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Academic Regulations and Requirements

The following information is documented in the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Calendar. When using information from the Undergraduate Calendar, please ensure you are working with the version from the year in which you were admitted to your current program. 

Continuation in the Program

1. Minimum Grade Point Average: A student must achieve a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 to be eligible to continue in the program (effective September 2011 intake)

2. Passing Grades in Required Health Science and Graded Nursing Courses:  A student must achieve a grade of at least C- in the required Health Science (HTHSCI) and graded Nursing (NURSING) courses. A student is permitted to repeat a total of only two required HTHSCI or graded NURSING course in which they failed to achieve the minimum passing grade requirement; if a student fails to meet the minimum passing grade requirement after repeating a course, the student may not continue in the program. If a student fails to meet the minimum passing grade requirement on more than two HTHSCI and/or graded NURSING course, the student may not continue in the program.

3. Passing Grades in Clinical Nursing Courses: A student must achieve a Pass designation in all clinical Nursing (NURSING) courses. A student is permitted to repeat only one clinical NURSING course in which they failed to achieve a Pass designation; if a student fails to achieve the Pass designation requirement after repeating the course, the student may not continue in the program. If a student fails to achieve a Pass designation on more than one clinical NURSING course, the student may not continue in the program.
The following courses are designated clinical Nursing (NURSING) courses:

4. Course Completion: For required Nursing (NURSING) and Health Science (HTHSCI) courses, students must enroll in and successfully complete all the work of one level before proceeding to the next level. For each of the streams (A, E and F), courses must be taken in the sequence specified by the program requirements.
The following courses must be completed by the end of Level II and before the start of Level III:

  • ​PSYCH 1X03 (McMaster and Mohawk) or PSYCH 1N03 (Conestoga): Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour 
  • PSYCH 1XX3 (McMaster and Mohawk) or PSYCH 1NN3 (Conestoga): Foundations of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

The following course must be complete by the end of Level III and before the start of Level IV: 

5. Continuous Enrollment: Students must enroll in at least one required Nursing (NURSING) or Health Science (HTHSCI) course in each academic year in order to continue in the program, unless they have been granted a Leave of Absence (see Leave of Absence regulations). Students have a maximum of seven years from the time of initial enrollment in the program to completed the program requirements for graduation.

Program Probation

A student’s academic performance is reviewed at the end of each term. To continue in the B.Sc.N. Program in good academic standing a student must obtain a cumulative GPA of at least 5.0. A student whose cumulative GPA is at least 4.5 may continue in the program and will be placed on program probation for the duration of one academic year. A student may be placed on program probation only once during the program.

Removal from Program

A student whose cumulative GPA is less than 5.0, and who has not been granted program probation, may not continue in the program. A student who fails to raise their cumulative GPA to 5.0 at the completion of the program probation may not continue in the program. After repeating a required Health Science (HTHSCI) or Nursing (NURSING) course, a student who fails to meet the minimum passing grade requirement or Pass designation may not continue in the program. A student may normally repeat a level of work only once. A student who fails to meet the minimum passing grade requirement on three or more required HTHSCI or graded NURSING courses, or who fails to meet a pass designation on two or more clinical NURSING courses, may not continue in the program. A student who does not maintain continuous enrollment in the program without having been granted a Leave of Absence and/or who fails to complete the program requirements for graduation within the maximum allowable time may not continue in the program.

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