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

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

St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing
2019 - 2021 CATALOG
St. Peter's Hospital College of Nursing
                           Mailing Address & Location:
                           714 New Scotland Avenue, Room 111, Albany, NY 12208
                           Contact Information:
                           Phone: (518) 525-6850 | Fax: (518) 525-6852
                           Website: www.sphp.com/son
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
• New York State Council for Associate Degree Nursing
• Organization of Associate Degree Nursing
• New York State Council of Hospital-Based Schools and Colleges
  of Professional Nursing
• Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities
HEGIS Code: 5208.10

    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
    Core Performance Standards............................................................................................ 7
    Americans with Disabilities Act.....................................................................................10
    Retention, NCLEX Pass and Graduation Rates.........................................................11
    Admission................................................................................................................................ 12
      Admission Requirements............................................................................................. 12
      Application Procedure................................................................................................... 13
      International Students................................................................................................... 13
      Criminal Record................................................................................................................14
      Notice of Decision...........................................................................................................14
      Transfer Credits................................................................................................................ 15
      Advanced Placement..................................................................................................... 15
    Curriculum Descriptions................................................................................................... 17
    Course Descriptions............................................................................................................19
    LPN to RN Transition Course......................................................................................... 22
    Academic Policies............................................................................................................... 24
    Student Services.................................................................................................................. 29
    Tuition and Fees...................................................................................................................32
      Estimated Costs 2019-2020........................................................................................35
    Financial Aid.......................................................................................................................... 36
    Scholarship Opportunities.............................................................................................. 43
    St. Peter's Graduate Award Opportunities..............................................................46
    Student Nurses’ Association...........................................................................................48
    Alumni Association.............................................................................................................48
    Administration and Faculty............................................................................................49
    Directions................................................................................................................................ 51

NOTICE REGARDING CHANGES: All                                             the administration deems it necessary,
information in this publication pertains                                  whether or not there is actual notice
to the 2019-2021 academic years and is                                    to individual students.
correct to the extent that information
                                                                          Given budgetary considerations and
was available on the preparation date
                                                                          the decision to publish this publication
of this publication. However, St. Peter's
                                                                          less frequently than annually, from time
Hospital College of Nursing reserves
                                                                          to time we may need to inform our
the right to change the course offerings,
                                                                          students about interpretations or policy
tuition, fees, rules governing admission,
                                                                          changes as they occur. This will be done
requirements for graduation, and the
                                                                          via direct communication with students,
granting of degrees and any other
                                                                          or posted on the Electronic Learning
policies affecting its students. Such
                                                                          Management Platform (MESA).
changes are to take effect whenever
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About Our School
St. Peter's Hospital College of Nursing      Mission Statements
has been educating and preparing             St. Peter’s Health Partners
students for fulfilling careers in nursing   We, St. Peter’s Health Partners and
for more than a century.                     Trinity Health, serve together in the
Our Associate Degree program                 spirit of the gospel as a compassionate
educates and prepares students               and transforming healing presence
