- BSN Program Outcomes
Exhibit Characteristics of Nursing Agency
Demonstrate a repertoire of effective communication skills with patients, families, communities, and colleagues. Incorporate knowledge of teaching and learning principles consistent with developmental self-care requisites to guide transformative teaching. Respect differences in culture, attitudes, values, and expectations of others.
Demonstrate Power Components in the provision of nursing care
Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the natural, behavioral, and nursing sciences, and the humanities in understanding the human health experience and in making decisions about nursing practice. Integrate Orem's theoretical framework to promote self-care agency with adults with chronic health deviations. Integrate skills of inquiry, analysis, and information literacy to address practice issues. Tolerate ambiguity, and unpredictability of the world and its effect on the healthcare system as related to nursing practice. Incorporate Orem’s Power components into professional practice: *See Level Objectives.*
- Embrace values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice when engaging with and on behalf of patients, families, and communities.
- Act to prevent unsafe, illegal, or unethical practices.
- Promote a positive image of nursing by modeling the values, and articulating the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the nursing profession.
- Pursue practice excellence, lifelong learning, and professional engagement to foster ongoing professional growth and development.
- Exercise leadership in creating a culture of quality, safety and caring in a variety of settings with diverse populations.
- Participate in the development of imaginative, creative strategies, and/or evidence-based strategies to enable systems to change.
- Overrides for Nursing Pathophysiology 2260
Students enrolled at another school taking Anatomy & Physiology 2 will not receive a pre-requisite override to register for the Nursing Pathophysiology course until Anatomy & Physiology 2 are completed. Students must email the BSN Professional Advisor with documentation of their grade in Anatomy & Physiology 2 to receive a pre-requisite override.
- Course and Clinical Grading
Didactic Course Grading Scale:
The following numerical grading scale will be used in all didactic nursing courses:
Clinical Course Grading:
S = Satisfactory
NC = No Credit
In order to receive a grade of “C” or better in the combined course and clinical, a student must have a satisfactory evaluation from the clinical component of the course. If 78% is NOT achieved for the course grade, the student will receive, at most, a “D” for the course and will not progress to the next level in the nursing program.
During each semester, all grades will be recorded to two (2) decimal places. At the end of the semester, the final grade will be calculated to two (2) decimal places and rounded mathematically:
Less than 0.50 – Round down to next whole number, example 91.49 = 91 0.50 or greater – Round up to next whole number, example 91.50 = 92"
Approved by faculty vote 08/15/17
- Achievement Tests/ATI Examinations
Each semester, while in the nursing major, achievement tests will be given through ATI Testing. The tests have costs that are identified to students at the beginning of each semester. The purpose of achievement tests is to measure the degree of mastery of nursing content. Test results provide an indication of the degree of success on the licensing examination to become a registered nurse. The test results also identify content areas, which need additional study prior to taking the examination for licensure.
ATI Testing Policy
- Continuation and Progression Policies
To progress in nursing, students are required to:
- Make a minimum grade of “C” or “S” in all nursing and required courses
- Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0>
- Maintain active clinical requirements:
To provide for student safety and to meet the contract agreements with area health care agencies, students must have current CPR certification, up-to-date immunizations, yearly TB skin tests and personal health insurance among other requirements. Failure to have all clinical requirements on file in the School of Nursing office by 5:00 pm the second Monday of the semester will result in an absence for each day the requirement is not completed. For example, an outstanding requirement at 5:00 pm on the second Monday means you will receive your first absence at 8:00 am on Tuesday. Part of being a professional is assuming the responsibility for keeping these current. I understand as the student:
- It is my responsibility to check my expiration dates for CPR, TB skin test and other immunizations and to keep these requirements current, submitting documentation of updates.
- Failure to keep health requirements current will mean that I will be excluded from clinical areas and that I will incur an absence.
Approved by faculty 03/13
- Students in the Nursing major may earn a grade of “D” or “F” or “NC” in only one course with a nursing (N) designation. If a student earns a second “D”, “F”, or “NC”, the student will be dismissed from the program, even if the second “D”, “F”, or “NC” is earned in the same semester as the first failed grade.
