Two major course cohorts will begin each year depending on enrollment. All students must meet the requirements for general admission to South College to pursue core/general education courses. General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. The procedures for the application can be found on Nursing Page of the South College website or via the Nursing Information Packet available in the Admissions Department. Application deadlines are available in the School of Nursing and the Admissions Department. Prospective students applying for admission to the nursing program must meet the following requirements:
- Application to the nursing program should be made no later than enrollment in NSG 2030 Introduction to Professional Nursing. The procedures for the application can be found on Nursing Page of the South College website or via the Nursing Information Packet available in the Admissions Department.
- Completion of all required general education courses.
- Participation in an interview is a requirement for admission. The interview will be scheduled when the student is enrolled in NSG 2030. The applicant must score a minimum of 30 on a 40 point scale considering the following criteria: professional appearance, professional behavior/demeanor, two letters of recommendation, and a written statement indicating reasons the applicant desires to become a nurse. Students who score less than a 30 may apply for admission to the next cohort.
- A minimum of 2.50 cumulative grade point average of general education courses.
- A minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average of required science courses.
- To be eligible for the nursing program, a grade of C or better must be earned in all prerequisite courses. Students may repeat a required course a maximum of two times at South College. The grade for the final attempt for any repeated course will be used in calculating the cumulative GPA.
- Students in the following categories may be considered for admission on a space-available basis. Space available basis means that admission will be considered only if the class size as determined by the faculty is not met. This applies to students who have:
- Been unsuccessful in one or two courses in the nursing program at South College;
- Been unsuccessful or dismissed from another health professions program at South College for any reason.
Admission is dependent upon class size. Applicants will be ranked based on cumulative GPA of general education courses, cumulative GPA of required science courses, and interview score. The Admissions, Progression and Retention (APR) Committee will make admission recommendations to the Dean of the School of Nursing for final approval. The Dean may accept or reject the recommendation of the Committee. A denial of admission may be appealed to the South College Academic and Conduct Appeals Committee within five business days of the notification. Appeals outside of this timeframe will not be considered.
Students transferring to the South College Nursing program from another nursing program must successfully complete NSG 2030 Introduction to Professional Nursing before being accepted into the South College Nursing program. For a nursing class (or classes) to be considered for transfer into the South College Nursing program, the class must have been completed within the last five years, and it must be at the baccalaureate level. Only nursing courses with a grade of A or B will be considered for transfer. For final transfer approval, a course description or syllabus may be required.
Students who have been unsuccessful in the South College nursing program, or other nursing programs, will be reviewed on an individual basis. Students who present transcripts indicating failure from two nursing programs will not be considered for admission or readmission to the South College Nursing program.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION (Other Than Academic)
In addition to course work, each student must provide proof of ability to perform the skills needed to practice nursing effectively. Health care facilities must meet federal guidelines, and students must also meet these requirements in order to be allowed to gain clinical experience. All nursing students must comply with communicable diseases/blood-borne pathogen requirements that the clinical agencies require. Therefore proof of the following are requirements for the nursing applicant:
- Health history and physical exam certifying ability to function in the required capacity prior to admission to upper-level courses.
- Common communicable disease immunization or immunity, including MMR (2 in series if born after 1957), tetanus (booster required every 10 years) and varicella vaccine (2 in series). A vaccine titer test showing immunity is also acceptable.
- Hepatitis B immunization (3 in series) or completed Declination Form for Hepatitis B Vaccinationdepending on the requirements of the clinical affiliate. The Declination Form must only be used for medical reasons and must be documented by student’s primary care provider. A vaccine titer test showing immunity is also acceptable.
- Annual Flu immunization or completed Declination Form for Influenza Vaccination depending on the requirements of the clinical affiliate. The Declination Form must only be used for medical reasons and must be documented by student’s primary care provider.
- Annual screening for tuberculosis or x-ray follow-up.
- Annual acceptable drug screen. Students may be required to obtain more than one acceptance drug screen per year depending on the requirements of the clinical affiliate. In any case where a drug screen is positive and no authorized prescription is produced to validate the presence of the drug in the individual’s system, continuation in the program will be denied. Upon notification of the drug screen results, the student will have five working days to provide prescription validation. Students are responsible for costs associated with any required testing.
