Health System School of Nursing reserves the right to change
without notice statements contained in this catalog/website
concerning rules, policies, tuition and fees, curricula, courses, or
other administrative or educational policies.
Health System and Trinity Health System School of Nursing are in
compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act (HIPAA) of 1996, specifically the patient privacy portion of
this law, which became effective on April 14, 2003. Every Employee
and Student of Trinity Health System School of Nursing has
participated in the mandatory HIPAA Compliance Program offered by
Trinity Health System. Every Trinity Nursing Student signs a Trinity
Health System Non Disclosure Acknowledgement regarding
confidentiality and privacy.
activities are essential to learning and to the application of knowledge.
The student is responsible for knowing and meeting all course requirements,
including tests, assignments, and class participation, as indicated
by the course instructor.
Students will be expected to attend all scheduled classes
including clinical conferences. If a student is absent from class,
the student will be held responsible for all work missed due
to this absence. Absence from class or the clinical area must be
reported to the Receptionist's desk by 7:30am.
Students are not to schedule doctor appointments, dentist appointments,
interviews, etc., during times scheduled for class and/or clinical
experiences. Any request for time off from class for vital situations
should be presented to the director.
must complete and submit all assignments on time. If an
assignment will be late, it is the student's responsibility to
notify the instructor. For each weekday that an assignment is
turned in late, five percent (5%) will be deducted from the final
grade of the assignment. No assignment will be accepted more
than five (5) week days past the due date and a grade of
"0" will be assigned. Emergency situations will be
considered on a case-by-case basis.
instructor has no obligation to give make-up examinations or to
review other class work missed by a student as a result of absence.
However, if the instructor chooses to administer makeup exams/classwork/clinical
assignments, the format of the make-up work will be determined by
the instructor. If an exam/quiz is missed, the student must take
the exam/quiz within five (5) - week days, or a grade of "0" will
be assigned. Students are responsible for making arrangements
with the instructor Emergency situations will be considered
on a case-by-case basis.
from a clinical experience must be reported directly to the nursing
unit where the experience is scheduled and the Receptionist's
voicemail by 6:45am.
all nursing clinical courses, two (2) clinical absences will result in the
issuance of a verbal warning; three (3) clinical absences will
result in the issuance of Clinical Probation; and four (4) or more
clinical absences may result in the issuance of a Clinical
Failure. Emergency situations will be considered on a
Make-up time is planned when clinical objectives cannot be met
because of absences, and will be arranged at the discretion of the
clinical Instructors Students missing clinical because of
unpreparedness will also be required to make-up the clinical
days. Unpreparedness includes, but is not limited to, failure
to produce evidence of CPR certification or mandatory health work before the first
clinical experiences each semester/session or failure to produce
knowledge or skill level safe for practice. A fee of $25 will
be charged for each clinical make-up day. A fee of $10 will be
charged for each clinical make-up of a scheduled Skills lab. Fees
must be paid to the School Secretary prior to the make-up
time and evidence of payment must be presented to the instructor.
Required clinical experiences that cannot be rescheduled and,
therefore, prevent the student from meeting the course objectives,
will result in the student receiving an unsatisfactory clinical
grade which will result in clinical failure.
Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)
photocopy of each student's BLS Certification must be kept on file
in the School office. The course must be either American Heart
Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Provider or Red Cross
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers
This certification must be kept up to date while
the student is enrolled in the program. (Trinity School of
Nursing will not provide skill competency needed for completion of
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are responsible for their own transportation for all experiences
as required by the curriculum. Trinity Health System and the School
of Nursing are not responsible for liability incurred in travel.
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According to the School's Progression Policy, students must
satisfactorily complete each semester/session of the program before
progressing to the succeeding semester/session. Grades for each
course are calculated at midterm. Any student whose midterm grade is
below the required "2.0" or 77% will be placed on Academic
Probation. Students are notified in writing when placed on Academic
Probation. The Course Lead Instructor meets with each student on
Academic Probation and completes the Student Probation/Progression
Report. The student will document a Plan for Improvement on the
report and sign the report at that meeting. The probationary status
must be corrected by the completion of the course or the student
automatically becomes ineligible for progression into the subsequent
The School's Progression Policy also addresses that a satisfactory
clinical evaluation is required in each clinical nursing course in order for
a student to be eligible for progression into the subsequent
semester/session. Students who are not meeting the established
Course Objectives as outlined on the Student's Appraisal of Clinical
Competence Form will be placed on Clinical Probation by their
Clinical Instructor. Clinical Probation can be established any time
that a student is not achieving the clinical objectives. The
Clinical Instructor will complete the Student Probation/Progression
Report and secure the student's signature and Plan for Improvement
at the time the student is placed on Clinical Probation. The
probationary status must be corrected by the completion of the
course or the student automatically becomes ineligible for
progression into the subsequent semester/session.
