2019 2021 CATALOG Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing - ST. PETER'S HEALTH PARTNERS - St. Peter's Health Partners

 
2019 2021 CATALOG Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing - ST. PETER'S HEALTH PARTNERS - St. Peter's Health Partners
ST. PETER’S HEALTH PARTNERS

Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
2019 - 2021 CATALOG
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
                                 Mailing Address & Location:
                                 1300 Massachusetts Avenue
                                 Troy, NY 12180
                                 Contact Information:
                                 Phone: (518) 268-5010
                                 Fax: (518) 268-5040
                                 Website: www.sphp.com/samaritan-
                                           hospital-school-of-nursing

Chartered By:
• The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York
Registered By:
• New York State Education Department Office of the Professions
  Division of Professional Licensing Services
  Nursing Unit
  89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234-1000
  (518) 474-3817 x 280 | www.op.nysed.gov
Accredited By:
• Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326
  Phone: (404) 975-5000 | Fax: (404) 975-5020 | Email: info@acenursing.org
  Web: www.acenursing.org
Member of:
• National League for Nursing
• Council of Associate Degree Nursing, New York State
• Organization of Associate Degree Nursing
• New York State Council of Hospital-Based Schools and Colleges
  of Professional Nursing
• Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities

    The “BSN in 10” legislation.
    Effective June 18, 2019, to qualify for a license as a registered professional
    nurse, an applicant shall, among other requirements, “have received an
    education, and a diploma or degree in professional nursing, in accordance
    with the commissioner’s regulations, and in order to continue to maintain
    registration as a registered professional nurse in New York state, have
    attained a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing within ten years
    of initial licensure in accordance with the commissioner’s regulations.”
    For more information please visit the Office of the Professions website
    at www.op.nysed/prof/nurse.

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Table of Contents
    About Our School.................................................................................................................3
      Mission..................................................................................................................................3
      Facilities................................................................................................................................5
      Library....................................................................................................................................5
    Sample Academic Calendar..............................................................................................6
    Technical Standards............................................................................................................. 7
    Americans with Disabilities Act....................................................................................10
    NCLEX Pass Rates................................................................................................................11
    Admission............................................................................................................................... 12
      Admission Requirements............................................................................................ 12
      Application Procedure.................................................................................................. 13
      International Students.................................................................................................. 13
      Notice of Decision..........................................................................................................14
      Transfer Credits............................................................................................................... 15
      Advanced Placement....................................................................................................16
    Curriculum Descriptions..................................................................................................18
    Course Descriptions...........................................................................................................21
    Academic Policies...............................................................................................................27
    Student Services.................................................................................................................. 31
    Tuition and Fees................................................................................................................. 34
      Estimated Costs 2019 - 2021......................................................................................37
    Financial Aid......................................................................................................................... 38
    Net Price Calculator.......................................................................................................... 38
    Samaritan Graduate Award Opportunities.............................................................47
    Opportunities for Advanced Education....................................................................49
    Alumni Association............................................................................................................49
    Administration and Faculty...........................................................................................50
    Directions.............................................................................................................................. 52

