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 and Healthcare Professions 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**
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 684: Research Methods in Practice-Based and Theory-Informed Evidence.
*** 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 680: Healthcare Delivery Systems and Innovation. 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 two 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 Office of the 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 42 credits (Family Nurse Practitioner), and 41 credits (Nursing Education), including required courses, is necessary for graduation from the advanced practice tracks.
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 751, 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.
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 and Healthcare Professions (“School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions”) does not require a criminal background check or drug test for admission to any of its programs. However, the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions’ educational requirements include successful completion of several clinical programs at hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions. This is an important consideration before enrolling in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions. 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 and Healthcare Professions 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
All students are responsible for providing their own transportation, and the related expenses, to and from clinical agencies in the community and metropolitan area, within a 75-mile radius.
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. A grade below C+ in a clinical course is a failure. Clinical courses may not be repeated. Faiure of a clinical course is cause for diamissal.
When a course in which a student has received a C, C- or F grade is repeated successfully, an “E” grade may be attached to the original C, C- or F grade. When an “E” 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 course with an “E” 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. Failure to sumit the completed course work by these dates is considered a breach of academic contract. Therefore permission to extend beyond these dates may only be granted 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 Leave of Absence may be appropriate if the student intends to return to the College following a temporary absence for compelling reasons, which may include but are not limited to:
- Family emergencies
- Medical reasons
- Military service
Prior to the beginning of the semester, a student may request from the Dean of their respective school a Leave of Absence from their studies for up to one academic year. Once the semester has begun, students may request a Leave of Absence from their studies for up to 180 days. In the latter instance, a student receiving federal loans retains their in-school status for a maximum of 180 days.
The request for a Leave of Absence must be made in writing, and submitted with supporting documentation, to the Dean, who will review it and either approve or deny the request. The Dean will not consider nor approve a Leave of Absence for any student receiving Financial Aid without the student first attending Financial Aid Counseling. If the Leave of Absence is approved, the student remains enrolled in the School. In the event that the student is unable to return following the leave of absence period, the regular withdrawal procedure will be followed and the student will incur financial liability.
Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA): A MLOA is a way to temporarily suspend a student’s academic record and allow time for the student to be well enough to continue their course of study. Ordinarily, a MLOA is granted for one semester and students must be in good academic standing to qualify. You should consider applying for a Medical Leave if and when you become aware that your health problems (physical, mental, or emotional), are interfering with your ability to continue studies. For information on how to request a MLOA, please visit this section located in the Student Handbook.
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.
A student incurs a financial obligation to pay tuition at the time of registration at The College of New Rochelle (CNR). The student’s decision to not attend or to stop attending, a class constitutes either a “drop” or a “withdrawal” depending on the timing of the notice to the College. The timing of the notification also determines the student’s tuition liability with the College.
An official “drop” releases the student from tuition liability from the dropped class (es). The record of registration for the dropped class (es) does not appear on the student’s transcript. A drop only occurs when the student notifies the College of his/her intent to remove the course registration and not attend class (es) before the start of the semester and up to the first week of the semester.
Students are also able to adjust (add/drop) their course schedule through the Banner Hub up to the first week of the semester while web registration is open. To ensure that the class has been dropped, it is the student’s responsibility to check student account and make sure that the charges associated with the class (es) have been removed. If the charges have not been removed, the class is NOT successfully dropped.
After web registration closes for the semester in question, the student must meet with his/her academic advisor in person or notify the Office of the Dean’s/Campus Director in writing of his/her request to drop the class (es). This request must be sent from the student’s CNR email account and be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As soon as Web Registration has concluded, all classes that student wish to not take can no longer be dropped and can only be “withdrawn”.
If a student notifies the College of his/her intention to be removed from a class (es) after the web registration has closed, the College’s official refund schedule determines the amount, if any, of the tuition refund the student may receive. Fees are non-refundable.
