School of Nursing Specific Policies

DEI&B Statement

Emory and Henry School of Nursing emphasizes the power of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to establish high-quality, safe, professional, and individualized clinical excellence for the provision of healthcare and the learning environment. Emory and Henry’s School of Nursing understands, values, and represents DEIB components that make our students, patients, colleagues, and faculty unique. The School of Nursing is committed to fostering an inclusive environment, including those from various religion, nationality, race, color, age, sex, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Emory and Henry School of Nursing supports training and collaboration to promote DEIB awareness and activities throughout the various program offerings. Nursing faculty ensures that the curriculum prepares students to address the social determinants of health for all people within their clinical practice experiences. In short, we endeavor to create an environment that welcomes you as you are and that allows you to be open in appropriately sharing more about yourself.

Admission Requirements

All students must meet the following criteria:

Pre-Licensure BSN Program Traditional BSN (TBSN)

  • Be a current student at Emory & Henry College and have completed or in the process of completing the pre-requisite courses.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

TBSN Curriculum


Course Name

Credit Hours





(If needed)*


ENGL 101



CORE 100



SPAN 105

Medical & Healthcare Spanish I



Intro to Psych







BIOL 120

A & P I



Developmental Psych (CORE 200)


CHEM 125

Introduction to Chemistry


SPAN 106

Medical & Healthcare Spanish II











BIOL 121

A & P II


CORE 103

Lifetime Wellness


NURS 206

Global Issues in Healthcare (CORE 300)


BIOL 232

Microbiology & Lab







NURS 400



NURS 203

Fundamentals in Nursing


NURS 401

Health Assessment


STAT 163

Introduction Stats for Behavioral Sciences







NURS 204

Healthcare of the Older Adult


NURS 302

Pharmacology I







NURS 300

Nursing Ethics


NURS 304

Medical-Surgical Nursing I


NURS 305

Psychiatric Nursing


NURS 402

Informatics & Technology







NURS 303

Pharmacology II


NURS 306

Maternal Child & Women’s Health


NURS 307

Pediatric Nursing


NURS 403

Evidence-Based Practice & Nursing Research










NURS 409

Medical-Surgical Nursing II


NURS 411

Population & Rural Health Nursing


NURS 412

Population & Rural Health Nursing


NURS 405

Healthcare Policy & Finance








(creative arts requirement)


CORE 300

(second CORE 300 in lieu of study abroad)


NURS 413

Professional Leadership Capstone



Recreation Course (2)










The Nursing program is 122 credit hours. Admission to Emory & Henry College as a freshmen or pre-nursing student does not guarantee admission to the nursing major until all criteria have been met. Through the early assurance program, qualified applicants may qualify for a guaranteed admission to the nursing program and enroll as “pre-nursing” students if they maintain 3.0 GPA, a “C” or better in their science coursework, and a score of 65% or higher on Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). To meet the requirements of early assurance, applicants need a minimum high school GPA of 3.3, SAT >1150; or ACT >25. In addition, applicants would require an interview as a part of the application evaluation. SON faculty would determine admission to this early assurance program. The SON would continue the annual fall application process for other students wishing to be accepted into the nursing program. Admission into the pre-licensure BSN program occurs yearly and is competitive. Students start Nursing courses in the Spring of year two after meeting the following admission criteria.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Score of 65% or higher on Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) within the last two years
  • Submission of the BSN Program application (due October 1 for consideration of spring admission into major).
  • Interview with SON faculty
  • Submission of signed Technical Standards form
  • Current American Health Association (AHA) CPR Healthcare provider certification
  • Criminal background check, Drug Screen, Immunizations
  • Completion of, or current enrollment in, the required nursing prerequisite course must be completed prior to the start of spring semester BSN courses:
    • BIOL/CHEM 100* Introduction to Biology (3)
      • It is possible to be exempt from the BIOL 100 requirement if:
        • You have taken AP Biology and scored a 3 or higher on the AP exam, or
        • You have a 1200 SAT or 25 ACT and a GPA of greater than 3.3, or
        • GPA of 3.3 or higher and have successfully completed other AP exams (3 or higher) in Science and/or Math and feel confident in science knowledge
    • BIOL 120 Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
    • BIOL 121 Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
    • BIOL 232 General Microbiology (4)
    • CHEM 125 Introduction to Chemistry (3) or CHEM 111 (4)
    • PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 231 Lifespan Development (3)

After Admission Requirements

After admission to the Nursing program but before students can enroll in courses, students must complete the compliance requirements via the current SON credentialing vendor (see instructions below).

