ADMISSION, RETENTION AND PROGRESSION

 

ADMISSION

 

Consistent with the mission and policies of the University, the Department of Nursing is committed to a program, which allows the admission, retention and progression of any student capable of achieving the required standards. Applications for admission are welcomed from men and women who have maturity, high and consistent motivation to learn, and the potential for success in the program of studies leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. 

Pre-Nursing Admission Requirements.  Scholastic and other criteria for admission to the Department of Nursing are as follows:

     1.   Meet the general requirements for admission to the University

     2.     Graduate from high school with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 or above on a 4.00 scale.

     3.   Score 1000 or above on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or 21 or above on the American College Test (ACT).

     4.   Complete, in high school, one (1) unit of biology and one (1) unit of Chemistry.  A grade of C or above must be earned in each of these courses.

  1. Complete two (2) units of high school mathematics (one of the completed unit must include algebra).   A grade of C or above must be earned in each course. 

Admission Requirements for Professional Phase.  Admission to the University and to the pre-professional phase of nursing does not guarantee admission to the professional phase of the nursing curriculum.  Students must apply for admission to the professional phase during their sophomore year and meet all pre-nursing requirements to be eligible for admission. Students requiring admission to the professional phase of courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing must:

1.  Complete an application for the professional phase of nursing.  The application form can be obtained from the records clerk, in Room 201, Basil O'Connor Hall, or downloaded from:  www.tuskegee.edu/nursing .                                                  
2.  Satisfactorily complete all pre-nursing prerequisite course requirements.
3.  Have earned CGPA of 3.00 or better on a 4.00 scale.
4.  Achieve a score of 80% or above on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). 
Note: Students are required to submit their TEAS scored to the Academic Affairs Committee by April 1, within the year of anticipated summer admission. The Test of Essential Academic Skills is distributed by Assessment Technologies Institute, Inc. (ATI).  A study guide and information about locations of examination sites may be obtained from www.atitesting.com .
5.  Satisfactorily complete the Tuskegee University English Proficiency Examination requirement.
Note: Students are to refer to the Tuskegee University Registrars office for scheduling information.
6.  Satisfactorily complete the Tuskegee Orientation requirements.

           

Transfer Student Admission Requirements. Students who wish to enter the Department of Nursing from other colleges or universities must be eligible to re-enter the institution last attended and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above on a 4.00 scale, ACT- 21, and SAT- 1000.

Credits for comparable courses successfully completed with a grade of "C" or above may be applied towards fulfilling Pre-Nursing Level general education requirements. Nursing courses are not transferable, except those approved by Articulation Agreements.  Liberal arts credits may be earned by enrolling in courses at Tuskegee University.  Courses may also be transferred from junior/senior colleges and universities or earned through CLEP examinations to meet liberal arts credit requirements. Major science courses must be retaken if they were taken more than 5 years prior to application to the professional phase of nursing (CHEM 221/222/223/224, MBIO 208, ANPH 201/202, BIOL 111 or 112).

 

Transfer Credit:  Students may register and/or transfer course credits from another institution.  Transfer credit is given only for courses approved by the Academic Affairs Committee and the Associate Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health.   Transfer credit will be awarded on a course-by-course basis.  Courses in which students earned “D” grades will not be considered for transfer credit.  Credit toward graduation is given only for courses that have been approved for transfer by the Associate Dean/Dean of the College.   The maximum transfer credit allowed to meet degree requirements will not exceed 80 hours.  Courses taken on a pass/fail basis will not be considered for transfer.

All transfer students must meet University requirements for Orientation and the English Proficiency Examination, as outlined in the Tuskegee University Undergraduate Bulletin, and the Tuskegee University Academic Regulations and Policies for Undergraduates.

Registration at another Institution.    A student may register as a transient student at another institution for course credit only with prior written approval of the Associate Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health and Dean of the College.    The student should complete a transient request form (located in Basil O'Connor Hall Room 201) and provide a written description of the course from the accredited institution in which he/she wishes to enroll.   Transfer students with at least 18 semester hours of transfer credits will not be allowed to take additional hours at another institution.  A student who earns a D or E grade in a required course at Tuskegee University MUST repeat it at Tuskegee University. Transfer credit will not be granted for repeated courses taken at another university if the student has earned a D or E grade in the course at Tuskegee University.

