Academic Policies and Procedures
All policies presented in this section apply to all students in the Master’s Program.
All policies specifically related to progression and retention in the School of Nursing are found in this catalog. Students are responsible for knowledge of and adherence to all policies. Curriculum changes may occur as a result of regular program review.
Requirements and Academic Regulations
In order to be considered for admission into the Master’s Program in Nursing, graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing or a nursing program deemed comparable by the World Education Services (WES) is required. Admission is selective and based on an analysis of the following documentation:
- Completed Application Form and Non-Refundable Application Fee ($35.00); No charge for online applications
- Official Transcript for every undergraduate course taken or WES Documentation
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0* or above
- Completion of a Basic Statistics Course**
- Current Resume
- Two Essays
- Description of goals for graduate study in nursing
- Exemplar from one’s nursing practice
- Two Recommendations (preferably from a nursing faculty and a nursing administrator)***
- Personal Interview (distance permitting)
- Current New York State RN Licensure
- Current Malpractice Insurance
- Documentation of Health Clearance
- Documentation of Basic Health Assessment Course for All Clinical Tracks
* Applicants who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement for admission may submit a written request to the Admissions Office for a review of their application portfolio.
** A student without a basic statistics course may enroll in a course through the baccalaureate program with concurrent enrollment in graduate-level courses but prior to taking NUR 632 - Design and Methodology for Nursing Research .
*** Recommendation forms are included in the application packet, or online.
Students who are in the process of applying to the Master’s Program in Nursing may enroll in NUR 636 - Perspectives in Health Care Management . Students wishing to be considered for nonmatriculant status must complete the application form, submit the application fee, provide an official or unofficial transcript or WES documentation of BSN degree, and provide documentation of MMR immunity. The three credits earned by a student in a nonmatriculated status may be applied toward the degree in the event of subsequent acceptance into the Master’s Program. Admission as a nonmatriculated student carries no commitment for later admission to the Master’s program.
Master’s or Post-Master’s students may audit courses in the Master’s Program. Course auditing must be pre-arranged with the course professor and with the Assistant Dean prior to registration. The student receives neither a grade nor college credit for audited courses. Once a student elects to audit a course, the course status cannot be changed to that of credit bearing, either at the time of auditing or at a future date. Reduced tuition is charged when auditing a course.
The charge to audit a course is one half the usual tuition per credit hour.
Progression and Graduation Requirements
Completion of 40 credits (Family Nurse Practitioner) and 40 credits (Clinical Nurse Specialist/Holistic Nursing), including required courses, is necessary for graduation from the advanced practice tracks.
- Academic Standing
- All students enrolled in the Master’s Program must maintain a 3.0 GPA at the completion of the core courses in order to continue in the program.
- The student on probation must attain a GPA of 3.0 at the completion of the next 6 credits of course work and/or prior to NUR 747 , all clinical/role practica courses, or whichever comes first.
- Only one probationary period will be allowed.
- All courses require a minimum of C+ grade to pass. A student receiving a grade below C+ must repeat the course, and achieve a grade of C+ or better with the second attempt, in order to continue in the program track.
- A student may repeat only one non-clinical or non-practicum Master’s level course once. A student who fails a second Master’s level course will be dismissed from the Program.
- A student who fails a clinical course will be dismissed from the Program. Clinical courses may not be repeated.
- Program Policies
- Once matriculated in the program, students may not take courses outside The College of New Rochelle.
- Students must obtain and maintain their own malpractice insurance while enrolled in the program.
- Credit-class time allocation per course: 1 cr. = 50 minutes of theory or seminar class.
- Students who are unable to move continuously through clinical courses in the Nurse Practitioner Track and who take a leave of absence will be required to pass a test of appropriate clinical performance requirements prior to registering for the next clinical course in the sequence. This test will include demonstration of his/her ability to conduct both complete history and physical exams as well as episodic (or problem-focused) history and physical exams and to write notes for all patients evaluated.
- All students will be assigned an advisor for program planning and academic counseling. Students will meet with their advisor at least once each semester. Rights and responsibilities of students are published in The College of New Rochelle Student Handbook. School-wide policies and regulations are found in this catalog.
Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing Policy
The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing (“School of Nursing”) does not require a criminal background check or drug test for admission to any of its programs. However, the School of Nursing’s educational requirements include successful completion of several clinical programs at hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The School of Nursing has agreements with various hospitals and healthcare facilities for clinical programs. Each facility sets its own standards and procedures for a student’s access to the facility and the specific clinical rotation. The hospitals and healthcare facilities frequently require that a student undergo a criminal background check and drug test prior to placement in the clinical program. The hospital or healthcare facility may also require that the student undergo another criminal background check and drug test at any time during the clinical program.
