subject to change. The provisions of this handbook do not
constitute a contract between the student, the college, or the School of Nursing. Students will be responsible for
and held to changes in the Pre-Nursing Student Handbook. Pre- Nursing students will be notified of handbook
changes.
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                              Vision and Mission
                                    SCHOOL OF NURSING

Vision
The School of Nursing is an intellectual community that strives for innovation and excellence
within education, scholarship, and practice in family and societal nursing.

Mission
The mission of the School of Nursing is to influence health care for the individual, family, and
society through the advancement of nursing science, the promotion of clinical scholarship, and
innovative education of practitioners and clinical leaders.

Statements of Values
As a School of Nursing we value the individual, the family, and society, innovation and
excellence, empowerment and social justice, and the discipline of nursing.

Family and Society
        Facilitate health and healing of individuals, families, and society by integrating evidence,
         clinical reasoning, interprofessional perspectives, and client value preferences in
         providing nursing care.
        Provide quality and compassionate health care to individuals, families, and society
         within a dynamic environment.
        Focus on development, validation, and dissemination of nursing practice models that
         attend to the unique nature of individuals, families, and society.
        Support the scholarship of nursing practice with emphasis on advancing family and
         societal health and healing.
        Provide leadership in the development of educational models and policies to improve
         family and societal nursing within a global health context.
        Support individual, family, and societal health as the central purpose for the nursing
         discipline.
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Innovation and Excellence
      Recognize and embrace the importance of change, creativity, courage, flexibility,
       inquisitiveness, and perseverance in our journey toward excellence.
      Value the use of simulation, technologies, information, and communication systems in
       supporting safe quality nursing practice.
      Create a culture of safety and promote quality initiatives by anticipating and responding
       to changing issues and trends influencing policies and practices in health care.
      Promote experiential learning through a variety of pedagogical approaches.
      Support the work of the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society and the
       International Family Nursing Association (IFNA).

Empowerment and Social Justice
      Exemplify personal and professional accountability by modeling nursing values and
       standards.
      Respect variations and complexity of care across the continuum of health care
       environments and allocation of resources in caring for all.
      Demonstrate tolerance for uncertainty within the world and its effect on health care.
      Enhance the quality of health for all people.
      Integrate knowledge of health care, policy, finance, and regulatory environments to
       enhance political awareness, fiscal responsibility, and advocacy for social justice.
      Strive for ethical decision-making in the application of social justice.

The Discipline of Nursing
      Provide a scientific basis for nursing actions that guides practice to support family and
       societal health.
      Advance the discipline by developing and disseminating knowledge that enhances
       nursing scholarship and the quality of health for all people.
      Use philosophical foundations to reflect values and beliefs that support family and
       societal health.
      Incorporate the pattern of knowing to promote individual, family, and societal health.
      Utilize evidence based practice to promote individual, family, and societal health.
      Disseminate paradigms and products of inquiry that promote family
       and societal health.
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                                        Pre-Licensure Program
                                               SCHOOL OF NURSING

                                       FOUR-YEAR ACADEMIC PLAN OF STUDY

*BIOL 220 Human Anatomy (4cr)                             *CHEM 111 Chemistry of Life Processes Part II (5cr)
*ENG 101 or 104 Composition (4cr)                         *NURS 101W Courage, Caring & Teambuilding (3cr)
*GEOG 103 Intro to Cultural Geography (3cr)               ~PSYC 101 Intro to Psychological Science (4cr)
 General Education - Goal Area 1B (3cr)                    General Education - Goal Area 10 (3cr)

*BIOL 330 Principles of Human Physiology (4cr)
*KSP 235 Human Development (3cr)                          ~BIOL 270 Microbiology (4cr)
OR                                                        ~NURS 282 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Professionals (3cr)
*PSYC 343 Intro to Developmental Psyc (4cr)               ~NURS 284 Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals (3cr)
*STAT 154 Elementary Statistics (4cr)                     ~NURS 286 Relationship-based Care in Nursing Practice (3cr)
~FCS 242 Nutrition for Healthcare Providers (3cr)          General Education - Goal Areas 6, 7, Diverse Cultures (3cr)
 General Education - Goal Areas 6, 9, WI (3cr)
                                                          NURS 363   Critical Inquiry in Nursing (2cr)
                                                          NURS 364   Physiologic Integrity II (5cr)
NURS 333   Professional Nursing (3cr)
                                                          NURS 365   Nursing Care of Families in Transition (7cr)
NURS 334   Physiologic Integrity I (4cr)
                                                          NURS 366   Quality, Safety & Informatics in Nursing (2cr)
NURS 335   Family & Societal Nursing Inquiry (3cr)
NURS 336   Assessment and Nursing Procedures (5cr)

