Students who fail to maintain a semester GPA of 2.5 or greater will be dropped from the program.
Each nursing course contains a classroom and clinical component. The student must earn a grade of "C" (78) or higher in the classroom component and must be "Satisfactory" in clinical in order to receive a passing grade ("C" or higher) for the course. A failing grade ("D" or "F") necessitates repeating both components of the failed course.
Students must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all program required courses.
A student who fails to complete a required natural science course with a grade of "C" or better by the end of the summer semester preceding the second year will not be able to advance to the second year of the Nursing Program.
Clinical evaluations will be completed weekly, at midterm, and at the conclusion of the clinical experience (form is located in the clinical section of this handbook). Evaluation is based on the achievement of Clinical Competencies. A satisfactory evaluation means that the student has met the competencies of each course and respective syllabi.
When a student’s performance jeopardizes his/her success in clinical, the faculty will initiate an Individualized Clinical Plan (form is located in the clinical section of this handbook).
Clinical Paperwork must be complete and on time or will be unsatisfactory.
Unexcused absences will result in an unsatisfactory weekly evaluation.
Excessive tardiness and leaving early from clinical.
Three unsatisfactory clinical evaluations will result in failure of the clinical component of the class, and consequently the student must repeat the class.
If a student’s clinical performance is deemed unsafe at any time during the semester, the student may be dismissed from the Nursing Program.
In order to enhance nursing student success with the NCLEX-RN examination, state licensure, and to ensure the student is competent to practice professional nursing the following grading scale has been approved by the nursing faculty, Dean of Health Professions, and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.
93-100 = A
86-92 = B
78-85 = C
70-77 = D
Below 70 = F
(Minimum passing grade is 78)
Test grades and the final exam grade are recorded at the hundredth place, for example: 85.67. The final grade for the course is rounded to the nearest whole number.
Refer to Dosage Calculations Policy and Guidelines (located later in this handbook).
Instructors are open and willing to give guidance in correcting deficiencies in class or clinical aspects, but it is the student's responsibility to seek advice during posted office hours.
Students are required to utilize the NSL during supervised hours to strengthen clinical skills as needed or as referred by the clinical or class instructor. The clinical faculty will work with the student and the NSL instructor to plan and implement selected activities to increase confidence and ability with technical skills. The clinical instructor can initiate a lab referral form.
Students are required to attend NSL sessions as a part of the course requirements. Failure to satisfactorily complete NSL requirements, attend and/or make up all scheduled lab sessions will result in an incomplete (I) for the semester. Any (I) incomplete assignments must be completed according to the Grading System Policy on the VWCC website or the final course grade will be changed to an F. Students with an Incomplete will not be able to advance to the next semester of the program or graduate.
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