MSN-MAGELIN – Master’s Graduate Entry-Level into Nursing Academic Standards

Students in the MSN-MAGELIN program:

Grades
Students must earn a “B" or higher in any course that is closely aligned with NCLEX-RN exam. These are called Category I courses and include the following: NUR 500, NUR 501, NUR 501C NUR 503, NUR 504, NUR 505, NUR 506, NUR 508, NUR 509, NUR 511, NUR 512, NUR 514, and NUR 521.

Students must earn a “C" or higher in Category II courses: NUR 510, NUR 515, NUR 531, NUR 632, NUR 640, and NUR 710. Although the student can earn a ”C" in these courses, his/her cumulative GPA must remain 3.0 or higher.

Academic Probation
Students are placed on academic probation if either of the following two conditions occur:

  • the student earns a “C" in a Category I course
  • the student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.0/4.0.

Program Dismissal
Students may be on academic probation for one semester. If the cumulative GPA rises to 3.0 or above and the student earns a grade of “B" or higher in all Category I courses the following semester the student’s status will return to good academic standing.  If the student earns two grades of “C" in Category I courses or the cumulative GPA remains below a 3.0, the student will be dismissed from the program. A student who fails a Category I or II course will be dismissed from the program.

Readmittance
If a student withdraws from the program in good standing, readmittance will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The following information applies for readmittance:

  • If a student has completed the first semester successfully, and leaves the program in a subsequent semester for non-academic reasons (e.g. health problem, family emergency, etc.), every effort will be made to allow the student to return the following semester; however no guarantee can be made.
  • Readmittance will depend on the availability of a clinical placement.
  • Students readmitted must meet the curriculum requirements at the time of readmission. 
  • Students wishing to appeal dismissal from the MSN-MAGELIN Program for academic reasons must follow the Graduate Catalog process for Appeals for Reinstatement

Please see the MSN-MAGELIN Student Handbook for additional policies and procedures that apply to MSN-MAGELIN students.

MSN (post licensure) Academic Standards

Progression Policy
In order to progress in the Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader or Education tracks in the Master of Science in Nursing program, the student must:

  1. Submit health records as requested if the organization selected for a practicum experience requires health information.
  2. Adhere to the Department of Nursing Code of Professional Conduct Policy as specified in the MSN Student Handbook.
  3. Maintain a current unrestricted United States RN license in your state of practice as an RN and in the state of capstone/practicum experiences as required.
  4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program. If the cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 the student will be placed on “academic probation”. A student's cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0 after completion of 6 semester hours to be removed from academic probation.

Academic Probation
Students are placed on academic probation if the cumulative GPA falls below 3.0/4.0. Once on probation students will have up to six semester hours to achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 to be removed from  probation. A graduate student on academic probation will be returned to good standing when at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA is achieved if completed within the six semester hours. A student cannot be placed on probationary status more than once. If a student successfully removes him/herself from probationary status and subsequently has a cumulative GPA that falls below a 3.0 on the 4.0 scale, that student will be dismissed from the program.  A student who fails to achieve the 3.0/4.0 scale after completing the six semester hours will be dismissed from the program.

Academic Grade Appeal
A student who wishes to file a grade appeal must follow the academic grade appeal process as stated in the current Mount St. Joseph University Graduate Catalog.

Criteria for Academic Dismissal
The student will be dismissed from the Master of Science in Nursing program for any of the following:

  • Cumulative grade point average below 3.0 in a graduate program for two semesters
  • The student earns an “F” in one or more courses
  • The student does not adhere to the Department of Nursing Code of Professional Conduct Policy as specified in the handbook

Leave of Absence
Students should complete a Leave of Absence form for any term in which they do not intend to enroll with the intent to return to Mount St. Joseph University for program completion. Forms should be completed and submitted to the MSN Program Director in a timely manner. If the student is on leave for less than 1 year, the student will automatically be readmitted to the Master of Science in Nursing program under the current catalog. If the student’s leave of absence is greater than one year, the student will need approval by the MSN Program Director for re-admittance. Students who do not register within two years will need to reapply to Mount St. Joseph University.

Students who wish to drop all courses for the semester should follow the Course Withdrawal Policy stated in the current Mount St. Joseph University Graduate Catalog.

Graduation Requirements
In order to graduate from the Master of Science in Nursing program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Have an earned cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher
  • Completed the Master of Science in Nursing Program within 5 years of starting the program
  • Minimum of 75% of credits at Mount St. Joseph University
  • Completed and presented an Integrative Project
  • Completed a graduation application which demonstrates completion of MSN coursework.  Completion of track specific required practicum hours.

DNP Academic Standards

Progression Policy
In order to progress in the DNP program in the Department of Nursing, the student must:

  1. Inquire about and submit health records as requested if the organization selected for a practicum experience requires health information
  2. Adhere to the Department of Nursing Code of Professional Conduct Policy as specified in the DNP Student Handbook
  3. Maintain a current unrestricted RN license in your state(s) of practice as an RN and in the state of DNP project/practicum experiences if required
  4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0, or higher throughout the program. If the cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 the student will be placed on “academic probation”.  A student's cumulative GPA must be at least a 3.0 after completion of six semester hours to be removed from academic probation

Academic Probation
A student is placed on academic probation if the cumulative GPA falls below 3.0/4.0 scale. Once on probation a student will have up to six semester hours to achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 to be removed from probation. A graduate student on academic probation will be returned to good standing when at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA is achieved if completed within the six semester hours. A student who fails to achieve the 3.0/4.0 scale after completing the six semester hours will be dismissed from the program.

A student cannot be placed on probationary status more than once.  If a student successfully removes him/herself from probation and subsequently has a cumulative GPA that falls below 3.0/4.0 scale, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Academic Grade Appeal
A student who wishes to file a grade appeal must follow the academic grade appeal process as stated in the current Mount St. Joseph University Graduate Catalog.

Criteria for Academic Dismissal
The student will be dismissed from the DNP program for any of the following:

  • The student achieves a cumulative grade point average below 3.0 in a graduate program for two semesters
  • The student earns an “F” in one or more courses
  • The student does not adhere to the Department of Nursing Code of Professional Conduct Policy as specified in the DNP Student Handbook

Leave of Absence
Students should complete a Leave of Absence form for any term in which they do not intend to enroll, but with the intent to return to Mount St. Joseph University for program completion. Forms should be completed and submitted to the DNP Program Director in a timely manner. If the student is on leave for less than one year, the student will automatically be readmitted to the DNP program under the current catalog.  If the student’s leave of absence is greater than one year, the student will need approval by the DNP Program Director for re-admittance. Students who do not register for two or more years will need to reapply to Mount St. Joseph University.

Students who wish to drop all courses for the semester should follow the Course Withdrawal Policy stated in the current Mount St. Joseph University Graduate Catalog.

Graduation Requirements
In order to graduate from the DNP program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Have an earned cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher
  • Completed the DNP Program within 5 years of starting into the program
  • Minimum of 75% of credits at Mount St. Joseph University
  • Completed and presented a DNP Project
  • Completed 1000 practicum hours which include hours earned in post BSN and in the DNP program. A minimum of 400 practicum hours are required in the DNP program at Mount St. Joseph University
  • Completed a graduation application which demonstrates completion of DNP coursework.