College of Nursing and Health Innovation Policies

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation periodically needs to implement new policies, protocols and procedures to comply with accreditation, regulatory or clinical health care agency requirements; therefore, policies, protocols and procedures are subject to change. Students should confirm current policies, protocols and procedures for clinical placements with the respective student handbook. Commonly referenced policies, protocols and procedures are given in the appendices of student handbooks.

Students interested in the undergraduate nursing programs, including the traditional prelicensure clinical nursing program, postbaccalaureate clinical nursing program, RN to BSN, RN to BSN concurrent enrollment program, and the Eastern Arizona College partnership program, may contact the College of Nursing and Health Innovation student academic services office at 602-496-0888 to obtain the most current information on college policies. The capacity to provide clinical learning experiences is subject to change; therefore, the capacity to enroll students in these programs may vary depending upon the availability of clinical learning experiences.

Academic Integrity

Academic and Professional Integrity

Academic honesty is expected of all students. Possible sanctions include appropriate grade penalties, disqualification and dismissal. The College of Nursing and Health Innovation adheres to the ASU student code of conduct and the CONHI academic and professional integrity protocol located in student handbooks. A copy of the student code of conduct may be obtained online at https://provost.asu.edu/academic-integrity and a copy of the CONHI academic and professional integrity protocol may be obtained online at https://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/student-life/current-students. Academic dishonesty is not tolerated in any course and is subject to specific College of Nursing and Health Innovation policies and procedures.

Undergraduate Policies

Academic Standing

University standards for academic good standing are followed for all majors in the college. Students who do not maintain the minimum GPA after each fall or spring semester are placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation or continuing probation must meet with an academic advisor before registering for the subsequent semester. Students placed on academic probation have one semester to raise the cumulative or semester GPA to meet the academic good standing criteria; otherwise, these students may be disqualified or be determined to be ineligible for the majors in this college. Disqualified students are not permitted to enroll for the fall or spring semesters.

eAdvisor tracking focuses on students who initially enroll as full-time freshmen and tracks their progress during the first four semesters. It identifies and outlines the critical courses, GPA requirements and milestones that predict success in each major. Students use major maps and progress reports to plan which courses to take each semester.

Students who do not meet critical requirements are notified they are off track, and off-track status is displayed on My ASU student pages. Off-track students are required to see an academic advisor before registering for or adding classes. Students off track for two consecutive semesters may be required to change majors, depending on the major. Students in the BSN Nursing Traditional Prelicensure Clinical Nursing Program, in alignment with Continuing Eligiblity Criteria, are required to change their major if they are off track for one semester.

Students pursuing the RN to BSN, the postbaccalaureate BSN or the concurrent enrollment program are not critically tracked.

Advising

Academic advising is an essential aspect of the educational experience and is provided by the college through the student academic services office. Academic advisors assist students with program planning, registration, preparation of petitions, verification of graduation requirements, referrals to university and community resources and career planning. ASU accepts coursework transferred from other accredited institutions, and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation determines if and how the courses will be applied.

The student academic services office is committed to ensuring that students reach their academic goals. This is done by monitoring student progress and providing the academic resources and personalized tools students need to get off to a good start and stay on track toward graduation. Students can monitor their own progress with the eAdvisor academic success resources at https://eadvisor.asu.edu and with personalized tools at https://eadvisor.asu.edu/students/tools.

Student responsibilities include following university guidelines regarding submission of transcripts from all colleges other than ASU, obtaining the necessary signatures or computer verifications required by the university, and following university procedures for matriculation. It is ultimately the responsibility of each student to fulfill academic and program requirements.

Mandatory Advising

All freshmen and new undergraduate transfer students are required to meet with an academic advisor before registering for courses. Students with academic probationary status and off-track students are required to meet with an academic advisor to plan strategies for improving academic standing. Students interested in transferring to the prelicensure nursing program must attend or view a BSN information session before a one-on-one academic advising appointment will be scheduled. Information session information is located at https://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/admissions/information-sessions.

Credit/Registration

Course Load

Students wishing to register for more than the maximum allowable credits in a term must contact their academic advisor to obtain an approved overload before registration. All prerequisite courses for the nursing programs must be taken for a letter grade. All upper-division nursing courses will be taken for a grade except for selected clinical courses in the prelicensure program that are taken for “P” (pass) or “Y” (satisfactory).

Students wishing to pursue concurrent degrees must petition the university standards committee and have approval from the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and from the college that offers the other chosen degree.

Degree Requirements

RN to BSN Program

Applicants who have an associate degree in nursing or a nursing diploma and have their RN license must apply to the online RN to BSN program at http://bsn.asu.edu. Potential students must have an active RN license in good standing in the state or country in which they are working. There is a minimum GPA of 2.50 for all undergraduate coursework. All prerequisites, including a statistics course, require a grade of a “C” or better.

