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Undergraduate Nursing Program | Academic Policies

Transfer of Course Credits
Course work completed at an accredited baccalaureate program prior to enrollment in the College of Nursing may be eligible for transfer credit. To be considered, a grade of “C” or better must have been earned in the course work and been completed within the previous three years. An official transcript and copy of the course syllabus must be submitted to the College of Nursing office of Student Services to determine course equivalency. Transfer credit is not granted automatically and is restricted to didactic courses with no clinical component.

Academic Honors: Dean’s List
At the end of fall, spring, and summer semesters, the Dean's List is compiled. It consists of the names of all undergraduate students registered for a full time plan of study who earned a GPA of 3.5 or better for the semester.

Academic Probation
When a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the student will be placed on academic probation. To be removed from academic probation, the student must raise the cumulative GPA to 2.0 by the end of the next semester. The student must also successfully complete the nursing course in which a grade below 2.0 was earned. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.

Academic/Professional Warnings
An Academic/Professional Warning will be issued when a student’s performance puts them in jeopardy for failing the course or plan of study and can occur at any time during the semester. Students registered in the College of Nursing will receive written warnings of unsatisfactory or borderline performance in any didactic/seminar and/or clinical nursing course from the course faculty/coordinator. The “Academic/Professional Warning Form” indicates recommendations for improvement and students are encouraged to add or assist in the creation of the improvement plan. The form must be signed by the student and returned to the course faculty/coordinator. If a student chooses to not sign the academic warning, they are still responsible for the information and improvement plan. A copy is placed in a central file in the Office of Student Services. The Program Director and the administrator to the Associate Dean for Academics are notified of the Academic/Professional Warning. Course faculty/coordinator will follow-up with the student two weeks after the warning is issued and every two weeks thereafter until the improvement plan is completed using an Academic/Professional Follow-up Form to document the student’s ongoing or completion of work. If a student receives a second Professional Warning during the plan of study, the student will be referred to the Program Director to develop a performance improvement plan with expectations of what needs to be accomplished to be successful in the course. 

Dismissal from the Program
A student who is dismissed from the program is ineligible for readmission into the College of Nursing. The Program Director will make a recommendation to the Associate Dean for Academics of the College of Nursing that a student be dismissed from the program if the student has a GPA that indicates the student will not be able to meet the 2.0 grade requirement for graduation or has failed two program required courses. Note: A student must receive a passing grade on both the theory and the clinical portions of a course in order to pass the program OR does not complete requirements for BSN degree within 1.5 times the length of the plan of study. 

Student Complaint Procedure
For your reference, the MUSC Student Complaint Procedure is found in The Bulletin  under “Academic Policies and Information” . 

Graduation Requirements
Requirements for graduation and for the award of the B.S.N. degree are as follows: 1) completion of a minimum of 121 semester credit hours, including 60 s.h. of prescribed prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or above from a regionally accredited college or university and 61 s.h. of prescribed upper division course work within 3 years of initial enrollment in the College of Nursing, 2) completion of all nursing and general education courses prescribed by the faculty, 3) completion of nursing courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course, 4) attainment of a cumulative GPA of 2.0, 5) completion of at least 25 percent of semester credit hours in residence at the MUSC College of Nursing and 6) recommendation by the faculty.

An incomplete (IN) is awarded when all requirements of a course have not been completed by the end of the semester due to circumstances beyond the student’s control. When the IN is given in a course that is a pre- or co-requisite to a course in which the student enrolls in the following semester, the student has until the end of the drop/add period of that following semester to complete the work and have the IN changed to a merit grade. Students who fail to have the incomplete changed by drop/add will have to drop the pre- / or co-requisite course(s). If the student fails to remove the IN within these time limits, the IN will be converted to a merit grade of 0.0. The Director of Student Services and Program Director must approve any extension.

Leave of Absence
A leave of absence (LOA) may be granted by the Program Director and Director of Student Services upon request by the student.  “University Withdrawal/Leave of Absence” forms are available online.  After the specified time, the student will be readmitted automatically to the College.  If the student does not return before the leave of absence expires, the student will be withdrawn from the College.  Only one leave of absence, up to one year in length, will be granted during a program of study. The College of Nursing is not obligated to hold a student slot open for students who do not return at the end of the designated time frame leave of absence agreement (1 year). The student is accountable to maintain communication with the Program Director and the Office of Student Services regarding any changes in plans during the leave time period. Students returning from any leave of absence may be required to adjust the plan of study based upon new program requirement. Students returning from a leave of absence may not have immediate access to some courses, primarily because of student clinical placements and faculty-student ratios.   Students who are unable to return after a one-year leave of absence will be withdrawn from the program and would need to re-apply for admisson.

Petitions for Variance from Policies
The Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee reviews petitions from students who seek exceptions to any College of Nursing academic policy or regulation. A written request for an exception must be submitted to the Committee in care of the Office of Student Services, with supporting rationale or documentation. The petition will be reviewed at the following APG Committee meeting. The student will receive a letter from the Committee regarding the decision on the petition. A copy of the petition and the Committee’s reply is placed in the student’s academic record.

Readmission After Voluntary Withdrawal
Any student who withdraws from the program of study at the College of Nursing voluntarily and then would like to return should submit a new application for admission to the MUSC Office of Enrollment Management. The new application should include a typewritten letter stating the circumstance that resulted in the student’s withdrawing from the program and reason(s) that readmission to the program is justified.

Academic Dismissal
A student who is dismissed from the program is ineligible for readmission into the College of Nursing.

Dropping a Course
After the drop period, a student may withdraw from a course if permission is obtained in writing from the course instructor, the student’s faculty advisor and/or the Program Director. However, withdrawal from a course for any reason (academic, personal, health, etc.) regardless of the grade assigned (i.e., Withdraw/Passing, Withdraw/Failing, Withdrawal) constitutes one attempt in the course. A second attempt to take the same course will exhaust a student’s repeat option and lead to dismissal from the College of Nursing.

Withdrawal from the Program
When withdrawing from the program, the student notifies the Program Director and reviews the “University Withdrawal/Leave of Absence” form and a “Request for Course Add and/or Drop” form completed by the Office of Student Services. These completed forms are then forwarded to the Associate Dean for Academics for final approval and then placed in the student's academic record.

Last Published with Edits:July 17, 2015 3:31 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: July 2015

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