- Students who make a grade of “D”, “F”, or “NC”, in an undergraduate nursing course, and who are eligible to repeat a course, are permitted to register for that course on a space-available basis. If there are more students than positions available, the student(s) with the highest nursing major GPA will be given priority for the position(s) available. To be considered for progression the student must submit a letter of intent to the BSN Professional Advisor within 5 business days of grades being posted.
- Students who make a grade of “D”, “F”, or “NC”, in a 1st level undergraduate nursing course, and who are eligible to repeat a course, are permitted to register for that course the following fall semester unless space becomes available in the spring nursing class. If there are more students than positions available, the student(s) with the highest nursing major GPA will be given priority for the position(s) available.
- Students who must withdraw from a nursing (N) course for medical reasons must submit the signed form from their healthcare provider stating they cannot continue in the nursing courses for medical reasons. This form can be obtained from the clinical instructor or BSN Professional Advisor.
- If a student wishes to withdraw from a nursing course for non-medical reasons, s/he must withdraw from all the nursing courses for the semester s/he is enrolled. Students withdrawing for non-medical reasons will only be allowed to re-enroll in the nursing courses if space is available. If there are more students than positions available, the student(s) with the highest nursing major GPA will be given priority for the position(s) available. To be considered for progression the student must submit a letter of intent to the BSN Professional Advisor within 5 business days of grades being posted.
- Reapplication to the School of Nursing is required for students who withdraw from level 1 nursing courses for causes other than documented medical, personal or family reasons. Students must submit a completed application packet by the published application deadline in order to be considered for readmission. Enrollment is limited and the number of qualified applicants often exceeds the number of students who can be admitted. Previous admission does not guarantee acceptance.
- If in the judgment of the professor there is a reason to question the emotional or physical condition of a student or the safety or quality of nursing care provided, the professor has the right and obligation to exclude the student from the clinical area which may impact progression in the program.
- Nursing Program Course Withdrawal
Policy: Students withdrawing from the UTC School of Nursing program may jeopardize their readmission to the program. Withdrawal from any nursing course may negatively impact progression in the nursing program. Please review the School of Nursing Program/Course(s) Withdrawal Procedure carefully.
Procedure: Students considering withdrawing from the School of Nursing Program/Course(s) must:
- Meet with the School of Nursing BSN Professional Advisor to discuss the withdrawal process and considerations for readmission prior to initiating withdrawal process. If a student wishes to withdraw from a nursing course for non-medical reasons, s/he must withdraw from all the nursing courses for the semester s/he is enrolled. Students withdrawing for non-medical reasons will only be allowed to re-enroll in the nursing courses on a space-available basis. Reapplication to the School of Nursing is required for students who withdraw from level 1 nursing courses for causes other than documented medical, personal or family reasons. Students must submit a completed application packet by the published application deadline in order to be considered for readmission. Enrollment is limited and the number of qualified applicants often exceeds the number of students who can be admitted. Previous admission does not guarantee acceptance.
- Provide a letter to the School of Nursing BSN Professional Advisor stating s/he is withdrawing from the School of Nursing Program/Course(s). In the letter, the student must include if or when s/he might anticipate returning to the program. This letter will be kept in the student’s permanent nursing file.
- If withdrawing for medical reasons, the required form signed by the healthcare provider must be included with the withdrawal letter from the student.
- Turn in the School of Nursing name badge to the School of Nursing BSN Professional Advisor upon withdrawal.
- BSN Program Dismissal Process and Policy
Dismissal Policies-- Students may be dismissed from the School of Nursing BSN program when:
- They earn a second course grade of “D”, “F”, or “NC”
- They are found guilty of unprofessional conduct, negligent habits, unsafe behaviors, or other cause as may be specified in the Tennessee Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations of Registered Nurses
- They are found guilty of a violation of the ANA Code of Ethics
- They are found guilty of a violation of the UTC Honor Code
Dismissal for grades—When a student earns a course grade of “D”, “F”, or “NC”, in an undergraduate nursing course, the course faculty will
- Notify the School of Nursing (SON) BSN Professional Advisor via official UTC email within 3 business days. A copy of this notification will be kept in the student’s file in the SON.
- After the BSN Professional Advisor is notified of a second earned grade of “D”, “F”, or “NC”, s/he will send a notification to the Director of the SON and the Chair of the SON Academic Affairs Committee via UTC email within 3 business days.