The RN to BSN program courses are offered online and can be completed in 14 to 24 months. There are five starts per year: twice in the fall, twice in the spring, and once in the summer.

The RN to BSN program builds on the knowledge and skills the student learned in their associate degree or diploma program. The course assignments will enhance the student’s written and verbal communication skills, clinical reasoning skills and technology skills. Faculty members are leaders and experts in their practice areas. The faculty strive to prepare graduates who will be engaged, professional and innovative leaders who use evidence-based practice to facilitate positive change in the work environment and community. Graduates will demonstrate holistic population-based perspectives and be solution identifiers, client advocates and effective communicators.

The RN to BSN program has transfer pathway agreements with all the community colleges in Arizona. Students with an AAS from a community college in Arizona may be eligible for a pathway program. Students must have earned a 2.50 GPA in the following courses to be eligible for a pathway program: BIO 201, BIO 202, CHM 130/LL, BIO 205, ENG 101, ENG 102 and PSY 101.

Students who did not complete the AAS in the state of Arizona are eligible for the non-pathway program.

For more information on this program, students should view http://bsn.asu.edu.

Traditional Prelicensure Clinical Nursing Program

Admission requirements for the traditional prelicensure clinical nursing program are more rigorous than university requirements. Some entering freshmen will be directly admitted to the nursing major. Other students will be admitted to an alternative major, the BS in community health, and then compete for space in the nursing program. A competitive application process will be used to fill any available seats in the TPCNP after placing directly admitted nursing major students. Spaces will be given to those students with the highest advancement score. Directly admitted nursing major students must meet continuing eligibility criteria each semester. If they fail to meet one or more of the criteria, they forfeit their direct admit nursing major status and may compete for advancement to the TPCNP.

Consideration for advancement to the traditional prelicensure clinical nursing program and the post-baccalaureate clinical nursing program are separate processes that follow admission to ASU.

Direct Admission: Students admitted with Direct Admission status upon entering ASU as a freshman nursing major must meet the Continuing Eligibility Criteria outlined in their major map, each semester, to maintain this status. If direct admission is retained throughout the advancement process, students are guaranteed placement into the clinical nursing program within one year of the semester in which all 17 critical courses are completed. Direct Admission students are not guaranteed their first preference. In the event the number of Direct Admission students requesting placement in a specific cohort is greater than the number of spaces available, placement will be determined by random selection.

Competitive Advancement Process: Students in other majors, including nursing major students who have forfeited direct admission, are all eligible to compete for a space in the program through the competitive application process, provided they have completed the prerequisite courses and all screening items. The advancement score for the TPCNP is composed of the select GPA and the TEAS score. Seats are given to the students with the highest advancement scores. For students applying through the competitive application process, the select GPA and the TEAS scores are used to rank students from high to low. After directly admitted students who meet continuing eligibility criteria are advanced, students who are the highest on the list are offered the remaining spaces in the TPCNP. Students not selected may choose to compete again in the next term. There is no limit on the number of times students may compete; a waiting list is not maintained. Students who do not meet the minimum select GPA and TEAS scores are withdrawn from consideration. Nursing faculty may opt to use additional criteria in the selection process.

Select GPA for Competing Students: The select GPA is computed based on 13 critical (prerequisite) courses and must include ENG 101, ENG 102, and three of the four lab sciences: BIO 201, BIO 202, CHM 101, MIC 205/206. Critical courses with a grade of “C” or better may not be repeated to improve the select GPA. Students should see a nursing academic advisor for possible replacement course options. Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree may choose to use a “pass” grade rather than letter grades for ENG 101 and 102.

Prerequisite and Select GPA for Competing Students: Students must have a minimum 3.25 in both their prerequisite GPA and select GPA. The average select GPA has been much greater than a 3.25 for those advanced into the program in previous semesters.

TEAS for Competing Students: Students will be measured in the basic essential skills in academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. To prepare for the exam, students are recommended to visit www.atitesting.com to review the resources available from the creators of the exam. The minimum required TEAS score is 58.7 percent. Direct admit students are not required to take the TEAS, but it is highly recommended.

Students who do not meet the minimum select GPA and TEAS scores are withdrawn from consideration.

Postbaccalaureate Clinical Nursing Program

In order to be considered for the PBCNP, all interested students must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, in a discipline other than nursing, posted at ASU by the application deadline. Placement in the PBCNP is based on clinical space availability. More students may request placement than clinical space will allow. Placement is not guaranteed.

The program is a 12-month program that begins during the spring semester and it includes the spring, summer and fall semesters. The program is offered only at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. Summer tuition rates apply for the summer semester and the program has a program fee.

