Achievement of a minimum grade of "C" in the didactic portion and a P in the clinical portion of all courses is required. A student who does not earn a "C" and/or a P must re-take the course the next time it is offered. Students should be aware that some nursing courses may not be offered more than once per academic year. Because many nursing courses are sequential, failing a specific course may prohibit a student from taking another course the following semester due to pre-requisite requirements.
Any student who receives a final course grade of D or lower in any Nursing course will be placed on probation and will be referred to the Admission and Progression Committee for guidance. If the student earns a second (2nd) D or lower in a nursing course, that student will be permanently dismissed from the program.
Any student who has previously attended another Nursing program and is admitted to the Cumberland University School of Nursing with a final nursing course grade of a D or lower will be assessed as already having one (1) D or lower in a nursing course. Therefore if the student receives another D or lower in a Nursing course at Cumberland University the student will be permanently dismissed from the program.
The Nursing Admission and Progression Committee will review each students case individually to determine placement in the Program of Studies. Placement in the Program of Studies may range from beginning the Nursing Program of Studies with the first nursing course NUR 302 Professional Nursing Foundations to repeating only the course in which a failing grade was earned.
Standardized subject area tests will be administered in selected nursing courses. Students have 2 opportunities to pass the standardized specialty exams. If the student does not meet the established benchmarks, the student must work with Director of Student Success to improve their scores. If the student does not meet the benchmark on version 2, the student will have to complete and pass additional remediation prescribed by the Director of Student Success in order to progress. If the student does not complete and pass the remediation they will fail the specialty course.
Nursing majors are required to take a standardized comprehensive examination(s) during the final semester of the Senior year. The student must achieve a satisfactory score, pre-determined by the nursing Faculty, to earn a passing grade in the final semester nursing course.
Each nursing student must meet the benchmark on the exit exam in order to graduate and receive his/her transcript. Version I of the exit exam is administered 4 weeks prior to graduation. A student making less than the benchmark must remediate with the Director of Student Success and take a second version of the exit exam after remediation. If the student does not achieve the benchmark score, he/she will receive an incomplete in NUR 491 and not graduate. The student will not receive his/her transcript until they do more remediation and complete an additional exam that predicts NCLEX success at a benchmark level.
Each semester, students will have clinical calculations incorporated into their testing period. The student must pass these questions at a specified percentage which is dependent on the students level in nursing school, in order to attend clinical rotations, and successfully complete the associated class.