LPN to RN
RN to BSN Programs

The policies and procedures are designed to ensure that all students meet the academic standards for successful program completion. It is the responsibility of HFCN students to familiarize themselves with the guidelines set forth by the College and to act in accordance with them.

Grading System
Quality Points
A 95 - 100 Outstanding
4.0
A- 90 - 94 Excellent
3.7
B+ 85 - 89 Very Good
3.5
B 80 - 84 Good
3.0
C+* 78 - 79 Satisfactory
2.5
C 74 - 77  
2.0
C- 70 - 73  
1.7
D+ 65 - 69  
1.3
D 60 - 64  
1.0
F Below 60  
0
I Incomplete  
 
W    Withdrew through 3rd week of course in AAS program or 5th week in BS program (will not affect GPA).
WP    Withdrew passing - after 3rd week of course in AAS program or 5th week in BS program (will not effect GPA).
WF    Withdrew failing - after 3rd week of course in AAS program or 5th week in BS program (computed as a course failure).

* C+/78% is the passing grade in all nursing and science courses, including Selected Topics in Chemistry and Mathematics.

C is the passing grade for the behavioral science courses, English, and liberal arts.

Non-attendance or non-payment of tuition does not constitute an official withdrawal.  Notification to an instructor is also not sufficient.  Students must notify the Director of Student Services in writing of their intention to withdraw from a course.  An official withdrawal form must be filed with the Director of Student Services.  Failure to officially withdraw will result in the student receiving a grade of “F” for the course.

Students who withdraw from any course other than nursing with a grade of W/WP may re-register for that course.

Students who withdraw from a nursing course with a grade of W/WP/WF may re-register only after evaluation by the nursing faculty.

Students are expected to complete all the requirements of each course within the quarter or semester in which it is taken.

In an exceptional situation, a faculty member may give an Incomplete (I) if a student is unable to complete a course due to illness or circumstances beyond his/her control.  With the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, written arrangements will be made to complete all work no later than five weeks after the end of the course.  If the work is not completed as specified, the grade will automatically become an “F”.

A repeated course grade and the original grade appear on the final transcript.  However, the grade received in the repeated course becomes the official course grade and is used to compute the final Grade Point Average (GPA) and class standing.

A transfer course is recorded on the final transcript, but is not computed in the GPA.

REPEATING COURSES

A student may repeat only one course one time in each discipline (nursing, science, and liberal arts).  Students with a second failure in a discipline will be subject to dismissal.  A WF counts as a course failure.  A recommendation of the nursing faculty is required to repeat a nursing course.

AUDITING COURSES
No auditing of courses is allowed.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE

To compute the quarterly GPA, multiply quality-points earned by the credits in each course. Add up the total number of quality points earned in all courses and divide by the total number of credits. For example, if a student receives an A in a 3-credit course, a B in a 3-credit course and a C in a 4-credit course, the GPA will be:

Grade
 
Quality Points
 
Credits
 
TOTAL
Quality Points
A
=
4
x
3
=
12
B
=
3
x
3
=
9
C
=
2
x
3
=
8
 
 
 
 
 
—————————
 
 
 
 
10
 
29 (29/10 = 2.90)
The cumulative GPA is the total of the number of quality points earned divided by the total number of credits attempted.
POLICY ON PROMOTION AND CONTINUANCE

Good academic standing requires a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 2.35. 

All students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.35 to graduate.

All students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 at the end of the first quarter in the AAS program to continue in the program.

All students who are enrolled in NUR221 who wish to progress to NUR222 must pass Dosage Calculation Test I with an 80% or higher.  All NUR222 students who wish to progress to NUR223 must pass Dosage Calculation Test II with an 80% or higher.  Students will have multiple opportunities to take both tests.

Full-time students must attain a 2.35 cumulative GPA after the third quarter in the AAS program or the first semester in the BS program to be in good standing.  Students not meeting this requirement are subject to dismissal.

Part-time students must attain a 2.35 cumulative GPA after the third quarter in the AAS program or the first semester in the BS program or be subject to dismissal.

A part-time student who has a cumulative GPA that falls below 2.35 more than once after the third quarter in the AAS program or the first semester in the BS program will be subject to dismissal.

A full-time student in the AAS program who changes from full-time to part-time must attain a 2.35 cumulative GPA by the end of their second part-time quarter or be subject to dismissal. 

STUDENT ASSESSMENTS

Most course instructors use a combination of quizzes (announced and unannounced), unit tests, formal writing assignments, discussion board postings, and a final examination to arrive at the course grade.  Instructors review their specific grading criteria with students during the initial class period. Faculty reserve the right to refuse written assignments, which are not appropriately neat, legible, and in Standard English. Students in the AAS program receive quarterly individual clinical evaluations and cumulative summaries during the final examination week.

GRADE REPORTING SYSTEM

Grades are available to students online through SonisWeb.

DEAN’S LIST

Students who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 (B+) or higher at the end of the quarter are placed on the Dean's List.  This list is posted each quarter on the main bulletin board by the front entrance.

Clinical Recognition is posted each quarter on the main bulletin board by the front entrance.

ACADEMIC PROBATION

The Academic Standards Committee, for exceptional reasons, may recommend that a student who is subject to dismissal be placed on academic probation and be permitted to continue for one additional quarter in the AAS program or one semester in the BS program.  A student on probation will not be allowed to register for science and nursing courses simultaneously.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE OR WITHDRAWAL FROM THE COLLEGE

A student who wishes to withdraw from the program or take a leave of absence is required to consult with the Director of Student Services and to confirm such requests in writing.  This procedure is designed to safeguard the student's right to secure satisfactory references from the College, or to plan readmission to the program. A student may request a leave of absence if all financial obligations to the College are satisfied and if the student has presented no cause for dismissal. The student must state the reason for the request. A leave of absence is limited to one year.  When granted a leave of absence, the student receives a letter from the Director of Student Services confirming the arrangements.

DISMISSAL

The College reserves the right to dismiss a student for any serious reason, specifically those reasons listed under “Disciplinary Action” (see page 38) and/or failure to meet academic and/or clinical standards; health problems that interfere with attainment of program goals and that cannot be resolved; failure to comply with financial or legal obligations; and drug or alcohol abuse.  A decision to dismiss a student for failure to meet academic or clinical standards is made by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in accordance with Policies on Promotion and Continuance (see page 25).  This may be appealed to the Academic Standards Committee if the student has not been previously readmitted to the College on academic grounds.

READMISSION TO THE COLLEGE

A student who has taken a leave of absence from the College and has not been in attendance for at least one year must meet the program requirements in effect at the time of application for readmission.

As of January 2014, after a dismissed student has exercised his/her option to meet with the Academic Standards Committee for academic reasons, and/or the Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee for non-academic reasons, the student cannot request readmission to the College.

STUDENT RECORDS

Permanent records, which are retained for seven years after completion or withdrawal from the program, include:
High School Transcripts
Academic Transcripts