• Graduate

Nursing

Academic Requirements 

In order to maintain continuous enrollment in the program, all graduate students must achieve a “B” in all clinical courses and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 to continue in the sequence and graduate from the program. The end-of-program objectives for which each graduate student is accountable are to:

1. integrate principles of systems theory, natural, biological, physical, and social sciences in advanced nursing practice.
2. analyze client responses to therapeutic interventions.
3. synthesize the nursing process in a manner inclusive of biopsychosocial phenomena and cultural and ethnic variations.
4. synthesize primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention to promote optimal wellness.
5. integrate nursing research methods to improve advanced practice nursing.
6. demonstrate dependent, independent, and interdependent professional behaviors in advanced practice nursing.

Length of Program 

Students may elect full or parttime study to complete the degree. Course work may be completed in 1 1/2 calendar years of full-time study. Parttime study is achieved in four academic semesters and two summer sessions. Lecture courses are offered in an evening format. Students must complete all course requirements within a four year time frame counted from entry into the first nursing course.

Deferred Enrollment, Leave of Absence, Withdrawal 

Any student accepted into the program who wishes to defer enrollment must write a letter to the Coordinator requesting permission to defer. Permission to defer will be granted for one year beginning at the time of the request. Filing the request in a timely fashion secures a place in the following year’s class.

Once enrolled, a student may request a leave of absence from the College, which, when granted, permits the student to maintain matriculated status although not in attendance and to resume study without applying for readmission. Leave of absence status is ordinarily granted for no more than two semesters.

To be official, this request must be submitted in writing to the Registrar and the Program Coordinator at least one month prior to the beginning of the term for which the leave is sought, unless extenuating circumstances prevail. To be official, any withdrawal from a course must be submitted by the student in writing, with authorization by the Program Coordinator, to the Registrar. Students may drop a course within one calendar week after the official opening of the academic term by filing “Drop/Add” forms with the Registrar. When a student officially withdraws from a course during this one-week period, no notation of the withdrawal will appear on the official record. The symbol “W” will be entered on the transcript when the official Withdrawal occurs before two-thirds of the scheduled ses

The symbol “W” will be entered on the transcript when the official Withdrawal occurs before two-thirds of the scheduled sessions of the course have met. Withdrawal without academic penalty may be permitted also, with the concurrence of the Program Coordinator, the Academic Dean, and the instructor, in cases of exceptional circumstances and for serious reasons, when the time for withdrawal has elapsed and an “incomplete” may be inappropriate to the situation. The symbol “FX,” which carries the same penalty as an “F” grade, will be entered on the transcript in the case of unofficial withdrawal, that is, when a student fails to continue to pursue a course for which he/she has been registered and from which official withdrawal has not been authorized.

“Withdrawal from Course” forms are available in the Office of the Program Coordinator. Upon receipt of the completed form, the Registrar will notify the instructor of the course of the student’s official withdrawal. Students who are planning to withdraw from the program as a whole complete an exit interview with the Program Coordinator.

Health Requirements 

All graduate students must show evidence of an annual physical with up-to-date immunizations and/or titers as required by regulatory agencies. In addition, all graduate students must hold Student Nurse Practitioner malpractice insurance coverage. Information concerning coverage is available in the Office of the Program Coordinator.