NOTICE REGARDING CHANGES: All                                                 necessary, whether or not there is
information in this publication pertains                                      actual notice to individual students.
to the 2019-2021 academic years and is                                        Given budgetary considerations and
correct to the extent that information                                        the decision to publish this publication
was available on the preparation date                                         less frequently than annually, from time
of this publication. However, Samaritan                                       to time we may need to inform our
reserves the right to change the course                                       students about interpretations or policy
offerings, tuition, fees, rules governing                                     changes as they occur. This will
admission, requirements for graduation,                                       be done via the campus bulletin board,
and the granting of degrees and any                                           via direct communication with students,
other policies affecting its students.                                        or posted on the Electronic Learning
Such changes are to take effect when-                                         Management Platform (MESA).
ever the administration deems it
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About Our School
For over a century, Samaritan Hospital       Mission
School of Nursing has provided students      St. Peter’s Health Partners We,
with specialized knowledge, practical        St. Peter’s Health Partners and Trinity
skills and caring values, preparing them     Health, serve together in the spirit of
for fulfilling and rewarding careers         the gospel as a compassionate and
in nursing.                                  transforming healing presence within
Chartered in 1903 by the State               our communities. Founded in commu-
University of New York to “instruct          nity-based legacies of compassionate
for the successful practice of nursing,”     healing, we provide the highest quality
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing         comprehensive continuum of integrat-
has graduated more than 2,000 nurses.        ed health care, supportive housing and
                                             community services, especially for the
Our Associate Degree program                 needy and vulnerable.
educates and prepares students
to become skilled and competent              Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
professional nurses. Graduates earn          The mission of Samaritan Hospital
a two-year Associate in Science              School of Nursing is to prepare students
degree and are eligible to apply for         for entry into the profession of nursing
the National Council Licensure Exam          as competent, caring practitioners.
(NCLEX). We have articulation
agreements with upper division BSN           Our Philosophy
completion programs at a number              WE BELIEVE
of colleges.                                 The practice of nursing is ...
Our Practical Nurse Certificate (PN)         • an art and a science.
program is unique in that students           • dedicated to promoting, maintaining,
receive college credits for their courses.     restoring, and supporting the health
Upon completion of the PN program,             and well-being of individuals living
graduates are eligible to apply for the        and dying.
National Council Licensure Exam.             • holistic.
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing         • caring.
is affiliated with St. Peter’s Health        • accountable: legally, ethically
Partners, the region’s most compre-            and morally.
hensive not-for-profit network of            • the application of theoretical
healthcare, supportive housing, and            knowledge, reasoning, and
community services. Samaritan                  technical competence.
Hospital School of Nursing enjoys a
                                             • accepting and respecting individuals
close working relationship with
                                               regardless of religion, race, creed,
our sister school: St. Peter’s Hospital
                                               color, age, gender, culture, ability,
College of Nursing.
                                               mental status or socioeconomic
Our educational relationship with              status, or political affiliation.
Hudson Valley Community College              • partnerships with
enables students to complete curricular        — individuals and significant others
requirements in the sciences and             		 with actual or potential health
humanities at the college.                   		 needs, and
                                               — health care team members.
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Education ...                               • Use nursing judgment to provide
• is a partnership involving shared           safe, high quality nursing care to
  accountability between faculty              patients, families, and communities.
  and students.                             • Demonstrate professionalism that
• requires open, honest and timely com-       reflects personal accountability,
  munication by faculty and students.         values, integrity, responsibility, and
• recognizes students’ unique                 ethical practices.
  abilities, life experiences and           • Approach nursing practice with
  learning preferences.                       a spirit of inquiry to improve the
• is committed to providing a variety         quality of care for patients, families,
  of resources and active learning            and communities.
  experiences to support individual         Each graduate of the practical nurse
  learning preferences and rates.           certificate program will:
• builds from simple to complex. A          • Promote the dignity, integrity,
  minimum level of competency is              self-determination, and personal
  critical before progressing in a            growth of diverse patients, families,
  sequential curriculum. In consultation      community and oneself to provide
  with faculty, students identify             individualized, culturally appropriate,
  corrective measures necessary to            relationship-centered nursing care
  move to a higher level of competence.       to maximize human flourishing.
• flourishes in an environment in which     • Provide a rationale for nursing
  there is freedom of expression,             judgments used in the provision
  creativity and innovation.                  of safe, quality care and for
• is a lifelong endeavor.                     decisions that promote the health
                                              of patients within a family or a
The Scholarship of Teaching                   care environment.
and Learning                                • Assess how one’s personal strengths
The faculty of the School of Nursing          and values affect one’s professional
have defined scholarship as “profes-          identity as a nurse and one’s
sional endeavors which advance the            contributions as a caring member
art and science of nursing and nursing        of the health care team who provides
education.”                                   safe, high-quality care.
Theoretical Framework                       • Approach nursing practice with a
The nurses at St. Peter’s Health Partners     spirit of inquiry, questioning the
have adopted Jean Watson’s Theory of          basis for nursing actions, considering
Human Caring/Caring Science as their          research, evidence, tradition, and
Model of Nursing Practice.                    patient preferences.
                                            PRACTICAL NURSING
Graduate Outcomes                           CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Each graduate of the associate              The full-time Practical Nursing Certifi-
degree program will:                        cate program begins in the fall semester
• Promote, restore, and maintain            (August) and takes one full calendar
  health and well-being in patients,        year to complete. The year is divided
  families, and communities to              into three semesters and students
  maximize human flourishing.               complete the program in mid-August.
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Our Facilities                               Library
Students enrolled at Samaritan               The Health Sciences Library has an
Hospital School of Nursing pursue            extensive collection of professional
their education in a variety of settings     material to support students’ academic
that provide comprehensive and               research needs. In addition to open
sophisticated learning resources.            stacks, reference texts, and the journal
All nursing theory classes are held          collection, the library houses a variety
on one of the hospitals’ campuses.           of DVDs, CD-ROMS, and computer
Samaritan’s classroom and clinical           programs which add another dimension
laboratory facilities are located at         to learning strategies
Samaritan Hospital’s St. Mary’s Campus.      Membership in the Capital District
The fully-equipped learning laboratory       Library Council and the OCLC network
in the school affords students the           provides access to materials from
opportunity to practice and enhance          libraries nationwide through interlibrary
their skills through the use of computer     loan. Programs to assist students
technology, simulated patient care           in preparing for the computerized
with models and up-to-date equipment         National Council Licensure Exams
mirroring the hospital environment.          are available.
Clinical and observational experiences       The computer lab provides students
for students are provided in both long-      access to the Internet and Microsoft
term and acute care settings, which          Office Programs. The Library’s
include, but are not limited to:             electronic resources, such as online
• Samaritan Hospital                         journal databases, are available to
• Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center             library users and may also be accessed
• Local physicians’ offices                  from home. Focusing on student
                                             needs, library staff provide orientation,
• Childcare centers                          individual guidance in research, and
• Elementary schools                         group instruction.
• Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital
• St. Peter’s Hospital
• St. Margaret’s Center
Selected class and clinical experiences
are held outside of the main school
campus complex. Transportation to
the sites is the student’s responsibility.

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Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
Sample Academic Calendar
FALL SEMESTER             Tentative and Subject to Change
3rd Week, August          Orientation/Registration
4th Week, August          Classes Begin
1st Monday, September     Labor Day – Classes Suspended
2nd Monday, September     Last Day to Add/Drop Fall Classes
2nd Monday, October       Columbus Day – Classes Suspended
3rd Monday, November      Last Day to Withdraw from Fall Classes
3rd Week, November        Thanksgiving Holiday – Classes Suspended
                          (Wed–Fri)
1st Friday, December      Last Day of Classes for Fall Semester
2nd Week, December        Final Examination Period
3rd Week, December        Graduation

SPRING SEMESTER           Tentative and Subject to Change
1st Week, January         Orientation/Registration
2nd Week, January         Classes Begin
3rd Monday, January       Martin Luther King Day – Classes Suspended
3rd Week, March           Spring Break – Classes Suspended
Last Monday, January      Last Day to Add/Drop Spring Classes
March or April (varies)   Easter Break – Classes Suspended
1st Friday, April         Last Day to Withdraw from Spring Classes
1st Friday, May           Last Day of Classes for Spring Semester
2nd Week, May             Final Examination Period
3rd Week, May             Graduation

SUMMER SESSIONS           Tentative and Subject to Change
3rd Week, May             Summer Session A Begins
Last Monday, May          Memorial Day - Class Suspended
Last Week, June           Summer Session A Ends
1st Week, July            Summer Session B Begins
July 4th                  Independence Day - Class Suspended
Last Week, July           Summer Session B Ends