NURS 433   Community Oriented Nursing Inquiry (4cr)       NURS 463   Nursing Leadership and Management (3cr)
NURS 434   Physiologic Integrity III (4cr)                NURS 464   Physiologic Integrity IV (4cr)
NURS 435   Nursing Care of Families in Transition (3cr)   NURS 465   Nursing Care of Families in Crisis (2cr)
NURS 436   Psychosocial Integrity (4cr)                   NURS 466   Professional Role Integration (4cr)

       Pre-requisite coursework must be completed with a minimum C letter grade
           *Core Pre-requisites - Must be complete prior to application.
           ~Support Pre-requisites- Must be complete prior to program start date.
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Admission to Pre-Licensure Program
Application for admission to the Pre-Licensure Program is a separate process, and in addition to
University admission. Admission is competitive; meeting minimum requirements does not
guarantee acceptance. Application periods occur twice year. Application deadlines are always
the third Friday of fall and spring semester.

Application Criteria
   1. Completion of 30 semester credits.
   2. A minimum total cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
   3. Completion of required Core Pre-requisites with a minimum C grade.

Pre-requisite Courses
Students must complete pre-requisite courses for application and admission eligibility. All
coursework must be completed with a minimum C letter grade.
   Core Pre-requisites must be completed prior to program application.
        BIOL 220             Human Anatomy
        BIOL 330             Principles of Human Physiology
        CHEM 111             Chemistry of Life Processes Part II
        ENG 101              Composition
        GEOG 103             Intro to Cultural Geography
        KSP 235              Human Development
        OR
        PSYC 343             Intro to Developmental Psychology
        NURS 101W            Courage, Caring & Teambuilding
        STAT 154             Elementary Statistics
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   Support Pre-requisites must be completed prior to beginning program.
        BIOL 270             Microbiology
        FCS 242              Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals
        PSYC 101             Intro to Psychological Science
        NURS 282             Pathophysiology for Healthcare Professionals
        NURS 284             Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals
        NURS 284             Relationship-based Care in Nursing Practice

Application Procedures
a) Applicants must be accepted as an undergraduate student to Minnesota State University,
   Mankato.
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b) Applicants are responsible for being informed of the School of Nursing’s Application
   Criteria, along with the specific Core and Support Pre-requisites.

c) Applicants are responsible for including all of the required information upon submission of
   the Pre-Licensure Progam application. Late or incomplete applications will not be
   considered.

d) Official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions must be transferred and evaluated
   by the Registration Office prior to application submission.

e) All pre-requisite course substitutions and/or waivers must be complete and notated on
   Degree Audit Report (DARS) prior to application submission. A copy of the approved
   substitutions or waiver is also acceptable, if DARS has not been updated by Registration
   Office.

f) Applicants must attach a copy of their Degree Audit Report (DARS) to the program
   application.

g) Applicants using a standardized exam score (e.g. AP, IB, CLEP) as a substitute for a Core Pre-
   requisite, must attach a copy of their score to the program application.

h) Applicants who submitted a Pre-Nursing Appeal, and received approval from the Pre-
   Licensure Program Committee, must attach a copy of this appeal to the program
   application.

i) Applicants must submit the Pre-Licensure Program application, along with the required
   documents to a Pre-Nursing Advisor by the application deadline. Applicants may schedule
   or attend a walk-in appointment. Application walk-in dates will be determined by the School
   of Nursing Advising Office and posted on the program application.

j) Distant student applicants may schedule a telephone appointment with a Pre-Nursing
   Advisor. The program application and required documents must be mailed to the School of
   Nursing prior to the scheduled phone appointment, and must be completed by the
   application deadline. Phone appointments can be made by contacting the School of Nursing
   Advising Office.

