Academic Policies & Resources
Handbooks clarify general policies related to attendance, personal conduct, severe weather procedures, degree requirements, and more.
Graduate students are responsible for reading and following the College of Nursing Student Handbook and UC's Graduate Student Academic Policies, found in the UC Graduate Student Handbook.
Graduate students in the College of Nursing must:
- Earn a B-minus or above in all courses required;
- Achieve a B or above in two-thirds of the course credits required; and
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above at the end of each term.
All "I" grades for required nursing courses must be removed in order to progress to the next sequential course. An "I" grade in any sequential nursing course in any term must be removed by the end of the second week of the next term in order for the student to continue enrollment in the next nursing course in the sequence according to prerequisites as stated in the University Course Descriptions. Graduation will not be permitted if a student has a grade of "I" on the transcript. Course work must be completed or the "I" grade will automatically convert to an "F" one calendar year after the initial grade was given.
Prerequisites for required nursing courses are to be met in order to progress. Any student enrolled in a nursing course for which prerequisites have not been met will be subject to administrative withdrawal from the course.
Unlike traditional grading scales, the graduate-level grading scale falls from C directly to F. In the College of Nursing, anything below a B-minus is considered failing. Students must repeat failed courses and will be placed on academic probation.
Please note that repeating a course does NOT result in grade replacement; there is no grade replacement at the graduate level at UC, so your original course and grade will remain on your academic record and be calculated into your graduate cumulative GPA.
Students will be placed on academic probation when they do not meet the GPA/grade requirements. During the period of probation, the student is permitted to continue academic studies; however, the student must adhere to academic intervention, which could include meeting with an advisor or faculty director, creating a success plan, etc. A student who meets a criterion for probation a second time will be eligible for dismissal from the college. Specific dismissal policies and procedures are outlined in the College of Nursing Student Handbook.
Please refer to the appropriate sections in the handbook regarding clinical code of conduct, and unsafe/unprofessional practice, and expectations of all students in the clinical setting. All students are expected to adhere to the American Nurses' Association (ANA) Code of Conduct for nurses, along with adhering to UC's Student Code of Conduct.
UC Graduate Handbook
The purpose of the advising syllabus is to provide an outline of the expectations and responsibilities of all parties involved in the advising relationship. Academic advising is a collaborative experience. This partnership with members of our team, including faculty advisors, academic advisors, and clinical site coordinators, requires participation and involvement of all team members and the student as it is built over the student’s entire educational experience at the university. Both the student and the advisor have clear responsibilities for ensuring the advising partnership is successful.
Accessibility Resources leads the university community in providing accommodations and support to students in both online and in-person programs. Whether you experience test anxiety, need extended time on assignments, have an injury that requires temporary accommodations or any other circumstance that impacts your academic success, the staff in Accessibility Resources can assist in identifying the help you need. To learn more about registration, student resources, and staff contacts, visit the Accessibility Resources website.