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ADMISSION AND PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to Lower Division

Students are admitted to the Capstone College of Nursing when they meet University of Alabama admission requirements. Students are encouraged to acquaint themselves with general academic regulations of the University as stated in "Admissions," p. 14. Transfer students are encouraged to seek advisement from the Capstone College of Nursing Office of Nursing Student Services. Knowledge of policies and procedures is the student's responsibility. Detailed policies and procedures are contained in the Capstone College of Nursing student handbook, which is on the Capstone College of Nursing website (http://nursing.ua.edu). Students are notified of any policy changes. It is the student's responsibility to abide by the most recently published or posted policies and procedures. An official, current copy of the handbook is available in the office of the associate dean for academic programs.

Promotion to Upper Division

Application forms for promotion to the upper division may be obtained from the Office of Nursing Student Services (ONSS) in the Capstone College of Nursing. It is the student's responsibility to secure an application from the ONSS and to submit it by the deadline. Applicants for the upper division must have been admitted to The University of Alabama.

Promotion Policies

  1. To progress to the professional component of the nursing curriculum, a student must possess a functional level of capability to perform the duties required of a professional nurse. These abilities include but are not limited to (a) adequate vision such as that required to observe changes in physical conditions, to read small print on labels and laboratory reports, and to discern subtle changes in color; (b) adequate hearing such as that required to distinguish muted sounds through a stethoscope; (c) fine motor skills and manual dexterity such as those required to handle small, delicate equipment; (d) strength such as that required to turn and assist with lifting adults and to lift and carry children; (e) the mobility to respond quickly to emergency situations; (f) the ability to engage in two-way conversation and interact effectively with others orally and in writing; (g) the ability to detect odors; and (h) the ability to consistently and dependably engage in critical thinking to make safe and ethical clinical judgments.

    The faculty of the Capstone College of Nursing has identified the skills and professional behaviors that are essential to pursue a course of study to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination–RN and to practice as a professional nurse. These skills include but are not limited to the skills presented in Essentials of College and University Education for Professional Nursing, a publication of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. If these skills and professional behaviors cannot be developed by the student, either unassisted or with the dependable use of assistive devices, the faculty reserves the right to disenroll the student from clinical courses. A copy of Essentials of College and University Education for Professional Nursing is available upon request from the College's Office of Academic Programs.

  2. Promotion to the upper division requires successful completion of the courses designated for the first four semesters of the curriculum. Students may apply and be considered for promotion to the upper division during the fourth semester if they will have completed all courses prior to the semester for which application to the upper division is made. In such instances, promotion to the upper division may be granted conditionally, pending successful completion of all courses required for promotion. Promotion to the upper division may be withdrawn if the level of academic performance is significantly lower in those courses completed after conditional promotion.

  3. Only those applicants whose grade point averages are at least 2.5 for those courses required in the first four semesters of the designated curriculum are eligible to apply for promotion. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee promotion to the upper division of the nursing curriculum.

  4. Spaces in the upper division are limited. When the number of students seeking promotion to the upper division exceeds the number of spaces available, the most qualified applicants will be promoted. Those applicants who present the strongest academic records and who show the most promise for success in the upper division will be promoted. Applicants who complete at least one-half of the required lower-division coursework in residence at UA will be given preference.

  5. Transfer students are defined as those students who have completed less than one-half of the required lower-division coursework at the University of Alabama. A transfer student may be accepted into the upper division when the academic record, taken as a whole, presents evidence of outstanding academic performance and a strong likelihood of success in the upper division.

  6. The number of students promoted each semester is dependent upon available resources. Promotion to upper division is competitive.

  7. Applications and deadlines for promotion to the upper division may be obtained from the ONSS in the Capstone College of Nursing.

Upon progression to the upper division, permission to depart from the clinical sequence must be obtained from the associate dean for academic programs. Because of the limitations in clinical course spaces, departure from the sequence for any reason may significantly lengthen the time for program completion.

Transfer from a B.S.N. Nursing Program

Students requesting a transfer to the upper division of the nursing program from another B.S.N. program must follow the promotion policies above. Additional criteria for consideration for admission of a student who has attended another B.S.N. program include the following:

1) a letter of good standing from all B.S.N. nursing program(s)
2) a minimum of a 2.5 overall GPA
3) a minimum of a 2.5 GPA on nursing courses completed
4) a minimum of 2.0 on all science courses completed

Withdrawal from the First Clinical Nursing Course

Any student who withdraws from or does not successfully complete the first clinical nursing course in the upper division must contact the director of the undergraduate nursing program to be considered for placement in the course the next semester. The student will be placed in the course on a space-available basis only. Before considering placement of any students who have not succeeded in the course, preference for spaces will be given to those applicants who meet all promotion criteria and who have not previously been promoted. If space becomes available for a student's reassignment to the course, a second unsuccessful attempt by that student in any other clinical course will result in academic suspension from the Capstone College of Nursing.

Return to the Undergraduate Nursing Program after a Nonacademic Leave of Absence

Following a nonacademic leave of absence (e.g., military, medical, or other) from the Capstone College of Nursing for six or more months, a student's academic record and time elapsed since completing clinical nursing courses will be reviewed by the director of the undergraduate program to facilitate the student's readiness to reenter the program.

Individualized plans will be negotiated with the student to facilitate a smooth transition into the program and may include knowledge-refresher activities, either informal or formalized independent study.

Components of the refresher plan may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1) review of medication calculations and completion of a medication-calculation exam
2) review of health-assessment materials such as videotapes
3) review of appropriate charting and documentation methods
4) practice with medication administration such as P.O., IM, and IV
5) practice with skills such as foley catheter insertion, NG tubes, suctioning,
    sterile dressing changes, injections, and IV insertion
6) review of content from an NCLEX Review book of content areas previously completed

This option is offered to facilitate the student's successful reentry into the B.S.N. program. The student assumes responsibility for his or her learning and is encouraged to seek needed assistance.

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