- The Chair of the SON Academic Affairs Committee will notify the student of his/her dismissal from the SON via UTC email within 3 business days of official posting of grades for the semester.
Dismissal for reasons other than grades—When a faculty member determines that a student has exhibited either unprofessional conduct, negligent habits, unsafe behavior, or other cause as may be specified in the Tennessee Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations of Registered Nurses and/or violated the ANA Code of Ethics, that faculty member
- Notifies the Level Facilitator who calls a level sub-committee meeting within 5 business days to discuss the student’s behavior.
- If the Level Sub-Committee deems that the student’s behavior justifies dismissal from the SON, the level facilitator will notify the School of Nursing (SON) BSN Professional Advisor via official UTC email within 3 business days of the decision. A copy of this notification will be kept in the student’s file in the SON.
- After the BSN Professional Advisor is notified, s/he will send a notification to the Director of the SON and the Chair of the SON Academic Affairs Committee via official UTC email within 3 business days.
Appeal Procedure -- Students dismissed from the School of Nursing for grades may remain in nursing courses during the grade appeal and appeal for program dismissal. If the final decision is that the grade appeal and/or School of Nursing program dismissal is upheld the students must immediately withdraw from the nursing course(s).
Students who wish to appeal a course grade will follow the procedure as outlined in the University grade appeals procedure as outlined in the UTC Student Handbook. The second grade of ‘D”, “F”, or “NC” will result in dismissal from the School of Nursing. If the course grade stands after the grade appeal and the student is dismissed from the School of Nursing, they have 5 days to appeal program dismissal to the Academic Affairs Committee (see #2 below).
Students who wish to appeal program dismissal for grades
- The student must submit the School of Nursing Appeal of Program Dismissal form to the Academic Affairs Committee Chair within 5 business days of receiving official UTC email notification of SON dismissal from the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.
- The Academic Affairs Committee Chair will call a meeting upon receiving the appeal within 5 business days. The Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee will notify the student by official UTC email of the committee decision within 24 hours of the meeting.
- If the student appeal is denied and the student wishes to continue the appeal process, s/he may request the Academic Affairs Chair forward all materials and the School of Nursing Appeal of Program Dismissal form to the Director of the SON. This request must be within 5 business days of receiving UTC email notification of the Committee's decision from the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. The Director will make a decision and notify the student and the Academic Affairs Committee Chair via UTC email within 24 hours of the request explaining the basis for the decision.
- The student or the Academic Affairs Committee may appeal the Director’s decision to the Dean of the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies in writing within 5 business days following receipt via UTC email of notification of the Director’s decision. The written document to the Dean must explain the basis for the appeal.
Students who wish to appeal program dismissal for reasons other than grades
- The student must submit a written document that explains the basis for the appeal to Director of the SON within 5 business days of receiving official UTC email notification of SON dismissal from the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. The Director will make a decision and notify the student and the Academic Affairs Committee Chair via official UTC email within 24 hours explaining the basis for the decision.
- The student may appeal the Director’s decision to the Dean of the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies in writing within 5 business days following receipt via UTC email of notification of the Director’s decision. The written document to the Dean must explain the basis for the appeal. If an appeal is made to the Dean, the Director will forward all relevant documentation pertinent to the appeal to the Dean.
- The Dean will make a decision and notify the student, the Academic Affairs Committee Chair, and the Director of the SON via UTC email stating the decision and explaining the basis for the decision.
- The student or the Director of the SON may appeal the decision of the Dean to the Chancellor in writing within 5 business days following notification via official UTC email of the Dean’s decision. The written document to the Chancellor must explain the basis for the appeal. If an appeal is made to the Chancellor, the Dean will forward all relevant documentation pertinent to the appeal to the Chancellor.
- The decision of the Chancellor shall be final and all involved parties will receive official UTC email notification.
Approved by SON Faculty Committee, 10/11/16
Appeal Form for BSN Program Dismissal
- Nursing Transfer Course Policy
The process for admission for students transferring from a nursing program to the UTC nursing program:
- Admitted to UTC by the School of Nursing application deadline.
- Student must turn in a complete nursing application, letter of good standing from previous school, transcripts and copies of syllabi of all previous nursing course(s) taken to BSN Professional Advisor prior to the application deadline.
- BSN Professional Advisor reviews the syllabi to see who the appropriate faculty member is to approve and distributes them for approval.