The School of Nursing utilizes ATI™ to support student learning and success. ATI™ Content Mastery Series (CMS) and/or Concept-Based Curriculum (CBC) assessment scores account for 10% or less of a student’s course grade. The comprehensive ATI review program offers the following to students:

  • A comprehensive, assessment-driven review program designed to enhance student NCLEX® success.
  • Multiple assessment and remediation activities. These include assessment indicators for academic success, critical thinking ability, and learning styles. Additionally, online tutorials, online practice assessments, and proctored assessments are provided and span major content areas in nursing. These ATI tools, in combination with the nursing program content, assist students to prepare effectively, helping to increase their confidence and familiarity with nursing content.
  • ATI Orientation resources, such as ATI Plan, which may be accessed from “My ATI” tab. It is highly recommended that you spend time navigating through these orientation materials.

REVIEW MODULES/E-BOOKS ATI provides Review Modules in eBook formats that include written and video materials in key content areas. Students are encouraged to use these modules to supplement course work and reading. Instructors may assign chapter reading either during a given course and/or as part of active learning/remediation following assessments.

TUTORIALS TO SUPPORT ASSESSMENT AND REMEDIATION PROCESS ATI offers unique tutorials that are designed to teach nursing students how to think like a nurse, how to take a nursing assessment, and how to make sound clinical decisions. ATI is committed to increasing student confidence by providing students with experience answering NCLEX-style questions in a variety of quizzing formats.

ASSESSMENTS The Content Mastery Series Assessments (CMS) provide essential data regarding a student’s mastery of concepts in relation to specific nursing content areas, including a series of Targeted Medical Surgical assessments that address the individual body systems to provide formative evaluation of content prior to the final Medical-Surgical course. There are practice assessments available for students as well as standardized proctored assessments that may be scheduled during courses. These assessments will help students identify what they know, in addition to areas requiring remediation (called Topics to Review). All TBSN (pre-license RN) students are required to sign the ATI™ policy before enrolling in nursing courses.

Post-Licensure RN-BSN Program

  • Consideration for this program requires students to apply and receive acceptance into E&H College and Post-Licensure RN-BSN program.
  • Be a graduate* of an accredited Associate Degree of Nursing program or Diploma school.
    *Emory & Henry College has Concurrent Admission Agreements with several community colleges to provide a transfer pathway for students to earn four-year degrees. Students who are concurrently admitted to E&H, may take RN-BSN coursework while completing their Associates Degree.
  • Hold a current unencumbered RN license in the state which they practice. Upon application to the nursing program, each student provides proof of current, unencumbered, unrestricted and valid licensure (RN and/or APRN) in the state(s) in which they plan to complete their practicum courses. If at any point during the program a student’s license (RN and/or APRN) becomes encumbered or restricted, the student is obligated to inform the Program Director and Dean of the School of Nursing immediately. Under no circumstances will a student with an encumbered or restricted license be permitted to enroll in a course with a practicum component. Failure to report an encumbered or restricted license to the Program Director and Dean will result in dismissal from the nursing program. An active registered nurse advanced practice credential (if applicable) in the state (jurisdiction) where employment and/or clinical practice will be completed shall be maintained while in the nursing program.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • For entry into the program, a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher is required. A GPA of 3.0 is to be maintained in nursing courses throughout the program. Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements may apply for conditional admission consideration.
  • Complete clinical clearance requirements 30 days after admission and prior to starting any clinical experience.