to become skilled and competent              within our communities. Founded
professional nurses (RNs). Graduates         in community-based legacies of
earn a two-year Associate in Science         compassionate healing, we provide
degree and are eligible to apply for         the highest quality comprehensive
the National Council Licensure Exam          continuum of integrated health care,
(NCLEX). We also have articulation           supportive housing and community
agreements with upper division BSN           services, especially for the needy
completion programs at a number              and vulnerable.
of colleges.                                 The College of Nursing
St. Peter's Hospital College of Nursing      The mission of St. Peter's Hospital
is affiliated with St. Peter’s Health        College of Nursing is to prepare
Partners, the region’s most comp-            students for entry into the profession
rehensive not-for-profit network of          of nursing as competent, caring
health care, supportive housing and          practitioners.
community services. St. Peter's Hospital
College of Nursing enjoys a close            Our Philosophy
working relationship with our sister         WE BELIEVE
school: Samaritan Hospital School            The practice of Nursing is ...
of Nursing                                   • an art and a science.
Our educational relationship with            • dedicated to promoting, maintaining,
Hudson Valley Community College                restoring, and supporting the health
enables our nursing students to earn           and well-being of individuals living
college credits for liberal arts and           and dying.
science support courses.                     • holistic.
                                             • caring.
The college's Health Sciences Library
                                             • accountable: legally, ethically
is located on the 2nd floor of Marian
                                               and morally.
Hall, on the Maria College campus.
Students participate in learning             • the application of theoretical
experiences that include classroom             knowledge, reasoning and
teaching, school labs, and clinical            technical competence.
practices at St. Peter's Hospital,           • accepting and respecting individuals
Hudson Valley Community College                regardless of religion, race, creed,
and affiliating agencies.                      color, age, gender, culture, ability,
                                               mental status, or socioeconomic
                                               status, or political affiliation.
                                             • partnerships with
                                               — individuals and significant others
                                             		 with actual or potential health
                                             		 needs, and
                                               — health care team members.
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Education ...                              Aggregate Program
• is a partnership involving shared
  accountability between faculty           Outcomes
  and students.                            • The graduates of the College of
                                             Nursing will achieve a passing rate
• requires open, honest and timely
                                             on NCLEX-RN equal or greater than
  communication by faculty and
                                             New York State and National average
  students.
                                             on their first attempt.
• recognizes students’ unique
                                           • The completion/graduation rate will
  abilities, life experiences and
                                             be at or above the New York State
  learning preferences.
                                             and national average based on the
• is committed to providing a variety        number of students in a class who
  of resources and active learning           graduate within the 150 percent of
  experiences to support individual          the planned program length (3 years).
  learning preferences and rates.
                                           • Ninety percent of graduates actively
• builds from simple to complex.             seeking employment will secure a
  A minimum level of competency              nursing position within six months
  is critical before progressing in a        of graduation.
  sequential curriculum. In consultation
                                           • Upon graduation, 85 percent
  with faculty, students identify
                                             of students will report overall
  corrective measures necessary
                                             program satisfaction.
  to move to a higher level of
  competence.                              Graduate Outcomes
• flourishes in an environment in          The graduate of St. Peter's Hospital
  which there is freedom of expression,    College of Nursing is prepared to:
  creativity and innovation.               • Promote, restore, and maintain
• is a lifelong endeavor.                    health and well-being in patients,
                                             families, and communities to
The Scholarship of Teaching                  maximize human flourishing.
and Learning                               • Use nursing judgment to provide
The faculty of the College of                safe, high-quality nursing care to
Nursing have defined scholarship             patients, families, and communities.
as “professional endeavors which
                                           • Demonstrate professionalism that
advance the art and science of
                                             reflects personal accountability,
nursing and nursing education.”
                                             values, integrity, responsibility, and
Theoretical Framework                        ethical practices.
The nurses at St. Peter’s Health           • Approach nursing practice with a
Partners have adopted Jean Watson’s          spirit of inquiry to improve the
Theory of Human Caring/Caring                quality of care for patients, families,
Science as their model of nursing
                                             and communities.
practice.