PROGRESSION

Courses essential to nursing are in keeping with the philosophy, conceptual framework and objectives of the Department of Nursing and are required for progression to succeeding nursing courses.  Eligibility for progression in the Nursing Program depends on the following criteria:

Complete, with a minimum grade of "C", the following courses identified as prerequisites to the professional phase of nursing.

     *Anatomy/Physiology 201                                                 *Nutrition 111           

     Art 101/Music 208                                                             Philosophy 237/238

     Biology 112                                                                        Physical Education (2 credits)

     Chemistry 221 & 223                                                        *Anatomy/Physiology 202    

     Chemistry 222 & 224                                                        Psychology 270

     English 101 & 102                                                             Psychology 306

     History 103/104/210/211 (only 6 Cr. hrs. required)                  Math 107                                            
     Psychology 377                                                                  English 200-300         

     *Microbiology 208                                                             Sociology 240            

     Computer Science 100 or Business 351                          Orientation 100/101

*Note:  Major science courses must be retaken if they were taken more than 5 years prior to application to the professional phase of nursing.

Academic performance will be evaluated by the Academic Affairs Committee. Students experiencing academic difficulties during, or at the end of any given semester, will be counseled by faculty advisors accordingly. The faculty reserves the right to make recommendations or stipulate conditions relative to remedial or other learning activities that must be adhered to by the student. 

PLACEMENT
 

The Department of Nursing reserves the right to limit enrollment in designated nursing course offerings.  Personal request for placement of courses are not permissible nor are requests for a given clinical rotation.  When implementing the above, the Academic Affairs Committee will determine the number of students who are eligible and can be accommodated in any designated nursing course.

Students in irregular progression sequence due to illness, academic failure, repeating courses, etc. must have their eligibility and placement in the nursing curriculum determined by the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC).  Students in irregular sequence are required to follow the curriculum in place at the time of their request for placement in the Nursing Program. 

Students not registered for a nursing course during any semester, and are eligible to continue, must notify the AAC in writing of their intentions to return at least one (1) semester before the semester of intended reenrollment.

RETENTION

Students in the Department of Nursing are expected to follow the curriculum as outlined and maintain a satisfactory level of performance each semester. For professional nursing courses, the passing grade on the A, B, C, D, E system is "C".  To be retained in the Department of Nursing the student is expected to follow the following University and Department guidelines.

Pre-Nursing Level

 

  1. Students whose cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0 at the end of the first semester or any subsequent semester will incur academic probation, suspension and/or dismissal as governed by Tuskegee University.  Students should refer to Tuskegee University’s Academic Rules and Regulations. 
  2. Students on probation will be restricted to 12 credit hours if full-time and 7 credit hours if part-time.
  3. Probationary students are required to establish and maintain weekly contact with their advisor in the Department of Nursing for advisement.
  4. Probationary status will be removed when the student has achieved a cumulative average of 2.0. Probationary status must be removed within one semester or the student will incur suspension from the University.

Professional Level

  1. Maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 or above at the end of each school year.
  2. Complete all nursing courses with a "C" grade or better.  Students may repeat only one (1) nursing course in the curriculum. Students who fail one (1) nursing course will be placed on PROBATION for the remainder of enrollment in the nursing program.
  3. Failure of any nursing course while on Probation will result in DISMISSAL from the nursing program
  4. Students who fail two (2) nursing courses in the same semester will result in DISMISSAL.
  5. Students who failed the same course twice will be DISMISSED from the nursing program.
  6. A student who has been dismissed from the nursing program may apply for readmission after one year from the semester of dismissal.  Readmission is not guaranteed.  Decision for readmission will be based on careful evaluation of prior academic performance, activities during the time of dismissal, and on space availability.  Any student who is readmitted must abide by recommendations dictated by the department (i.e. enrichment learning activities and/or required courses).
  7. Any student readmitted must follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.
  8. Any student previously dismissed and readmitted to the program and receives a “E” or “WF” grade in or fails (receives an “D” or “E” grade) one nursing course will be dismissed without consideration for readmission.