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Technical Standards
Samaritan Hospital School of                perform functions that are necessary
Nursing is committed to diversity and       for the safe practice of nursing and
to attracting and educating students        essential to all licensing requirements
who will make the population of health      for nursing.
care professionals representative of        Applicants must be capable of meeting
the national population. Our mission –      the nine core standards outlined
preparing students for entry into the       below with or without reasonable
profession of nursing as competent,         accommodations for enrollment and/
caring practitioners – translates into      or progression at Samaritan Hospital
our work with all students, including       School of Nursing.
those with disabilities.
                                            If a student has sufficient education,
Nursing is an applied discipline with       they will be able to perform the
cognitive, sensory, affective, and motor    following technical standards:
components. Students must be able to

    Requirements     Standards                         Examples

    Critical          Critical thinking ability for     • Identification of cause/
    Thinking          effective clinical reasoning        effect relationships in
                      and clinical judgment               clinical situations.
                      consistent with level of          • Use of the scientific
                      educational preparation.            method in the
                      The ability to use and              development of
                      interpret information from          patient care plans and
                      assessment techniques               evaluating patient care.
                      and maneuvers.                    • Interpret and respond
                      The ability to use and              appropriately to data:
                      interpret physiologic               blood pressure, blood
                      phenomena generated                 sugars, neurological
                      by diagnostic tools.                status, cardiac
                                                          function etc.
                                                        • Interpret and respond
                                                          to data generated
                                                          from diagnostic tools:
                                                          sphygmomanometer,
                                                          otoscope, ophthalmo-
                                                          scope, bladder scanners.

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Requirements    Standards                         Examples

Professional    Interpersonal skills sufficient   • Establishment of
Relationships   for professional interactions       rapport with patients/
                with a diverse population           clients and colleagues.
                of individuals, families, and     • Possess emotional
                groups.                             stability to function
                                                    under stress and
                                                    adapt to changing
                                                    environments inherent
                                                    to the classroom and
                                                    practice settings, with
                                                    or without accommo-
                                                    dations.
                                                  • Exercise skills of
                                                    diplomacy to advocate
                                                    for patients in need.
                                                  • Exercise proper
                                                    judgment and complete
                                                    responsibilities in a
                                                    timely and accurate
                                                    manner according to
                                                    the advanced generalist
                                                    nursing role.

Communication   Communication adeptness           • Explanation of treat-
                sufficient for verbal and           ment, procedures,
                written professional                intiation of health
                interactions.                       teaching.
                                                  • Documentation and
                                                    interpretation of nursing
                                                    actions and patient/
                                                    client responses.
                                                  • Communicate effec-
                                                    tively and sensitively
                                                    with patients, families,
                                                    faculty, preceptors, and
                                                    members of the health-
                                                    care team during clinical
                                                    and other learning
                                                    experiences.
                                                  • Accurately elicit
                                                    information including
                                                    a medical history &
                                                    other information
                                                    to adequately and
                                                    effectively evaluate
                                                    a client or patient's
                                                    condition.
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Requirements   Standards                         Examples

    Mobility       Physical abilities sufficient     • Movement about
                   for movement from room to           patient's room, work-
                   room and in small spaces.           spaces, and treatment
                                                       areas.
                                                     • Administration of rescue
                                                       procedures-cardio-
                                                       pulmonary resuscitation.
    Motor Skills   Gross and fine motor skills       • Possess psychomotor
                   sufficient for providing safe,      skills necessary to
                   effective nursing care.             provide holistic nursing
                                                       care and perform or
                                                       assist with procedures,
                                                       treatments, and medi-
                                                       cation administration.
                                                     • Practice in a safe
                                                       manner and appro-
                                                       priately provide care
                                                       in emergencies and life
                                                       support procedures
                                                       and perform standard
                                                       precautions against
                                                       contamination.
                                                     • Calibration and use
                                                       of equipment.
                                                     • Therapeutic positioning
                                                       of clients.
    Hearing        Auditory ability sufficient for   • Ability to hear
                   monitoring and assessing            monitoring device
                   health needs.                       alarm and other
                                                       emergency signals.
                                                     • Ability to discern
                                                       auscultatory sounds
                                                       and cries for help.

    Visual         Visual ability sufficient for     • Ability to observe
                   observation and assessment          patient's condition
                   necessary in patient care.          and responses to
                                                       treatments.
                                                     • Recognize and assess
                                                       patient changes in
                                                       mood, activity,
                                                       cognition, verbal,
                                                       and non-verbal
                                                       communication.
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Requirements        Standards                         Examples

 Tactile             Tactile ability sufficient for    • Ability to palpate in
                     physical assessment.                physical examinations
                                                         and various therapeutic
                                                         interventions.

 Character           Moral and ethical fitness.        • Concern for others,
                                                         integrity, accountability,
                                                         interest, and motivation
                                                         are necessary personal
                                                         qualities.
                                                       • Demonstrate intent and
                                                         desire to follow the ANA
                                                         Standards of Care and
                                                         Nursing Code of Ethics.

Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act         Any newly entering student who has
(ADA) of 1990 was instituted by             a disability and who wants to obtain
Congress to prohibit discrimination         reasonable accommodations may fill
against qualified individuals with          out and submit the Disability Form
disabilities. The Samaritan Hospital        which is sent to all new students.
School of Nursing is required to comply     The form should be accompanied by
with the stipulations of the ADA. The       supporting documentation. In the
ADA defines a qualified individual with     absence of documentation, or in the
a disability who, with or without           case of a newly identified disability,
reasonable accommodation, can               the director will use best judgment as
perform the essential functions of the      to the provision of accommodations.
employment that such an individual          For further information, please contact
holds or desires. In addition, the          the school.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits
discrimination in admissions of a
qualified person with disabilities.

