Nursing Program Policies


Attendance is required for all scheduled learning experiences.  Any clinical absence(s) may interfere with the student’s ability to complete the course satisfactorily.  Additional clinical experiences may be required for absences in the clinical area.  Situations resulting in absences beyond the student’s control from class, laboratory, and clinical experiences will be evaluated on an individual basis by the nursing faculty.  Clinical course syllabi will address provisions for clinical delays or cancellations that affect scheduled learning experiences.

Students should inform the appropriate faculty member prior to being absent or tardy.  Upon return from an absence, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the appropriate faculty member regarding any assignments. Inability to complete course objectives will result in failure of the course.  Tardiness is defined as not being in the assigned area within ten (10) minutes of the assigned time and is not acceptable.  A student arriving late for a scheduled test/quiz will be permitted to write the test/quiz in the remaining allotted time.  Early departures is defined as “not returning after break” or prior to dismissal (class or clinical).  Early departure is unacceptable.  Appointments should not be scheduled during class/clinical time.  Early departures and tardiness are considered absences from class/clinical.

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.

 Financial Requirements

 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:

HESI is the company that is utilized for standardized achievement testing.  On-line access to resources is available to each student and is introduced in the first semester of the junior 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.  Specific requirements for each level of HESI exams will be included in course syllabi.  Fees are billed separately and may change slightly from year to year.

2.  Nursing Lab Fee / Health Professions Fee:

Nursing/Health Professions fees are charged each semester.  Up-to-date information can be obtained from the Business Office.

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.

4.  Transportation:

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:

  1. Graduation fee is approximately $100 for commencement exercises.  A fee is also charged for those not participating in the ceremony.
  2. A late fee will be charged if graduation application is not completed on time.
  3. Purchase of prescribed academic regalia is included in graduation fee.
  4. Pictures – Cost varies based on picture ordered. (Optional purchase)
  5. NCLEX application – $200
  6. State Board of Nursing Application (varies state to state) – $51.50
  7. WLU Nursing Pin.  Prices vary with Balfour Company depending on selection.

**Fees may vary from year to year.  Up-to-date information is available on the WV Board of Nursing website.

Grading Scale

  *The Nursing Program Grading Scale for didactic courses is:

A         92-100%
B          84-91%
C          78-83%
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 courses.  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.