Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012 PDF


Continuation and Progression Policies

  1. The Department of Nursing reserves the right to require withdrawal of a nursing student from the program or a nursing course who fails to demonstrate competency and/or displays inappropriate/unprofessional or unsafe behavior. Additional criteria for continuation in the program are consistent with the standards of the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON)
  2. Students may only progress to 300 level nursing courses when they have a B or better in both NURS 211 Fundamentals and NURS 212 Physical Assessment.  These courses may not be repeated.
  3. Students are required to pass dosage calculation tests periodically throughout the program.  Failure to achieve a passing score, after three attempts will prevent continuation in nursing courses that semester and may result in termination from the nursing program.
  4. Students must maintain a cumulative nursing GPA of 2.5 in required nursing courses (see #7)  to progress in nursing and to graduate. No grade lower than C will be accepted in nursing and nursing cognate courses.* Students whose nursing GPA falls below 2.5 at any time during the program must raise their nursing GPA to 2.5 or better in the next long (not summer) semester to continue in the program. If the nursing GPA remains below 2.5 for a second semester, the student will be required to repeat a nursing course (including clinical) specified by the Nursing Progression Committee to raise the nursing GPA to 2.5 or above. Students who repeat a nursing course to raise their nursing GPA must re-enroll in the course within one year. If the nursing GPA remains below 2.5 after the repeated nursing course, the student will be permanently dropped from the program.
  5. Students are allowed only one repeat of one nursing course in 300 or 400 level courses.  This policy does not include NURS 428, Capstone.
  6. Nursing courses dropped within one (1) week after the midterm date on the academic calendar will not count as a complete course.  A nursing course that is dropped after that time will be treated as a completed nursing course and will count as the repeat course if the student is eligible for re-enrollment of the course.  This can occur only one time.
  7. The nursing GPA, for the purpose of progression, will be computed on the following courses:
    NURS 211 NURS 212 NURS 313 NURS 314 NURS 315 NURS 316 NURS 317 NURS 318 NURS 319 NURS 320 NURS 421 NURS 422 NURS 423 NURS 424 NURS 425 NURS 426 NURS 427.
  8. Students who fail a course may progress only with permission of the Nursing Progression Committee (NPC).
  9. All nursing courses are to be completed within a six-year time frame.
  10. Students must complete their nursing courses at Southwestern unless special permission is granted.
  11. A score of at least 850 is required on the exit examination as part of NURS 428 Nursing Capstone for graduates.
  12. Prior to attendance at clinical, all students must provide proof of current Health Care Provider CPR certification, proof of current immunizations, proof of negative TB test, and a physician's report of physical examination.  These records must be maintained up to date throughout the students' enrollment in the nursing program.
  13. LVN and RN students must maintain current Texas unencumbered licensure throughout their enrollment in the nursing program. The nursing courses must be completed in the sequence specified in the full-time degree plan.
  14. After acceptance but before the first clinical course all students must submit to and pay for a criminal background check and drug screening as arranged by the Nursing Department.


 *Nursing cognate courses:

BIOL 101, 102, 220 MATH 241  
CHEM 105* PSYC 212, 220  
KINT 216 SOCI 111  

* If taking a two course sequence both courses are required.


Termination Policy

The following situations or conditions may result in termination from the nursing program:

  1. Unsafe, unethical, or unprofessional nursing practice
  2. Nursing GPA less than 2.5 following a repeat of one nursing course
  3. Failure to pass dosage calculation test after three attempts
  4. Dishonesty
  5. Unresolved issues with the drug screen and background checks

Readmission Policy

Readmission is possible for nursing students who left the program in good standing, and according to the nursing progression criteria. Students who have been out of the program will return under the current bulletin at a point in the program specified by the Admissions Committee. All nursing courses must be completed within six years.  A new Background check and drug screen must be completed and approved before being readmitted.

Special Student

An applicant who wishes to enroll in nursing courses without pursuing a degree at Southwestern should apply for enrollment in the university as a special student. Consent for enrollment as a special student is subject to fulfillment of course prerequisites, instructor's consent, and space availability.

Part-time Students

Qualified students may enroll on a part-time basis.  Required general education and cognate pre-nursing courses must be completed before entering the program.  The nursing courses must be completed in the sequence specified in the full-time degree plan.

Transfer Students

Students wishing to transfer into the nursing program are required to have a minimum college GPA of 2.75. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required for any course accepted for transfer credit. Course descriptions or outlines will be required when necessary to determine the acceptability of a course or the amount of transfer credit to be granted. Previous nursing credits must have been earned within the past three years. The department reserves the right to require the transfer applicant to pass written and/or practical examinations in any course for which transfer credit is requested. Transfer credit in nursing is accepted for RN-BS students only.  Nursing GPA is calculated on credits earned at Southwestern Adventist University only.

Transportation Policies

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from off-campus clinical labs. Faculty will not provide transportation. Students are advised not to transport clients in their own vehicles under any circumstances. This policy protects both the student and the client. Texas law requires proof of automobile liability insurance.

Residency Requirement

The candidate for a B.S. degree in nursing must take 28 semester hours of upper division nursing courses in residence at Southwestern and must fulfill the University residency requirements as stated elsewhere in this bulletin.

Students must meet the requirements of the bulletin in effect at the time of acceptance into the nursing program. Prospective students and pre-nursing students, on and off Southwestern's campus, must work closely with the Nursing Department to ensure readiness to begin nursing classes. Students who do not take classes for one long semester will return under the new bulletin and must repeat the drug screen and background check.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of 128 semester hours including 61 hours of nursing and 67 hours of cognate and general education*.
  2. Fulfillment of the general education requirements for a B.S. degree. (Students of nursing fulfill the writing component of the English requirement with NURS 320 and NURS 426 and speech requirement is completed with NURS 425.)
  3. A minimum nursing GPA of 2.5.
  4. Successfully pass the exit examination as part of NURS 428 Nursing Capstone.
  5. Recommendation by the faculty for graduation.

Nursing Department Grievance Policy

Nursing students who wish to appeal an issue should refer to the Southwestern Adventist University's policy on Student Academic Appeals, and must follow this departmental procedure**:

  1. The student should discuss his/her grievance with the instructor involved no later than 1-2 University days of the event/evaluation/ dismissal in an attempt to resolve the grievance.
  2. If a resolution has not been reached, the student should submit his/ her grievance in writing to the Department Chair within 1-2 University days following discussion with the instructor. The Chair has one University day to respond.
  3. If a resolution has not been reached, the student should submit his/her grievance in writing to the Nursing Progression Committee within one University day following discussion with the Department Chair. The Nursing Progression Committee has one University day to respond.
  4. If a resolution has not been reached, the student may contact the Vice President for Academic Administration within one University day following receipt of the Nursing Progression Committee decision to continue the University process for Academic Appeals. This concludes STEP I of the University appeals process. All steps must be followed.

* In compliance with the Texas State Board of Nursing's policy (TBON), completion of the nursing program does not guarantee eligibility for the registered nurse licensure examination. An individual who may be ineligible for licensure due to physical/emotional disabilities or past criminal convictions which are likely to affect professional practice and/ or behavior, should seek departmental/legal advising prior to enrolling in any professional nursing program in Texas. The Texas Board of Nursing also requires an online jurisprudence course prior to licensure.

** The appeals tracking form may be obtained from the advisor.



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