The tuition refund schedule is specific to the semester in which the student is enrolled:
- Fall and Spring Semesters
- Summer Sessions
- Intersession and Weekend Classes
A withdrawal from a class requires the permission of the Dean and cannot be completed by the student on-line. The student must bring the completed withdrawal form to the Office of the Registrar for processing. It is the date of the Deans sign-off on the withdrawal form that serves as the withdrawal date for the purposes of calculating the refund. Withdrawal from a class will result in a W grade for that class on the student transcript. Students must check with their financial aid counselor regarding award eligibility as withdrawing from a class (es) can impact financial aid awards in the current, future semesters and/or Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards ensure that students are successfully completing his/her coursework and can continue to receive financial aid. All students receiving financial aid are required to meet SAP standards.
Federal regulations require the College to establish, publish, and apply standards to monitor a student’s progress toward completing his/her degree program. If a student fails to meet SAP standards, he/she will be placed on financial aid suspension. The SAP standards can be found in the Academic Catalog for the school of attendance.
Withdrawal from ALL classes for which the student is enrolled is considered a College withdrawal. The student must contact the Office of the Dean/Campus Director to complete the Transaction/Withdrawal form. The Transaction/Withdrawal form must be completed even if the student intends to return the following semester.
NOTE: You will be liable for any balances on the student account. It is likely that you will lose some or all of your financial aid (due to a federal student aid recalculation called Return of Title IV), which includes federal loan proceeds, and state grants. Please also understand that you may also lose your scholarships upon withdrawing from school even if it is just for one term.
We strongly recommend that you meet with your financial aid counselor before you stop attending classes.
As a recipient of Federal Financial Aid, withdrawal from all classes may mean that some or all of the awards the received for the semester may be returned to the federal government as “unearned” awards. Federal regulations stipulate that, if the student fails to complete at least 60% of the semester, a portion of the aid must be forfeited. This potential loss of federal aid is an important consideration withdrawing prior to the completion of the semester, as it usually produces unpaid balances on the student’s account that must be immediately addressed.
You can do a rough calculation by counting how many days you will have been enrolled AND ACTIVELY ATTENDING CLASSES and dividing it by the total number of days in the semester (you can use the academic calendar to determine the days). This number should be multiplied by the federal loans and grants you have received for that semester and the result is the amount of aid you may keep. The College is obligated to return the rest to the federal government.
As an example, let’s assume Jane Student is a sophomore enrolled full time in the fall semester and received a Federal Direct Subsidized Loan in the amount of $1750 for the fall semester. Let’s also assume that Jane was eligible for a Pell Grant in the amount of $2500 for that semester. If Jane withdraws from all of her classes on October 12 and had been in regular attendance until that date, the following would be the calculation:
# days in September, assuming the semester start date is September 4: 27
# days in October: 12
Total days enrolled and attending 39
Total days in the semester, using the same method, but
Ending on December 21: 71
39 divided by 71 = .549
Note: Any semester breaks of one week or longer are subtracted from the number of days in the semester
Multiply the total aid received of $4250 by .549. This equals $2333, which is approximately how much of the aid you can keep. The College would need to return $1917 to the federal government or just visit http://www.cnr.edu/refund-policy to view the Refund Policy and Requirement for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid.
An enrolled student who has not registered for two semesters and who has not formally notified the Office of the Dean of his/her intentions, may be administratively withdrawn from the School. The student must reapply for admission to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions awards degrees in late May, August31, and January 31. August graduates are permitted to participate in commencement and other related activities provided they have six or fewer credits to complete before August 31. 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 approved to participate in May graduation events.
Application for National Certification
Students who graduate from FNP Program are eligible to take either the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) FNP Certification Exam, or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam for Validation of Advanced Practice Nursing. Information may be obtained from the FNP Track Coordinator’s office, and on the websites.
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 Office of the 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 Office of the 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Profession 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions have an obligation to maintain standards of academic and professional integrity.
Members of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions 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 and Healthcare Professions 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.
* Violations of Plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Knowingly representing the work of others as his/her own.
- Submitting a paper or other academic work for credit, which includes words, ideas, data, or creative work of others without acknowledging the source, whether intended or not.
- Using another author’s words without enclosing them in quotation marks, without paraphrasing them, or without citing the source appropriately. Presenting another individual’s work as one’s own.
- Self-plagiarism: Submitting the same paper or academic assignment to a repeated class or another class without the permission of the instructor.
