Progression and Graduation Policies And Procedures

Progression and Probation Policy

The following academic progress and probation policy will be enforced in the MSN program:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. Where a student has two or more grades of “I” outstanding, the student will be reviewed for probationary status.

Graduation Requirements

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 Research Forum.
  • 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 experiences

Full-time students are expected to complete the MSN degree requirements within 3 years and part-time students within 6 years.