Nursing Program Policies
The department of nursing believes that attendance is essential for optimal learning. Attendance is required for all scheduled learning experiences. More than two absences from the clinical learning experiences will result in failure of the clinical course. Situations resulting in absences beyond the student’s control from class, laboratory, and clinical experiences will be evaluated on an individual basis by the entire nursing faculty.
Students should inform the appropriate faculty member prior to being absent. Upon return from an absence, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the appropriate faculty member regarding any assignments. Inability to meet the course objectives will result in failure of the course.
In accordance with the University attendance policy, the faculty reserves the right to establish their own specific course attendance policies. (West Liberty University Bulletin)
Certification for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
The Nursing Program Academic Standards Committee requires a completed health record and completion of CPR (American Heart Association, Health Care Provider or American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer) prior to the first off-campus clinical experience. The student must present current updates of this certification at the beginning of each semester.
Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
Any person who works or is placed in a facility where exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials is required to receive training according to the bloodborne standard mandated by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). This training is mandated on a yearly basis. The Nursing Program provides this training to the student on a yearly basis.
In addition to University tuition and fees, nursing students are responsible for various fees and expenses. (This is not an inclusive list and prices and expenses may change from year to year.)
1. Achievement Testing:
The cost is included in fees. HESI is the company that is utilized. On-line access to resources is available to each student and is introduced in the first semester of the sophomore year. Testing & resources continue throughout each level in the nursing program in an effort to better prepare the graduate for the NCLEX. An Exit Exam at the end of the senior year must be satisfactorily completed with a minimum score of 850 in order to be eligible to sit for the NCLEX.
2. Nursing Lab Fee / Health Professions Fee:
Approximately $75 and is included in fee costs each semester in which the student is enrolled in a clinical course. For NUR 201 there is an approximate fee of $65 for a Nurse Pack of supplies.
3. Uniform Cost:
Approximately $300 which includes scrubs, lab coat, shoes, cap, stethoscope, watch, and turtleneck with WL embroidered on it. The turtleneck, warm up jacket and cap are optional purchases.
Costs vary for field trips and clinical obligations which may require some personal expenses, e.g., meals, lodging, etc. The student is expected to have independent transportation for clinical travel.
5. Graduation expenses:
a. Graduation fee is approximately $100 for commencement exercises. A fee is also charged for those not participating in the ceremony.
b. A late fee will be charged if graduation application is not completed on time.
c. Purchase of prescribed academic regalia is included in graduation fee.
d. Pictures – approximately $20. Cost varies based on picture ordered. (Optional purchase)
e. NCLEX application – $200
f. State Board of Nursing Application (varies state to state) – $51.50
g. WLU Nursing Pin. Prices vary with Balfour Company depending on selection.
*The Nursing Program Grading Scale for didactic courses is:
D/F 77 and below
If a student earns a “D” or an “F” in a nursing course, the Nursing Program Academic Standards Committee will meet to consider the student’s ability to continue in the Nursing Program.
*Not applicable to clinical courses. The Nursing Clinical Grading Scale is Pass/Fail. This grading system is explained in Clinical Courses.
Promotion and Retention
In order to remain in good academic standing in the Nursing Program, a student must achieve a minimum grade of “C” or “PASS” in all WLU nursing and health science curriculum courses as well as BIO 212 and 214. The student must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher for all WLU nursing and health science courses attempted.
The Nursing Academic Standards Committee reviews all nursing student records annually for promotion from one level to another in the program. The Committee will meet on an as needed basis for selected student cases. If a student earns a “D” or “F” grade in a nursing, biology or health science course, the Nursing Academic Standards Committee will meet to consider the student’s ability to continue in the Nursing Program. Continuation in the program in this case will be dependent upon the course(s) unsatisfactorily met, the pre-requisite(s) for subsequent nursing courses, and the student’s cumulative nursing GPA.
If a student fails a course that has a companion course, the student will have to repeat both companion courses. Nursing students are permitted to repeat one nursing curriculum course in which they have an unsatisfactory grade earned (D, F, FIW, WF). Upon earning a second unsatisfactory grade, the student is permanently dismissed from the Nursing Program.
Transfer Student: Promotion and Retention
Transfer students accepted into the Basic Nursing Program with a grade of D, F, FW, WF in a nursing course deemed equivalent to a specific course in the West Liberty University nursing curriculum will be considered to have one failing grade upon entry into the Program. They will be required to repeat the course. A second grade of D, F, FIW, or WF in any nursing course will result in permanent dismissal from the Nursing Program.
The grade for any nursing course that is not equivalent to any specific course in the West Liberty University nursing curriculum will not be used in the computation of the nursing GPA and will be considered a general elective only.