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Retention Rates                                                            Graduation Rates
The percentage of students who                                             The percentage of students who
moved from the first year to the                                           graduated from the Associate Degree
second year of the Associate Degree                                        (RN) program or the Practical Nurse
(RN) program.                                                              (PN) program within 150% of the
                                                                           expected program length.
SAMARITAN HOSPITAL
SCHOOL OF NURSING                                                          SAMARITAN GRADUATION RATES
2013 - 14                                                      90%         		              RN        PN
2014 - 15                                                      79%         Start Date   program   program
2015 - 16                                                      78%         2012 Spring    60%
2016 - 17                                                      83%               Fall     68%       55%
2017 - 18                                                      66%         2013 Spring    72%
5-year rolling average                                         79%               Fall     87%       58%
                                                                           2014 Spring    81%
Average retention, two-year                                                      Fall     88%       61%
private colleges:                                                          2015 Spring    68%
NYS.................................................................61%          Fall     80%       64%
National.......................................................62%         2016 Spring    83%
                                                                                 Fall               66%

                                                                           Average graduation rates
                                                                           Associate Degree programs:
                                                                           NYS.............................................................20.6%
                                                                           National........................................................32%

NCLEX Pass Rates
The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a standardized exam
that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is
prepared for entry level nursing practice. Percentages reflect first time pass rate.
ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM
                     2014                                           2015                2016                 2017                 2018
Samaritan Hospital
School of Nursing    91.7%                                         93.3%               93.4%               96.6%                92.2%
NYS average           76%                                          79.7%                82%                83.3%                 78%
US average           78.3%                                          82%                81.7%               84.2%                 70%
PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM
                     2014                                           2015                2016                 2017                 2018
Samaritan Hospital
School of Nursing    95%                                           100%                100%                  95%                 100%
NYS average          80%                                            79%                 76%                  76%                  80%
US average           82%                                            82%                 84%                  84%                  86%
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Admission
Applications for admission may be            • If a candidate does not pass the
submitted at any time. Deadlines for           TASC subtest but passed the same
admission applications are posted on           GED subtest, the GED score will be
the website. Applications are reviewed         accepted as a passing score. If a
by the Admissions and Progression              candidate has already passed all five
Committee after all required materials         (5) GED subtests but did not attain
are received in the school office. An          the minimum score of 2250, such
application will be considered active for      candidate must pass at least one
one year from the date it is received.         of the TASC subtests to obtain a
An applicant is admitted to the school         New York State High School
on the basis of his/her composite record.      Equivalency Diploma.
Equal consideration is given to all who      • Applicants who have been home
apply regardless of race, color, national      schooled must submit a letter from
origin, creed, sex or age.                     the superintendent of the school
The School of Nursing enrolls new              district in which the applicant resides
students in the fall and spring                stating that the applicant’s course
semesters for the Associate Degree             of studies meets New York State
program and every August for the               requirements for graduation from
Practical Nurse program.                       high school.
                                             • Complete the Test of Essential
Admission Requirements                         Academic Skills (TEAS®) Examination.
RN ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE                      • Complete high school or college
DEGREE PROGRAM                                 level algebra, biology with a lab and
All candidates must have graduated             chemistry with a lab. Courses must
from high school or must possess a             be completed with the following
High School Equivalency Diploma (GED)          grade requirements:
with both a standard score of 480 or         - Grade of 75 or above for high school
above on each of the GED tests and a           level courses
total standard score of 2400 or above.       - Grade of B or above for non-credit
These scores are based on the newest           bearing/remedial college courses
version of the GED. For the older ver-       - Grade of C (70%) or above for credit
sion of the GED, a standard score of 48        bearing college courses
or above is required on each of the GED
tests, with a total standard score of 240.   • Applicants who wish to request a
                                               waiver for the above grade/score
• Candidates must possess a High               requirements must demonstrate
  School Equivalency (HSE) by passing          college success by the following:
  all five (5) sections of Test Assessing
                                               - One semester of college level
  Secondary Completion (TASC) with a
                                             		 courses carrying seven (7) credits
  minimum score of 500 on each of the
                                             		 or more with a GPA of 2.0 or above,
  following sections:
                                             		 including at least one credit bearing
  - Language Arts – Reading
                                             		 science course with a final grade
  - Language Arts – Writing
                                             		 of C or above.
		 (which includes an essay)
  - Mathematics
  - Science
  - Social Studies
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PN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM                   Admission of
Candidates must meet the following
requirements:                            International Students
• Complete the Test of Essential         • The School of Nursing only admits
  Academic Skills (TEAS®) Examination.     international applicants with United
                                           States Citizenship or Permanent
• Graduation from high school
                                           Resident Status (original card must
  or a High School Equivalency
                                           be presented) to the Associate
  Diploma (GED).
                                           Degree and Practical Nurse programs.
• Complete high school or college
  level algebra with a C (70 percent)    • International applicants should
  or better.                               request application forms 10 to
                                           12 months before they plan to begin
Application Procedure                      studies in order to allow time for
Applicants must submit the following:      correspondence and evaluation of
• The application fee. Checks and          necessary documentation.
  money orders should be payable to      ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMPETENCY
  Samaritan Hospital School of           International applicants whose primary
  Nursing. The fee may also be paid      and secondary education was in a lan-
  online at www.sphp.com.                guage other than English must demon-
• A completed application.               strate proficiency in English by taking
• Official high school transcript or     any one of the exams listed below and
  official High School Equivalency       achieving the identified score.
  Diploma transcript.                    a. the Pearson Test of English (PTE)
• Official transcripts from ALL post-       Academic. The applicant must
  secondary schools attended,               achieve a minimum score of 50 on
  regardless of the nature of the           each subsection and must achieve
  coursework, whether or not credit         an overall score of 55.
  was earned, and whether or not
  a degree was granted. The Dean         b. the Test of English as a Foreign
  may interview qualified applicants        Language Internet-based (TOEFL
  who have been unsuccessful in             iBTTM). The applicant must achieve
  another nursing program.                  a minimum score of 84, and a
                                            minimum speaking score of 26.
• Applicants may be requested to
  provide additional information         c. The International English Language
  for clarification.                        Testing System (IELTSTM). The
• All documentation must be sent to:        applicant must achieve a minimum
  Samaritan Hospital                        score of 6.5, with no communicative
  School of Nursing                         skill below 6.0.
  1300 Massachusetts Avenue
  Troy, NY 12180

