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For those female students who become pregnant during the Program, the above physical and mental qualifications should be kept in mind both during the pregnancy and during the postnatal recovery period. The student may be asked to provide a physician’s clearance for return to the Program. This is especially important for women who deliver via cesarean section where the typical recovery period is 6-weeks.

Program Advisement All accepted students will be assigned a Nursing Faculty Counselor prior to the mandatory new student orientation. Students are encouraged to periodically communicate with both the Nursing Faculty Counselor and the Admissions Advisor throughout the program.

Progression Requirements All transfer courses accepted from another college or university must be equivalent in content and credit. Students with previous preparation in nursing are admitted to the program as space is available providing requirements are met for admission to the University and the Department of Nursing. Academic acceptance is determined on an individual basis through evaluation of past academic preparation and professional experience. All students with healthcare coursework from a foreign institution must have a foreign transcript evaluation done by an approved agency. Healthcare coursework includes, but is not limited to, courses taken in pursuit of a nursing, physician, dental, or other medical profession licensure. Please contact foreignevaluations@nu.edu for additional information.

Students who have not had continual enrollment in National University’s nursing program (defined as not taking nursing coursework for more than a one calendar year) or who are transferring from another nursing program must demonstrate level-appropriate proficiency skills prior to readmission to the program. Likewise, these students will need to retake the medication calculation examinations successfully. Students who are unsuccessful in their first attempt at any of the nursing courses or who choose to take a voluntary break from the course sequencing for any reason will be placed in subsequent cohorts as openings in the classes are available. Students who are absent for a period of 12 months or more must re-enroll and be re-evaluated under a new catalog. For students who take a break from the Program, a schedule change form must be submitted, which will then be evaluated by the Nursing Department. Students should contact the Nursing Department for assistance with this process.

Any student who wishes to challenge a nursing course (with an NSG prefix) or earn academic credit by examination must successfully complete the culminating examination appropriate to the course. University policies, found in this catalog, should be followed to apply for Challenge or Credit by Examination opportunities. In the nursing theory or non-clinical courses, the terminal measures are often a final exam and/or term paper. In the case of the challenge exam, these requirements must receive a passing grade of 80 percent or higher. In the nursing clinical laboratory classes students will demonstrate competent clinical care by way of return demonstration for all skills listed in the course syllabus being challenged. In the clinical courses where critical or life-threatening maneuvers are required, the student must perform the return demonstration with 100 percent skill and accuracy. Regardless of how many courses students take as challenge/credit by exam, they must still meet National University residency requirements.

Students requesting to take one or more NSG courses in a non-degree status are required to submit a letter of intent to the Nursing Department along with any BRN-issued documents related to course requirements. Students will complete a two-part interview process. After its completion, successful candidates will be enrolled in classes on a space available basis.

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