The prerequisites for this program are BIO 201, BIO 202, CDE 232, CHM 101, HCR 220, HCR 240, MIC 205/206, NTR 241, PSY 101 and a statistics course that meets the General Studies CS requirement. Eight of the 10 courses must be completed by the application deadline with a minimum GPA of 3.50 for the semester in which the student applies. All four science courses must be completed by the application deadline: BIO 201, BIO 202, CHM 101, and MIC 205/206. Science courses must be taken within seven years of the semester in which the program will start.

Grades of “C” (2.00) or better must be earned in each prerequisite course and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 for the prerequisites mentioned above is required by December 31. Courses with a grade of "C" or better may not be repeated to improve the prerequisite GPA. Students should see their academic advisor for limited replacement course options.

Placement is based on a select GPA and a TEAS score of 58.7 percent or higher (taken less than one year prior to the application deadline). Eligibility requirements, criteria for placement and measurements are subject to change. The select GPA will be computed based on eight of 10 prerequisite courses. If only eight prerequisite courses are completed by the placement deadline, the student's select GPA will include all eight of the courses, four of which must be science courses. If the student has more than eight courses completed, they must select at least three of four lab sciences and then choose five other courses.

Concurrent Enrollment Associate-Baccalaureate Nursing Program

The concurrent enrollment associate-baccalaureate nursing program is offered through participating community colleges. This program is designed for qualified nursing students who are interested in earning their BSN in nursing while simultaneously pursuing their AAS in nursing. Selected students will be enrolled in the community college program and ASU RN to BSN courses concurrently. RN to BSN courses taken at ASU will be delivered in an online format.

The concurrent enrollment program allows students to pursue an AAS in nursing via the community college while providing an affordable, concurrent course of study that enables students to complete their BSN degree in approximately one to two semesters after graduating with their AAS degrees.

ASU prerequisite requirements are BIO 201, BIO 202, CHM 101, PGS 101 or CDE 232, MIC 205/206, ENG 101 and 102, HCR 240, and the math requirement (MAT 117, 142, or higher), and students must have a 3.00 or greater GPA in these courses to be eligible for consideration.

More information about the Maricopa County Community College CEP is available at https://asa.maricopa.edu/departments/healthcare-education-at-the-maricopa-community/maricopanursing-programs/concurrent-enrollment-programs-cep. For more information about concurrent enrollment programs at other community colleges, students should call (602) 496-0937.

General Information

Students in the nursing programs must earn grades of “C” (2.00) or better in all nursing coursework except in nursing practice courses in which a designation of a “Y” (satisfactory) or “P” (pass) grade is required. In addition, students are allowed only one nursing course failure (i.e., grade below “C”). The second failure in a nursing course will result in disqualification from the nursing major.

For the TPCNP and PBCNP programs, science courses (CHM 101, BIO 201, BIO 202 and MIC 205 and 206) must be current within seven years of the program start date.

Program Fees

Traditional Prelicensure Clinical Nursing Program: Students directly admitted to ASU as a nursing major are charged $1,000 per semester or term in addition to regular tuition while taking the critical (prerequisite) courses. All students advanced to the TPCNP, whether directly admitted or competitively admitted, are charged $1,750 per semester or term for the four semesters or terms of the clinical program in addition to tuition charges. Fees are subject to change.

Postbaccalaureate Clinical Nursing Program: There is a $5,500 program fee per semester or term for the postbaccalaureate BSN concentration in addition to regular tuition and fees. This totals approximately $16,500 in program fees plus regular tuition and fee charges.

All tuition and fees are subject to change.

Concurrent Degrees

Concurrent degrees are multiple degrees with one conferral date. The student receives both degrees at the same time regardless if coursework for one degree is completed prior to the other degree. To pursue concurrent degrees, students must be in good academic standing.

A student desiring a concurrent degree program must meet with an academic success specialist in both degree programs to learn about degree and graduation requirements and the eligibility requirements for submitting a petition. Both academic success specialists should review the graduation plan that outlines the courses the student will take each semester through graduation.

A student pursuing a concurrent degree must submit a university petition requesting the concurrent degree. https://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/student-life/current-students

The concurrent degree petition must include:

  1. an accurate degree completion plan that has been reviewed by academic success specialists from both degree programs and that shows the courses to be taken each semester through graduation
  2. a formal statement outlining the request for concurrent degrees which may include short- and longer-term personal and career objectives and goals

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation petitions subcommittee will review the student’s concurrent degree request. Concurrent degrees may not be from the same discipline or have significant overlap in the courses required for each major.

Approved petitions are forwarded to the University Registrar for notation on the student’s record.

To remove a concurrent degree, the student should email nursingandhealth@asu.edu with the student’s full name and ASU ID number as well as which degree the student wants to be removed from the academic record. If the student is pursuing any minors, the student must indicate if they wish to retain the minors.