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Our Facilities                             Library
Students enrolled at St. Peter's           The Health Sciences Library has an
Hospital College of Nursing pursue         extensive collection of professional
their education in a variety of            material to support students’ academic
settings, providing comprehensive          research needs. In addition to open
and 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
St. Peter’s classroom and clinical         programs which add another dimension
laboratory facilities are located at       to learning strategies. Membership in
714 New Scotland Ave., in Marian           the Capital District Library Council and
Hall. The fully equipped learning          the OCLC network provide access to
laboratory affords students the            materials from libraries nationwide
opportunity to practice and enhance        through interlibrary loan. Programs
their skills through the use of computer   to assist students in preparing for
technology, simulated “patient” care       the computerized National Council
with models and up-to-date equipment       Licensure Exams are available.
which mirrors the hospital environment.    The library also has computers which
Clinical and observational experiences     provide students access to the Internet
for students are provided in both          and Microsoft Office programs. The
long-term and acute care settings,         library’s electronic resources, such as
which include but are not limited to:      online journal databases, are available
                                           to library users and can be accessed
•   Albany Memorial Hospital               from home, as well. Focusing on
•   Samaritan Hospital                     student needs, library staff provide
•   Eddy Visiting Nurse Association        orientation, individual guidance in
•   Childcare centers                      research, and group instruction.
•   Elementary schools
•   Albany Medical Center Hospital
•   New York Oncology Hematology, PC
•   Outpatient clinics
•   Dialysis centers
•   Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital
•   St. Peter’s Hospital
Selected class and clinical experiences
are held outside of the main school/
campus and hospital complex.
Transportation to the sites is the
student’s responsibility.

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St. Peter's Hospital College of Nursing
Sample Academic Calendar
 FALL SEMESTER                  Tentative and Subject to Change
 3rd Week, August               Orientation
 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
 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

All courses are offered every semester.

