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Progression Policy - Effective Fall Semester 2013

Note: If you were admitted into the program PRIOR to Fall Semester 2013, you will follow the previous Progression Policy found here.

In order to progress in the nursing program the following policy should be followed:
  1. A total of two unsuccessful attempts in two separate semesters (D, F, or W) in the nursing program will result in dismissal from the program.
  2. A student may be reinstated to the nursing program only one time. The reinstatement is not guaranteed due to limitations in clinical spaces. All nursing admission standards must be met.
  3. A student must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the current institution for reinstatement.
  4. If a student has a documented extenuating circumstance that should be considered related to a withdrawal or failure, then this student may request a hearing before the Admission Committee or other appropriate college committee for a decision on repeating a course or readmission to the program.
Definitions:
Reinstatement: Students who have a withdrawal or failure in a nursing course and are eligible to return to that course will be considered for reinstatement to the program.

Readmission: Students not eligible for program reinstatement may apply for program admission as a new student. If accepted as a new student, the student must take or retake all nursing program courses.

Process for Reinstatement
  1. Students should first schedule an appointment with a nursing faculty/advisor to discuss eligibility for reinstatement.
  2. Students must apply for reinstatement to the nursing program and submit the application by published deadlines. 
  3. Students must apply for readmission to the college if not currently enrolled. College readmission must be accomplished by published deadlines.
  4. Update all drug testing and background screening according to program policy.

TRANSFER POLICY

The transfer policy applies only to students desiring to transfer between Alabama Community College System institutions. It does not apply to students wishing to transfer from other institutions.

Criteria for Transfer
  1. Must meet minimum admission standards for the nursing program.
  2. Must possess a grade of C or better in all nursing program required courses taken at another institution and possess a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA at time of transfer.
  3. Dean/Director of previous nursing program must provide a letter of eligibility for progression in previous nursing program.
  4. Must comply with all program policy requirements at accepting institution.
  5. Complete at least 25% of the nursing program required courses for degree /certificate at the accepting institution.
  6. Must meet acceptability criteria for placement at clinical agencies for clinical experience.
  7. Acceptance of transfer students into nursing programs is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Meeting minimal standards does not guarantee acceptance. 
  8. Student selection for transfer is based on GPA in nursing program required courses.

TRANSIENT STUDENT POLICY

The transient policy applies only to students desiring to transfer between Alabama Community College System institutions. It does not apply to students wishing to transfer from other institutions.

Criteria for Transient Status
  1. Must meet minimum admission standards for the nursing program.
  2. Must possess a grade of C or better in all nursing program required courses taken at another institution and possess a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. Dean/Director of previous nursing program must provide a letter of eligibility for progression in previous nursing program.
  4. A student enrolled at another institution must secure permission from that institution by submitting an application for admission to the College and a Transient Student Form completed by an official (Nursing Program Dean/Director) of the primary institution.
  5. Transient students must complete a Transcript Request Form at the end of the term before a transcript will be issued to the primary institution.
  6. Must comply with all program policy requirements at accepting institution.
  7. Must meet acceptability criteria for placement at clinical agencies for clinical experience.
  8. Acceptance of transient student into a nursing program is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Meeting minimal standards does not guarantee acceptance. 
  9. Student selection for transient status is based on GPA in nursing program required courses.

ADN TRANSFER TO LPN PROGRAM

Associate Degree nursing students may apply for admission to the third semester of the Practical Nursing Program after they have completed the first two semesters of coursework – MTH 100, ENG 101, BIO 201, BIO 202, NUR 102, NUR 103, NUR 104, NUR 105, and NUR 106 – with a grade of C or better. Students who elect to transfer to the last semester in the Practical Nursing Program will be required to meet the current program admission/readmission requirements. Students will be admitted on a space available basis to the PN program.

To be eligible for this option:
  1. Student must complete a transfer/readmission form.
  2. Have a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA at current institution.
  3. Meet clinical record/health record requirements.
  4. The last clinical nursing course, in which the student was successful, cannot be more than twelve months old.
  5. Student will be ranked on cumulative GPA for the purposes of transfer/readmission to the PN program.
  6. Students who have two attempts in the RN program are only allowed one attempt in the PN program.
  7. Students who are successful may apply for the LPN to RN Mobility Option as outlined in the college catalog.
  8. If unsuccessful in the PN transfer option, the student must meet current admission/ progression requirements.