Clinical Clearance/Credentialing

Students are required to purchase a credentialing packet, complete and submit the following via the current credentialing vendor:

  • Background Check – This is a criminal background check and is essential for our clinical placements.
  • 12-Panel Drug Test – Tests for Cocaine; Marijuana; PCP; Amphetamines; Opiates; Benzodiazepines; Barbiturates; Methadone; Propoxyphene; Quaaludes; Ecstasy/MDA; and Oxycodone/Percocet.
  • eLearning – Annual required training
  • Vaccinations, CPR training, and insurance evidence required – listed in table below
Requirement Documentation
Measles(Rubeola), Mumps, & Rubella (MMR)
2 vaccinations OR
Positive antibody titers for all 3 components (lab report of physician verification required)
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
2 vaccinations OR
Positive antibody titers for all 3 components (lab report of physician verification required) OR
Medically documented history of disease
Hepatitis B
3 vaccinations OR
Positive antibody titer (lab report or physician verification required) OR
Declination waiver (must be signed by healthcare provider and by you, the student)
Tuberculosis (TB)
Negative 2-step TB skin test completed within the past 12 months OR
If positive results, submit documentation of a clear chest X-Ray completed within the past 3 years.
Renewal will be set for 1 year for negative tests, and 3 years for positive tests.
Upon renewal, one of the following is required:
Indiviual TB Risk Assessment for Health Care Personnel showing no risk OR
If previous positive results, submit an updated clear chest X-Ray.
Covid 19
Submit documentation of your COVID-19 vaccination(s).
If you received the 2 dose vaccine series, BOTH doses must be submitted at the same time for approval.
Documentation must include type of vaccine/manufacturer and lot number for approval.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap) OR Tetanus & Diphtheria (Td)
One of the following vaccinations completed within the past 10 years is required:
Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap) OR
Tetanus & Diphtheria (Td)
Influenza (Flu)
One of the following is required:
Documentation of a flu vaccine administered during the current flu season (August - May) OR
Declination waiver (must be signed by healthcare provider and by you, the student)
Renewal will be set for 1 year from vaccine or declination date.
CPR Certification
Submit your current CPR certification. Must be American Heart Association BLS Provider course.
The front AND back of the card must be submitted at the same time and the “Holder’s Signature” line on the back of the card must be signed.
eCards are also acceptable and do not need to be signed.
The renewal date will be set based on the expiration of your certification.
Health Insurance Upload a copy of your current health insurance card OR proof of coverage to this requirement.

RN-BSN Curriculum*Full-Time (1 year - 3 semester option)

Fall 1

Spring 1

Summer 1

NURS 206 Global Issues in Healthcare (3) CORE 300

NURS 401 Health Assessment (3)

NURS 407 RN-BSN Capstone (3)

NURS 402 Informatics & Technology (3)

NURS 400 Pathophysiology (3) (Elective)

NURS 300 Nursing Ethics (3)

NURS 405 Healthcare Policy & Finance (3)

NURS 403 Evidence-Based Practice & Nursing Research (3)


NURS 411 Population & Rural Health Nursing (3)

NURS 404 Leadership & Management in Nursing** (3)


NURS 412 Population & Rural Health Nursing Clinical Practicum (1)






Total Nursing Credit Hours (28-31)

RN-BSN Curriculum* Part-Time (2 year – 6 semesters)

Fall 1

Spring 1

Summer 1

NURS 206 Global Issues in Healthcare (3) CORE 300

NURS 401 Health Assessment (3)

NURS 300 Nursing Ethics (3)

NURS 402 Informatics & Technology (3)

NURS 400 Pathophysiology (3)






Fall 2

Spring 2

Summer 2

NURS 405 Healthcare Policy & Finance (3)

NURS 403 Evidence-Based Practice & Nursing Research (3)

NURS 407 RN-BSN Capstone (2)

NURS 411 Population & Rural Health Nursing (3)

NURS 404 Leadership & Management in Nursing (3)


NURS 412 Population & Rural Health Nursing Clinical Practicum (1)






Total Credit Hours (28-31)

