University of Southern Indiana

Progression & Dismissal Policies

Progression Policies
Students selected for admission to the nursing program must also meet clinical agency requirements, present evidence of satisfactory health status, be eligible for RN licensure, and capable of fulfilling clinical practice requirements.

Pre-Requisites and Minimum Grade Requirements

  1. Students must complete the following courses with a minimum grade of “C” prior to beginning Nursing 246-Introduction to Professional Nursing and Nursing 247-Health Assessment:

English 101, English 201, Biology 121, Biology 122, Biology 272, Chemistry 141, Nutrition 376, Psychology 201, Sociology 121 (or Social Inquiry Course), CMST 101 or 107. 

  1. All remaining University Core curriculum and all required non-nursing courses (Except IPH401) must be completed prior to or concurrent with Nursing 246-Intro to Nursing and Nursing 247-Nursing Assessment. Students will not be able to progress into Nursing 357-Introduction to Patient Care if these courses have not been completed. 
  1. Anatomy and physiology and chemistry course credit must be earned or equivalent competence demonstrated within five years of enrollment in clinical nursing courses. 
  1. Only one course within nutrition and science courses may be repeated. Students achieving less than a "C" in two or more of these courses will be dismissed from the program and are not eligible for admission or progression. 
  1. Students must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all nursing courses. In order to achieve a grade of "C" or better in a nursing course, a student must achieve a "Pass" in the clinical component in addition to a "C" or better in the theory component. Letter grades are not given for clinical nor is a clinical "pass" utilized in computing the course grade, other than the requirement that the student must pass the clinical in order to earn a "C" grade or better. Students who do not receive a "pass" grade in the clinical will receive a letter grade of "F" in the course. 
  1. Students must retake a nursing course in which a grade of a "D" or less is earned (see Delay in Progression policy). Both theory and clinical must be repeated. If the repeated grade is acceptable ("C" or above) only the higher grade will be reflected in the student's GPA. If a "D" or less is earned when repeating the course or in any subsequent nursing course, the student will be dismissed from the program and will not be eligible for readmission.

Delay in Progression
Progression through the nursing program will be delayed if a student:

  1. Withdraws from a nursing course
  2. Postpones enrollment in any nursing course
  3. Fails to achieve a “C” or higher in a nursing or pre-requisite course

If a student delays progression for any of the above reasons, the student will be withdrawn from the nursing program and must apply for readmission. Students may only be readmitted to the Nursing Program one time. Students are not guaranteed readmission.

The student must meet with her/his adviser to revise changes in the plan of study resulting from delay in progression. In most instances the student’s graduation will be delayed.

Withdrawal Policy
The option of withdrawing from a nursing course and receiving a grade of "W" is possible within the withdrawal period listed on the academic calendar each semester. For courses lasting less than the full semester, the option of withdrawing with a "W" is possible within the first 60% of the course. Refer to the course schedule and/or calendar for specific dates.

Taking a "W" in a nursing course will require that the student apply for readmission (see details for the readmission process below). The student is encouraged to explore all other alternatives before taking such action.

See University guidelines for the procedure that must be followed regarding withdrawal.

Students who do not follow the required University procedure to officially withdraw from a course will receive an "F" grade.

Dismissal Policies
Additional policies regarding dismissal:  

  1. Falsification of records and reports and cheating on an examination, quiz, or any other assignment will be a basis for dismissal from the program.
  2. Plagiarism, as defined in the University Bulletin, is the intentional reproduction of another person’s ideas, words, or statements without acknowledgment. Students must give credit when using the works of others and are expected to properly reference the use of: 1) direct quotes; 2) another person’s ideas or opinions; or 3) any borrowed statistics, facts, or other materials. Failure to properly give credit to others’ work is a form of academic dishonesty (University Bulletin, Student Rights and Responsibilities).
  3. Academic honesty is an expected behavior of all students. Academic dishonesty may include, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, and knowingly assisting others in an act of academic dishonesty. Students who engage in academic dishonesty in any form, even as a first offense, place themselves in jeopardy of receiving a failing grade for the assignment or course, as well as dismissal from the nursing program and University.  Policies and procedures governing academic dishonesty can be found at the University’s Academic Integrity and Appeal Policy (
  4. Violation of client and/or agency confidential information may result in dismissal from the program.
  5. The Faculty reserves the right to dismiss any student whose personal integrity, health or behavior demonstrate unfitness to continue preparation for the profession of nursing and/or violate the Code of Ethics.
  6. Students considered by Faculty to be unsafe practitioners or whose progress in meeting program objectives is judged unsatisfactory will be dismissed from the program.

Faculty who meet with students who are delayed or dismissed from the program will complete the Exit Questionnaire and submit to the Program Chair.

Contact Dr. Constance Swenty


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