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Academic Policies and Procedures

The Policies and Procedures below apply to students in all of the College of Nursing Programs (Undergraduate, Professional (MSN, PMC, and DNP), and Graduate (PhD) programs) unless other- wise noted.

Compliance with Program Requirements

Undergraduate (BSN) Program

[CON Policy 5.2.3 October 2014]
Faculty of the College of Nursing develop admission criteria to be utilized in screening selected applicants. Information regarding the Undergraduate Admission Requirements can be found at: https://wiki.unmc.edu/index.php/CON_Undergraduate_Admission_Requirements_Policy

Professional (MSN, PMC, DNP) Programs

[CON Policy 5.3.18 December 2013]
Information regarding Compliance with Professional Program Requirements can be found at: https://wiki.unmc.edu/index.php/CON_Compliance_with_Graduate_Program_Requirements

Graduate (PhD) Program                                            

[CON Policy 5.4.2 March 2014]
Information regarding Compliance with Graduate Program Requirements can be found at: https://wiki.unmc.edu/index.php/CON_Compliance_with_Graduate_Program_Requirements_-_PhD_Program

Technical Standards

Undergraduate (BSN) Program                                  

[CON Policy 5.2.1 October 2012]
Information regarding Technical Standards for the Undergraduate Program can be found at: https://wiki.unmc.edu/index.php/CON_Technical_Standards_for_Undergraduate_Program_Policy

Professional (MSN, PMC, DNP) Programs

[CON Policy 5.3.1 July 2012]
Information regarding Technical Standards for the Professional Program can be found at: https://wiki.unmc.edu/index.php/CON_Technical_Standards_for_Graduate_Program

Graduate (PhD) Program                                  

[CON Policy 5.4.5 March 2014]
Information regarding Technical Standards for the Graduate Program can be found at:  https://wiki.unmc.edu/index.php/CON_Technical_Standards_for_PhD_in_Nursing_Program

Registration

Registration procedures for Traditional and Accelerated BSN students is handled through the CON Student Services office. RN-BSN and Graduate level students self-register each semester.

Adding/Dropping Courses

  1. Adding Courses
    1. Students may add courses during the first 7 calendar days of the term only
  2. Dropping Courses
    1. Students who drop a course during the first seven calendar days of the term will not receive a grade and the course will not appear on their transcript
    2. Students who drop a course after the first seven calendar days of the term will receive a grade of "W" (Withdrew) on their transcript
    3. Students may not drop a course after 70% of the course has been completed; a grade other than "W" must be assigned

Progression and Scholarship

Undergraduate Program (BSN)                   

[CON policy 5.2.18 November 2014]
[CON policy 5.2.23 February 2015]

To view the Undergraduate Progression policy, please see the CON website at: https://wiki.unmc.edu/index.php/CON_Undergraduate_Progression_Policy

To view the Undergraduate Academic Probation, Dismissal, Withdrawal Policy, please see the CON website at: https://wiki.unmc.edu/index.php/CON_Undergraduate_Academic_Probation,_Dismissal,_Withdrawal_Policy

Professional Programs (MSN, PMC, DNP)

[CON Policy 5.3.11 October 2016]
To view the Evaluation of Master’s and Post-Master’s Progression to Graduation Policy, please see the CON website at: https://wiki.unmc.edu/index.php/CON_Evaluation_of_Professional_Graduate_Student_Progression_to_Graduation

Graduate Program (PhD)

[UNMC Graduate Studies Bulletin 2015-2016]
To view the UNMC Graduate Studies Scholarship Requirements, please see the Graduate Studies Bulletin at:  http://www.unmc.edu/gradstudies/current/Graduate-Studies-Bulletin.pdf

Full-time/Part-time Enrollment

Baccalaureate (BSN) students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours in a semester are full-time students

Professional students (MSN, PMC, DNP) enrolled for 6 or more hours in a semester are full-time students

PhD students enrolled for 9 or more hours in a semester are full-time students, at least 4 credit hours during an eight-week session, or at least 3 credit hours during a five-week session

Attendance - Class and Clinical/Laboratory

[CON Policy 5.1.2  October, 2016]
The University of Nebraska has no regulation which permits absence. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and clinical laboratory periods.
https://wiki.unmc.edu/index.php/CON_Attendance

Credit Hours

Credit allocation for nursing courses is based on a semester hour. Each class hour per week earns 1 credit hour. Clinical/laboratory hours are computed on a basis of 1 credit hour for each three-hour clinical/laboratory period.

Leave of Absence

Students may, under exceptional circumstances, be granted a Leave of Absence (LOA) from the College of Nursing, as noted in the UNMC Student Handbook.  An LOA is defined as non-enrollment during a fall or spring semester or a withdrawal from all courses at any point during a semester.