k) Applicants must complete the HESI Admission Assessment Examination for admission
   consideration. (See HESI Admission Assessment Exam section for details)

l) Applicants must participate in a group interview for admission consideration. (See Group
   Interview section for details)

m) The Pre-Licensure Program application can be obtained on the School of Nursing website:
   http://ahn.mnsu.edu/nursing/undergraduate/basic/admissions.html
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Admission Ranking
a) Each applicant pool is rank ordered using the Core Pre-requisite GPA, the cumulative HESI
   Admission Assessment Exam score and the group interview score.
      o Core Pre-requisite GPA is 50%
      o Cumulative HESI score is 25%
      o Group interview score is 25%

b) The School of Nursing will offer admission to the top 40 students from each applicant pool.

Admission Notification
a) Admission notification letters will be emailed on Wednesday, six weeks after the application
   deadline. All letters will be emailed to the applicant’s MavMAIL address listed on the
   application.

b) Admitted students are required to attend a mandatory orientation and advising session,
   held the following week.

Admission
Full admission requires all students to fulfill the following requirements prior to Pre-Licensure
Program start date:

1) Certified as a nursing assistant, and listed as active on a Nursing Assistant Registry in the
   United States.
2) Completion of Support Pre-requisites with a minimum C grade.
3) Approval to work with patients without supervision from the Minnesota Department of
   Health Background check.

Admission Data
The following data should be used to inform and prepare pre-nursing students for eventual
application to the Pre-Licensure Program. The data was compiled using the grades and scores
from admitted students.

      Average Core Pre-requisite GPA:        3.6 – 3.7
      Average HESI Examination Score:        87%
      Average Group Interview Score:         21.8 / 23

Students are encouraged to track their Core GPA as they prepare for application and admission.
       ● GPA Calculator: http://www.mnsu.edu/registrar/gpacalc.html
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HESI Admission Assessment Exam
Pre-Licensure Program applicants must complete the HESI Admission Assessment Examination
for admission consideration. The HESI is a computerized exam administered by the School of
Nursing. Applicants complete the following 6 academic tests:

   Anatomy & Physiology: Provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical
    structures and systems. (30 items)

   Chemistry: Contains test items that cover matter, chemical equations and reactions, the
    periodic table, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, etc. (30 items)

   Grammar: Contains basic grammar, including parts of speech, important terms and their
    uses in grammar, commonly occurring grammatical errors, etc. (55 items)

   Math: Focuses on math skills needed for healthcare fields, including basic addition,
    subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures,
    general math facts, etc. (55 items)

   Reading Comprehension: Provides reading scenarios in order to measure reading
    comprehension, identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage
    comprehension, making logical inferences, etc. (55 items)

   Vocabulary & General Knowledge: Contains vocabulary terms that are used commonly in
    both general English speaking and in the healthcare fields. (55 items)

Testing Policies
a) Applicants are allowed 4 hours to complete the 6 academic tests.

b) Students are eligible to sit for the HESI Exam after completion of BIOL 330: Principles of
   Human Physiology, an equivalent, or an approved substitution.

c) Applicants are allowed two testing attempts on the HESI Exam each semester during the
   regular academic school year.

d) The applicant’s highest cumulative score will be used towards admission ranking.

e) HESI Exam scores are valid for 1 year.

f) Calculators are prohibited during the Math academic test.
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Testing Dates
a) On-campus testing will be made available on two Saturdays each semester during the
   regular academic school year. Testing dates are determined by the School of Nursing and
   will be posted to the School of Nursing website 2 months prior to the application deadline.
   Applicants are responsible for being informed of the testing dates and their availability.

b) Scheduling accommodations will be made for students with extenuating circumstances;
   documentation may be required. These student applicants are required to notify the
   Student Relations Coordinator one week prior to application deadline; unless extenuating
   circumstance prevents advanced notification. The Student Relations Coordinator and
   student will work together to schedule an alternate testing date. HESI exam(s) must be
   completed 2 weeks prior to admission notification emails.

c) Distant student applicants, or others unable to complete the HESI exam during the on-
   campus dates, must make arrangements to test at a secure Prometric Test Center.
   Applicants are responsible for contacting the Student Relations Coordinator to set up
   testing arrangements 1 week prior to the application deadline. HESI Exam(s) must be
   completed 2 weeks prior to admission notification emails.