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Technical Standards
St. Peter's Hospital College of Nursing is   perform functions that are necessary
committed to diversity and to attracting     for the safe practice of nursing and
and educating students who will              essential to all licensing requirements
make the population of health care           for nursing.
professionals' representative of the         Applicants must be capable of meeting
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 St. Peter's Hospital
our work with all students, including        College 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 judgement              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.
                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           • Communicate effec-
                sufficient for verbal and           tively and sensitively
                written professional                with patients, families,
                interactions.                       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.
                                                  • Explanation of treat-
                                                    ment, procedures,
                                                    intiation of health
                                                    teaching.
                                                  • Documentation and
                                                    interpretation of nursing
                                                    actions and patient/
                                                    client responses.
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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-cardiopul-
                                                       monary 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 devise
                   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. St. Peter's Hospital College     which is sent to all new students.
of Nursing is required to comply with          The form should be accompanied by
the stipulations of the ADA. The ADA           supporting documentation. In the
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
second year of the Associate Degree                                       Degree (RN) program.
(RN) program.
                                                                          MEMORIAL COLLEGE OF NURSING
MEMORIAL COLLEGE OF NURSING                                               GRADUATION RATES
2014 - 15                 79%                                             Start Date        RN program
2015 - 16                 82%                                             2012 Spring           83%
2016 - 17                 78%                                                   Fall            72%
2017 - 18                 74%                                             2013 Spring           83%
Rolling average        78.25%                                                   Fall            94%
                                                                          2014 Spring           93%
Average retention, two-year
                                                                                Fall            73%
private colleges:
                                                                          2015 Spring           82%
NYS.................................................................61%
                                                                                Fall            74%
National.......................................................62%        2016 Spring           70%
The National Council Licensure                                                  Fall           76%*

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

NCLEX Pass Rates
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 (RN) PROGRAM
                       2014    2015                                                    2016                 2017                 2018
Memorial College
of Nursing             98%     98%                                                    90.2%               96.5%               96.43%
NYS average            76%    79.7%                                                    82%                83.3%                78%
US average            79.3%    82%                                                    81.7%               84.2%                70%

                                                                                                                          *Anticipated

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Admission
Applications for admission may be           • If a candidate does not pass the TASC
submitted at any time. Deadlines for          subtest but passed the same GED
admission applications are noted on           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
Committee after all required materials        five (5) GED subtests but did not
are received in the school office.            attain the minimum score of 2250,
An incomplete application will be             such candidate must pass at least
considered active for one year from           one of the TASC subtests to obtain
the date it is received.                      a New York State High School
An applicant is admitted to the school        Equivalency Diploma.
on the basis of his/her composite           • Applicants who have been home
record. Equal consideration is given to       schooled must submit a letter from
all who apply regardless of race, color,      the superintendent of the school
national origin, creed, sex or age.           district in which the applicant resides
                                              stating that the applicant’s course
The College of Nursing enrolls new            of studies meets New York State
students every semester for the               requirements for graduation from
Associate Degree (RN) 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               grade requirements:
(GED) with both a standard score of           - Grade of 75 or above for high school
480 or above on each of the GED tests       		 level courses
and a total standard score of 2400 or         - Grade of B or above for non-credit
above. These scores are based on the        		 bearing/remedial college courses
newest version of the GED. For the            - Grade of C (70%) or above for credit
older version of the GED, a standard        		 bearing college courses
score of 48 or above is required on         • Applicants who wish to request a
each of the GED tests, with a total           waiver for the above grade/score
standard score of 240.                        requirements must demonstrate
• Candidates must possess a High              college success by the following:
  School Equivalency (HSE) by passing         - One semester of college level
  all five (5) sections of Test Assessing   		 courses carrying seven (7) credits
  Secondary Completion (TASC) with          		 or more with a GPA of 2.0 or above,
  a minimum score of 500 on each of         		 including at least one credit bearing
  the following sections:                   		 science course with a final grade
  - Language Arts – Reading                 		 of C or above.
  - Language Arts – Writing
		 (which includes an essay)
  - Mathematics
  - Science
  - Social Studies
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Application Procedure                     ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMPETENCY
Applicants must submit the following:     • International applicants whose
• An application fee. Checks and             primary and secondary education
  money orders should be payable             was in a language other than English
  to St. Peter's Hospital College of         must demonstrate proficiency in
  Nursing. The fee may also be paid          English by taking any one of the
  online at www.SPHP.com.                    exams listed below and achieving
                                             the identified score
• A completed application.
                                             a. The Pearson Test of English (PTE)
• Official high school transcript or
                                          		 Academic. The applicant must
  an official High School Equivalency
                                          		 achieve a minimum score of 50
  Diploma transcript.
                                          		 on each subsection and must
• Official transcripts from ALL post-     		 achieve an overall score of 55.
  secondary schools attended, regard-
                                             b. The Test of English as a Foreign
  less of the nature of the coursework,
                                          		 Language Internet-based (TOEFL
  whether or not credit was earned,
                                          		 iBT™). The applicant must achieve
  and whether or not a degree was
                                          		 a minimum score of 84, and a
  granted.
                                          		 minimum speaking score of 26.
• Applicants may be requested to
                                             c. The International English Language
  provide additional information
                                          		 Testing System (IELTS™). The
  for clarification.
                                          		 applicant must achieve a minimum
• All documentation must be sent to:      		 score of 6.5, with no communica-
  St. Peter's Hospital                    		 tive skill below 6.0.
  College of Nursing                      International applicants who have
  714 New Scotland Avenue, Room 111       maintained a GPA of 2.0 and graduated
  Albany, NY 12208                        from an American post-secondary
                                          institution with at least an associate
Admission of                              degree may not be required to
                                          demonstrate English language
International Students                    proficieny through one of the exams
• The College of Nursing only admits
  international applicants with United    listed above.
  States Citizenship or Permanent
  Resident Status (original card must     PROCEDURE
  be presented) to the Associate          International applicants must:
  Degree (RN) program.                    • Submit a completed application
• International applicants should           including an application fee.
  request application forms 10 to         • Submit official transcripts from all
  12 months before they plan to begin       educational institutions attended,
  studies in order to allow time for        both secondary and institutions
  correspondence and evaluation             of higher learning. Only officially
  of necessary documentation.               translated transcripts signed by the
                                            National Department of Education
                                            or US consul who verifies that they