If the hospital or healthcare facility determines that based on the results of the criminal background check or drug test the student’s participation in the clinical program is not in the best interests of the clinical site, it may deny the student admission to the clinical program. Likewise, should the hospital or healthcare facility determine that based on a criminal background check or drug test taken during the clinical program the student’s continued participation in the program is not in the clinical sites’ best interest, it may dismiss the student from the program. Similarly, should the student begin the clinical program before the results of the criminal background check or drug test are received, the clinical site may elect to dismiss the student from the clinical program based on the results of the criminal background check or drug test, regardless of the student’s performance in the clinical program.
Should a student be denied access to a required clinical site, the student will not be able to complete the course requirements needed for continued matriculation and graduation from the School of Nursing. This is an important consideration before enrolling in the School of Nursing. CNR has no obligation to refund tuition and fees or to otherwise accommodate the student in the event the student is ineligible to complete the course requirements based on the results of a criminal background check or drug testing.
Transfer of Credit
Students who have completed graduate courses at another accredited institution may transfer a maximum six credits, with a grade of B or better if the courses are judged equivalent to those required in the Common Core Courses of the Master’s Program. Credits used to fulfill requirements for another degree are not generally acceptable. Transfer credits are not computed into The College of New Rochelle grade point average.
Attendance at all theory and clinical sessions is expected. See individual course syllabi for specific requirements.
The administration and faculty of the School of Nursing consider thorough preparation and class attendance implicit in the academic responsibility of the student. It is expected that all students will attend and be active participants in classes, clinical, and laboratory experiences. Students enrolled in all theory, clinical, and laboratory nursing courses must meet the attendance requirements for each course. Students may not be in the clinical setting when school is not in session, including semester breaks and official College holidays.
Transportation to Clinical Facilities
Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical agencies in the community and metropolitan New York City Area.
The College reserves the right to require, at any time, the withdrawal of a student who does not maintain a satisfactory standard of scholarship and/or professional behavior; who cannot remain in the College without detriment to health of self or others; or who, in the judgment of the College authorities, fails to live up to standards and regulations. These policies are detailed in this catalog and in The College of New Rochelle Student Handbook. All students are required to read these documents and to abide by the policies therein.
Grades and the Quality-Point Scale
The following symbols are used for grades and are assigned quality points on the following scale:
||No Grade Submitted
||Audit, no credit
A is excellent and represents outstanding performance in the course. B indicates acceptable performance at the graduate level. C indicates less than satisfactory performance.
A minimum grade of C+ is required for all courses for the Master’s Program. A student receiving a grade below C+ in a required course must repeat the course before progressing in the Master’s Program. If a grade of C+ or above is not achieved in the second attempt, the student will be dismissed from the Program.
When a course in which a student has received a C, C- or F grade is repeated successfully, an R grade may be attached to the original C, C- or F grade. When an R is attached, the original C, C- or F grade will appear on the transcript as C, C- or F, but the C, C- or F grade will not be calculated as part of the cumulative GPA. The R grade course carries no quality points and no credit value.
Students with a compelling legitimate reason for not completing the required course work within the semester may request a grade of I (Incomplete). An Incomplete is not granted to raise a failing grade.
A contract for completion of required work must be filled out by the faculty member and student, and approved by the Dean.
To resolve an incomplete grade, the student must submit the completed work to the instructor by January 31 for the Fall Semester, by June 30 for the Spring Semester, and by August 31 for the Summer Sessions.
Grades must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by February 1 for the Fall Semester, by July 1 for the Spring Semester, and by September 1 for the Summer Sessions. Extensions beyond these dates may be granted only by the Dean.
If a student fails to complete the work of the course by the appropriate date, the I converts to a grade of IF and will be calculated as an F.
If an incomplete grade is submitted by the instructor without the accompanying contract, the grade of IN (Incomplete/No Contract) will be recorded. If no contract or change of grade has been received in the Registrar’s Office by February 1 for Fall Semester, or July 1 for Spring Semester, or September 1 for the Summer Sessions, the IN will be changed to IF and will be calculated as an F.
Leave of Absence
A student who wishes to withdraw temporarily from the College may request a leave of absence for one or two semesters. While on leave, the student remains enrolled in the School, although not registered for courses.