Testing Payment & Registration
a) The cost of the HESI exam is the responsibility of the applicant and must be paid for each
   testing attempt.

b) To ensure payment, applicants must complete the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Cost
   Sheet, included in the application materials, and pay the appropriate fee to the Cashiers
   Office. Distant applicants may mail the Cost Sheet and fee to the Cashiers Office.

c) Confirmation of Payments must be returned to the School of Nursing Office 48 hours prior
   to scheduled exam.

d) Students can expect to receive an email within 24 hours after submitting the Confirmation
   of Payment to the School Nursing. The email will instruct applicants to electronically
   register for the exam.

e) Students must be registered for the exam 48 hours prior to the testing date.

f) No refunds are available.
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Testing Accommodations
Every attempt will be made to accommodate qualified students with disabilities.

a) Students on file with Accessibility Resources are advised to schedule an individual
   appointment with the Student Relations Coordinator (SRC) by contacting the School of
   Nursing Advising Office.

b) Prior to the appointment, students should pay for the HESI Exam. The Confirmation of
   Payment should be submitted directly to the SRC at the scheduled appointment.

c) The following procedures will be completed during advising appointment:

       i.   Create HESI Account (username and password)
      ii.   Review testing rules and instructions
     iii.   Complete School of Nursing Alternative HESI Testing Contract

d) After advising appointment, students must complete Section 1 of the Alternative Test
   Agreement Form and schedule appointment with Accessibility Resources to:

       i.   Turn in copy of School of Nursing Alternative HESI Testing Contract
      ii.   Complete Section 2 of Test Agreement Form.

e) Students must complete one HESI Testing Contract and one Alternative Test Agreement per
   semester.

f) Students must contact the Accessibility Resources Testing Coordinator at least 3 school days
   prior to exam date to schedule a testing time.

g) Alternative HESI Exams are administered by Accessibility Resources M-F 7:30 a.m. to 4:00
   p.m.

h) HESI Exams must be completed 2 weeks prior to receiving the admission notification emails,
   as noted on Testing Contract.

HESI Preparation

Students can prepare for the HESI by brushing up on basic test taking strategies, and becoming
familiar with the content covered by the test and the types of items included.

The official study guide, HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review by Evolve (4th edition), can
be purchased at the on-campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Students will not be tested on the
Biology or Physics sections, so there is no need to prepare for these subjects.

Unofficial study guides and reference materials may be available at local bookstores or online.
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Group Interview
Pre-Licensure Program applicants must participate in an on-campus group interview for
admission consideration. Each group interview may hold up to 5 students and will be conducted
by two nursing faculty members.

After the application deadline, applicants will be contacted via email with interview information
including available dates, times and sign up. Interviews will take place in October and February
during the respective application periods. Sample interview questions will be provided after
selected interview date and time is confirmed.

The purpose of the interviews are to evaluate the students’:

       Ability to communicate independently and within a group.
       Ability to critically think and articulate their ideas.
       Professional behavior in demeanor, dress, and interactions.
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                                      SCHOOL OF NURSING

                       POLICIES FOR PRE-NURSING STUDENTS
In addition to the student policies outlined in the Minnesota State University, Mankato Catalog, the
following policies are in effect for pre-nursing students.

A. Pre-Requisite Grade Requirement
All Core and Support pre-requisites must be completed with a minimum C letter grade. Pass/No
credit are not acceptable.

B. Standard Grading Scale

The standard grading scale uses straight A, B, C, D and F letter grades, in addition, faculty
members have the option of using +/- for further differentiation of achievement. Every grade
carries with it a certain number of ‘quality points’ used for GPA calculation.