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are full and exact translations will        Notice of Decision
  be accepted. The translation must           All applicants will be informed in writ-
  also be sent to the World Education         ing of the decision of the Admissions
  Services (WES) for evaluation, with         and Progression Committee. To secure
  an official report from the WES sent        a seat in the class, accepted applicants
  to the school.                              must return the confirmation form
St. Peter's Hospital College of Nursing       along with the non-refundable matric-
will admit only those students who            ulation fee by the date specified in the
have completed at least the equivalent        acceptance letter. This fee is applied to
of 12 years of elementary and secondary       the tuition in the first semester.
education and have successfully passed        Failure to return the confirmation
all required examinations. In general,        form and/or failure to pay the matric-
candidates must be qualified for              ulation fee by the date specified in the
university admission in their country         acceptance letter will be considered
of birth.                                     official withdrawal from the admissions
                                              process and the seat will be offered to
Criminal Record                               a candidate on the waiting list.
The law regulating the practice of
nursing in New York State states that         WAITING LIST
the Board of Regents, State Education         When the nursing course is full,
Department, may deny a convicted              selected qualified applicants may
felon a license or the privilege of sitting   be placed on a waiting list.
for the licensure examination (NCLEX).        If the applicant is not seated, they are
                                              denied; however, they may request
Exclusion from Federal                        to be reviewed in the subsequent
                                              semester.
Health Care Programs
Individuals, including nursing students,      REAPPLICATION
who are excluded from participation           Denied applicants may reapply,
in the Medicare or Medicaid program           but must submit a new application,
will be excluded from participating in        updated transcripts if any, and must
clinical activities. This means that any      pay the application fee. Retaking the
such student will not be able to meet         TEAS is optional.
the clinical learning objectives and will     Students who have previously with-
be dismissed from the program. All            drawn from the program are eligible
matriculated students will be routinely       to apply for readmission under the
screened for being listed on the Office       following conditions:
of the Inspector General's List of
                                              • They must meet the admission
Excluded Individual/Entities.
                                                requirements in place at the time
                                                of reapplication.
                                              • If accepted, placement in the
                                                program is subject to the curriculum
                                                in place at the time of reapplication.
                                              • No more than two years may have
                                                passed since the completion of the
                                                last nursing course.
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Transferring Credits:                      Advanced Placement
Corequisite Courses                        and Transfer of Credit
Upon acceptance to the college,            for Nursing Courses
transfer of credit from other accredited   Applicants for advanced placement
post-secondary institutions will be        must complete the application process
considered on a case-by-case basis.        and be accepted into the College of
Only courses completed with a grade        Nursing. Notification of eligibility for
of C (70 percent) or above will be         advanced placement will be sent with
considered for transfer credit. Note:      the acceptance letter.
credit for science courses (Anatomy
and Physiology I and II, Microbiology)     Applicants to the College of Nursing
must have been completed no more           who have successfully completed
than five years from the date of           nursing courses (with a grade of 80
acceptance to be eligible for transfer.    percent or better) at another nursing
There is no time limit on non-science      school may be eligible for advanced
courses.                                   placement based on assessment of the
                                           content and credit hours. Transferring
Students may be required to provide        credit for nursing courses will be
a course description or syllabus for       considered on a case-by-case basis.
any course being considered for            Any transferred nursing course must
transfer credit.                           have been taken within two years prior
                                           to entering a nursing course at this
TRANSFER CREDIT HIGH SCHOOL
                                           school. Only nursing courses completed
AP COURSES
                                           with an 80 percent or above will be
Credit will be given for advanced
                                           considered for transfer credit. The
placement exams from the College
                                           decision to accept any nursing credit
Board with a grade of three (3) or
                                           will be made by comparing course
better. An official score report must
                                           descriptions for both the theory and
come directly from the College Board
                                           clinical components of the course.
to the school.
                                           Applicants may be required to provide
TRANSFER CREDIT AND GPA                    course syllabi from previous nursing
Transfer credits are not included in       courses. The decision to accept any
the cumulative grade point average         nursing credit will be made by
calculated when matriculated in this       comparing course descriptions, course
program. However, for students who         content, and learning outcomes for
reenter the program, the previously        both the theory and clinical compo-
earned grades and credits that are still   nents of the course. Applicants will be
applicable will be carried over to the     required to provide course syllabi from
readmission and counted in the GPA.        previous nursing courses.
                                           Advanced placed students are
WAIVER                                     counseled and curriculum plans are
Any request for a waiver of any            developed on an individual basis.
admission, transfer credit or academic
policy outlined above must be made
in writing to the Dean and will be
considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Advanced placed students must               • The accepted applicant must
complete at least 20 credits in nursing       complete the corequisites of the
at this school to qualify for graduation.     nursing courses that are being
The maximum number of credits that            transferred in with a grade of 70
may be transferred in is 49 (19 in            percent or better. These courses
nursing).                                     are: Anatomy and Physiology I
If accepted for advanced placement,           and II, General Psychology,
the student must complete orientation         Developmental Psychology and
and the bridge workshop.                      English Composition I. Science
                                              courses must be taken within 5 years
                                              prior to the date of acceptance at the
ADVANCED PLACEMENT FOR LPNS
                                              school. There is no time limit for the
Applicants who are licensed practical
                                              non-science courses.
nurses are eligible for advanced
placement into the Associate Degree         • The accepted applicant must submit
(RN) program. LPN applicants must             an official transcript from the school
first complete the application process        where the Transition Course was
and be accepted into the college.             taken. The official transcript must
Upon acceptance into the college,             be received in order to begin nursing
the applicant must submit the                 courses at our school. Nursing
matriculation fee.                            transfer credits will not be applied
                                              until the College has received official
Since the College of Nursing is a             notification that the applicant has
participant in the Statewide LPN to           successfully completed the Transition
RN Articulation Model, LPNs who have          Course.
been accepted into the RN program
                                            • Prior to starting the Nursing
may be offered advanced placement
                                              sequence, the advanced placed
as follows:
                                              LPN must complete the Advanced
• The accepted applicant must hold a          Placement Bridge Workshop offered
  valid, unencumbered LPN registration        by the College of Nursing
  in the United States.
                                            For more information on the Statewide
• The accepted advanced placed
                                            LPN to RN Articulation Model and
  applicant must successfully complete
                                            Transition Course, please visit
  the Statewide LPN to RN Transition
                                            http://www.lpntorn.info.
  Course. It is best for the accepted
  applicant to complete the Transition
  Course just prior to starting the
  Nursing sequence at our school.
  After successful completion of this
  Transition Course, the accepted
  applicant will receive 15 credits of
  transfer credit (this is equivalent to
  transfer credit for Nursing I and
  Nursing II).