A leave of absence/withdrawal form must be completed, including a transaction form dropping all courses if the student has pre-registered for the following semester.
In the event that the student does not return at the time stipulated, the leave becomes an administrative withdrawal; the student must then reapply for admission to the School of Nursing if desiring to return to the program at a later date.
Students who have withdrawn from the College, or who have exceeded two consecutive leaves of absence, and wish to be considered for re-admission must reapply through the Enrollment Management Office. The student should contact the Admissions Office regarding requirements for re-admission. Official transcripts of any completed college-level work following withdrawal from The College of New Rochelle must be submitted for review.
Course or College Withdrawal
A student who plans to withdraw from a course and/or the College must make an appointment with the Assistant Dean. Withdrawal is not accomplished until the form has been signed by the Assistant Dean, Bursar, and the Assistant Director of Financial Aid.
With the permission of the course faculty, a student may withdraw from a course at any time within the first two weeks of the semester without academic penalty. After that time, a student must have permission from the Assistant Dean and the faculty member to withdraw from a course. During this period, a withdrawal will be recorded as a W on the transcript. Withdrawal from short term courses (2 or 3 days) is with permission of faculty and Assistant Dean only.
Withdrawal from a course must take place prior to November 1 for the Fall Semester; April 1 for the Spring Semester, or July 5 for the Summer Sessions. After that time, the grade for the course will be recorded as an F. An authorized withdrawal from a course does not exempt the student from financial liability.
Unauthorized withdrawal from a course prior to the above listed dates results in a grade of WX. If the student is failing at the time of withdrawal, the WX becomes an F.
An enrolled student who has not registered for two semesters and who has not formally notified the Assistant Dean of his/her intentions, may be administratively withdrawn from the School. The student must reapply for admission to the School of Nursing if desiring to return to the program. If readmitted, the student will be bound by the current academic policies in effect at the time of re-admission.
Dates of Degrees
The School of Nursing awards degrees in May, August, and January. August graduates are permitted to participate in commencement and other related activities provided they have nine or fewer credits to complete before August. January graduates participate in commencement the following May.
Application for Graduation Deadlines
Application for graduation must be completed according to the following schedule:
- January 31 for May candidates
- September 30 for January candidates
- January 31 for August candidates participating in May graduation events.
- June 30 for August candidates who will not participate in May graduation events.
Application for National Certification
Students who graduate from FNP Program are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam for Validation of Advanced Practice Nursing, or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) FNP Certification Exam. Information may be obtained from the Assistant Dean’s office, and on the ANCC website.
Any inter-school registration at The College of New Rochelle must be approved by both the Dean of the school in which the student is matriculated (“home” school) and the Dean of the school in which the student wishes to take credits that semester. Credits being taken by a student outside of the school in which he/she is matriculated will be billed at the rate of his/her “home” school.
Students and Religious Observance
The College of New Rochelle subscribes to the guidelines on student and religious observance adopted in September 1986 by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. It is the intent of the College to reasonably accommodate the individual student’s religious obligations and practices without penalty when they may conflict with academic responsibilities.
Students must request religious observance consideration in writing to the Assistant Dean prior to the beginning of the semester. Reasonable accommodation is based on the good faith effort of the faculty and administration, and due notice by the student to the faculty or administration of the anticipated religious observance. Accordingly,
- the College will provide each student who is absent from school because of his or her religious obligations and practices an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirements which may have been missed because of such absence on any particular day or days;
- the College requires the student who will be absent because of his or her religious obligations and practices to notify the instructor in writing. This should be done prior to the absence, but in no case later than the 15th day after the first day of each scheduled class in the semester;
- the College agrees to exercise the fullest measure of good faith, and agrees that no adverse or prejudicial effects should result to any student who avails himself or herself of the institution’s guidelines on religious observances;
- a student who is unable to attend a weekly clinical course due to religious weekly observations must register with the Assistant Dean the semester prior to each clinical course.
Academic Code of Conduct
Students are responsible for setting and maintaining intellectual, moral, and professional standards for themselves. These standards are assumed to be ones that reflect positively on the College, its students, and the nursing profession. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the principles set forth in the following statements:
A. Intellectual Responsibility
Each person’s education is the product of his/her own intellectual effort and participation in a learning process of critical thinking and dialogue. The College best educates those who are willing to submit their own work and ideas to critical assessment, and who do not interfere with the participation of others in the intellectual process.