Policy of Student Evaluation
Student are evaluated both didactically and clinically in the
nursing course they are enrolled. Didactic components of the course
include exams, quizzes and student projects. Clinical components of
the course include clinical labs and clinical assignments, which may
include providing direct patient care or observing patient care.
Didactic evaluation is completed through exams, quizzes, and student
projects. Students are informed of didactic evaluation via the
nursing course syllabus and course schedule. Grades are calculated
at midterm and students are informed of their progress. If the
course grade average is less than 77% the student is placed on
probation (See Probation Policy). Final grades are computed after
the completion of all course requirements. Students may receive
their final grades from the Lead Instructor. The Lead Instructor
submits the grade sheet to the School Secretary who completes
the Course Grade Reports and updates the Student Transcripts. Grade
reports are mailed to each student.
Evaluation of clinical performance is assessed throughout each
clinical experience. The Appraisal of
Clinical Competence is completed no less than four (4) times a
semester/session inclusive of midterm and final evaluations. Instructors document pertinent information about a
student's progression or lack of progression on the Appraisal of
Clinical Competence. Individual, informal
conferences are held as necessary to discuss the student's progress. The clinical experience is graded
as "S" (Satisfactory), "U" (Unsatisfactory), or "NO" (No opportunity
or Not observed).
Satisfactory performance is defined as:
A. Integration into student performance of each Nursing Course
The expected clinical performance is demonstrated through
accomplishment of each course objective.
B. Demonstration of consistent progression in the clinical
the identified course's nursing practice.
Unsatisfactory performance is defined as:
A. No integration into student performance of any one Nursing
B. No demonstration of consistent progression in the clinical
the identified course's nursing practice.
In the event that the student did not have the opportunity to
component of the clinical objective, the instructor
Students may be placed on clinical probation anytime during the
semester (See Probation Policy).
satisfactorily complete the didactic and clinical components of each semester/session of the program before
progressing to the subsequent semester/session.
A minimum grade of "C" (2.0 G.P.A.) and a satisfactory clinical
evaluation are required in each nursing course for a student to
be eligible for progression into the subsequent
semester/session. (See Comprehensive Final Examination Policy.)
Students receive official grade reports at the end of each semester/session.
Students are notified in writing when placed on probation. (See
recommends students for progression.
student must demonstrate satisfactory progress according to the
School's Progression Policy in order to receive any financial aid
awarded through the School. (See Satisfactory Academic Progress
repeating any course within the curriculum, the grade earned
during the re-take of the course is the grade used to determine
progression and calculation of GPA.
Per Credit Hour
Quality Points Earned
No Quality Points Earned
grade indicates that the work has not been completed because
of factors that in the opinion of the instructor were outside
the control of the student. Permission for this grade must
be obtained from the Director of the School. The student will
then have until the beginning of the succeeding
remove the incomplete letter grade. If it is not removed within
that period, the grade automatically becomes "F"
and the student then becomes ineligible for promotion.
will be no rounding of grades
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Students must pass the comprehensive final examination in each
nursing course with a grade of C or above before progressing
to the succeeding semester/session or program completion. Students
who fail to achieve a passing grade of C on the comprehensive
examination, may take a second comprehensive examination
within two (2) school days, ONLY if the student has achieved a
passing grade of C in the course prior to taking the
comprehensive final examination. The two comprehensive final
exam scores will be averaged together and the student must
achieve an averaged grade of 77% ("C") or better. Students who are permitted to
take a second comprehensive examination and who are successful
in achieving an averaged grade of “C” or above will only receive
a grade of 77% (“C”) for the comprehensive examination score.
Students whose averaged score of both comprehensive final exams
is < 77% ("C") will receive a failing grade in the course.