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Curriculum Descriptions
A semester nursing didactic credit hour is an academic unit earned for fifteen
50-minute sessions of classroom instruction for a total of 15 teaching weeks
or the equivalent. One third of the credit hours for any nursing course are
awarded for didactic experiences (classroom instruction), and two thirds of
the credit hours are awarded for clinical/lab practice experience.

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

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Nursing III: Managing Care                    in the diagnosing and treating of
(Summer Only)                                 human responses in a variety of
2.5 class hours/24 clinical hours             settings. Clinical experiences include
(3 credits)                                   inpatient and outpatient in the
Students further develop reasoning and        maternal-child specialty area.
organizational skills when providing          Prerequisites: Nursing I & II, Anatomy
care for a small group of individuals         & Physiology I & II, English Composition I,
experiencing an alternation in health         General and Developmental Psychology
and wellness. Through seminars and            Corequisites: Microbiology and Social
extensive clinical experiences, students      Science Elective
will gain confidence in the multifaceted
roles of the professional nurse. Students
                                              Nursing BH: Psychiatric
increase proficiency in technical skills
                                              and Mental Health Nursing
and clinical problem solving. The use
                                              (Fall/Spring/Summer)
of computer technology in the clinical
                                              1.5 class hours/4.5 clinical hours
setting will be expanded to support
                                              (3 credits)
clinical decisions.
                                              Students will expand their knowledge
Prerequisites: Nursing I & II, Anatomy
                                              and skills in administering and moni-
& Physiology I & II, English Composition I,
                                              toring care to individuals and families
General and Developmental Psychology
                                              experiencing alterations in health and
                                              wellness in the area of mental health.
Nursing IV: Complex Health                    Theory and practice is directed towards
Maintenance, Restoration                      development of skill and comfort in
and Support: Care of Women                    intervening with clients in this area.
and Children                                  Theory content contains knowledge
(Fall/Spring)                                 of mental health disorders, treatment,
4 class hours/12 clinical hours               and nursing interventions with the
(8 credits)                                   expectation the student will apply
Students will expand their knowledge          this knowledge in the diagnosing and
and skills in administering and moni-         treating of human responses in the
toring care to individuals and families       practicum. Clinical experiences include
experiencing multi-system and rapidly         inpatient and outpatient specialty areas
changing alterations in health and            of behavioral health.
wellness. Complexity is evident in the        Prerequisites: Nursing I, II, Anatomy &
alteration of health status as well as        Physiology I & II, English Composition I,
the types of therapeutic interventions.       General & Developmental Psychology
Physical, social, and behavioral sciences
and advanced technology are applied           Corequisites: Microbiology and Social
                                              Science Elective