    Grade        Quality Points        Grade       Quality Points        Grade        Quality Points
      A+              4.00               A               4.00              A-               3.67
      B+              3.33               B               3.00              B-               2.67
      C+              2.33               C               2.00              C-               1.67
      D+              1.33               D               1.00              D-               .67
       F              0.00

C. Double-Letter Grading Scale

Some post-secondary institutions use the double-letter grading system (e.g. AB, BC). To convert
a double-letter grade to the standard scale, the School of Nursing uses the following
calculations:
            a. Take the standard quality points for the first letter grade, and multiply by the
               course credit.
            b. Next, take the standard quality points for the second letter grade, and multiply
               by the course credit.
            c. Add the two outcomes together, and divide it by double the amount of the
               course credit.
            d. Example: 4-credit course with AB letter grade
                       A(4.0) x 4cr = 16
                       B(3.0) x 4cr = 12
                       (16 + 12) / 8cr = 3.5 quality points
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D. AP and IB Examination Scores

Minnesota State University, Mankato awards credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and
International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations. This credit may fulfill pre-requisite coursework
with a passing letter grade.

       a. If an AP/IB exam score is used to complete a core pre-requisite, a letter grade will be
          assigned at the time of application to calculate the Core Pre-requite GPA.
                         AP/IB Score of 5 = A
                         AP/IB Score of 4 = B
                         AP Score of 3 = C

E. Repeat Core Pre-requisite
Core pre-requisites may only be repeated one time each, and only to improve a grade of C+ or
lower. The most recent letter grade will remain and be used to calculate the Core Pre-requisite
GPA.

      Exception: An exception to this policy applies to students who completed a Core pre-
       requisite during high school. These students may choose to repeat the course, no
       matter what letter grade was earned. This is the final attempt.

F. Course Substitutions
Course substitutions may be awarded when a transfer course was not determined equivalent,
or an exact match, to a pre-requisite. The School of Nursing may award a substitution if the
transfer course is determined to be comparable in nature, content and level to the pre-
requisite course.

   1. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Student Relations Coordinator when
      seeking a course substitution. Students may be asked to provide a course description
      and/or course syllabus from the previous institution. Further consultation with the
      School of Nursing Chairperson may be necessary.

   2. If a substitution is granted, official paperwork will be completed, and a copy is given to
      the student for their records. The Registration Office processes all approved
      substitutions for official documentation on the Degree Audit Report (DARS).

   3. Once a substitution is approved, the Repeat Core Pre-requisite policy applies.
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G. Course Waivers

Course waivers may be provided by the School of Nursing when students have satisfied course
pre-requisites through other educational or employment experiences, which do not involve
credit. A course waiver indicates students have the background necessary to continue in the
academic program.

   1. Students inquiring about a waiver should meet with the School of Nursing Chairperson
      to discuss prior learning experiences. Additional materials that provide further
      explanation of the experience may be requested for full consideration.

   2. If a waiver is granted, official paperwork will be completed, and a copy is given to the
      student for their records. The Registration Office processes all approved waivers for
      official documentation on the Degree Audit Report (DARS).

   3. Waivers do not provide any college credit towards the degree and will not impact the
      Core pre-requisite GPA for admission. Students may need to take additional credit to
      meet the requirements of the program.

H. Pre-Nursing Appeal

   Students may petition the Pre-Licensure Program Committee when extenuating
   circumstances impacted their academic performance, and found themselves to be in
   violation of a School of Nursing Policy. The procedure to follow is outlined below:

       a. Schedule an appointment with the Student Relations Coordinator (SRC) to discuss
          options, including appeal process and deadlines.
       b. Complete the “Pre-Nursing Appeal” form. (See Appendix B)
       c. Submit “Pre-Nursing Appeal” form and supporting documents to the SRC.
          Submission of document one week prior to the Committee meeting is required so
          members have time to carefully review all materials.
       d. The SRC will notify the Pre-Licensure Program Committee Chairperson of the
          upcoming appeal.
       e. The Pre-Licensure Program Committee will make a decision based on a review of the
          personal letter, supporting documentation if provided, the academic record of the
          student, and the Student Relations Coordinator and faculty member statements.
       f. The Pre-Licensure Program Committee Chairperson will notify the student by letter
          of their appeal acceptance or denial.
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I. 5-Year Limit for Core Science Pre-requisites
All core science pre-requisite courses (BIOL 220, BIOL 330 and CHEM 111) must be completed
within 5 years of the program application deadline. Students with science credits older than
five years will need to retake the applicable coursework. An appeal is not needed if courses are
retaken due to 5-year limit.