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International applicants who have             Exclusion from Federal
maintained a GPA of 2.0 and graduated
from an American post-secondary insti-        Healthcare Programs
tution with at least an associate degree      Individuals, including nursing students,
may not be required to demonstrate            who are excluded from participation
English language proficiency through          in the Medicare or Medicaid program
one of the exams listed above.                will be excluded from participating in
                                              clinical activities. This means that any
PROCEDURE                                     such student will not be able to meet
International applicants must:                the clinical learning objectives and
• Submit a completed application              will be dismissed from the program.
  including an application fee.               All matriculated students will be
• Submit official transcripts from all        routinely screened for being listed on
  educational institutions attended,          the Office of the Inspector General’s
  both secondary and institutions of          List of Excluded Individual/Entities.
  higher learning. Only officially
  translated transcripts signed by the
  National Department of Education
                                              PN students admitted
  or US consul who verifies that they         to the associate degree
  are full and exact translations will        nursing program
  be accepted. The translation must           PN students must possess a valid,
  also be sent to the World Education         unencumbered PN license while
  Services (WES) for evaluation, with         enrolled in the associate degree
  an official report from the WES sent        program. License status is checked
  to the school.                              continuously throughout the PN
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing          enrollment in the AD program.
will admit only those students who
have completed at least the equivalent        Notice of Decision
of 12 years of elementary and secondary       All applicants will be informed in writing
education and have successfully passed        of the decision of the Admissions and
all required examinations. In general,        Progression Committee. To secure a
candidates must be qualified for univer-      seat in the class, accepted applicants
sity admission in their country of birth.     must return the confirmation form
                                              along with the non-refundable matric-
Criminal Record                               ulation fee by the date specified in the
The law regulating the practice of            acceptance letter. This fee is applied to
nursing in New York State states that         the tuition in the first semester.
the Board of Regents, State Education         Failure to return the confirmation
Department, may deny a convicted              form and/or failure to pay the
felon a license or the privilege of sitting   matriculation fee by the date specified
for the licensure examination (NCLEX).        in the acceptance letter will be
                                              considered official withdrawal from
                                              the admissions process and the seat
                                              will be offered to a candidate on the
                                              waiting list.

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WAITING LIST                                  Organism) must have been completed
When the nursing course is full, selected     no more than five years from the date
qualified applicants may be placed on a       of acceptance to be eligible for transfer.
waiting list. If the wait-listed applicant    There is no time limit on non-science
is not assigned a seat in the upcoming        courses.
class (is not reached on the waiting list),   Students may be required to provide
the applicant will be denied and may          a course description or syllabus for
request to be reviewed one time again         any course being considered for
in the subsequent admissions cycle.           transfer credit.

REAPPLICATION                                 TRANSFER CREDIT
Denied applicants may reapply, but            HIGH SCHOOL AP COURSES
must submit a new application, updated        Credit will be given for advanced
transcripts if any, and must pay the          placement exams from the College
application fee. Retaking the TEAS            Board with a grade of 3 or better. An
is optional.                                  official score report must come directly
                                              from the College Board to the school.
Students who have previously with-
drawn from the program are eligible
to apply for readmission under the            TRANSFER CREDIT AND GPA
following conditions:                         Transfer credits are not included in
                                              the cumulative grade point average
• They must meet the admission
                                              calculated when matriculated in this
  requirements in place at the time
                                              program. However, for students who
  of reapplication.
                                              reenter the program, the previously
• If reaccepted, placement in the             earned School of Nursing grades and
  program is subject to the curriculum        credits that are still applicable will be
  in place at the time of reapplication.
                                              carried over to the readmission and
• No more than two years may have             counted in the GPA.
  passed since the completion of the
  last nursing course.                        WAIVER
                                              Any request for a waiver of any admis-
Transferring Credits:                         sion, transfer credit or academic policy
Corequisite Courses                           outlined above must be made in writing
Upon acceptance to the school, transfer       to the Dean and will be considered on
of credit from other accredited post-         a case-by-case basis.
secondary institutions will be consid-
ered on a case-by-case basis. Only
courses completed with a 70% or above
will be considered for transfer credit.
Note: credit for science courses
(Anatomy and Physiology I and II,
Microbiology, Biology of the Human

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT                         A transfer student to the practical
AND TRANSFER OF CREDIT                     nurse certificate program must
FOR NURSING COURSES                        complete at least 18 credits in
Applicants for advanced placement          Samaritan’s program in order to
must complete the application process      qualify for graduation.
and be accepted into the School of         If accepted for advanced placement,
Nursing. Notification of eligibility for   the student must complete orienta-
advanced placement will be sent with       tion and bridging activities.
the acceptance letter.
Applicants to the School of Nursing        ADVANCED PLACEMENT FOR LPNS
who have successfully completed            Applicants who are licensed practical
nursing courses (with a grade of 80%       nurses are eligible for advanced
or better) at another nursing school       placement into the Associate Degree
may be eligible for advanced placement     (RN) program. LPN applicants must
in nursing courses based on assessment     first complete the application process
of the content and credit hours.           and be accepted into the school.
Transferring credit for nursing courses    Upon acceptance into the school,
will be considered on a case-by-case       the applicant must submit the
basis. Any transferred nursing course      matriculation fee.
must have been taken within two
                                           Since the School of Nursing is a
years prior to entering a nursing course
                                           participant in the Statewide LPN to RN
at this school. Only nursing courses
                                           Articulation Model, LPNs who have been
completed with an 80% or above will
                                           accepted into the RN program may be
be considered for transfer credit. The
                                           offered advanced placement as follows:
decision to accept any nursing credit
will be made by comparing course           • The accepted applicant must hold
descriptions, course content, and            a valid, unencumbered LPN
learning outcomes - for both the             license in the United States.
theory and clinical components of the      • The accepted advanced placed
course. Applicants will be required to       applicant must successfully complete
provide course syllabi from previous         the Statewide LPN to RN Transition
nursing courses.                             Course. It is best for the accepted
                                             applicant to complete the Transition
Advanced-placed students are                 Course just prior to starting the
counseled and curriculum plans are           Nursing sequence at our school.
developed on an individual basis.            After successful completion of this
Advanced-placed students must                Transition Course, the accepted
complete at least 20 credits in              applicant may receive 15 credits of
nursing at this School to qualify for        transfer credit (this is equivalent to
graduation. The maximum number               transfer credit for Nursing I and
of credits that may be transferred           Nursing II).
in is 49 (19 in nursing).