- Fabricating data in support of an academic assignment.
- Falsifying bibliographic entries.
- Submitting any academic assignment containing falsified or fabricated data or results.
- Internet Plagiarism. Submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers
- Paraphrasing or copying information from the Internet without citing the source
- “Copying and pasting” from various sources without proper attribution.
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
1. Each student is responsible for reading and abiding by the Statement of Academic Integrity.
2. The identification of violations of academic integrity is the responsibility of each stakeholder in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions.
3. If the evidence of a violation of academic integrity is persuasive:
a. 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.
b. Faculty completes, signs and submits the Violation of Academic Integrity Form to the Office of the 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:
c. The completed Violation of Academic Integrity Form is sent to the student’s last known address.
d. 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.
4. If the student contests the violation and the sanction, the student may request a hearing in front of the Academic Integrity Committee & Student Grievance Subcommittee. The student has five business days to request a hearing, and submit in writing why the hearing is required.
a. The Academic Integrity Committee and Student Grievance Board Subcommittee includes:
1. One Committee Chair
2. Two Faculty members
3. One to Two Student representatives
4. One SNHP administrator to serve ex-officio
At the Hearing:
The Committee will review the student’s, faculty’s, and Dean’s documentation.
At the hearing, the student will be informed about the faculty’s and Dean’s documentation.
The student will be asked to prepare an oral rebuttal statement as deemed necessary.
Neither the student nor the faculty member will be afforded representation by outside counsel at the hearing.
A recommendation 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 by certified return-receipt mail via the U.S. Postal Service, and notify the involved faculty.
A copy all correspondence to the student will be placed in the student’s record.
Grade Appeals Process
When a faculty/student final course grade disagreement occurs, the following procedure must be followed:
Student sends written appeal via e-mail to the course faculty member within 2 business days of receiving the final course grade.
Faculty member sends written response to appeal to student via e-mail within 3 business days. If the appeal is denied, student may choose to proceed to step 2.
If the student’s appeal is denied by Faculty, the student may pursue the process within 5 business days of receiving the faculty member’s response. If no response from Faculty, then the student should indicate that information in their appeal letter.
Student gets, from the Office of the Dean, a “Grade Appeal Form” to complete. The student organizes correspondence between the student and Faculty; and writes a short narrative as to why the final grade is being appealed. This is attached to the “Grade Appeal Form” and submitted to the Office of the Dean.
Written requests must be submitted to the Office of the Dean within five business days of the posted grade.
After appropriate fact finding, the student will be notified via e-mail regarding the recommendations. The recommendations could include communicating a final decision to the Dean, or requesting the Academic Integrity Committee and Student Grievance Board Subcommittee to review the appeal.
Should the student’s grievance merit a review by the Committee, the student will be notified that the Committee will review their appeal.
The Academic Integrity Committee and Student Grievance Board Subcommittee includes:
One Committee Chair
Two Faculty members
One to Two Student representatives
One SNHP administrator to serve ex-officio
If further information is warranted, the Committee may request oral statements from the student.
The Chairperson of the Subcommittee will notify, in writing, the Dean within three business days of its recommendation.
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).
A copy of all correspondence to the student will be placed in the student’s record.
Clinical & Classroom Behavior Policy for the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions
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.
Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical agencies in the community and metropolitan New York City Area, as well as the expenses related to this.
Classroom Standards for Test and Exams
Personal Items/Electronic Devices
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.
Outerwear such as coats, jackets, hooded sweaters, scarves, hats, ear muffs, or sun glasses may not be worn in the testing/exam room. Scarves worn for religious observance may be worn during the test/exam.
Code of Conduct Behaviors
- Students must present CNR picture student identification prior to the test/exam distribution.
- Students must remain seated. No verbal exchanges among students will be permitted during the test/exam.
- Calculators, if needed, will be provided by the proctor.
- Exams must remain on the top of the table/desk during the test/exam. Nothing other than the test/exam will be permitted on the top of the student’s desk during the test/exam.
- Tests/exams will begin and end on time.
- Tests/exams will be timed.
- All materials associated with the test/exam must be handed to the proctor before leaving the test/exam room.
- A student who arrives late to the test/exam will be admitted at the discretion of the proctor only.