- BSN Professional Advisor completes a student profile sheet and an advisement sheet with the nursing courses approved.
- BSN Professional Advisor brings all of the information to the next Academic Affairs admissions meeting for a decision to be made on placement in the nursing program. All nursing transfer students must adhere to required pre-requisite courses for progression in the nursing program.
- Students who have earned a D or F in any designated nursing course will not be eligible for nursing admission.
Approved by faculty, 1/13/09
- Returning to the BS Nursing Program
Policy: Students who have withdrawn from the School of Nursing will be considered for readmission based upon:
- Space available, unless withdrawal was for medical reasons or military service.
- Priority for registration in nursing courses will be given to the student who has failed a course then to those who have withdrawn.
- Eligibility to return to any other college attended during withdrawal period.
- Ability to meet UTC continuation standards.
- Ability to meet core performance standards.
Procedure: The process for readmission for students who have withdrawn from the UTC School of Nursing:
- Submit a letter requesting readmission to School of Nursing BSN Professional Advisor by February 1 for the fall semester and September 1 for the spring semester.
- If student has received credit for additional nursing courses since withdrawal, s/he must submit official transcripts, a letter of good standing from previous school and copies of syllabi of all previous nursing course(s) taken to School of Nursing BSN Professional Advisor.
- Students who withdrew for medical reasons must submit the School of Nursing Return to Clinical form with their healthcare provider's signature.
Approved by faculty, 1/13/09; Update 1/10/12
- Admission to the BSN (Traditional)
- Admission to the Gateway RN to BSN
Students are expected to be present and prepared for all learning experiences planned by the School of Nursing. Promptness is expected for all classes and clinical laboratory/practicum. Attendance for didactic courses is determined by the course faculty. Attendance at clinical laboratory/practicum is mandatory. Absences may necessitate a review of the student’s record by course faculty to determine the need for make-up days. Tardiness is not acceptable. Students must follow course policies for clinical absences and tardiness. Students may be asked to leave the clinical area due to lack of preparation or inappropriate attire or behavior. Students are to follow the course syllabus for further information.
- Clinical Requirements for BSN (Traditional)
BSN traditional track
- Clinical Requirements for Gateway RN to BSN
Gateway RN-BSN track
- Guidelines for Work Hours for BSN (Traditional)
Students enrolled full time in the BSN program in the School of Nursing may need to work. Based on our experience, it is often difficult to accommodate the demands of academic and work schedules concurrently. We recognize that work in a clinical setting may positively affect students’ professional development. However, students must balance academic demands in the School of Nursing and work demands in order to be successful in the BSN Program. While the School of Nursing does not have a policy limiting the number of hours a student enrolled full time in the program may be employed, we recommend the following.
- Limit work dealing as much as possible to ensure students can meet academic responsibilities. The nursing program is full-time Monday through Friday. The scheduling of clinical and classroom experiences may change during the semester depending on opportunities and needs, therefore, outside work should be limited to weekends.
- The literature and experience reveals that full-time undergraduate nursing students who attempt to work more than 12 hours per week are most likely to jeopardize academic performance.
- Students who exceed a total of 12 hours of employment need to make an appointment with their advisor or the Undergraduate Coordinator to discuss their situation. Students who fail to meet the established academic standards in the School of Nursing due to employment will not receive special consideration on appeal. Employment shall not be considered a reason for students not achieving academic responsibilities and performance.
- Students who need to work should discuss their situation with an advisor/mentor before risking academic jeopardy. Students may need to temporarily defer academic course work and/or explore various loans and scholarships. UTC Financial Aid Office is available to discuss loan options. Scholarships from the School of Nursing are available, and an annual call for applications is conducted each fall for disbursement. All students are encouraged to apply. Some awards are based on need and others on merit/scholarship.
- English as Second Language Students
A certain level of English proficiency is necessary for academic success in nursing as well as for patient safety. As nursing involves public safety, requirements are in place to ensure that nursing students can understand, read, and speak English well enough to safely exchange written and verbal information with other health care providers and with patients from a wide range of backgrounds.
If an ESL student is unable to meet the communication core performance standard necessary to be successful in the nursing program, s/he may be required to complete additional activities, for example:
- Complete a Rosetta Stone English language course
- Complete the Medical Terminology course, PHTH 3020
- Work in a healthcare environment that allows for communication with patients and the healthcare team.
