Admission to the RN to B.S.N. Cohort or Online Nursing Classes
Registered nurses seeking admission to the IU School of Nursing must apply to the Office of Admissions at IU Southeast.With exception of admission to the nursing cohort, all School of Nursing policies pertinent to B.S.N. program majors also apply to registered nurse undergraduate students.
Admission to the nursing cohort/online classes is not competitive. RN students who have successfully completed general education course work and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and 2.7 nursing GPA are eligible to take nursing classes.
The nursing admission GPA is calculated on all completed courses required for the B.S.N. degree. Grades earned in transfer courses accepted and applied to required general education credit hours will count in the calculation of the entry GPA.
Designate which courses will meet the general education requirements where course choice is an option.
Students are expected to meet the general education requirements that are currently in effect unless the student has a prior degree plan that was developed with the academic advisor.
Courses designated for the nursing major may be repeated only one (1) time. Students must successfully complete all courses for the degree with a C or better by the second attempt.
The repeated grade will be the grade used in the calculation of the admission grade point average.
Students may repeat no more than three (3) required/cluster courses. Of the three courses, only two (2) failures will be allowed in science courses. ( One science course and corresponding lab are considered one course).
This criteria applies also to any student wishing to transfer required courses from a university other than Indiana University.
Students wishing to transfer required course work from a university other than Indiana University must be in good academic standing at that university and have achieved a grade of C (2.0) or higher in courses for which transfer is being requested.
Students with “undistributed” transfer hours or course equivalencies and/ or substitutions may request approval from the APG (Admissions, Progression, Graduation) committee to use the course(s) in the application (see your academic advisor). Undistributed classes are those transferred from another academic institution that are not IU Southeast-equivalent courses, however, the student is granted credit for the course on the credit transfer report.
The Admission, Progression, Graduation (APG) committee reviews the student request to approve or deny transfer credit/undistributed courses as appropriate.
The student submits a written request to the APG committee to approve the undistributed course, specifically noting the general education or nursing requirement the course is to meet.
Attach the course syllabus with goals and objectives or the course description from the transferring school. This information may be obtained from an official website or college bulletin from the transferring academic institution.
The APG committee responds to the student in writing. If approved, the academic advisor applies the course to the student’s degree plan. If denied, the student, must take the course.
The Registered Nurse student pursuing a B.S.N. degree is exempt from course time limits. Qualifying courses will be applied to the course plan regardless of when they were taken.
Purpose: To establish a mechanism for assessing, validating, and evaluating prior learning in order to award course credit or exemption for undergraduate nursing courses.The portfolio provides evidence that students have acquired the content and skills through prior learning and/or practice experiences.
Students may validate prior learning (academic work or professional experience) by preparing a portfolio to demonstrate acquisition of content and skills commensurate with outcomes, competencies, or objectives of a specific course.
The portfolio option may be used for a course(s) as long as it does not interfere with other university or school course/credit hour policies related to progression or graduation.
Portfolio courses are graded as satisfactory (S) or Failure (F). Students who are successful in the portfolio process will be awarded “special credit” for the course in question through the Indiana University Special Credit process.
To receive portfolio credit, students must be in good academic standing and demonstrate satisfactory progression toward degree requirements.
Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours on the campus awarding the degree. Courses/credits which are reviewed for portfolio credit do not count toward undergraduate residency requirements.
Faculty reserve the right to determine if the student is eligible for the portfolio alternative.This option will not be entertained when, in the faculty’s expert judgment, student learning might be compromised.
The success of the portfolio depends on the student’s ability to present sufficient related materials that meet course objectives/competencies and critical learning experiences.
Registered nurses holding valid specialty certification from a professional nursing organization in an appropriate area of nursing may receive special credit. The nurse must show proof of certification. A maximum of two credit hours may be awarded. Contact the academic advisor to initiate the awarding of special credit.
Good Standing: Students who maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in all required general education and didactic courses and a grade of “S” in all required practicum/ clinical courses will be considered in good standing.
Academic Probation: A student will be placed on probation when any of the following conditions exist:
The cumulative GPA falls below C (2.0).
The semester GPA falls below C (2.0). 3. A grade below C (2.0) has been received in a required didactic course or a grade of F has bee earned in a required practicum/clinical course.
Academic probation will be removed when all the following conditions exist:
The cumulative GPA is C (2.0) or higher.
The semester GPA is C (2.0) or higher.
A minimum grade of C (2.0) has been received in the required didactic courses completed, and a grade of S has been earned in the required practicum/clinical courses completed.
All other specific conditions, if required, have been met. Academically At-Risk Students
Objective: To provide early intervention for students who are not meeting or who are minimally meeting expectations in the classroom and clinical setting.
Students who consistently score below 80 percent on quizzes, tests and papers in the classroom will be notified at mid-term by the instructor or course leader.
The student will be asked to complete a study plan designed to improve progress and successfully complete the course.The plan will be submitted to the instructor with follow-up discussion as needed.
Students are encouraged to meet with the instructor to help improve academic performance early on.
Students whose clinical performance is marginal or does not meet expectations will be counseled by faculty as issues arise.
If the student’s performance is consistently below expectations, the clinical instructor will initiate a written contract to identify performance problems and make recommendations for improvement.The instructor and student will discuss the clinical contract, then sign and date the document. Clinical contracts are binding and failure to meet expectations can result in course failure.