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Nursing V: Coordinating                     DIRECTED ELECTIVES IN NURSING
and Improving Care                          High Acuity Nursing
(Fall/Spring)                               (Offered on Demand)
5 class hours/15 clinical hours             1.5 class hours/4.5 clinical hours
(10 credits)                                (3 credits)
This course is designed to broaden the      This elective course is designed to
student’s perspective of the nurse’s role   provide the second year nursing student
in influencing and improving health         or recent graduate with in-depth
care systems and practices. Emerging        knowledge of the high acuity nursing
health care concerns, paradigm shifts,      specialty. This course builds on concepts
governmental regulations, and               presented in all previous nursing courses
financing are discussed to provide a        and adds the depth and breadth
more global view of nursing. Students       necessary to begin working in the high
apply management, systems and               acuity areas defined as Emergency
change theories to previously acquired      Department (ED) and Critical Care(CC).
knowledge, skills and attitudes to          Students will have opportunities to
promote quality care for a group of         apply theoretical concepts through
individuals. Nursing informatics is         precepted clinical experiences in all
applied to foster improved standards of     phases of emergent and critical care.
care and change. Learning experiences       The role of the High Acuity nurse will
are designed to ease the transition         be emphasized, with exposure to the
of student to that of graduate nurse.       Triage Nurse, Emergency Department
Clinical experiences include                Nursing and Surgical and Cardiovascu-
medical-surgical and critical care.         lar Intensive Care Units.
Prerequisites: Nursing I, II, III, IV and
BH; Anatomy & Physiology I & II;            STATEWIDE LPN TO RN
Microbiology; General and Developmental     TRANSITION COURSE
Psychology; English Composition I; Social   (Spring semester)
Science Elective; Behavioral Health         45 hour course (3 Class hours per week
                                            for 15 weeks) no college credits awarded
Corequisites: English Elective,
Directed Elective                           The Statewide LPN to RN Transition
                                            course is designed to validate prior
                                            learning, and update/enhance the
                                            student’s knowledge. This course
                                            facilitates transition from the role of
                                            Practical Nurse to that of a student
                                            preparing for the role of Registered
                                            Nurse. Nursing process is used as the
                                            framework for critical thinking and
                                            problem solving.
                                            Prerequisites: Graduation from an LPN
                                            program in a US Jurisdiction. Before an
                                            accepted LPN can begin his/her nursing
                                            sequence in St. Peter's Hospital College
                                            of Nursing or Samaritan Hospital School
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of Nursing, he/she must have successfully   *Courses favored by BSN programs.
completed Anatomy & Physiology I & II,
English Composition I and General and       ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
Developmental Psychology. Hold a valid
                                            ORIENTATION
and unencumbered PN license in NYS.
                                            Orientation is required for all new
Upon completion of the transition course
                                            students at St. Peter's Hospital College
and the prerequisites the LPN will be
                                            of Nursing. It is designed to familiarize
accepted into Nursing III.
                                            the student with services available at
For more information, please visit          Samaritan Hospital, St. Peter's Hospital,
http://www.LPNtoRN.info/.                   Hudson Valley Community College
                                            and the local community. It also assists
GENERAL EDUCATION                           the student in developing skills for
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS                         success in meeting educational goals.
Descriptions can be found in the            Mandatory hospital inservice is also
Hudson Valley Community College             provided during orientation.
on-line catalog at: www.hvcc.edu
                                            BASIC LIFE SUPPORT
DIRECTED ELECTIVES (HVCC)                   Students taking nursing courses must
The following is a list of sample courses   be CPR certified at the professional
that may be taken to fulfill the Directed   level (adult, child, and infant) for the
Elective in the RN Associate’s Degree       duration of each semester.
program.
                                            HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
BADM 220 - Statistics*                      Students must meet all health assess-
CHEM 110 - Chemistry*                       ment and immunization requirements.
BIOL 125 - Nutrition*
                                            FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
CDEP 100 - Introduction to                  Students must be paid in full or have
			         Chemical Dependence             payment arrangements by due date.
MATH 180 - Calculus
HUSV 210 - Human Sexuality                  CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
                                            Criminal Background checks may be
This is not a comprehensive list. Other
                                            required by clinical agencies. If so,
courses may be considered at the
                                            students will be responsible for the
discretion of the director. Courses
                                            cost of screening.
must be three or four credits. The
purpose of this elective is to enhance
the student’s knowledge of health care
and/or better prepare him or her to
transfer into a four-year college.