- A student will receive a zero grade for the test/exam if he/she fails to turn the test/exam in on time.
- A student who leaves the test/exam room for any reason will not be permitted to return during the test/exam period.
Failure to abide by the above Standards during a test/exam will result in a zero for the test/exam and possible disciplinary action as per the Academic Integrity Policy of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions stated in this catalog.
Code of Conduct in Classroom/Laboratory Setting
Standards of the Code of Conduct in the Classroom/Laboratory setting include but are not limited to:
- Respectful and courteous communication and conduct
- Preparation for class or clinical
- Punctual attendance at class
- Punctual submission of course work
- Participation in the teaching/learning process
- All assignments MUST be submitted on the assigned due date
Violations of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions Code of Conduct in the Classroom/Laboratory setting include but are not limited to:
- Fraud or fraudulence and/or use of other’s work
- Lack of preparation for class or clinical
- Inappropriate or disruptive activities or behavior
- Use of cell phones or other electronic devices during class time without the permission of the faculty. All electronic devices must be turned off during class
- Eating/drinking in the classroom/laboratory setting
- Unexcused lateness or absence from class
Faculty reserve the right to dismiss the student from the classroom/laboratory setting for violations of the Code of Conduct.
Testing Policy for Students
Some nursing course examinations will be administered via ExamSoft using the student’s personal laptop computer or iPad. Students must ensure adequate system requirements to use ExamSoft prior to the start of the nursing courses. System requirements are posted on the ExamSoft website [https://ei.examsoft.com/GKWeb/login/cnrnursing]. Any questions regarding software should be directed to The College of New Rochelle Information Technology Student Resource Center or the ExamSoft help resource. Students are expected to take each nursing course exam on computer or iPad.
Students will receive a download reminder prior to each nursing exam and are responsible for downloading the exam prior to the exam date and time. Students who do not download in advance of the exam will forfeit the right to take the exam and be given a grade of ‘0.’
On exam days, in preparation for taking an exam using ExamSoft, students should:
- Complete any computer updates in advance.
- Turn off all programs and close all documents.
- Fully charge computer or iPad.
- Connect to CNR wireless internet.
- Bring a power cord to the exam to ensure adequate power.
During administration of an examination, students are expected to comply with the following guidelines, unless directed otherwise by the course faculty:
1. All laptops and iPads being used for exam taking must have privacy filters.
2. All cell phones and mobile devices are to be powered off and placed in a backpack or bag in the front of the classroom.
3. Backpacks, coats and belongings must be placed in the front of the classroom.
4. No items including food, drink, or water bottles are permitted on the desktop except for a personal computer or iPad and student ID.
5. No hats, scarves, caps, earbuds, earplugs or hoodies are permitted with the exception of religious headgear.
6. No watches, Fitbits or other electronic devices are permitted to be worn during exams.
7. If space allows, students should have at least one chair-width of space between one another.
8. No one is permitted to leave the exam for ANY reason.
9. No questioning of the proctor regarding exam question content is allowed.
10. No conversations, eye wandering, classroom mobility or classroom distractions are permitted during an examination.
11. The submission of an examination implies that students have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid in the completion of the examination.
A faculty member may exercise broad discretion if students disregard these expectations for testing. The range of consequences may include a verbal warning to course failure.
Code of Conduct for Clinical Experience
Professional business attire, including a lab coat if required by the facility, will be used for clinical experiences, laboratory experiences and any other clinical activity as specified by the faculty.
- Hair must be arranged so that none dangles in front from the shoulders.
- A watch with a second hand, name pin, and school ID are required.
- Small stud earrings and plain rings may be worn. No other jewelry may be worn.
- Plain white hosiery, white shoes, and underwear that cannot be seen through the uniform must be worn.
- No low-cut blouses permitted.
- Only plain white or blue sweaters may be worn with the uniform.
- Moderate use of cosmetics is appropriate.
- Perfume may not be worn.
- Nails must be kept short, clean and in good repair.
- Nail polish may not be worn.
- Artificial nails may not be worn.
Communicate any concerns, difficulties, questions with your clinical instructor first. If these issues are unresolved, then communicate with your course coordinator before relating these to the Office of the Dean of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions.