Students admitted to the RN to B.S.N. nursing major must formally accept or decline admission in writing prior to beginning of the semester to which the student has been admitted. Students who decline acceptance for any reason must declare a new admission target date.
Students who have failed to register for each sequential semester once accepted into the RN to B.S.N. program will be seen as having interrupted their academic progress.
Students must have completed one semester of study in the nursing program to be considered out of sequence. A student is out of sequence when their academic progress has been interrupted for any reason and the student fails to register for each sequential semester.
Students who have interrupted their program of study for any reason must submit a written request to return at least one semester in advance of their return. The request is submitted to the Admission, Progression, Graduation ( APG) committee for deliberation.
Out-of-sequence students will be placed back in their required course work based on transcript evaluation, review of non-academic performance (i.e. Essential Abilities, Student Code of Conduct), and space availability.
Withdrawals (grade of W) from nursing courses will be issued to students wishing to withdraw from any or all courses in accordance with the University’s withdrawal policies and procedures.
Students withdrawing from nursing course work must complete the “W” course prior to progression in the program.
Students withdrawing from required nursing course work will be considered out-of-sequence students. Failure to register for each sequential semester once accepted into the program is an interruption in academic progress and the student is out of sequence.The date of graduation for out-of-sequence students is not guaranteed.
More than three academic withdrawals in a semester is considered lack of progress toward the degree. A pattern of withdrawals may influence a request for consideration of reinstatement to the nursing program.
Withdrawal from the nursing program courses constitutes a disruption in progression and requires that a student seek reinstatement to the program. Students must submit a formal written request to the Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee at least one semester in advance of wishing to return.
A student will be dismissed from the program when, in the judgment of the Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee, there is a lack of progress toward the degree. Lack of progress will include, but not be limited to, the following:
Achieve a 2.0 semester grade point average in any two consecutive semesters.
Earn a grade of C (2.0) or S (satisfactory) in any two required nursing courses ( didactic or practicum/clinical) on the first attempt.
Achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) in any required nursing didactic course or S (Satisfactory) in any required nursing practicum/clinical course by the second attempt.
Achieve a grade of C in three (3) or more general education courses required for the B.S.N. degree. Of the three courses, only two (2) failures will be allowed in science course work. Any grade below a “C” is considered unsatisfactory ( failing).
Meet IU Southeast essential abilities expectations.
Meet expectations of the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct.
Falsification of records or reports, plagiarism, or cheating on an examination, quiz, or any other assignment are cause for dismissal (See IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct).
The faculty reserves the right to dismiss any student whose personal integrity, health, or conduct demonstrates unfitness to continue preparation for the profession of nursing. Integrity and conduct will be judged according to the standards of the most recent Code for Nurses as adopted by the American Nurses Association.
The dismissal of any student is contingent upon review by the Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee. Student dismissal is subject to the IU Southeast appeal process.
Students who have interrupted their course of study for any reason may request to be reinstated to the nursing program through the Admission, Progression, Graduation (APG) committee.
To be reinstated to the nursing program the student must meet with the academic advisor before submitting the request for reinstatement to the Admission, Progression, Graduation (APG) committee.
The student submits a written request for reinstatement to the academic advisor who forwards it to the APG committee for consideration. The committee reviews documentation from the student file and the written request to support or deny reinstatement.
The student will appear before the APG committee only at the request of the committee.
Additional documentation may be requested by the committee in order to make a decision about reinstatement.
The student will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision. The committee’s decision to reinstate does not guarantee a seat for the student since reinstatement may depend upon the availability of space in the class.
Students in the School of Nursing are expected to meet the standards of conduct as defined in the IU Code of Student Rights, and Responsibilities and Conduct; the American Nurses Association’s Standards of Professional Performance; and the IU Southeast Essential Abilities.
Students are encouraged to consult with nursing faculty associated with the problem/issue as the first step towards resolution.
It is expected that the course faculty will discuss with students any issues/ problems that violate standards of conduct. First is a verbal discussion and, if there is an inadequate response, it progresses to a written warning. If the behavior is serious enough to warrant a written clinical contract, the faculty will identify the detrimental behavior and outline steps for improvement.
If the situation is not resolved in the School of Nursing or if the behavior violates the IU Southeast Student Code of Conduct, the student/faculty will follow the IU Southeast grievance process.
Plagiarism, cheating, etc., will be handled through the Office of Student Affairs and the dean of the School of Nursing.
Violation of academic and/or conduct standards may be cause for dismissal from the nursing program.
Credit for foundational courses from the Associate Degree or Diploma program will be applied towards the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree for the RN- B.S.N. student.
RN students who successfully complete the RN to B.S.N. Transition courses and successfully complete all pre and co-requisite course work may receive advanced standing via special credit in the RN-B.S.N. program.
A grade of S (Satisfactory) will be recorded on the student’s transcript forthe above courses according to criteria determined by faculty.
Special credit does not count toward residency credit.
Special credit will be awarded for the following nursing courses once the Professional Nursing Seminars are completed and students have paid any specified credit hour special fees:
B230 Developmental Issues and Health
B248 Science and Technology of Nursing
B249 Science and Technology of Nursing: Practicum
H351 Alterations in Neuro-Psychological Health
H352 Alterations in Neuro-Psychological Health Practicum
H353 Alterations in Health I
H354 Alterations in Health I Practicum
H361 Alterations in Health II
H362 Alterations in Health II Practicum
H363 Developing Family and Child
H364 Developing Family and Child Practicum
S470 Restorative Health Related to Multisystem Failure