- Complete or repeat the TOEFL achieving or exceeding the following benchmarks:
- 550 on the paper-based examination
- 220 on the computer-based examination
- 5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Information on the TOEFL can be found at The Educational Testing Service www.ETS.org and information on the International English Language Testing System can be found at www.ietls.com.
The faculty member will initiate a Performance Improvement Plan outlining the additional requirements.
3/24/15 Approved by Academic Affairs Committee; 4/14/15 Approved by Full Faculty
- N95 Fit Test Policy
It is the policy of the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies (CHEPS) and the School of Nursing (SON) to be in compliance with all policies of the clinical facilities with which the College affiliates for student clinical learning experiences. The Chattanooga Area Consortium of Healthcare Education and healthcare facilities affiliated with this group require all students in a healthcare-related program to complete an N 95 Fit Test and respirator clearance.
The unique environment of an acute care setting has been identified as a high risk direct care provider environment, and the safety of the patient and the care provider must be maintained. The use of an N95 mask and its proper fit is an OSHA standard implemented for the protection of workers in “dangerous respiratory environments” including the health care setting. The requirement to complete the N95 Fit Test and respirator clearance is based on a need to protect the students as well as other patients from the spread of debilitating and/or fatal diseases to which the student could be exposed.
Thus, as a student who must meet all clinical requirements in order to participate in clinical courses, an N 95 Fit Testing and respirator clearance must be completed for a fee.
2/22/06; Reviewed 9/07/10
- Uniform Policy
The official uniform consists of:
Navy blue uniform pants and navy embroidered shirt purchased from the uniform store designated by the School of Nursing. Shoes must be all white with white laces, closed toe with a back. Must wear white socks, athletic and colored socks are not allowed. Students have the option to purchase a grey crew neck t-shirt from the designated uniform store to wear under the uniform top. No other type of shirt may be worn under the uniform top.
UTC ID with the BSN student identification credential badge attached on the SON issued badge clip must be worn with the uniform.
1. Plain white lab coat (optional) – must be purchased from contracted vendor.
2. Bandage scissors (optional)
3. Watch with second hand
4. Pen (black ink)
6. Small pocket calculator (optional)
1. Jewelry limited to one set of very small stud type earrings in the ear
and wedding bands only (no stones allowed in wedding bands). No necklaces or bracelets may be worn in clinical. Facial or tongue piercing jewelry are not allowed. A nude nose plug can be worn to keep piercing in nose open but nothing that is visible. No gauge (button) piercing.
2. No visible tattoos.
- No nail polish.
- Clean and trimmed short, smoothly filed, no longer than 1/8 of an inch. No artificial nails or nail decorations.
- Artificial nails are defined as any material applied to the nail for the purpose of strengthening or lengthening, including wraps, acrylics, or tips.
4. Beige or white undergarments must be worn. No cleavage, midriff, lower back or buttocks should be visible upon bending or other movements.
5. Shoes and uniforms must be neat and clean at all times.
6. Dress uniform length should be no shorter than knee length.
7. Hair must be groomed in accordance with the policy of the clinical agency.
- Hair that is shoulder length or longer will be secured back from the face so as to not fall forward when providing clinical care.
- Well-groomed beards, mustaches, and goatees are allowed, as long as the facial seal for the particulate respirator mask necessary for the care of TB patients is not compromised.
- Hair must be a naturally occurring color.
8. Hair Accessories:
- Should coordinate (tastefully, professionally) with uniform color.
- Hair accessories must be simple, small, conservative clips, barrettes, or combs, headbands without attachments and bows.
- Loose end of ribbons or bows must be restrained.
9. Make-up should be conservative.
10. Use of scented body products, such as perfumes, lotions and aftershaves, are prohibited. The odor of cigarette smoke on your person is not allowed.
11. Complete nursing uniforms are to be worn in the School of Nursing clinical sites unless otherwise specified. A student inappropriately dressed may be asked to leave the clinical area and this will be considered a clinical absence.
12. Student uniforms are only to be worn when students are functioning under the auspices of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing.
Approved by faculty, 4-21-09; rev’d 9/2011; rev’d 11/11/2014; rev’d 10/27/15; rev'd 3/23/17
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