Reinstatement/Readmission

Disqualified students who have skipped a fall or spring semester must follow the procedures for readmission. Information about readmission to the university is at https://students.asu.edu/readmission. Applications for reinstatement and readmission to nursing are subject to rigorous requirements that reflect admission and progression standards.

Other Special Requirements

Special Note: The College of Nursing and Health Innovation periodically needs to implement new policies, protocols and procedures to comply with accreditation, regulatory or clinical health care agency requirements; therefore, policies, protocols and procedures with respect to clinical placement are subject to change. Students should confirm current policies, protocols and procedures with the student handbook at https://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/current-students.

Titers and Immunizations

Students should refer to the appropriate student handbook and the nursing application guide for the most recent requirements.

Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card

A level one fingerprint clearance, in the form of a fingerprint clearance card, is required by Arizona state law in order to work with and care for children, the elderly and vulnerable adults. Fingerprint clearance is determined after a background screening process at the state and federal levels to check for criminal records. Students must have a valid, unrestricted fingerprint clearance card to advance to and remain in the clinical nursing programs. Students with concerns about a restriction may call the Arizona Department of Public Safety at 602-223-2279.

Arizona State Board of Nursing Requirement for RN Licensure

Once students have completed their clinical nursing program, they must pass a national licensing examination known as the NCLEX-RN in order to obtain a nursing license. Application for and passage of the NCLEX-RN is the sole responsibility of the student. Arizona state law prohibits an individual convicted of a felony from applying for nursing licensure or certification until five years after the date of absolute discharge of the sentence. This means that all court-ordered terms of probation or parole must be completed at least five years prior to the date of application for nurse licensure. Each case is considered by the Arizona State Board of Nursing on its own merits. The elapse of five years does not guarantee licensure or certification; it simply permits the submission of an application and board consideration. In addition, the Arizona State Board of Nursing may deny any application for a license if the applicant has committed any acts of unprofessional conduct. Students should see the Arizona State Board of Nursing website at http://www.azbn.gov.

Equal Access

The college is committed to making learning experiences accessible and inclusive for all students, including those with an identified disability or disabling condition. In compliance with the ASU policy on Students with Disabilities USI 702-02, http://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/ssm/ssm701-02.html, every effort will be made to accommodate students with special needs to find cost-effective methods to address the identified student condition and serve the needs of the patients. Accommodations may include resources and assistive aids for those students with cognitive and perceptual disabilities, specialized equipment for hearing or vision deficits, and modifications to the physical environment or clinical hours. Students with disabilities are required to document their condition with the Disability Resource Center upon admission to the college and to be key participants in identifying their needs. The college will provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations for any student who has documented a disability or disabling health condition.

Supplemental Requirements for the Clinical Nursing Programs

The requirements specified in this section affect student ability to progress in the clinical nursing program coursework, eligibility for clinical placement and to ultimately to be licensed as an RN.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Basic Life Support Certification: Proof of CPR/BLS health care provider certification is required. Students are required to keep the CPR/BLS certification current throughout advancement consideration and when enrolled in the prelicensure clinical nursing program.

Federal and State Background Screening: Students must have an unrestricted security background check to advance to and remain in clinical nursing programs.

Substance Screen: All students in clinical nursing programs will be required to complete a substance screen. Results of the screen must be negative. Dilute specimens are considered positive. Students will also be tested for nicotine; however, the presence of nicotine will not restrict enrollment in clinical coursework but will affect the clinical placements while in the program.

Lawful Presence: The college follows the Arizona State Board of Nursing policy regarding lawful presence in the United States. “On January 2, 2008, ARS 1-504 (HB2467) was implemented by the board requiring ALL applicants to provide the board with satisfactory documentation demonstrating the applicants’ citizenship, alien status, legal residency or lawful presence in the United States” (http://www.azbn.gov/Documents/Newsletters/2008/Journal%201st%20Quarter%202008.pdf, page 23).

Required Clinical Experiences: Clinical hours vary with facility placement and may include 12-hour blocks of time, weekends and evenings. Flexibility is required since there are a limited number of available clinical sites for student experiences. Students must have the ability to utilize written, verbal and computerized communication with faculty, peers and other health care professionals. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply nursing knowledge to clinical situations. Students are also required to accept professional supervision from faculty and designated staff and effectively integrate feedback into practice.

Graduate Policies

Additional Policies

Academic Advising

Prospective graduate students may receive information through the college recruitment office at 602-496-0937 or nursingandhealth@asu.edu. Upon admission, each student is assigned a faculty advisor or mentor within the degree or certificate program or area of concentration.

Students should review the student handbooks for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation for information regarding graduate academic procedures and protocols: Graduate Programs in the College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation Student Handbooks.

Students must fulfill all requirements of their individual graduate programs to remain in good academic standing, and they must abide by all university policies including those of the Graduate College and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.