Retention and Continuance in School Programs
Students shall not be admitted to professional courses of the College of Health Sciences unless they have satisfactorily completed all courses which are specified in their programs of study for the first two semesters and have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 or better (Nursing 2.70 or better) for all such courses. Students enrolled in Exercise Physiology, Medical Laboratory Science, and Nursing also are required to achieve at this time a cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 or better (Nursing 2.70 or better) in their required science courses.
To qualify for continued matriculation in programs of the College of Health Sciences, all students must maintain on-going cumulative averages of 2.50 (2.70 for Nursing) or better by achieving the following averages the end of the freshman year and at the end of each semester thereafter:
- a semester average of 2.50 (2.70 for Nursing) or better
- not less than a grade ‘C’ (C+ for Nursing) in any professional major course and
- a semester average of 2.50 (2.70 for Nursing) or better for professional courses attempted in the major.
Students enrolled in Exercise Physiology, Medical Laboratory Science, and Nursing must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (2.70 for Nursing) or better in their required science courses. Students who fail to satisfy these academic requirements will be dismissed from their respective programs. Such students may seek reinstatement to programs by filing a petition with the professional review committee of their respective departments. Students who are granted a one-time probationary period must maintain all college criteria for remainder of time in their major. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program. Students whose petitions for reinstatement are denied may seek transfer to another major within the university if they qualify under university policies as students with satisfactory academic standing. Students who do not qualify for such standing may be dismissed from the university at the time they are dismissed from the College of Health Sciences and are ineligible for readmission as probationary students in the College.
All students in the College of Health Sciences must demonstrate a level of professionalism and a state of emotional and physical health which will enable them to provide safe competent practice in their chosen professional field. In special cases, at the request of the professional review committee of the student’s major department, an individual may be required to present statements of physical and/or mental health from appropriate physicians or psychiatrists who are fully licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. On the basis of a review of such statements, the professional review committee may recommend to the chairperson of the student’s major department that the individual be denied admission to or continuance in the major program. Students must demonstrate professional behavior in all practicum/pre-practicum courses. Students must successfully meet the course objectives of the practicum/pre-practicum courses. Failure to meet course objectives or standards of practice in clinical or practicum/pre-practicum courses, will result in course failure regardless of academic grades in non-practicum courses.