The granting of any such LOA shall be solely within the discretion of the College of Nursing (and UNMC Office of Graduate Studies, if applicable), based upon the merits of the request and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The student who is considering a request for LOA must first discuss the request with his or her faculty advisor. In addition, if the student is receiving financial aid, the student must contact the UNMC Office of Financial Aid before formally requesting the LOA.

The following guidelines apply to all requests for LOA:

  1. Student must request the LOA in writing.
  2. Request should describe, in detail, the rationale for requesting LOA.
  3. Request is to be addressed to the student’s faculty advisor and the Student Services Coordinator.

The student may be granted an LOA for a total of two semesters throughout the duration of his or her program, consecutive or non-consecutive.

The student will be responsible for working with his/her advisor to identify an eligible time to return. A student who has been granted an LOA is responsible for notifying the Student Service Coordinator of the intention to return to classes six weeks prior to the start of classes or as soon as possible. Re-enrollment is dependent upon available slots in the class or cohort. In the event no room is available in the class or cohort during the semester in which the student plans to re-enroll, an extension of the LOA past two semesters may be granted.

A student who does not notify the Student Services Coordinator or his/her advisor, and does not return within two semesters, may be administratively withdrawn from the program. Re-entry into the College of Nursing will require re-application to the program. A student who withdraws from the College of Nursing without an official LOA, and would later like to continue his/her education, will be required to reapply through the regular admissions/applications process and meet the established admissions criteria in place at that time.

Undergraduate Program:  UNMC Student Handbook
Professional Program (MSN, PMC, DNP):  [CON Policy 5.3.7 January 2015]
Graduate Program (PhD):  [CON Policy 5.4.4 September  2012]

Course Numbering

Course descriptions can be found in the Appendices of this Bulletin as listed below.  Descriptions and further information can also be obtained at the websites listed below.

Course #s Program Courses & Descriptions Printed Courses & Descriptions Online
200-499 Baccalaureate Appendix I http://www.unmc.edu/nursing/programs/bachelors-bsn/bsn-courses.html
600/800-699/899 MSN Appendix II http://www.unmc.edu/nursing/programs/course-descriptions/index.html
700-799 DNP Appendix III http://www.unmc.edu/nursing/programs/course-descriptions/dnp-courses-nrsg-700-799.html
900-949, 959-999 PhD Appendix IV http://www.unmc.edu/gradstudies/current/course-offerings/nrsg.html

College of Nursing Grading System

Percentage System

The percentage system used to award grades for all programs within the College of Nursing is the following:

A+ 98-100
A 93-97
A- 90-92
B+ 88-89
B 83-87
B- 80-82
C+ 78-79
C 73-77
C- 70-72
D+ 68-69
D 63-67
D- 60-62
F below 60

Quality points are calculated according to the following system:

Grade Quality Points
A+ & A 4.0
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
D- 0.67
F 0.00

Undergraduate Program - Additional Grading Policy Information

[CON Policy 5.2.16 July 2015]  
[CON Policy 5.1.9  January 2014]
[http://www.unmc.edu/media/studentservices/docs/Drop-Add-Policy.pdf]

  1. For theory nursing courses, see about "Percentage System".
    Grades of C or above are considered to be passing grades in the College of Nursing.  Students must maintain a cumulative University of Nebraska average of 2.000 GPA in order to remain in good standing.
  2. For clinical courses, the following criteria apply:

    The faculty will assign the student’s grade by evaluating the student’s performance according to the critical clinical behaviors for each course.
    A student who faculty deem is unprepared or unsafe will be required to leave the clinical setting and enter into a remediation plan until they are deemed prepared to return to the clinical setting.
    The student may be removed for a short duration or the rest of the semester.  A student not able to return and to complete the critical clinical behaviors before the end of the semester will receive a fail for the clinical course.

  3. The grade of "Incomplete" is awarded according to guidelines set forth in Policy 5.1.9.

  4. For courses in which theory and clinical are combined, clinical laboratory performance is rated on a Pass/Fail basis.  A rating of "Fail" in clinical laboratory performance results in a "D" in the course unless the theory grade is an "F."  If the clinical laboratory performance is "Pass" the grade awarded for the course will be based upon the theory grade. 
  5. For courses with only a clinical component, clinical laboratory performance is rated on a Pass/Fail basis.  A rating of “Pass” in clinical performance results in a “P” in the course. A rating of “Fail” in clinical laboratory performance results in an “F” in the course.
  6. Withdrew grades are indicated as follows:
    W  -   Withdrew after the first seven calendar days of the term
    The grade of W is not assigned grade points and therefore is not used in computation of a student's cumulative GPA.  For students who withdraw from a course after 70% of the course has been completed, a grade other than “W” must be assigned and is used in computation of a student’s cumulative GPA. 