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• The accepted applicant must               • Prior to starting the Nursing sequence,
  complete the co-requisites of the           the advanced placed LPN must
  nursing courses that are being              complete the Advanced Placement
  transferred in with a grade of              Bridge Workshop offered by the
  70 percent or better. These courses         School of Nursing
  are: Anatomy and Physiology I and II,     For more information on the Statewide
  General Psychology, Developmental         LPN to RN Articulation Model and
  Psychology and English Composition        Transition Course, please visit
  I. Science courses must be taken          www.lpntorn.info.
  within 5 years prior to the date of
  acceptance at the school. There is
  no time limit for the non-science
  courses.
• The accepted applicant must submit
  an official transcript from the school
  where the Transition Course was
  taken. The official transcript must
  be received in order to begin
  nursing courses at our school.
  Nursing transfer credits will not
  be applied until the College has
  received official notification that the
  applicant has successfully completed
  the Transition Course.

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Curriculum Descriptions
RN ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM CURRICULUM
The program is designed to be taken on a full-time basis. Classes and clinical
experiences are scheduled during the regular business week. Occasionally,
clinical sessions may be scheduled during afternoon hours, evening hours
or weekend hours.
COURSE SEQUENCE FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM
(HEGIS Code 5208)
FIRST SEMESTER                                                 credits   SECOND SEMESTER                                            credits
Anatomy and Physiology I*..................4                             Anatomy and Physiology II*..................4
English Composition I*...........................3                       Developmental Psychology*.................3
General Psychology*................................3                     Nursing II.......................................................9
Nursing I........................................................6
Total...............................................................16   Total................................................................16

SUMMER SEMESTER                                                credits
(follows Nursing II or Nursing IV)
Nursing III.....................................................3
Total................................................................3

THIRD SEMESTER                                                 credits   FOURTH SEMESTER                                                 credits
Social Science Elective*..........................3                      English Elective*.........................................3
Microbiology*.............................................4              Directed Elective*......................................3
Nursing IV.....................................................8         Nursing V......................................................10
Nursing BH..................................................3            Total................................................................16
Total...............................................................18

                    Nursing Credit Hours: 39                             Corequisite Credit Hours: 30

                                               Total Degree Credit Hours: 69

                                     Ratio of Theory to Clinical Lab Hours: 1:3

         * Corequisite courses: must be taken at the same time or prior to the nursing courses
          listed in each semester and are usually taken at Hudson Valley Community College.

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COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME PN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
(HEGIS code 5209.02)
FIRST SEMESTER (fall)                                          credits   THIRD SEMESTER (summer) credits
Practical Nursing 1....................................6                 Practical Nursing 3...................................9
General Psychology*................................3                     English Composition I*...........................3
Biology of Human Organism*.............4                                 ...........................................................................
Total...............................................................13   Total...............................................................12

SECOND SEMESTER (spring) credits
Practical Nursing 2...................................8
Developmental Psychology*................3
Practical Nursing 4...................................1
Total...............................................................12

                     Nursing Credit Hours: 24                            Corequisite Credit Hours: 13

                                                 Curriculum total: 37 credits

                                     Ratio of Theory to Clinical Lab Hours: 1:3
      * Corequisite courses: must be taken at the same time or prior to the nursing courses
       listed in each semester and are usually taken at Hudson Valley Community College.

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Course Descriptions
Each nursing course addresses holistic       and moral accountability will be in-
health and wellness of individuals and       troduced with emphasis placed upon
families. The curriculum covers the          the professional roles of helper and
lifespan from birth to end of life. Holism   partner in the promotion of health and
encompasses physiological, social,           wellness. Through the development of
mental, emotional, spiritual, cultural,      skills in interviewing and assessment,
and environmental needs of an individ-       students will identify varying degrees of
ual and family for attaining optimum         health and wellness for individuals and
health and wellness. Through each            families across the life span. An appreci-
course, students build from simple to        ation of differences in people and their
complex when applying the processes          perceptions of wellness will be fostered
of reasoning, problem solving, com-          to better enable students to assist
munication, teaching-learning, and           individuals and their families recognize
continuous improvement. Students are         the value of health and wellness and
introduced to the multiple roles and         encourage personal responsibility.
relationships employed to facilitate
                                             Corequisites: Anatomy & Physiology I;
health promotion, restoration, main-
                                             English Composition I and General
tenance, and support. Believed to be
                                             Psychology
fundamental to the practice of pro-
fessional nursing, caring, personal and
                                             Nursing II: Health Maintenance,
professional accountability, reasoning
                                             Restoration and Support
and technical skills are applied in each
                                             (Fall/Spring)
course. A variety of in- and outpatient
                                             4.5 class hours/13.5 clinical hours
settings will support students in
                                             (9 credits)
acquiring assessment skills and
therapeutic interventions for individuals    Application of the physical, social and
and families with differing needs.           behavioral sciences enables students to
                                             analyze factors affecting health and well-
All nursing courses are taught by
                                             ness. Students identify, apply, monitor,
master’s prepared professional nurses.
                                             and evaluate interventions to promote
Clinical instruction is provided by
                                             a higher level of health when illness has
approximately 3 to 5 clinical instructors
                                             interfered with daily living. Sensitivity to
per course, typically to groups of 6 to
                                             differences in individual families’ respons-
8 students.
                                             es to alterations in health emphasizes the
                                             significance of the partnering role of the
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE
                                             nurse. Therapeutic interventions include
NURSING PROGRAM                              health teaching and the development of
Nursing I:                                   such skills as intravenous and nutritional
Health Promotion and Wellness                support, medication administration, and
(Fall/Spring)                                maintaining asepsis.
3 class hours/9 clinical hours (6 credits)
                                             Prerequisites: Nursing I; Anatomy
Students will trace the history of pro-      & Physiology I; English Composition I
fessional roles and responsibilities in      and General Psychology
nursing practice and healthcare delivery
systems to present day. Legal, ethical,      Corequisites: Anatomy & Physiology II,
                                             Developmental Psychology

