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Academic Warning and the College of Nursing Academic Progression Policy

The College of Nursing’s Academic Progression Policy supersedes University policy on Academic Warning for General B.S.N. and Second Degree Students. 

Academic warning serves as official notification that the student has failed to earn a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average. A student placed on academic warning will have a hold placed on registration and will be required to meet with an academic adviser in order for this registration hold to be removed.

See Senate Policy 54-20: https://sites.psu.edu/facultysenate/policies-and-rules-for-undergraduate-students/54-00-academic-progress/

See Student Handbooks: https://www.nursing.psu.edu/undergrad/handbooks/

 

 

Academic Suspension and the College of Nursing Academic Progression Policy

The College of Nursing’s Academic Progression Policy supersedes University policy on Academic Suspension for General B.S.N. and Second Degree Students. 

Academic suspension is an official notification that a student has earned a semester grade-point average of less than 2.00 while on academic warning. A student who has been academically suspended may not schedule courses at the University for two consecutive semesters (Note: Summer session is equal to one semester and includes all courses offered after Spring semester and before Fall semester).  A student returning from academic suspension must apply for re-enrollment as defined in policy 58-00 (or admission, if he/she is a degree-seeking provisional student) and returns to the University in warning status, with his/her former cumulative grade-point average, and with a hold placed on the registration.  The student must receive written support obtained in the college/major (or DUS) the student intends to pursue.

A student can be academically suspended from the University two times.  If, after two suspensions the student fails to achieve at least a 2.00 semester GPA, the student is subject to academic dismissal (54-50).  A student may apply for academic renewal four years after academic dismissal.

 

 

College of Nursing Academic Progression Policy

This policy delineates the academic standards required of students admitted to the pre-licensure* undergraduate nursing program, which includes two options: the General Bachelor of Science (GEN B.S.N.), the Second Degree Bachelor of Science (SEC DEG). A student is limited to two attempts for any prerequisite or required nursing course. Attempts are defined as earning a grade in a course or late-dropping the course.

A course attempt in one pre-licensure option (GEN B.S.N., SEC DEG) applies to all pre-licensure options. Academic Renewal does not negate previously attempted nursing courses. In a situation where the student withdraws from the University (Policy 56-30) courses will not be counted as one of the two attempts for the prerequisite or nursing course.

 

Overall Academic Requirements:

1. Successful completion of the following major requirements (BIOL 129, BIOL 141, BIOL 142, PSYCH 100, HD FS 129, NUTR 251, CHEM 101 or CHEM 110 and CHEM 111, MICRB 106, MICRB 107, SOC 001 or SOC 005, STAT 200 or STAT 250) is defined as a grade of “C” or better according to the University grading scale.

2. Successful completion of required Nursing courses is defined as a “C” or better according to the College of Nursing Grading Scale.

3. All major requirements and required Nursing courses may only be attempted two times.

4. A student who attempts or earns a “D” or “F” in the same major requirement or required Nursing course for a second time will be dismissed from the Nursing major. Academic advising relative to other majors/options will be provided.

5. A student who attempts or earns a “D” or “F” in two different required Nursing courses will be dismissed from the Nursing major. Academic advising relative to other majors/options will be provided.

6. Students who wish to return to the University after a leave of absence or re-enroll after withdrawing from the University will follow the CON Re-enrollment/Re-entry policy available in the Student Handbook (http://nursing.psu.edu/cms/nursing/undergraduate/handbooks).

7. Any exceptions to the two-attempt limit must be approved by the Dean of the College of Nursing.

* Pre-licensure refers to students who do not have an RN license.