FNP Academic Policies
Transfer Residency Requirement
To be awarded a Master of Science degree with a major in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner, students must earn a minimum of 24 hours of graduate degree requirements in residence. The program coordinator and the Dean of the School of Science and Health Professions must approve all transfer credit. Transfer credit will not be given for any course in which a grade of less than a B was earned.
For purposes of retention and progression in the MS degree program, graduate nursing students progress through the program of study as long as a minimum of a B is earned in each graduate course. Course grades are comprised of the theory or didactic component, the lab component, and the clinical or preceptorship component. A satisfactory (S) in clinical or preceptorship must be achieved for the student to earn a grade of B or higher. Also, exams must average a minimum of 75 prior to other grades being added or averaged into the course grade. If less than a 75 average on exams is earned, the student will receive a C or less for the course and must repeat the course, if eligible to do so.
Academic Standing Policy
Graduate nursing students whose academic performance is unsatisfactory will be subject to the following:
- Probation A student will be placed on probation for any of the following reasons:
- Student's cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00.
- Student earns a U or any other grade below B.
No student may be a candidate for the degree or sit for the comprehensive examination while on probation due to a GPA below a 3.00. Probation will be removed when the student's GPA reaches 3.0 or higher. In cases where the student is placed on probation due to grade(s), probation will be removed when the course(s) is/are repeated and the grade is S or B or greater, and the overall GPA is 3.00 or greater. Students who are on probation may not register until advised.
- Suspension A student will be placed on suspension for any of the following reasons:
- Student earns two grades below B (including U's).
- Student has already served three consecutive terms on academic probation.
Those students who believe that their academic progress was affected by extenuating circumstances may appeal the suspension to the Nursing Progression and Retention Committee. No student may enroll in graduate courses at North Georgia while on suspension. Courses taken at another institution during the period of suspension will not be recognized for transfer credit. If suspended, a student must apply to the North Georgia's Office of Graduate Admissions for readmission. Students seeking to reapply who have been suspended must submit a new application and a letter written to the Dean of the School of Science and Health Professions presenting a rationale for their readmission. They will be readmitted only upon approval of the Dean and the program coordinator.
Academic and Professional Conduct Policy
At the end of each semester, the program faculty or the program coordinator may intervene to establish a plan of action for any student in the program whose competency is in question for reasons including unprofessional, disruptive, or unethical behavior in the classroom or applied setting. The plan should be signed by the student and the program coordinator with copies forwarded to the Dean of the School of Science and Health Professions.