Professional (MSN, PMC, DNP) Programs - Additional Grading Policy Information

[CON Policy 5.3.6 February 2013]
To monitor student progression, faculty must notify the respective Specialty Area Coordinator, Program Director and the Director for Student Services when a student’s grade falls below the level of B at midterm and/or course completion.

Graduate (PhD) Program - Additional Grading Policy Information

[CON Policy 5.4.3 September 2012]
To monitor student progression, faculty must notify the PhD Program Director and the Director for Student Services when a student’s grade falls below the level of B at midterm and/or course completion.

Undergraduate Reinstatement/Readmission

[CON Policy 5.2.28 November 2012]

Academic Suspension

After the period of suspension, the student must provide written documentation that the reasons which resulted in academic difficulty have been resolved.  This may include, but is not limited to, letters from health care providers indicating the student’s health will not interfere with the student’s ability to meet program expectations.  A written personal statement outlining steps taken to resolve issues that led to the suspension will also be required. The student may enroll in nursing courses as space permits.

All reports and documentation should be submitted to the Director of the Undergraduate Program and/or Division Assistant Dean.

Student in good standing

If the educational progression of a student in good standing is interrupted at the College of Nursing, for any reason other than active military duty, for longer than two academic terms, the student must reapply to the College of Nursing.  The student may be reinstated as space permits on each individual division.  In the event a nursing course needed by the student is not offered during the two academic terms a student need not reapply before taking the course the next time it is offered.  The student will be allowed in the nursing course as space permits on each individual division.

Undergraduate Transfer of Campus

[CON Policy 5.2.29 October 2012]
Students may transfer from one campus to another at the end of any semester, dependent upon space available. A student must be in good standing1 to transfer campuses.

The student must submit a letter to the Program Director requesting transfer. The letter should include information regarding campus desired, the semester the transfer is requested to begin, the level the student would be in when the transfer would occur, and the reason the transfer is requested.

1

In Good Standing is defined as reflecting satisfactory and steady progress through the curriculum.  The student maintains a GPA of at least 2.33.


Undergraduate Graduation Honors

[CON Policy 5.2.35  January 2012]
Undergraduate graduation with honors may be conferred upon individuals in the top 20% of their class/cohort from each campus who complete a minimum of 40 hours, excluding credit-by-examination, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, by the conclusion of the semester prior to graduation.

Criteria:

  1. The degree "With Highest Distinction" is awarded to students in the top 2% of their class for cumulative grade point averages earned in University of Nebraska Medical Center CON courses. Final semester grades are not included.
  2. The degree "With High Distinction" is awarded to students in the next 8% of their class for cumulative grade point averages earned in University of Nebraska Medical Center CON courses.  Final semester grades are not included.
  3. The degree "With Distinction" is awarded to students in the next 10% of their class for cumulative grade point averages earned in University of Nebraska Medical Center CON courses.  Final semester grades are not included.

RN to BSN nursing students and advanced placement nursing students unable to complete the minimum number of graded hours within the University of Nebraska Medical Center for graduation with honors may receive special recognition for outstanding academic achievement.  This recognition may be conferred upon individuals in the top 20% of their graduating class/cohort with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.750 and is based on CON courses completed prior to the semester in which they graduate.

Criteria:

  1. The student must complete at least 10 credit hours in the University of Nebraska Medical Center
  2. The "Award of Academic Excellence" is given to nursing students in the top 20% of their graduating class/cohort.  Final semester grades are not included.

The Student Services Coordinators will verify eligibility the semester before graduation.

Candidates are presented to the Academic Records Office, University of Nebraska Medical Center campus by letter from the Undergraduate Admission, Progression, Graduation and Scholarship/Grant Committee via the Student Services Coordinators.

Application for Degree – All Programs

Information regarding Application for Degree can be viewed on the UNMC Student Services website at: http://www.unmc.edu/studentservices/academic-records/index.html

Additional information for the Undergraduate Program regarding the Requirements for Undergraduate Graduation can be found at:  http://wiki.unmc.edu/CON_Requirements_for_Undergraduate_Graduation

[CON Policy 5.2.31 November 2012]

Commencement – All Programs

Commencement attendance is required unless excused by the Associate Dean of Academic Programs. Formal commencement ceremonies are held in May (all divisions) and December (Omaha division only). Those graduating at other times will receive diplomas when requirements are fulfilled, but have the privilege of participating in the next formal commencement. Commencement and Convocation information can be found at the following web site: http://www.unmc.edu/studentservices/academic-records/commencement/index.html

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Bylaws of the Board of Regents protect the rights of each member of the university community. Each individual has the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and each has the right to learn. With these rights comes the responsibility of each individual to maintain an atmosphere in which others may exercise their human rights and their right to learn. Chapter V of the bylaws fully delineates the rights and responsibilities of students.

