Academic Progression Policy
To qualify for continued matriculation in the Nursing program, all students must maintain ongoing cumulative averages of 2.70 or better by achieving the following averages at the end of each semester:
Appeal Process for Program Dismissal
Students who are dismissed from the Baccalaureate Nursing program may appeal the decision regarding their continuation in the program by submitting a letter of appeal to the chairperson of the Solomont School of Nursing by the listed due date in their dismissal letter, so it can be forwarded to the Professional Review Committee. The appeal letter should address what happened, how it happened, what options you would like the committee to consider, and what resources you will use to be successful in the Nursing program should you be allowed to continue. You may either bring your letter of appeal to the Solomont School of Nursing or send it as an attachment to Sadia Fathi, department assistant. After carefully deliberating all the data available, the committee will make their recommendations and a decision will be sent prior to the beginning of the semester to your University of Massachusetts Lowell email address.
Students must meet the conditions for continuation in the Solomont School of Nursing as described in their detailed probation conditions correspondence and per the undergraduate course catalog on retention and continuance in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences and its programs; this is a one-time probationary period. Failure to maintain all school academic requirements subsequent to that, as outlined in the catalogue “will result in dismissal from the program” with no further appeal to the Solomont School of Nursing.
Students who cannot continue in the Nursing program must withdraw from all enrolled nursing courses and change their major. Students may select and apply for another major within the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences or university if they qualify under university policies.
All pre-licensure nursing students will be required to take nationally normed tests throughout the curriculum. The specialty tests, which become part of the course grade, will be given in the following courses:
All pre-licensure senior level-nursing students will take two HESI Exit comprehensive exams while enrolled in NURS.4130 Role Transition. These exams also are a part of the course grade. Senior nursing students who do not achieve a HESI score of 900 or higher on the first HESI exit exam must enroll in an approved online review course and provide evidence of ongoing participation prior to taking the second HESI exit exam.
In addition to enforcing the policy, a HESI Confidentiality Statement will be signed by all students prior to taking HESI exams. The agreement states that students consent not to disclose to any individual or remove any documents about the content of HESI test items, answers, or rationales. Failure to honor this agreement will result in their name being submitted to the MA BORN and in possible legal action.
Basic Math Competency and Medication Calculation Policy
To assure safe administration of medication to patients in the clinical area the following policy was implemented:
Withdrawal from Nursing
Students who wish to withdraw from any nursing course are advised that such withdrawal may result in termination of enrollment in the Nursing program.
Such students who wish to apply for readmission to the nursing program as members of subsequent graduation classes are advised that consideration for readmission is determined not only by academic eligibility requirements in effect for the class to which admission is sought but also by enrollment quotas. Accordingly, students are advised to confer with the chairperson of the Solomont School of Nursing prior to applying for readmission in order to ascertain if program vacancies exist.