All communication between faculty and the student remain confidential unless the situation warrants the information be shared with the appropriate person (faculty, SNHP administrator, clinical site administrator).
Student behavior found to be detrimental to the welfare of clients, faculty, fellow students or hospital staff or any action or omission which would compromise patient safety within the clinical setting may lead to the immediate removal of the student from the clinical setting and may result in a failure of the clinical course. Removal or dismissal from the clinical area at the request of the clinical agency may result in immediate failure of the clinical course.
Examples of detrimental behavior include but are not limited to:
- Lack of preparation
- Failure to follow directions of the clinical instructor
- Fraud or fraudulence and use of other’s work
- Inappropriate and/or disruptive activities
- Failure to report errors
- Unsafe skills performance that may result in the actual or potential harm to a patient or staff member
- Improper documentation
- Unexcused absence
- Use of cell phone or any electronic device other than required by the clinical instructor
- Any action or omission which would compromise patient safety
Attendance and Punctuality
Attendance and punctuality are mandatory for all scheduled clinical experiences whether in the LRCN or agency setting. All students are responsible for providing their own transportation, and the related expenses, to and from clinical agencies in the community and metropolitan area.
If a student is unable to attend clinical, the student must notify in writing to the instructor directly before the start of the clinical day.
The clinical day begins promptly at the stated time. Students must be on the unit ready for work at that time and complete the required clinical hours each day. If there is an unexpected delay, the student must call the instructor in the clinical agency to inform him/her. The instructor reserves the right to deny admission to the clinical setting.
Students may be requested by the clinical agency/instructor to report to the agency before the scheduled start of the clinical day or stay after the completion of the scheduled clinical day. Students are required to stay on the clinical unit until all assigned patient care activities are completed.
All assignments MUST be submitted on the assigned due date.
POLICY: Students are required to attend all clinicals and to be punctual at all times.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
EXCUSED: Examples of excused absences may include but are not limited to:
- Student illness
- Death/critical illness of a family member or a significant other
- Critical life emergency
- Religious observance
- Jury duty (documented)
- Call to military service (documented)
Please Note: Even an “excused” clinical absence is subject to be made-up at the end of the semester. Students who are Final Clinical Warning must complete all clinical make-ups. There are no waivers for this expectation.
UNEXCUSED: Examples of unexcused absences may include but are not limited to:
- * Failure to notify the Clinical Instructor(s) of an absence before the clinical experience
- * Arriving late to On/Off Campus clinical after the pre-conference has started on more than one occasion except in cases of a critical life emergency
- * Failure to obtain official clearance to attend clinical, including required health clearance prior to On/Off Campus Clinical
Please Note: An unexcused clinical absence may result in immediate failure (grade of ‘F’) for the clinical course depending on the record of student clinical performance.
CLINICAL MAKE UP: Clinical make up will be made up in the LCRN and beyond the first make-up day the student will be billed for the additional resources that must be expended by the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions. Costs for a second make-up will be billed to the student at the rate of $50.00 per session. Note: A maximum of two excused clinical makeups per course is allowed during any given semester. This fee may be waived in cases of religious observance provided the student has adhered to the pre-notification procedure, or, in cases of extreme emergency (death in the family, severe illness, etc.) in which proof much be submitted. There are no circumstances, excused or unexcused, to make up three clinical days.
ATTENDANCE POLICIES: Students must attend ALL scheduled On/Off Campus Clinicals. An unexcused clinical absence is a violation of CNR policy. Students who must unexpectedly miss a clinical experience must contact their Clinical Instructor before the scheduled clinical experience or the absence is counted as unexcused. The student will submit to the Course Coordinator appropriate documentation of the severity of the cause for the missed clinical experience along with health clearance, if absence was related to illness. Clearance from a healthcare provider may be requested in order to attend the next clinical.
