The purpose of the end of Semester Review Assessment Testing (SRAT) is to assist students in their progression through the Nursing program and in successful completion of their RN licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) after graduation. All students in the nursing program are required to take a standardized proctored assessment test at the end of each semester for courses with clinical components and NUR 203 – Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology.
Prior to graduation, senior nursing students will submit a comprehensive portfolio assessment. The portfolio assessment is administered the final semester of graduation.
An overall GPA of 2.0 must be maintained to continue in the nursing major. Students are evaluated on their performance in the lecture and clinical nursing courses.
All students in the College of Nursing are assigned to an academic advisor by the Dean of the College of Nursing. Usually, the student retains that advisor throughout his or her matriculation in the nursing program. All students are expected to have conferences with their advisor at least twice a semester. The student and advisor outline a suggested course of study. If a student drops out of the program for a semester or more, that student re-enters the program under the prevailing curriculum plan.
If a student’s course of study is interrupted for a semester or more and that student is interested in resuming study, the student must reapply to the College. This application must be accompanied by a letter from the student that includes information on, and evidence of, any academic work the student completed in the interim. Out-of-sequence students are advised to enroll in Resource Studies in Nursing courses to enhance academic skills.
Academic probation notifies the student that the quality of work is below the required standard and that continuation of unsatisfactory work will result in dismissal from the College of Nursing. A student is placed on probation following one failure in a nursing course or if the GPA falls below 2.0. The maximum load for students on probation is 12 credit hours. Students can remain on probation for only one semester. To be removed from probation, the student must pass the nursing course in question and/or raise the GPA to a minimum of 2.0. If this does not occur, the student is dismissed from the nursing program.
A student is automatically dismissed from the nursing program when he/she:
In all of the above instances, students may not enroll in any nursing courses until after two (2) years, with the exception of NUR 456. Students whose second failure occurs in NUR 456 Seminar in Nursing are allowed to reapply for readmission the semester the course is next offered.
A student dismissed from the nursing program due to academic difficulty and/or failure may apply for readmission after 2 years of separation. Readmission to the College of Nursing is predicated on the review and recommendation of the College of Nursing Admission, Progression, and Retention Committee. Admission status will be determined under the prevailing admission policies. A student may be considered for readmission on a probationary basis. The probationary period is one (1) year, during which time the College requirements must be met.
The student must take standardized tests administered by the College of Nursing. These tests determine the student’s level of knowledge of nursing major and nursing cognate courses. The results of testing are used for placement of students in the appropriate courses and level.
Should the student earn a “NC”, “D” ,”F” or “FA” in any nursing course during the second readmission, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program. A grade of WF will be counted as a failing grade. Petition and/or appeals for students who have been previously readmitted are not accepted.
The following policy applies to students who are readmitted to the nursing clinical component after withdrawal for non-academic reasons. Admission status will be determined under the prevailing College of Nursing Admission, Progression, and Retention Committee policies. Should the student withdraw a second time, a grade of WF will be counted as a failing grade. A second withdrawal will result in a two year waiting period, from the date of withdrawal should the student choose to reapply for admission. Petition and/or appeals for students who have been previously readmitted are not accepted.
Students play an important role in the policy-making process of the nursing program and are eligible to serve as representatives to appropriate College standing committees. Class representatives are invited to attend College faculty and committee meetings. Students have voting privileges on specific committees.
Santa Filomena Student Nurse Association is the Dillard University Chapter of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA). Membership in the NSNA automatically provides membership in the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses (LASN). High performing students are eligible to join the Santa Filomena Student Nurse Association upon declaration of the nursing major. Students may be invited to join the Xi Psi at-large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
There are many opportunities for eligible students to participate in local, national, and international summer research internships as well as other enriching experiences. Several scholarships are available for students who have been admitted to the nursing major. Students are encouraged to inquire and review the criteria for each award.