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Course Requirements
Required for generic students: Forty-six credits in the nursing major are required.

Required for R.N. students:  Sixteen credits in the nursing major are required.

Cognate requirements: BIOL 207-208, 211, 333, 334; CHEM 101-102 or 105-106;
PSYC 319 and 320.  Nursing students are to maintain a minimum of “C+” in all nursing courses and a minimum grade of “C+” in all required science courses.
Nursing students transferring into CMSV must have earned a minimum grade of “B” in all required science courses transferred into the college. If the grade is below a “B” the
student has the option to repeat the required science course at CMSV and must achieve a minimum grade of “C+” or achieve a minimum grade of “B” at another institution
approved by the Chair of the appropriate CMSV science department.

Required science courses may only be repeated once.  No more than one science course may be repeated.  The total number of withdrawals that a student may have from required science courses is two.  Any withdrawal after the first two will be considered a failure.  An additional withdrawal or failure in a required science course will result in the student’s dismissal from the nursing program.
 
Grades earned in any required science course taken more than five years from the date of application must be evaluated by the Chair of the respective science department. The college reserves the right to mandate assessment and appropriate placement in courses considered essential for satisfactory academic progress.

Courses in the nursing major may only be repeated once. No more than one nursing course may be repeated. The total number of withdrawals that a student may have from nursing courses is two. Any withdrawal after the first two will be considered a failure. An additional withdrawal or failure in a nursing course will result in the student’s dismissal from the nursing program.

Because of the importance of accountability and personal responsibility in the nursing profession, absences in the classroom and in clinical experience must be related to acute
physical illness or family crises.

The student must notify the instructor and/or clinical agency of an absence prior to the start of the clinical day. If the student is unable to contact the instructor or the clinical facility, they must leave a message with the Department of Nursing at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Students are expected to fill out an “intent for clinical placement” letter by March 30th of the semester before the first clinical course (NURS 315).

Re: Manhattan site: Nursing students matriculated at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY, campus may register for courses at the Manhattan site in the following components: Core Component, Science Component, Social Science Component, Elective Component and the non-clinical nursing courses, *NURS 103,  NURS 205, NURS 209, NURS 309. Registration is contingent upon class space. Nursing students enrolled at the Manhattan site may take selected courses at the
Riverdale campus only on a space-available basis. A grade point average of 3.0 is required to begin clinical courses at the Manhattan site.

Nursing students matriculated at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY, campus may enroll in the clinical nursing courses at the Manhattan site on a space available basis. Once a student chooses this option, all subsequent clinical courses must
be completed at the Manhattan site.

The requirements for Health Clearance must be fulfilled by June 20th prior to Fall clinical courses or by January 2 for returning students taking clinical courses in the
Spring. If these dates are not adhered to, students will not be allowed to continue in the clinical course. Each Nursing major student, prior to Junior and Senior year, must have an annual physical examination. R.N./B.S. students must have one prior to beginning their clinical sequence. All students must be certified in CPR before beginning clinical.

*All students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0  to begin clinical courses. All incoming students will take a biological sciences pre-test. Those who fail to achieve a satisfying grade will be required to take BIOL 101 (Concepts of Biology); otherwise, this core requirement is waived only for nursing students.

Senior students who have a 3.0 GPA may enroll in graduate core courses with permission of their Academic Advisor and the Director of the Department of Nursing.

TRANSFER STUDENTS
Applicants who have been accepted into the College’s Bachelor of Science degree program in Nursing as transfer students or second degree students should carefully consider the following guidelines for enrollment into clinical courses before accepting the College’s offer of admission and before paying a tuition deposit to confirm their intent to register for the anticipated entry term:

(1) Registration into clinical courses cannot occur until a student has satisfied EACH of the following pre-requisites:
a. the student has earned a minimum of 60 credits at the College or has had a minimum of 60 credits transferred into the College;
b. the student has earned the required minimum grade for all the required science pre-requisite courses within 5 years of beginning clinical courses.
The required pre-requisite courses include Anatomy & Physiology I & II, General Chemistry I & II and Microbiology.  The minimum grade for all required science courses is “C+” if the course is taken at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, or a grade of “B” if taken at another institution.
c. the student’s cumulative grade point index is 3.0
(2) Nursing clinical courses begin only in the Fall semester
(3) Clinical placements for entering transfer students cannot be guaranteed for the fall semester immediately following a students’ acceptance into the Nursing Program.  However, the Nursing Department will make every effort to place fully qualified transfer students into clinical placements that are available for the upcoming fall term.
(4) As clinical placements become available, fully qualified students will be enrolled into clinical courses following a priority ranking based on GPA and Enrollment date.
(5) Fully qualified students who are not accommodated into clinical courses for the fall semester following their entry to the College will be able to start their clinical placement the following fall semester provided they maintain a 3.0 GPA.  Those students will need to confirm with the Department of Nursing by November 30th of their intent to begin clinical the following fall.
This set of guidelines is necessary for the orderly and fair accommodation of fully qualified nursing students into the College’s limited number of clinical placements