2023-24 Graduate Academic Catalog

Page 88 2023–24 Graduate Academic Catalog School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing Clinical/Practicum Requirements Refer to the School of Nursing Graduate Nursing Student Handbook for further details. Clinical requirements associated with all clinical courses include: • Successful completion of the prerequisite courses and enrollment in the corequisite courses as specified in this graduate catalog. • Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate courses at Cedarville University. • Completion of state and federal background checks, including fingerprinting, is required. A criminal record check that indicates evidence of felony conviction (or certain misdemeanor convictions) may result in action including, but not limited to, dismissal from the School of Nursing. • Provide evidence of current CPR (BLS for the healthcare provider) certification from the American Heart Association. Certification must include both written and skills exams. • Provide evidence of medical eligibility for clinical from a healthcare provider (MD, PA, APRN, DO). • Provide evidence of current immunization status (refer to the School of Nursing Graduate Nursing Student Handbook for a list of required immunizations). • Level of technology sufficient for efficient use of clinical/ practicum tracking system (as determined by faculty). • Provide evidence of personal health insurance. Clinical/Practicum Credit Hour Equivalencies Students earn 1 credit hour per 100 direct credit clinical/ practicum hours. Transfer Credits Transfer credits are allowed for up to nine semester hours. The School of Nursing and the Director of Graduate Nursing programs will evaluate courses on an individual basis on the following criteria: • The course is equivalent to the required course offered in the MSN program. • The courses were taken at a regionally accredited college/ university. • Courses transferred from institutions where quarter hours are awarded will be adjusted using the standard quarter hour/ semester hour calculation. Professional Behavior and Conduct Standards Nursing students are expected to adhere to University, School of Nursing, and professional standards as published in the respective handbooks. The faculty reserves the right at any time to enact probation or remove from the nursing program students who violate any of these standards; exhibit unprofessional, immoral, illegal, or unethical behavior; or who compromise the safety of self or others. Academic Discipline Policies Academic Warning There is no allowance for a warning. Academic Probation Academic Probation status refers to any student whose cumulative graduate grade point average falls below 3.00 and as a result is no longer in good academic standing. Students placed on academic probation are expected to return to good academic standing (overall GPA of 3.00 or above) within the attempting of 15 additional graduate credits. Failure to return to good academic standing may result in academic dismissal. Academic Suspension Academic Suspension status refers to any student who fails to make satisfactory progress toward declared goals or who accumulates six semester credits of “C+” or below. A student who is suspended from a graduate program may not be readmitted to the program for one calendar year, and then only if evidence for expecting satisfactory performance is submitted and found to be acceptable. Academic Appeals Academic discipline appeals will be considered on a caseby-case basis by the dean of the school in consultation with the director of graduate nursing programs. The student will be notified of the final decision in writing, which completes the appeal process. Readmission Any student who is suspended must apply for readmission to the University and to the School of Nursing. Academic Dismissal The Academic Dismissal status refers to any student who is disqualified from continuing at Cedarville University and is not eligible for readmission. A student who is subject to suspension a second time may be permanently dismissed. Academic dismissal is a terminal action. Graduation Requirements In addition to general graduation requirements listed in the Academic section of this catalog, students seeking the MSN degree must fulfill the following: • Complete all requirements of the MSN program. • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. • Complete portfolio requirements. • Complete all requirements for the MSN program within seven years after matriculation in the program. Intent to Graduate To graduate, whether or not you plan to attend commencement, you must submit an “Intent to Graduate” form and pay any applicable fees. An Intent to Graduate form is available at cedarville.edu/gradintent. You are encouraged to submit your Intent to Graduate at least one semester in advance so that you can be informed of any problems in meeting your degree requirements. After receipt of your Intent to Graduate, the Office of the Registrar will audit your transcript to verify the status of your degree requirements. Upon confirmation of your eligibility to graduate, you will be notified and your name will be added to the list of prospective graduates, as appropriate. The deadline for submitting your Intent to Graduate form is March 1 of the commencement year. After this date, eligibility to participate in commencement will be deferred to the following year. A graduation fee of $125 will be charged to your student account after your eligibility for graduation is confirmed. Walking in Commencement MSN graduate students can potentially complete their course of study in the spring, summer, or fall semester. MSN students must have successfully completed all graduation requirements to participate in the May commencement ceremony. MSN students completing degree requirements in August 2023, December 2023, or May 2024 will be invited to participate in commencement in May 2024. MSN students completing degree requirements in August 2024, December 2024, or May 2025 will be invited to participate in commencement in May 2025.