*Nursing courses – does not include general education courses ** Clinical Practicum courses

Sample Course of Study

Fall 1

Spring 1

Summer 1

NURS 206 Global Issues in Healthcare (3) CORE 300

NURS 401 Health Assessment for the RN (3)

NURS 300 Nursing Ethics (3)

NURS 402 Informatics & Technology (3)

NURS 400 Pathophysiology (3)


Lifetime wellness (1)

SPAN 105 Medical Spanish I or Language (4)

SPAN 106 Medical Spanish II or Language (4)

Core Religion, Arts or Humanities (3)


STATS 163 Into to Stats for Behavioral Health (4)






Total (28-31)

Fall 2

Spring 2

Summer 2

NURS 405 Healthcare Policy & Finance (3)

NURS 403 Evidence-Based Practice & Nursing Research (3)

NURS 407 RN-BSN Capstone (3)

Core Religion, Arts or Humanities (3)

NURS 404 Leadership & Management in Nursing (3)

HHP 1XX Activity/Recreation Course (0.5)

NURS 411 Population & Rural Health Nursing (3)

Core Religion, Arts or Humanities (3)

HHP 1XX Activity/Recreation Course (0.5)

NURS 412 Population & Rural Health Nursing Clinical Practicum (1)

Elective (3)






Total (26)


Total Credit Hours (54-57)

  • Students may transfer in up to 75 credits – 39 credits from Diploma or ADN nursing courses
  • A total of 120 credit hours are required for BSN degree if all general education hours are met.



SON Grading Scale

A+ =100

B+ = 85-89

C+ = 75-76

D = 65-68

A = 95-99

B* = 80-84

C = 72-74

F = 64/below

A- = 90-94

B- = 77-79

C- = 69 -71


*(minimum passing grade for nursing)

TBSN Graduation Requirements in addition to E&H College Requirements

  1. Grade of B (80%) or better in all nursing courses.
  2. Completion of 122 semester hours and all required courses.

RN to BSN Graduation Requirements

Academic graduation requirements include the following:

  1. Completion of 120 semester hours and all required courses. RNs must successfully complete both the general education and required nursing courses. Elective hours make up the remaining hours needed to graduate.
  2. Grade of B (80%) or better in all nursing courses.
  3. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all courses taken at Emory & Henry College.

Progression, Retention, Dismissal Guidelines for TBSN and RN-BSN Students

All Nursing students must maintain the required 80% (B) average in nursing courses.

If a student fails (“F”) a nursing course, they will be dismissed from the nursing program. If a student does not successfully pass a nursing course with an 80% or above, they will be allowed to retake the course one time. A second failure (79% or below) of any subsequent nursing course will result in dismissal from the nursing program. If a student fails a Pass/Fail portion of the course, the maximum grade that can be obtained will be 79%. The student will be required to repeat the course.

First time students in the nursing course will be given precedence over a student repeating the course. If there is a second failure of the same nursing course*, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.

*If repeating the same nursing course – student’s submission of the same work, from the previous attempt, will not be acceptable.

Pursuant to VA BON 54.1-3007 A student will receive a failing “F” clinical and didactic course grade and be dismissed from the program for any of the following:

  • Fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license, certificate, or registration;
  • Unprofessional conduct;
  • Willful or repeated violation of any of the provisions of this chapter;
  • Conviction of any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
  • Practicing in a manner contrary to the standards of ethics or in such a manner as to make his practice a danger to the health and welfare of patients or to the public;
  • Use of alcohol or drugs to the extent that such use renders him unsafe to practice, or any mental or physical illness rendering him unsafe to practice;
  • The denial, revocation, suspension or restriction of a license, certificate, registration, or multistate licensure privilege to practice in another state, the District of Columbia or a United States possession or territory; or
  • Abuse, negligent practice, or misappropriation of a patient’s or resident’s property.

Summer Credit Hour Policy

Students enrolled in the nursing program may only register for a total of 8.0 credit hours during the summer term(s). Students who wish to enroll in more than 8.0 credit hours during the summer must receive permission from their nursing advisor.

