The following academic progress and probation policy will be enforced in the MSN program:
- Students must maintain a minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average to demonstrate
satisfactory academic progress and good academic standing. A student is placed on
probation if his/her cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 for any term.
After being placed on probation, a student must attain a minimum cumulative grade
point average of 3.0 withinthe next two terms or be dismissed from the graduate program.
- No more than two grades of C can be earned in any of the MSN courses. A course in
which a D is obtained must be repeated to obtain a grade of C or better. When a student
has a grade of D or F, he/she will be put on probation and must repeat the course
and obtain a C grade or better.
- Where a student has two or more grades of “I” outstanding, the student will be reviewed
for probationary status.
To be awarded an MSN degree, students must successfully complete all academic work
including capstone fieldwork experience or a thesis project to graduate. Specific
requirements to be fulfilled by the graduating student include:
- Academic Performance: The MSN degree for the three specialties developed requires
45 credit hours of graduate coursework and practicum with a capstone project or thesis
options. Cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4-point scale in all required
and elective courses.
- Following completion of the core courses, the students will be required to take a
comprehensive written (essay) examination to demonstrate competency in graduate nursing
education. The passing expectation for the comprehensive examination is a “B” grade.
Students will be allowed to retake the examination three times and if not successful
after the third retake the student will be administratively withdraw from the program.
- Practicum: Six credits of fieldwork (practicum) to develop requisite skills and competencies
through service experience in a health profession or health-related organization by
practical application of concepts and theories learned in the classroom. The practicum
will be arranged in two blocks spanning over two semesters and must be successfully
completed. Prior to the practicum experience, the practicum coordinator will discuss
with each student his/her career interest, needs and geographic constraints to determine
the placement site.
- Final Submission of Capstone Project or Thesis : Students will submit their capstone
project or thesis to the faculty advisor and the chairperson two weeks before the
scheduled defense date. The student must successfully defend the thesis.
- Presentation of Project: Each student must successfully complete their capstone fieldwork
experience or thesis and present them at the School of Graduate and Professional Studies
- Grade Format: Letter grades (A-F) will be awarded in theory courses. “Satisfactory”
or “Unsatisfactory” grades will be awarded only for the capstone thesis and practicum
Full-time students are expected to complete the MSN degree requirements within 3 years
and part-time students within 6 years.