The School of Nursing values and defends freedom of speech and dissent. It affirms the right of teachers and students to teach and learn, free from coercion, intimidation, and subject to the constraints of reasoned discourse and peaceful conduct. Thus, the School of Nursing assures and protects the rights of its members to express their views. Respect for the rights, dignity, and integrity of others, as well as oneself, is essential. A student who fails to conduct himself/herself in a manner consistent with the principles set forth, abridges free expression in a class, or obstructs access to books, course materials, or the place in which the class normally meets, jeopardizes the student’s continued association with the College.
B. Statement of Academic Integrity
Preamble: The School of Nursing seeks to prepare students for roles in professional nursing. Congruent with the mission of The College of New Rochelle and with the American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, the School of Nursing holds students to standards of ethical and professional practice.
When individuals become nurses, they make a moral commitment to uphold the values and special moral obligations expressed in their code. The Code for Nurses [and the philosophy of the School of Nursing are] based on a belief about the nature of individuals, nursing, health, and society…. When making clinical judgments, nurses base their decisions on consideration of consequences and of universal moral principles, both of which prescribe and justify nursing actions. The most fundamental of these principles is respect for persons. Other principles stemming from this basic principle are autonomy (self-determination), beneficence (doing good), nonmaleficence (avoiding harm), veracity (truth-telling), confidentiality (respecting privileged information), fidelity (keeping promises), and justice (treating people fairly) (Code for Nurses, 1985, p. I).
In addition, the School of Nursing bases its philosophy on the overriding principle of caring. Caring as a moral imperative of the discipline, profession and practice of nursing suggests that the substantive base of nursing is preserving the dignity of others (Gadow, 1985; Watson, 1988; Paterson & Crawford, 1994). The nature of a caring relationship in the context of nursing requires respect, reciprocity, and mutuality. The expectations of students and faculty are that caring as a core value will be the basis for all interpersonal relationships.
The knowledge of and adherence to the standards of professional ethics and practice is an integral part of professional preparation. Students, faculty, staff and administrators in the School of Nursing have an obligation to maintain standards of academic and professional integrity.
Members of the School of Nursing community are expected to uphold standards of professional behavior in their course work, clinicals, internships, practica, volunteer endeavors, research practica, research projects, and other academic experiences. Students, faculty, staff and administrators should be familiar with and follow the written code of standards and ethics accepted by the profession of nursing, including standards of confidentiality and professional practice. In addition, all School of Nursing stakeholders should understand and conform to proper methods of academic behavior and research methodologies, including, but not limited to, gaining proper written consent from research subjects, employing ethical methods of research, and establishing ethical goals of research.
C. Violations of the Standards of Integrity
The following behaviors represent some examples of violations of the standards of academic integrity:
- Plagiarism: Taking and submitting as one’s own, without proper citation or credit, another person’s words or ideas, obtained from book, papers, periodicals, tables, videotapes, audio recordings, Internet messages, or other ideas or words received through the computer.
- Cheating/Improper Examination Procedures: Using any unauthorized aid during an examination or test. This includes, but is not limited to, writing the answers down prior to the exam for use during the exam, copying another person’s work, or obtaining copies of the exam prior to taking the test.
- Misuse of Academic Materials: Damaging, stealing, fabricating information or copying without proper permission any book, periodical, videotape, audio recording, computer program, tools for academic work, display, or written paper whether published or unpublished.
- Secondary Submission of Work: Submitting a paper or other project that has already been used for any other class, or buying or using another person’s work.
- Fabricating of Data: Creating or using false data or non-existent data in case studies, term projects and research efforts.
- Clinical Misconduct: Violating an ethical or moral principle as set forth by the American Nurses Association Code for Nurses.
- See also Student Code of Conduct in Student Handbook.
- See also Classroom/Laboratory and Clinical Policies .
D. Student Responsibility
Students are responsible for knowledge of proper ethics and standards. Ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse for any infraction of these guidelines.
E. For Academic Integrity
- Each student is responsible for reading and abiding by the Statement of Academic Integrity.
- The identification of violations of academic integrity is the responsibility of each stakeholder in the School of Nursing.
- If the evidence of a violation of academic integrity is persuasive:
- The faculty member must notify the student verbally at the time of the infraction that a breach of academic integrity has occurred, that the Violation of Academic Integrity Form will be completed, and that support services are available on campus for counseling, if needed.