Withdrawal from a Class, Withdrawal from Emory & Henry College, Leave of Absence

The School of Nursing follows the withdrawal and leave absence policies of Emory & Henry College.

The policy for withdrawal from a class can be found at:

Academic Catalog

The policy for withdrawal from Emory & Henry College can be found at:

Academic Catalog

The policy for requesting a leave of absence can be found at:

Academic Catalog

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression, and Graduation

The goal of Emory & Henry College Nursing program is to enable every student to prepare to critically think and be competent and compassionate nurses in a changing healthcare environment. The endeavors of the program are to enhance nursing knowledge, practice, and professional integrity to develop improved health outcomes for patients, families, and communities in the continuum of care.

The student must be independently able to meet the technical standards of essential attributes of (1) physical attributes; (2) intellectual attributes; (3) interpersonal attributes; and (4) performance attributes. If the student is unable to meet these technical standards, with or without equitable accommodation, the student will be unable to complete the program and will be advised/counseled accordingly. [See Technical Standards and Essential Functions]

Required Citation Format

All written assignments must be in APA format of writing style. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition will be followed. APA referencing format for electronic resources can be accessed through the American Psychological Association website –

Confidentiality of Coursework

The communication of information in face-to-face or online courses which are based on personal or work-related experiences adheres to the policies and guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Students are expected to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of patients, peers, family, or agency/institution by not disclosing information outside of courses. If needed to express some detailed information, anonymity should be maintained with the use of an alias or initials. For more information on these laws, please refer to the following websites:



Student Exam Taking Policy

  1. Students must present a government issued ID or E&H ID to enter the testing site.
  2. Students are not allowed any of the following in the testing area (it is also at the discretion of the proctor if a student needs to remove/leave other items).
    1. Electronic devices such as smart phones, watches (if the exam is via computer or iPad this will be the only exception).
    2. No sunglasses (eyes must be easily visible through the lens).
    3. No hoodies (sweatshirts without hoods are acceptable).
    4. No coats/jackets.
    5. No food, drink, or gum
    6. No hats, no toboggans/beanies.
    7. At the exam proctor’s discretion, the proctor may ask the student to remove jewelry (for example, large piece of jewelry).
  3. Allowed in testing area.
    1. Small whiteboard.
    2. 1-2 dry erase markers.
    3. Whiteboard eraser.
    4. Students will enter the room with a clean whiteboard and will erase and show the white board to the proctor prior to exiting the test area.
    5. Soft ear plugs are allowed; electronic type ear plugs are not allowed.
    6. Small stress/anxiety relieving devices, such as a stress ball, will be permitted in the testing area only after inspection and approval by faculty.
    7. At the course faculty’s discretion, students may be instructed for specific tests if other items are allowed in the test area.
  4. Upon entry into the testing area students will place all personal belongings at the front of the class, ensuring that all electronic devices are in the off position.
  5. Students will separate with a minimum of two seats between each other, if this is not an option the exam proctor will instruct on seating arrangements.
  6. The only questions that may be asked during the exam are if a technical issue arises.
    1. It the student has a technical issue; he/she will raise their hand to signal the proctor for assistance.
    2. It is the student’s responsibility prior to the exam to ensure that they have a fully charged computer (bring their adapter/charger keeping in mind that outlets might be limited), have downloaded and tested that the SafeExam Browser is on their iPad/computer).
  7. Upon completion of the exam, students are to exit the testing area immediately and are not to gather their belongings.
  8. Prior to the exam start, the proctor will inform the students when they are to return to the classroom.
  9. Students should not congregate outside of the testing room.
  10. Students will not disclose or discuss information about the items or answers seen on the exam/test/quiz unless it is during a formal test review with the course faculty. This includes posting or discussing any content or elements of the course.
  11. Students may not copy or reconstruct exam items during or following the exam for any reason.
  12. Students may not seek help from any other party or source in answering items (in person, via phone, text, or other means).
  13. Upon return to the class, students should refrain from asking the instructor about any elements of the exam.
  14. Students should understand and respect the faculty need time for to review the exam results so an analysis of the exam can take place.
  15. For excused missed exams, the course faculty will notify the student of the alternative exam makeup date/time. During this time, students are not to reach out to peers or other sources regarding the exam.
    1. Excused emergent/urgent situations may include but are not limited to student illness (with medical documentation), serious illness or hospitalization, military or jury duty obligation, natural disaster, death, or severe injury of an immediate family member), or absence related to Emory & Henry College COVID policy.
    2. If a student has a conflict with scheduled exam, the student may request the course faculty schedule an alternative testing date. The request must be made 10 business days before the scheduled exam. If the faculty approves, the alternate test must be scheduled before the scheduled exam date.
  16. For a timed exam/test/quiz, it is the student’s responsibility to remain aware of the remaining time as extended time will not be given and unanswered questions on the exam will receive zero/0 points.
  17. On a paper/pencil exam or (e.g., a scantron exam), the student’s answers on completion of the exam will stand as is (e.g., unanswered question(s), answered out of order).
  18. It is the expectation of the student to read the exam instructions prior to the start of each exam.
  19. After the course faculty completes the exam review and posts finalized grades for the exam/test/quiz, a student who wishes to challenge a question (item) on an exam/test/quiz should email the faculty to request a one-on-one meeting to discuss. The expectation is the student is to bring evidence-based documentation to support the rationale. This emailed request from the student must be within 10 business days of the released final grade for the exam/test/quiz. Requests after 10 business days will not be eligible for consideration and the grade will remain as is. Students need to email the faculty (in classes with more than one instructor, all are to be on the email) to request a meeting. After and/or during the meeting to discuss an exam/test/quiz question, the faculty will inform the student if the grade stands as is or if the supporting rationale deems further consideration such as will be taken as a correct option/answer.