An excused absence (and any associated written assignment[s]) will be made up through a plan developed by the Course Coordinator and LCRN Director. The clinical experience must be comparable to the one that was missed. A maximum of two excused clinical makeups is allowed. In the circumstance of a third excused clinical absence, the student must consider a “withdraw” from the course (including the didactic course) depending on the week of the withdraw or request a leave or medical leave of absence from the School for all courses. A student may not request an Incomplete for a clinical course. Students with excessive unexcused absences (more than two with the exception of religious observances or life threatening illness) in any given course will Fail the course (grade of ‘F’) and may repeat the course only if they are allowed to repeat the clinical course according to current SNHP policies. Students with a second unexcused absence from a clinical in any course will automatically receive a written Final Clinical Warning and an immediate grade of ‘F’ for a third unexcused clinical absence. Students with a combination of three excused and unexcused absences will be removed from clinical and a determination of whether the student receives an ‘F’ or a ‘W’ will be made by the Divisional Chair in consultation with the clinical instructor and clinical course coordinator.
PUNCTUALITY: All students are expected to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the clinical pre-conference of all clinical experiences. As a component of CNR Standards, punctuality is a professional responsibility. Students cannot interrupt or delay other students and faculty once the clinical experience has begun and cause the loss of valuable clinical time. It is also disruptive to the hospital staffs who expects students to be on time in order to fulfill their clinical responsibilities.
1) First time late: The first time a student arrives after the start of the pre-conference or scheduled experience, the student will receive a verbal warning from the Clinical Instructor and must review the SNHP punctuality policy. This and any subsequent lateness will be documented on the student’s clinical evaluation form.
2) Second time late: If the student arrives after the start of pre-conference or scheduled clinical experience a second time, the student will receive a Written Warning.
3) Third time late: If a student arrives late a third time, this will result in one unexcused clinical absence which must be made up. In addition, the Course Coordinator will be notified and the student must make an appointment with the Course Coordinator to discuss the punctuality policy and the resulting course of action. This meeting will be documented in the student’s academic file and any further lateness or absence puts the student at risk for course failure.
4) Fourth time late: A fourth occurrence will be automatically counted as a second unexcused absence and the student will receive a Final Clinical Warning. Any additional tardiness, or in this case, any additional absence excused or unexcused absence, will result in the student being removed from the clinical. A determination of whether the student receives an ‘F’ or a ‘W’ will be made by the Divisional Chair in consultation with the clinical instructor and clinical course coordinator.
Please note: It is as the discretion of the Course coordinator, Clinical Faculty and/or the LCRN Director the time and days clinical will be made up.
All students are responsible for providing their own transportation, and the related expenses, to and from clinical agencies in the community and metropolitan area.
Cell Phones an-d Electronic Devices
Cell phones or any other electronic devices may not be brought inside the buildings of the clinical agencies. There are no exceptions to this policy. Any student who brings a cell phone to the clinical facility will receive a grade of ‘F’ for the clinical course. Any student who uses a cell phone or any other electronic device including but not limited to cameras, camera phones, and recording devices, will be dismissed from the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions.
Students should provide the unit phone number and the name of the clinical instructor as an emergency contact.
There will be a mid-term and final clinical evaluation. When meeting the clinical instructor for evaluations, the student may bring a copy of the clinical evaluation tool as a self-assessment work sheet. The student must document where the clinical instructor can find evidence that he/she have met, or is working toward, each clinical objective.
Evidence of continuing unprofessional behavior will result in failure of the clinical course.
The student must achieve satisfactory performance in all clinical objectives in order to progress to the next nursing course.
The faculty reserve the right to dismiss a student from the clinical area for any action or omission that may jeopardize patient safety or violate the code of conduct. This may result in an immediate failure of the clinical course.
If the agency dismisses the student from the clinical area for unsafe performance or unprofessional behavior, the student will fail the clinical component of the course.
Course of Study
The Master’s Program prepares students for the following roles:
- Family Nurse Practitioner (42 credits and 600 clinical hours)
- Nurse Educator (41 credits and 150 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 to three calendar years of full-time study, 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 and Healthcare Professions are designed to prepare graduates for selected roles of advanced practice nursing including family nurse practitioner and nurse educator.
The number of credits required to complete the Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner is 42, and the Master of Science in Nursing Education is 41. These are distributed as Common Core Courses, Advanced Practice Core Courses, and Speciality Clinical Courses.
Programs: Master; Post-Master Certificate