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Nursing III: Managing Care                       Nursing BH: Psychiatric and Mental
(Summer Only)                                    Health Nursing (Fall/Spring/Summer)
2.5 class hours/24 clinical hours (3 credits)    1.5 class hours/4.5 clinical hours (3 credits)
Students further develop reasoning and           Students will expand their knowledge
organizational skills when providing care        and skills in administering and monitoring
for a small group of individuals experienc-      care to individuals and families experi-
ing an alternation in health and wellness.       encing alterations in health and wellness
Through seminars and extensive clinical          in the area of mental health. Theory and
experiences, students will gain confidence       practice is directed towards development
in the multifaceted roles of the profession-     of skill and comfort in intervening with
al nurse. Students increase proficiency in       clients in this area. Theory content
technical skills and clinical problem solving.   contains knowledge of mental health
The use of computer technology in the            disorders, treatment, and nursing
clinical setting will be expanded to support     interventions with the expectation the
clinical decisions.                              student will apply this knowledge in the
Prerequisites: Nursing I & II; Anatomy &         diagnosing and treating of human re-
Physiology I & II; English Composition I and     sponses in the practicum. Clinical expe-
General and Developmental Psychology             riences include inpatient and outpatient
                                                 specialty areas of behavioral health.
Nursing IV: Complex Health                       Prerequisites: Nursing I & II; Anatomy
Maintenance, Restoration and Support:            & Physiology I & II; English Composition I;
Care of Women and Children                       and General & Developmental Psychology
(Fall/Spring)                                    Corequisites: Microbiology and Social
4 class hours/12 clinical hours (8 credits)      Science Elective
Students will expand their knowledge
and skills in administering and monitor-         Nursing V: Coordinating
ing care to individuals and families in the      and Improving Care (Fall/Spring)
maternal-child population, experiencing          5 class hours/15 clinical hours (10 credits)
multi-system and rapidly changing                This course is designed to broaden the
alterations in health and wellness. Com-         student’s perspective of the nurse’s role
plexity is evident in the alteration             in influencing and improving healthcare
of health status as well as the types of         systems and practices. Emerging
therapeutic interventions. Physical, social,     healthcare concerns, paradigm shifts,
and behavioral sciences and advanced             governmental regulations, and
technology are applied in the diagnosing         financing are discussed to provide a
and treating of human responses in a             more global view of nursing. Students
variety of settings. Clinical experiences        apply management, systems and
include inpatient and outpatient                 change theories to previously acquired
maternal-child specialty areas.                  knowledge, skills and attitudes to
Prerequisites: Nursing I & II;                   promote quality care for a group of
Anatomy & Physiology I & II; English             individuals. Nursing informatics is
Composition I and General and                    applied to foster improved standards of
Developmental Psychology                         care and change. Learning experiences
Corequisites: Microbiology and Social
Science Elective
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are designed to facilitate the transition        St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing)
of student to that of graduate nurse.            45 hour course (3 Class hours per week
Clinical experiences include medical-            for 15 weeks) no college credits awarded
surgical and critical care.                      The Statewide LPN to RN Transition
Prerequisites: Nursing I, II, III, IV and BH;    course is designed to validate prior
Anatomy; & Physiology I & II; Microbiology;      learning, and update/enhance the stu-
General and Developmental Psychology;            dent’s knowledge. This course facilitates
English Composition I; Social Science            transition from the role of Practical
Elective; Behavioral Health.                     Nurse to that of a student preparing for
Corequisites: English Elective,                  the role of Registered Nurse. Nursing
Directed Elective                                process is used as the framework for
                                                 critical thinking and problem solving.
DIRECTED ELECTIVES IN NURSING                    Prerequisites: Graduation from an LPN
High Acuity Nursing                              program in a US Jurisdiction. The accepted
(Offered on Demand)                              LPN must have successfully completed
1.5 class hours/4.5 clinical hours (3 credits)   Anatomy and Physiology I & II, English
                                                 Composition I, General Psychology
This elective course is designed to
                                                 and Developmental Psychology before
provide the second year nursing student
                                                 beginning the nursing sequence. Hold
or recent graduate with in-depth
                                                 a valid and unencumbered PN license in
knowledge of the high acuity nursing
                                                 NYS. Upon completion of the Transition
specialty. This course builds on concepts
                                                 Course and the prerequisites the LPN will
presented in all previous nursing courses
                                                 be accepted into Nursing III.
and adds the depth and breadth
necessary to begin working in the high           For more information, please visit
acuity areas defined as Emergency                www.LPNtoRN.info.
Department (ED) and Critical Care (CC).
Students will have opportunities to              PRACTICAL NURSE
apply theoretical concepts through               CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
precepted clinical experiences in all            Practical Nursing 1
phases of emergent and critical care.            (Fall)
The role of the High Acuity nurse will           3 class hours/9 clinical-lab hours
be emphasized, with exposure to the              (6 credit hours)
Triage Nurse, Emergency Department
Nursing and Surgical and Cardiovascu-            Practical Nursing 1 introduces the stu-
lar Intensive Care Units.                        dent to the concepts of human func-
                                                 tions, self-care deficits, and basic skills
STATEWIDE LPN TO RN                              of nursing practice. Through classroom,
TRANSITION COURSE                                simulated laboratory and clinical ex-
(Offered on Demand at the                        periences, the student is introduced to

