A grade of "C" or higher must be earned for each nursing course. A grade of "D" or "F" in either the theory or practicum parts of a course constitutes a grade of "D" or "F" for the course resulting in failure of the course. If a student earns a "D" or "F" in a required upper-division nursing course, the concurrent or next higher course may not be taken until the prerequisite course is repeated and passed with a "C" or higher. A nursing course may be repeated only once, based on faculty recommendation and space availability. A student may repeat only two nursing courses and still continue in the nursing program. A student who is not recommended to repeat a professional course is no longer eligible to continue in the nursing program.
All nursing students must perform within limits of safe practice. A faculty member may drop a student from a course with an "F" if the student's nursing practice is deemed to be unsafe as defined in the Safe Practice Policy of the College. A copy of this policy is posted on the Official Bulletin Board in the College.
The dean and the chair of the Nursing Department are prepared to confer with students who are doing unsatisfactory work, particularly at mid-semester and at the end of the semester. Faculty are available to confer with students, according to posted office hours.
- To be eligible for graduation, a student must have attained a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in both the lower-division course work and the upper-division course work in the baccalaureate degree plan.
- A candidate must successfully complete the prescribed curriculum and must meet all other requirements of the University and the College.
In order to assist faculty with academic advisement of students, as well as providing a means of ongoing evaluation of the School of Nursing curriculum, nursing students are required to participate in a testing and evaluation program in addition to course examinations.
Licensure as a Professional Nurse
Graduates seeking licensure must successfully complete the State Registered Nurse Licensure Examination which is administered by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas. The Board issues an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter that serves as a temporary permit to practice professional nursing as a graduate nurse (GN) under the direct supervision of a Registered Professional Nurse. The permit is valid for the 90-day time period indicated on the ATT letter or until the new graduate receives results from the first NCLEX-RNŽ, whichever date is earlier. New graduates may not continue to practice as GNs after failing the NCLEX-RNŽ, even if the date of the ATT letter validity has not expired.