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

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                               Incomplete Grade
Nursing courses build from simple         At the completion of a course, a stu-
to complex and follow a progressive       dent may be granted an “Incomplete”
order. Prereuisite courses must be        letter grade when course requirements
completed prior to the next nursing       have not been met and a learning plan
course in the sequence (as described      has been established and agreed upon
in the program of studies.)               with course faculty. The “Incomplete”
A student may not withdraw from a         letter grade must be redeemed within
corequisite course while maintaining      TWO WEEKS following the end of the
enrollment in the nursing course.         semester or the grade converts to F. In
                                          exceptional circumstances, the student
Successful academic                       may apply for an extension through
progress includes                         the Dean.
- Achievement of a minimum grade
  of B in all nursing courses             Academic Record
                                          Students receive a grade report
- Achievement of a minimum grade
                                          at the end of each semester.
  of C in all support courses
- Completion of the program within        The Grade Point Average (GPA) is
  four years of starting date             obtained by adding the quality points
                                          achieved by the student in each
Grading                                   course and dividing the sum by the
An accepted minimum level of              total number of credit hours for
competency is required for progression    those courses.
in the program of studies. This has
been defined as a grade of C or better    Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
in the support courses and B or better    In compliance with the Family
in nursing courses.                       Education Rights and Privacy Act of
                                          1975, Public Law 93-380 (as amended)
Midterm grade reports are generated
                                          the following policy became effective
for each student. Students experiencing
                                          on January 1, 1975. Students, as provided
academic difficulty are encouraged
                                          by statute, may review any official
to meet with their academic advisors
                                          records, files, or data directly related
to formulate a plan for successful
                                          to themselves that the school has in
completion.
                                          its possession. Parents or spouses of
                                          independent students do not have
Academic Probation/Dismissal
                                          the right to access a student’s record
A student will be placed on academic
                                          without the written consent of the
probation at the end of a semester
                                          student. This includes information
if they have failed a course (earned
                                          requested over the telephone. Anyone
less than a B) and may be placed on
                                          requesting information about a student
academic probation if he or she has
                                          will have to provide a “password”.
withdrawn from a course.
                                          Files available to the student include
Poor academic performance may
                                          identifying data, academic records,
result in academic probation or
                                          financial records and application
dismissal. Further information is
                                          materials. Requests to review
available on request.
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information should be in writing and         Academic Progress
submitted to the Main Office of the          Students must successfully complete
College of Nursing. Records or files shall   all prerequisites before advancing to
be made available no later than 45 days      the next nursing course. Students who
from the date the request is received.       are unsuccessful in a nursing course
Student records, files or data may           must submit a Request to Repeat a
be available to other individuals or         Nursing Course Form along with a
agencies independent of the school           letter detailing what the student
only after the student has given             believes was the reason for the failure.
written authorization to release             The Academic and Progression
the information. The following are           committee will render a final decision
exceptions: authorized officials of other    on the student request to repeat.
schools at which the student may
                                             Graduation
wish to enroll, accrediting agencies
                                             The faculty declares the student eligible
in connection with the student’s
                                             to receive the school pin, and degree
application for state or federal
                                             when the following criteria are met:
financial aid, and licensing boards.
                                             • A grade of 2.0 or above is achieved
Directory information is a student’s
                                               in all support courses, and a grade of
name, address, telephone listing,
                                               3.0 or above in all nursing courses.
participation in officially recognized
activities, degrees and awards received,     • Student has completed the
enrollment status and photograph.              required courses.
Directory information is available to        • All financial obligations are paid,
outsiders requesting this information          all learning materials are returned
without specific permission from the           to the library, and student ID badge
student. If a student would like this          is returned.
information withheld, written notice         • Exit interviews/counseling are
must be submitted to the Main Office           completed for students who
of the College of Nursing. A student           received financial aid.
may request in writing a review of           • Attendance at ATI live review.
information that he or she believes
                                             Upon successful completion of the
to be inaccurate and/or misleading.
                                             program, the graduate is eligible to
The review shall be conducted by
                                             apply to the New York State Board for
an appropriate school official not
                                             Nursing (or any other state where the
having an interest in the outcome
                                             graduate plans to practice) to take the
of the review.
                                             National Council Licensure Exam for
Academic Honor Roll                          licensure as a Registered Professional
In order to honor students who               Nurse (A record of previous felony
display academic excellence, students        conviction may disallow an applicant
who attain a GPA of 3.75 or above for        for licensure.)
the semester will be placed on the
Academic Honor Roll.

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Graduate Honors:                          Withdrawal
Students who graduate with an overall     All necessary withdrawal forms must
cumulative GPA of 3.75 or greater are     be completed and processed by the
graduated with Academic Honors            Student Services Office. Students are
- Magna cum laude 3.75 – 3.94             responsible for delivering the signed
- Summa cum laude 3.95 – 4.0              HVCC course withdrawal forms to
                                          HVCC, when required.
Attendance Policy                         Failure to comply with the withdrawal
Attendance is mandatory for ALL           procedure as found in the Student
examinations and all clinicals,           Handbook or withdrawal after the
simulation, and validation labs. Class    last date to withdraw without
attendance requirements are set by        academic penalty will result in a grade
course chairs for each course. Class      of Z (absent without withdrawal)
attendance is highly recommended.         for the course(s).
Absence affects the quality of the        NOTE: Any change in course
student’s academic achievement and        registration MUST be discussed
attainment of course objectives, and      with the Bursar and/or Financial
may result in failure of the course.      Aid Coordinator, if applicable.
Excessive absences or multiple failures
to report absences or lateness may        Dismissal
result in course failure and/or           A student may be dismissed from
termination from the program.             the school when there is sufficient
Students in satisfactory academic         evidence to show:
standing in a nursing course may be       • Academic failure (see Academic
offered makeup for absences at the          Progress and Grading policy)
discretion of the faculty.                • Violations of The College of Nursing
Makeup time is determined on a              code of honor (see Academic Integrity
contractual basis between faculty           policy)
and student. The student may be           • Unsafe clinical practice or failure to
required to pay charges determined          comply with School/Hospital/Agency
by the makeup fee schedule in effect        policies and procedures
if the school incurs extra cost to        • Excessive absences with failure
provide the makeup.                         to initiate a plan for make-up
Additional information regarding            experiences, or absence beyond the
attendance may be found in the              school's ability to accommodate the
                                            make-up experiences.
Student Handbook.
                                          • Behavior which is unprofessional/
                                            inappropriate.

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