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the nursing process, practical nurse role,   (Summer)
legal-ethical responsibilities, teach-       4.5 class hours/13.5 clinical hours
ing-learning principles, and communi-        (9 credit hours)
cation skills fundamental to providing       Practical Nursing 3 exposes the student
basic nursing care for an individual.        to family-centered nursing, with a focus
Corequisites: General Psychology             on the growing family, child and psycho-
and Biology of the Human Organism            logical health. The student will observe
                                             and practice his/her role in acute care
Practical Nursing 2                          and community maternity, pediatric and
(Spring)                                     psychiatric clinical settings. Students will
4 class hours/12 clinical-lab hours          expand their experience with patients
(8 credit hours)                             with clearly defined stable health alter-
                                             ations, expanding on their basic problem
Practical Nursing 2 incorporates
                                             assessment, reporting, delegation and
previous learning as a building block
                                             problem solving skills. Corequisites for
for nursing interventions. Concepts of
                                             this course are: Practical Nursing 4 and
the nursing process, pharmacology,
                                             Developmental Psychology.
and nutrition are integrated. Theory
and related clinical experience focus        Prerequisites: Practical Nursing 1, 2 and 4;
on nursing interventions that support        Biology of the Human Organism; and
the self-care human function needs           General and Developmental Psychology
of adults with chronic and episodic          Corequisite: English Comp I
alterations in health.
Prerequisites: Practical Nursing I;          Practical Nursing 4
General Psychology; Biology of               (Spring)
the Human Organism                           (1 credit hour)
Corequisite: Practical Nursing 4             Practical Nursing 4 provides an oppor-
and Developmental Psychology                 tunity to investigate current issues and
                                             trends in nursing, healthcare, career
Practical Nursing 3                          planning, and continuing education.
                                             Further, legal aspects of nursing licen-
                                             sure and the responsibility of the
                                             graduate practical nurse are covered.
                                             Prerequisites: Practical Nursing 1;
                                             General Psychology; Biology of the
                                             Human Organism
                                             Corequisites: Practical Nursing 2
                                             and Developmental Psychology

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GENERAL EDUCATION                           Mandatory hospital inservice is also
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS                         provided during orientation.
Descriptions can be found in the Hudson
Valley Community College online catalog     BASIC LIFE SUPPORT
at: www.hvcc.edu.                           Students taking nursing courses must
                                            be CPR certified at the professional
DIRECTED ELECTIVE (HVCC)                    level (adult, child and infant) for the
The following is a list of sample courses   duration of each semester.
that may be taken to fulfill the Directed
Elective in the RN associate’s degree       HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
program.                                    Students must meet all health assess-
                                            ment and immunization requirements.
BADM 220 - Statistics*
CHEM 110 - Chemistry*                       FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
BIOL 125 - Nutrition*                       Students must be paid in full or have
CDEP 100 - Introduction to                  payment arrangements by the due date.
			         Chemical Dependence
MATH 180 - Calculus                         CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
HUSV 210 - Human Sexuality                  Criminal Background checks may be
                                            required by clinical agencies. If so,
This is not a comprehensive list. Other     students will be responsible for the
courses may be considered at the            cost of screening.
discretion of the Dean. Courses must
be three or four credits. The purpose of
this elective is to enhance the student’s
knowledge of healthcare and/or better
prepare the student to transfer into
a four-year college.
*Courses favored by BSN programs.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
ORIENTATION
Orientation is required for all new
students at Samaritan Hospital School
of Nursing. It is designed to familiarize
the student with services available at
Samaritan Hospital, Memorial Hospital,
Hudson Valley Community College,
and the local community. It also assists
the student in developing skills for
success in meeting educational goals.

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Academic Policies
Information on advisement, progression,   Director of Student Services and are
retention, grading, course load, and      contained in the Student Handbook
procedures for processes such as add/     distributed to all students at the
drop, change of status, advancement,      beginning of each academic year.
etc., may be obtained from the Dean or

GRADING SCALE FOR NURSING COURSES
                       Letter Grade    Description     Grade Points
Excellent                  A             90-100            4.0
Above Average              B+             85-89            3.5
Average                    B*             80-84            3.0
Unsatisfactory             C+             75-79            2.5
Unsatisfactory             C              70-74            2.0
Unsatisfactory             D+             65-69            1.5
Unsatisfactory             D              60-64            1.0
                           F
Progression                                 Poor academic performance may result
Nursing courses build from simple to        in academic probation or dismissal. Fur-
complex follow a progressive order.         ther information is available on request.
Prerequisite courses must be completed
prior to the next nursing course in the     Incomplete Grade
sequence (as described in the program       At the completion of a course, a student
of studies.)                                may be granted an “Incomplete” letter
A student may not withdraw from a           grade when course requirements have
corequisite course while maintaining        not been met and a learning plan has
enrollment in the nursing course.           been established and agreed upon with
                                            course faculty. The “Incomplete” letter
Successful academic                         grade must be redeemed within TWO
progress includes                           WEEKS following the end of the semester
- Achievement of a minimum grade            or the grade converts to F. In exceptional
  of B in all nursing courses               circumstances, the student may apply
                                            for an extension through the Dean.
- Achievement of a minimum grade
  of C in all support courses               Academic Record
- Completion of the program within four     Students receive a grade report at the
  years of starting date of the Associate   end of each semester.
  Degree program or two years from the
                                            The Grade Point Average (GPA) is
  start date of the PN program.
                                            obtained by adding the quality points
                                            achieved by the student in each course
Grading
                                            and dividing the sum by the total num-
An accepted minimum level of com-
                                            ber of credit hours for those courses.
petency is required for progression in
the program of studies. This has been       Grades below C- are not accepted for
defined as a grade of C or better in the    transfer credit and do not earn quality
support courses and B or better in the      points.
nursing courses.                            Transferred courses are not assigned
Midterm grade reports are generated         quality points or calculated in cumula-
for each student. Students experiencing     tive averages.
academic difficulty are encouraged to
meet with their academic advisor to for-    Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
mulate a plan for successful completion.    In compliance with the Family
                                            Education Rights and Privacy Act of
Academic Probation/Dismissal                1975, Public Law 93-380 (as amended)
A student will be placed on academic        the following policy became effective
probation at the end of a semester if       on January 1, 1975. Students, as provided
they have failed a nursing course (earned   by statute, may review any official
less than a B) or earned less than a C      records, files, or data directly related
in support courses, and may be placed       to themselves that the school has in
on academic probation if they have          its possession. Parents or spouses of
withdrawn from a course.                    independent students do not have
                                            the right to access a student’s record
                                            without the written consent of the

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