J. Nursing Assistant Admission Requirement
All students admitted to the Pre-Licensure Program must be certified as nursing assistants, and
listed as active on a Nursing Assistant Registry in the United States. (See Appendix C)

K. English Language Proficiency Requirement
Applicants to the Pre-Licensure Program from non-English speaking countries must
demonstrate minimum English proficiency requirements in one of the following ways:

      TOEFL iBT minimum score of 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26
      TOEFL PBT minimum score of 560
      IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 on all modules

M. Minimum Grade Pre-req for NURS 282 and 284
Students must have a minimum grade of a C in both BIOL 220 and BIOL 330 in order to enroll in
NURS 282: Pathophysiology for Healthcare Professionals and NURS 284: Pharmacology for
Healthcare Professionals.
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                          Specific Pre-Nursing Resources
     Resource                        Description                       Location       Phone

School of Nursing   Provides academic advising services to all       360 Wissink   507-389-6022
Office              students pursing an undergraduate major          Hall
                    in nursing.

Student Nurses      An organization providing knowledge of           Meetings      507-389-6022
Association (SNA)   nursing through volunteer activities,            take place
                    monthly meetings, conventions,                   once a
                    fundraising and presentations by health          month in T-
                    care professionals. Open to pre-nursing          242
                    and nursing students.

Anatomy and         Provides pre-nursing students                    C131          507-389-1450
Elements of         opportunities to join a community that           Crawford
Nursing Learning    supports their academic success and              Residence
Communities         transition to college life. Participants gain
                    access to faculty, peer mentoring and
                    advising within their program of study.

GPA Calculator      This tool enables pre-nursing students to
                    track their Core Pre-requisite GPA as they
                    prepare for application and admission to
                    the Basic Nursing Program.

                     Additional Academic & Student Support Resources

       Office                       Description                       Location        Phone

Academic Catalogs   Academic requirements listed by catalog
                    year.

Academic Success    These resources offer tips and strategies
Strategies          for students to improve and advance
  Smartstart        their learning experience.
  Study Skills

Accessibility       Seeks to create an accessible university        132 Memorial   507-389-2825
Resources           community providing equal opportunity           Library
                    in all aspects of the educational
                    environment. Provides support to all
                    students with disabilities
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Career                Provides services and resources to assist    209 Wigley     507-389-6061
Development           students and graduate with career            Administration
Center                planning, and employment searches.

Center for            Free trained tutors are available on a       125 Memorial   507-389-1791
Academic Success      walk-in basis to assist students with        Library
                      writing, languages, math, science and
                      more.

Counseling Center     Free, confidential counseling services for   285 CSU        507-389-1455
                      social, personal, or academic concerns.

Emergency Grants      Emergency grants are available to            360 Wissink    507-389-6022
                      students who encounter unexpected            Hall
                      expenses. Student must meet eligibility
                      criteria, meet with a Grant Advisor and
                      complete the application process for
                      consideration. The School of Nursing SRC
                      is a Grant Advisor.

IT Solutions Center   Provides technology support to students,     121 Wissink    507-389-6654
                      staff and faculty.                           Hall

Institutional         Provides direct services to students and     269 CSU        507-389-6300
Diversity             hosts educational programs, cultural
                      activities and conferences for area youth,
                      faculty and staff.

Kearney               Offers two service areas-International       250 CSU        507-389-1281
International         Student and Scholar Services, and the
Center                International Programs Office (Study
                      Abroad)

LGBT Center           Provides support, advocacy, referral and     194 CSU        507-389-5131
                      sense of community to LGBTQQA
                      students.

Mathematics and       Free tutoring on a walk-in basis for         285 Wissink    507-389-5891
Statistics Learning   undergraduate math and statistics            Hall
Center                courses.