- Annual acceptable criminal background check for a minimum of past 15 years. Students may be required to obtain more than one acceptance criminal background check per year depending on the requirements of the clinical affiliate. If the background check reveals previous criminal convictions, admittance into the program will be made on a case by case basis. Students who are denied clinical experiences due to past convictions may be unable to progress in the program which will result in failure to complete the required courses for the program.
- Proof of health insurance coverage throughout the entire nursing program.
- Annual training on blood-borne pathogens.
- Valid American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Course Completion Card or Certificate.
Students admitted to the nursing program must demonstrate the following functional capacities. Students who believe they will not be able to meet one or more of these requirements without accommodation or modification must notify the Dean of the School of Nursing, and a determination will be made on a case by case basis whether reasonable accommodation may be made. In no instance will an accommodation be made which will compromise nursing care, or that will put patients or other students at risk. Accommodation granted when a student is generally admitted to South College does no guarantee that this modification will apply to admission to the nursing program.
EXAMPLES OF TASKS FOR
ADEQUATE TO ENSURE SAFETY OF SELF AND OTHERS IN CLASSROOM AND CLINICAL SETTINGS.
PATIENT ASSESSMENT; RESPONSE TO TREATMENT; MEDICATION PREPARATION AND ADMINISTRATION; READING OF PATIENT CHARTS AND PHYSICIAN ORDERS.
Adequate to allow effective communication with patients and others in person and by electronic means, and to ensure safety of self and patients.
Face-to-face communication with patients, families and the health care team; telephone consultations; heart tones; breath sounds; bowel sounds and other assessments.
Adequate to allow effective evaluation and therapeutic intervention related to nursing care, and to ensure safety of self and others in providing care.
Palpation used in assessment; vital signs; medication administration, IV starts.
Gross motor strength and coordination
Adequate to ensure safety of self and others in class and lab sessions and clinical activities.
Patient positioning and transfer; walking, standing, bending, and/or stooping for extended periods involving patient care; moving of equipment/beds.
Fine motor strength and coordination
Adequate to allow mastery of activities requiring detailed movements.
Multiple skills in patient care; treatments; medication preparation and administration.
Critical thinking ability
Adequate to allow mastery of basic course content and to demonstrate sound judgment in simulated and real life nursing situations.
Effective use of nursing process; planning and implementation of the nursing care plan; identification of cause and effect relationship in order to modify nursing care plan; determination of unsafe situations; planning course of actions to meet needs of patient, family, community and nursing profession.
Adequate to allow establishment of effective working and/or therapeutic relationship with patients, families and professionals.
Establishing therapeutic relationship with patients and families; working with health care team; collaboration with other disciplines.
Adequate to allow completion of course work and effective verbal and written communication with patients, families, communities, peers, and others.
Class activities; therapeutic communication; writing/research at the bachelor’s level; documentation of patient care; education of patient/family/community.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRESSION
In order for a student to progress academically, the student must meet the minimum requirements for progression as follows:
- A numeric test average of 80% or better is required in all upper division nursing courses in order to continue in the nursing program. This grade is calculated based on written/online tests and the final exam, equally weighted.
- An overall course average of 80% or better is required in all upper division nursing courses in order to continue in the nursing program. This grade is calculated based on the grading criteria in each course syllabus. Students who achieve less than an 80% overall course average in any course are ineligible to enroll in subsequent courses.
- Students are required to pass both the clinical and laboratory components associated with the didactic content. Failure in any component of a nursing course requires the repeating of all elements of that course. No credit will be given unless all components of a course are successfully completed.
- Students requesting or receiving a grade of incomplete (“I”) in any nursing course(s) may not enroll in subsequent courses. Continued progression in the nursing major is contingent upon successful removal of the grade of “I” as described in the South College Catalog.
CLINICAL CONDUCT AND EVALUATION
Clinical performance is an integral component of the educational process in nursing. Satisfactory clinical performance is an overriding concern in professional practice. Clinical objectives and student behaviors for evaluating these objectives are defined for each clinical nursing course and are located in the course syllabus. A student’s clinical performance is evaluated by the clinical faculty in each course.
Professional behaviors expected of the student are confidentiality, respect, accountability, valuing of people’s differences, preparation to ensure safe clinical practice, and adherence to South College and agency policies and procedures. All nursing students are accountable and responsible to report unsafe and/or unprofessional behavior of other students to their clinical faculty.