General Procedures for Student Disciplinary Actions

In accordance with Section 5.4 of the Bylaws of the Board of Regents and in order to insure the protection of the student’s rights, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has established general procedures that must be followed if any disciplinary action is proposed against a student. Students will be informed in writing by the Office of the Dean of the specific charges, the supporting evidence, and the proposed disciplinary action. The Office of the Dean will also inform students of their right to appeal. The UNMC "Procedural Rules Relating to Student Discipline" may be found in the UNMC Student Policy Handbook at:   http://www.unmc.edu/studentservices/_documents/handbook.pdf

Student Guidelines for Appeals of Academic Evaluation

All Programs

Information regarding the College of Nursing’s Guidelines for Handling Student Appeals of Academic Evaluations Procedural Flow Sheet can be found at:  http://wiki.unmc.edu/CON_Guidelines_for_Handling_Student_Appeals_of_Academic_Evaluations_Procedural_Flow_Sheet

[Appendix N September 2008]

Undergraduate Baccalaureate

The UNMC Student Policy Handbook describes the undergraduate student guidelines for appealing an academic evaluation felt to be unfair:  http://www.unmc.edu/studentservices/_documents/handbook.pdf

Information regarding the College of Nursing’s Undergraduate Student Grade Appeal can be found at: http://wiki.unmc.edu/CON_Undergraduate_Student_Grade_Appeal

[CON Policy 5.2.19 April 2015]

Professional (MSN, PMC, DNP)

The student grade appeals and disciplinary action plan for the professional and graduate nursing students begins with notification to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs of the College of Nursing and to the Professional Graduate Nursing Program Admission, Progression, Graduation and Scholarship Committee of their intent to appeal a grade or disciplinary action.  Graduate faculty, who hold graduate faculty status, will be appointed to serve on the Professional Graduate Nursing Student Ad Hoc Grade Appeals Disciplinary Action Committee by the Associate Dean for Academic Programs of the College of Nursing.  Student representation will be appointed by the Dean of the College of Nursing.

Information regarding the College of Nursing’s Professional and Graduate Student Appeal can be found at: http://wiki.unmc.edu/CON_Professional_Graduate_Appeals_Process

[Appendix W May 2015]

Graduate (PhD)

PhD student appeals concerning grades or other evaluations of their academic progress are made to the UNMC Graduate College. 

Information regarding the UNMC Graduate Student Academic and Grade Appeals can be found at: http://www.unmc.edu/gradstudies/current/Graduate-Studies-Bulletin.pdf

Access to Student Records

In accordance with federal law as established in 1974 by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the University of Nebraska Medical Center maintains the confidentiality of student records and allows students to inspect and review information in their educational records at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The UNMC policy statement concerning student records may be found in the current UNMC Student Handbook at:  http://www.unmc.edu/studentservices/_documents/handbook.pdf

Additional Information Resources

Additional information regarding policies, procedure, and requirements information specific to each program can be found at the following websites:

BSN Program

College of Nursing website: http://www.unmc.edu/nursing/
UNMC Student Handbook:  http://www.unmc.edu/studentservices/_documents/handbook.pdf 

MSN Program

UNMC Student Handbook: http://www.unmc.edu/studentservices/_documents/handbook.pdf 

PMC Program

UNMC Student Handbook: http://www.unmc.edu/studentservices/_documents/handbook.pdf

DNP Program

College of Nursing website: http://www.unmc.edu/nursing/
UNMC Student Handbook: http://www.unmc.edu/studentservices/_documents/handbook.pdf
College of Nursing DNP Handbook: http://mycon.unmc.edu

PhD Program

College of Nursing website: http://www.unmc.edu/nursing/
College of Nursing PHD in Nursing Program Student Handbook: http://mycon.unmc.edu
UNMC Graduate Studies Bulletin: http://www.unmc.edu/gradstudies/current/Graduate-Studies-Bulletin.pdf
UNMC Graduate College Policy Handbook: http://nebraska.edu/docs/board/gradgovdoc.pdf
UNMC Student Handbook: http://www.unmc.edu/studentservices/_documents/handbook.pdf

All Programs

College of Nursing website: http://www.unmc.edu/nursing/