Academic Progression Policy | MSN-Nurse Educator

The Carroll University Department of Nursing Academic Progression Policy applies to all coursework taken during the academic year and summer sessions. The policies of the Graduate School on Academic Standing, Academic Dishonesty, and Student Conduct are all followed by the Department of Nursing.

The academic progress of students in the Nursing program is evaluated at the end of each 8-week session of courses. Progression standards are subject to change based on regulatory, licensing, and/or certification needs. Satisfactory progress is contingent upon satisfying the following academic requirements.

Satisfactory Progression and Probation

A student will be placed on probation:

  • If a student receives a letter grade of BC, C, D, F or U, they are placed on academic probation
    • In order for a student to be removed from academic probation they are required to repeat the course and obtain a B or better or S before progressing to subsequent courses. When repeating an MSN course, a student may be required to successfully complete ancillary learning experiences or clinical competencies/practicums that validate theoretical knowledge. If a student is unable to take further courses in the next occurring session/semester as a result of this policy, the student must wait and repeat the course during the next appropriate session/semester. Due to course sequencing within the program, this will delay the student’s graduation date. Students may decelerate to the next cohort only one time. MSN courses may be repeated only one time.
  • A student must obtain a session/semester grade point average of 3.00 or better each session/semester. If a student earns a session/semester grade point average between 2.00 to 2.99, they are placed on academic probation.
    • To meet academic standards for progression, the student must earn a session/semester grade point average of 3.00 or better in the following session/semester.

If at any time the student is deemed unsatisfactory in a clinical course or a course containing a clinical component, the student will receive a failing grade for the course, cannot continue to attend and will be placed on probation or dismissed from the program.

Dismissal from MSN Program

  • If a student does not meet progression standards a second time during their tenure in the program, they will be dismissed from the program. A student receiving a BC, C, D, F or U in the same MSN course twice or in two MSN courses is dismissed from the program. If a student earns a session/semester grade point average of 1.99 or less, they will be dismissed from the program.
  • If a student is on academic probation during their final session/semester in the MSN program, they must earn a grade of S in any clinical course and grades of B or better and earn a 3.00 session/semester GPA or higher to graduate from the program. If this is not obtained students will be dismissed from the MSN program.

In addition to the Nursing Program Academic Progression policy, the Department of Nursing may generate a warning letter and may recommend that a student be dismissed from the program for any of the following reasons:

  • A pattern of course withdrawals, incompletes, and/or grades below B.
  • Unprofessional behavior in academic (online or face to face classes), laboratory, or practicum settings.

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