Dosage and Calculation Exam Policy

Students are required to pass a dosage and calculation exam with 80%. Preparation prior to the proctored dosage and calculation exam will include a practice exam. Students who do not pass the dosage and calculation exam on the first attempt will be required to complete remediation and then repeat a dosage and calculation exam, and must achieve 80% on the exam (Max attempts for exam = 2 total attempts). Successfully passing the dosage and calculation exam is not a component of course letter grade, but is pass/fail, and is required to advance to the next clinical course. Passage of the dosage and calculation exam is required to pass the course and proceed in the nursing program. If the student does not pass the dosage and calculation exam, they will receive a “C” for the course letter grade.

Course Attendance

The Nursing program(s) are rigorous with expectations of students being accountable and responsible for their learning. Students are expected to be present and on time for each class and clinical session. Online courses will have specific requirements for participation.

Hybrid courses will require some face-to-face sessions along with online participation. The attendance requirements of each course will be addressed in the course syllabi.

It is understood illness and emergencies arise, which may result in the need to be late or miss a class. Unless it is an unexpected emergency, the student is responsible for notifying the instructor PRIOR to the class meeting time and obtain missed course lectures and/or assignments. If no contact is made notifying faculty of such circumstances, this will be an unexcused absence. The faculty may request documentation, such as an excuse from a healthcare provider. Two unexcused absences can result in unintentional withdrawal and/or failure of the course. Excessive absences can result in failure of the course and possible termination from the nursing program.

Policies and Procedures for Student Grievances/Appeals

Emory & Henry College staff and faculty strive to provide each student with positive educational experiences. The E&H College student complaint policy may be found at Academic Code and Procedures for Due Process . Students are encouraged to take problems and recommended solutions directly to the Course Faculty. If resolution is not achieved at the level of the Course Faculty, the student should consult his/her Program Director. If the problem or solution has a larger scope or if resolution cannot be achieved at the level of the Program Director or if the issue directly involves the Program Director, students are encouraged to meet with the E&H Dean of Nursing.

Grade Appeals Process

Students have the right to know the final course grade he or she has earned, the right to know the grading systems of the Faculty, and the right to know the grades they are given during the semester. This grading system should be included in the course syllabus.