- Faculty completes, signs and submits the Violation of Academic Integrity Form to the Assistant Dean. Unless the faculty member recommends otherwise, the Dean, who, as the confidential record keeper of students’ violations of academic integrity, identifies the suitable sanction based on the student’s academic history and signs the form:
First offense: Dismissal from The College of New Rochelle
A Violation of Academic Integrity that involves Plagiarism will be sanctioned as follows:
First offense: Failure for the course
Second offense: Dismissal from The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing
- The completed Violation of Academic Integrity Form is sent to the student’s last known address.
- If the student accepts the sanction, the form must be signed and dated by the student and resubmitted to the appropriate program chair for filing.
- If the student contests the violation and the sanction, as stated on the Violation of Academic Integrity Form, the student will be provided with a timely hearing, in not less than two and not more than four weeks, in front of the Academic Integrity Committee & Student Grievance Subcommittee.
- The Academic Integrity and Student Grievance Board Membership:
- Faculty Chair
- Two faculty members
- Two student representatives
- SON administrator to serve ex-officio
- At the hearing:
- The faculty chair of the hearing will present written documentation of the infraction.
- The student may present a written rebuttal to the faculty member’s documentation.
- Neither the student nor the faculty member will be afforded representation by outside counsel at the hearing.
- A decision will be made by the committee and reported to the Dean whether or not a violation of academic integrity has occurred. If a “preponderance of evidence” (Burnett, Rudolph and Clifford, 1998, p. 83) exists, the sanction will be imposed.
- The Dean will communicate the final decision to the student and the involved faculty.
Grade Appeals Process
When a faculty/student course grade disagreement occurs, the following procedure must be followed:
- The student must discuss the issue with course faculty member(s) to attempt resolution. After discussing the issue, both the student and the faculty member(s) must sign a Verification Form confirming that they have met and discussed the issue. This form must be submitted to the Assistant Dean prior to the deadline dates listed below.
- If the student believes resolution was not reached, the student and faculty member(s) may appeal to the Assistant Dean to attempt satisfactory resolution. The Assistant Dean, faculty member(s), and student must sign the Verification Form confirming that they have met and discussed the issue, prior to the deadline dates listed below.
- If the student continues to believe resolution was not achieved, the student must present a written request for review, detailing the disagreement and submit a completed “Grade Appeals/Grievance Checklist” (available in the Assistant Dean’s Office) to the Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee & Student Grievance Subcommittee. The Committee Chair will then decide whether the Appeal/Grievance merits a hearing by the Committee.
- The Academic Integrity and Student Grievance Board Membership includes:
a. Faculty Chair
b. Two faculty members
c. Two student representatives
d. SON administrator to serve ex-officio
5. Written requests must be submitted by:
January 10th for Fall semester issues.
June 10th for Spring semester issues.
August 20th for Summer session issues.
*If a date falls on a weekend/holiday, the date considered would be the following business day.
6. Upon receipt of the request, the Subcommittee will initiate its investigation. The Subcommittee may request oral statements from the faculty member(s) and student as deemed necessary.
7. The Chairperson of the Subcommittee will notify, in writing, the Dean within one business day of its recommendation.
8. The Dean will communicate the final decision to the student by certified return-receipt mail via the U.S. Postal Service, and the involved faculty member(s).
Clinical & Classroom Behavior Policy for the School of Nursing
Student behavior that is detrimental to the welfare of patients, hospital, staff, faculty, or other students within the clinical setting or classroom may lead to dismissal of the student from the clinical setting or classroom. This may result in the student not being able to successfully meet the course objectives. Students will not be permitted a makeup day if dismissed from the clinical setting by a faculty member.
Classroom Standards for Test and Exams
All items other than Student IDs must be placed in front of the test/exam room. Items to be placed in the front of the room include but are not limited to: laptop or handheld computers, cell phones, camera devices, listening devices, hidden electronic equipment, external/internal ear devices, calculators. Pencils and calculators will be provided to each student at the time of the test/exam, if necessary.
Course of Study
The Master’s Program prepares students for the following roles:
- Family Nurse Practitioner (40 credits and 600 clinical hours)
- Clinical Specialist in Holistic Nursing (40 credits and 450 clinical hours)
Accommodating the needs of both full- and part-time students, the program usually may be completed through two-and-one-half calendar years of full-time study for FNP Tracks and three calendar years for CNS Tracks, or an average of seven to ten semesters of part-time study. Individual program options are developed with the faculty and student. Curriculum changes may occur as a result of regular program review.
Programs and Courses
The Master of Science and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs offered by the School of Nursing are designed to prepare graduates for selected roles of advanced practice nursing including family nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist in holistic nursing.