MavConnect            Students use MavConnect to facilitate
                      communication among academic
                      advisors, instructors, students and others
                      at the University that support student
                      success.
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New Student and     Assists new students with adjusting to the 103 Preska           507-389-5498
Family Programs     rigors of college; assist undecided        Residence
                    students

Policies A to Z     Includes all University academic polies
                    and procedures

Registration        All information pertaining to registration
Resources           including the course schedule,
                    registration deadlines, registration
                    windows, registration problems, polices
                    and forms.

Scholarships        Information on University Scholarships
                    and login to Scholarship Finder.

Statement of        The "Statement of Student
Student             Responsibilities" was established by
Responsibilities    students, faculty, and staff to clarify
                    behavioral expectations of students.

Student Financial   (Campus Hub) Assists with financial aid       First floor CSU   507-389-1866
Services            programs and personal financial
                    managements.                                                    800-722-0544

Student Health      Provides an on campus clinical with a full-   21 Carkoski       507-389-6276
Services            service pharmacy, lab services and health     Commons
                    education; low-cost and convenient
                    health services.

Student Support     The TRIO program provides one-on-on           355 Wiecking      507-389-2797
Services            support and tutoring to first generation,     Center
                    students with disabilities, and low-
                    incomes students.

Veterans Resource   Provides assistance, peer support, and        167 CSU           507-389-5726
Center              educational events for all students
                    impacted by military services.

Veterans Benefits   Located in the Office of the Registrar;       132 Wigley     507-389-5251
and Assistance      assists veterans, their dependents,           Administration
                    National Guardsmen and Reservists with
                    educational benefits.

Women’s Center      Provides programs, connections,               218 CSU           507-389-6146
                    advocacy, services and leadership
                    opportunities for all MSU students
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           AGING STUDIES MINOR FOR NURSING STUDENTS
This minor provides undergraduate nursing students the opportunity to explore the biological,
psychological and social perspectives on aging, while enhancing their specific knowledge of
nursing in relation to older persons. Within the next two decades, elders over the age of 65 will
comprise 25% of the population in the United States, leading to a shortage of over one million
nurses to serve the aging population, making this minor particularly beneficial in supporting this
career choice. Students must complete the Pre-Licensure Program and 3 additional courses from
the Gerontology Core and Social & Behavioral Science Core to be awarded this minor.

Nursing Core

The aging-related components of the Pre-Licensure Program curriculum are now integrated
with other areas of the life course. As such, successful completion of the current curriculum
also signifies completion of all aging-related, Nursing-specific coursework for the Aging Studies
Minor for Nursing Students. [NURS 334, 335, 336, 366, 434, 435]

Gerontology Core (3 credits)
   ·    GERO 200 /200W: Family Dynamics of Aging           3cr

Social & Behavioral Science Core (choose 6 credits)
   ·     ANTH 436W: Anthropology of Aging                   3cr
   ·     PSYC 466: Psychology of Aging                      4cr
   ·     SOC 404: Sociology of Aging                        3cr
   ·     SOWK 419: Social Work and Aging                    3cr

Course Planning Guide:
 ANTH 436W                                        Fall term each even numbered year.

 GERO 200W      (online)                          Fall and Spring terms each year
 GERO 200       (online)                          Summer term each year
 PSYC 466                                         Spring term each year
 PSYC 466      (online)                           Summer term each year

 SOC 404        (hybrid)                          Fall term each year
 SOWK 419                                         Spring term each year
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                                          Appendix A

             AGING STUDIES MINOR FOR NURSING STUDENTS
                         Minor Declaration Form

All students pursuing the Aging Studies Minor for Nursing Students must officially declare. After
declaration, minor requirements will be notated on the Degree Audit Report (DARS) and upper division
level permission will be granted by the School of Nursing. Students may end-date, or discontinue this
minor at any time.

Students must successfully complete the Pre-Licensure Nursing Program, the Gerontology Core and
Social & Behavioral Science Core to be awarded this minor.

PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY

DATE: _________________________________                TECH ID: ______________________________

NAME: _____________________________________________________________________________

MavMAIL: ___________________________________________________________________________

FIRST ATTENDED MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, MANKATO _______________ - _________________
                                                     (Semester)            (Year)
MAJOR: _________________________________

       I want to declare the Aging Studies Minor for Nursing Students

Student Signature:________________________________________            Date: _____________________

                     Return to School of Nursing Advising Office, 360 Wissink Hall

For SON Advising Office Use Only

Upper division entered on__________________ Signature: ____________________________________
                              (Date)

              Return this form to the Department of Aging Studies, 113 Armstrong Hall
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                                           Appendix B

                                    Pre-Nursing Appeal

Name:___________________________________ Tech ID/Star ID:_______________________
Local Address:_______________________________City:_______________________________
State:__________ Zip Code:_____________ Phone Number: __(                   )        -______________
Instructions:
Prior to completing the Pre-Nursing Appeal, students must schedule an appointment with the Student
Relations Coordinator to discuss options, including appeal process and deadlines. The Pre-Nursing
Appeal and all supporting documents must be submitted one week prior to a Pre-Licensure Program
Committee.

                Appeal Due Date: ________________ Meeting Date: _________________

I. Attach a personal letter which includes the following information:

       Your appeal request.
       An explanation of the extenuating circumstances which impacted your academic performance.
       Your plan on how you have changed these circumstances.
       Strategies you plan to use which will enhance your academic performance in the future.

II. Attach documentation from professionals that have assisted you in these circumstances (example:
physician, counselor, etc.) or acknowledgment of no additional supportive documentation.

III. Attach any other supporting documentation you would like the Nursing faculty to review.

Submit your Pre-Nursing Appeal form, personal letter and supporting documents to:

                        Kasi Johnson, Student Relations Coordinator
                        School of Nursing
                        360 Wissink Hall
                        Mankato, MN 56001

Students’ names and other identifying information is redacted on the appeal documents. Students will
be notified by letter from the Pre-Licensure Program Chairperson of their appeal acceptance or denial.

By signing below, I acknowledge that I understand the appeal process as outlined in the Pre-Nursing
Handbook. Further, I understand that I will be required to meet the conditions outlined in the letter
from the Pre-Licensure Program Chairperson, including a denial. I understand that if my appeal is
denied, I may be unable to pursue nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. It is my
responsibility to clarify appeal conditions.

Student Signature:_________________________________________ Date:__________________
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                                                 Appendix C

                    Nursing Assistant Admission Requirement FAQ
Beginning fall semester 2019, all students admitted to the Pre-Licensure
Program must be certified as nursing assistants, and listed as active on a Nursing
Assistant Registry in the United States.

What is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

Certified Nursing Assistants work under a nurse’s supervision and help patients of all ages perform basic daily
tasks. They often work in nursing homes, assisted living, Hospice, hospitals, community based long-term care, and
other long-term care settings.

When do I need to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

The CNA is not required to apply to the Pre-Licensure Program. Students who plan to start the Pre-Licensure
Program fall semester 2019 and beyond, must have the CNA prior to the program start date.

How do I get on a Nursing Assistant Registry?

    1.   Successfully complete an approved nursing assistant training and competency test-out.
         or
    2.   Successfully pass an approved competency test-out for nursing assistants.

Where can I find an approved training/testing site?

CNA training and testing is offered through approved sites, usually through community/technical colleges,
hospitals and nursing homes. Students are encouraged to complete the training and test-out during the summer
months. The Minnesota Department of Health’s Nursing Assistant website has a directory of approved sites in
Minnesota: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fpc/directory/natrainingsites.cfm

How do I stay on the Registry?

In Minnesota, nursing assistants must perform at least 8 hours of paid duties every 24 months to stay on the
Registry. If you do not work as a paid nursing assistant, your certification is only valid for 24 months from date of
issue. If certification was not earned in Minnesota, refer to that states guidelines.

I got my CNA in a different state. Do I need to transfer it to Minnesota?

No, however for admission, your CNA must be active on a state Nursing Assistant Registry within the United States.
For program admission, you must submit verification from the Registry on which you are active. Only if you plan to
work in MN as a CNA will you need to transfer your certification.

Do I need to keep my CNA active after I begin the nursing program?

No, you are not required to keep your CNA active after beginning the Pre-Licensure Program, unless you plan on
working as a CNA while finishing the major.

Additional information can be found at the Minnesota Department of Health website or your states Department
of Health website.
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