Students who have NOT passed the first comprehensive final examination
with a grade of C or above and who were failing the
nursing course prior to the final examination will NOT be permitted
to take a second comprehensive final exam.
Within the course, students are
eligible to retake the comprehensive final exam only one time.
The total number of comprehensive final exam retakes cannot
exceed two (2) throughout the duration of the program. If a
student fails a third final exam, the student will be ineligible
to retake the comprehensive final, will receive a failing grade,
and thus be ineligible for progression in the program.
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of Academic Achievement
earn a G.P.A. of 3.5 or above shall be placed on the School’s Academic Honors
List. This list will appear in a variety of publications.
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will be awarded a Diploma in Nursing and School of Nursing Pin
if the following requirements are met:
Satisfactory completion of the program with a grade of C
or above in all courses and satisfactory clinical
by the Faculty.
of all school property and freedom from monetary unsecured
indebtedness to Trinity Health System School of Nursing,
Trinity Health System, or any of its affiliate
or extension agencies.
student is expected to be present at graduation exercises
unless excused by the Director of the School.
student who has not met the requirements may not participate in
the public graduation ceremony. The diploma and pin will be awarded
when all requirements have been met.
Application for Licensure Policy
Fingerprinting and background checks must be completed and
submitted to the appropriate Board of Nursing 6-9 months prior
to NCLEX testing. At the completion of the program, the graduate
must file a written application with a State Board of Nursing to
take the examination for licensure. It is the responsibility of
the student to obtain and complete the application form, and
send it with the necessary fee(s) to the State Board office and
NCLEX-RN testing center. If a pattern of performance on
standardized test is below the benchmark, the student is
required to submit proof of enrollment in a Kaplan
NCLEX-RN review course. The cost of review course will be
incurred by the student. Upon meeting the requirements set
forth in the School's Graduation Policy, including proof of
enrollment in a review course if applicable, the Director of the
School will send a Program Completion form to the appropriate
Board of Nursing to meet the eligibility requirements to take
the NCLEX-RN examination Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN
examination, the graduate will be licensed to practice as a
professional Registered Nurse using the legal title RN.
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awards are given at graduation exercises for outstanding academic achievement or clinical
excellence. The top three academic awards are presented at the graduation
ceremony by the Board of Trustees, Medical Staff, and Trinity Health
Additional awards include: The Nancy H. Bright, M.D. Excellence
in Pediatric Nursing Award, The Carmel A. Esposito, EdD Award for
Community Leadership, and The Patrick Macedonia M.D. Excellence in
Maternal Newborn Nursing Award.
Periodically, additional honors are awarded by philanthropic and
service organizations or individuals.
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who desires to withdraw from the school must submit a letter of
resignation to the Director of the School. Prior to withdrawing,
the student is encouraged to consult with his/her faculty advisor
and the Coordinator, Student Affairs.
Failure to attend scheduled classes does not constitute an official
withdrawal. The official withdrawal date shall be:
The date of the students resignation letter submitted
to the Director of the School, or
the student who does not officially withdraw from the program,
the withdrawal date will be the date the School became aware
the student ceased attendance.
reserves the option of using the students last date of documented
attendance at an academically/clinically oriented activity as
the students official withdrawal date.
Students considering withdrawal prior to completing
60% of a semester/session are urged to review the Return of Title IV Funds Policy in the financial aid section of this website.
Withdrawing students are required to return student
identification badges and parking hang tags. Official School transcripts will not be
released until I.D. badges and parking hang tags have been returned.
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has a personal responsibility to the School of Nursing in the observance
of all academic policies and codes of conduct. The faculty is committed
to help the student in every way possible; however, the faculty
of the School is obliged to determine whether the student is progressing
satisfactorily. If the student fails in theory or clinical
experience, fails to abide by regulations, or if their health or behavior
is not suited for nursing, the faculty has the right and authority
to dismiss the student. A student may be dismissed without
having been put on probation.
Continuing Formal Education
According to the
School’s Philosophy, “Education is a lifelong, dynamic,
participative process through which the learner’s potential is
actualized”. Belief in this concept guides the faculty to
promote the importance of continuing formal education to student
nurses. Multiple educational options in the pursuit of a Bachelor of
Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing are available to
graduates of Trinity Health System School of Nursing. Graduates can
tailor an educational path with flexibility and ease.
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