If a student chooses to appeal the final course grade, the student must inform the Dean of the School of Nursing, in writing no later than 10 business days into the subsequent term, requesting that the appeal be addressed by the SON Committee (SONC).

  1. The SON Dean will determine if the SONC should be activated and notify the committee.
  2. The SON Dean will select a date for the committee to meet and inform the SONC, and the student.
  3. When activated by the SON Dean, the SONC will meet within ten (10) business days to consider the appeal.
  4. In considering the appeal, the SONC will review all relevant information and may select to interview all involved parties deemed relevant to the appeal.
  5. Although not obligated, the student filing the appeal will have the opportunity to present their ‘case’ to the SONC.
  6. Every attempt will be made to select a date and time that does not interfere with the student’s academic activities.
  7. The student cannot request a different date or time for the meeting than that selected by the SONC.
  8. The student cannot be accompanied by anyone at the hearing, including, but not limited to legal counsel.
  9. Under no circumstances is the student permitted to electronically record any part of the meeting.
  10. The SONC will have three (3) business days from the date of the committee meeting to make its decision and notify the student.
  11. Depending on the issues leading to the deceleration or dismissal decision, and at the discretion of the Program Director and in consideration of recommendations from the faculty, students may or may not be permitted to continue in their academic studies pending the appeal decision.
  12. If a student is not satisfied with the SONC’s decision, they may appeal to the Dean of the School of Nursing and Provost. Academic Code and Procedures for Due Process | Emory & Henry College (

Student Academic Grievance Procedure

A grievance is a complaint made in writing to an administrative officer of the College concerning an academic decision made by a person or group of persons acting in an official College capacity that directly and adversely affects the student. The purpose of grievance procedures is to obtain an independent review of the allegedly improper academic decision. This procedure does not include the grade appeals, or matters of discrimination or harassment, which are addressed by separate procedures. Professional nursing grievances, including program dismissal will be reviewed by the SONC. The SONC will follow the Grade Appeals procedure in evaluating grievances. College student complaint policies and procedures can be found under College Policies at:

Academic Catalog

Professional Conduct

Each individual student is required to conduct themselves in a non-disruptive, respectful manner conducive for learning and engaging within the academic and clinical environments. Unprofessional behavior or potentially injurious actions to self, patients, or others will result in being asked to leave the setting immediately and can result in course or clinical failure. Such circumstances can include, but are not limited to, unprofessional appearance, not being prepared for class or clinical, and tardiness.


Incivility toward peers, faulty, patients or healthcare professionals will not be acceptable behavior. The American Nurses Association (ANA, 2015) describes the behaviors of incivility as a “form of rude and discourteous actions, of gossiping and spreading rumors, and refusing to assist a coworker; name-calling, using a condescending tone, and expressing public criticism” (p. 3).


Bullying toward peers, faculty, patients or other healthcare workers will not be tolerated. The ANA defined bullying as “repeated, unwanted harmful actions intended to humiliate, offend, and cause distress in the recipient. Bullying actions include those that harm, undermine, and degrade” (p. 3). Behaviors of bullying can be intimidation, insults, verbal aggression or attacks, hostile comments in the presence of the victim or others or through cyber media.

ANA (2015). Position Statement: Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence. pp. 1-29.

Academic Honesty in Nursing

The nursing profession expects a nurse to demonstrate ethical behaviors and personal integrity at a high level consistent with the Christian worldview as viewed by Emory & Henry College, School of Nursing, the BSN and MSN Nursing Programs. Academic honesty is an essential component of ethical behavior and personal integrity and is required of all students completing nursing education at Emory & Henry College and entering professional practice. Faculty may use tools to detect plagiarism, such as GoogleTM, GrammarlyTM, TurnitinTM, or SafeAssignTM, to advance academic integrity and to identify student knowledge gaps. Students are encouraged to use these resources to check their work for plagiarism, and identify opportunities for learning related to paraphrasing, citations, references.

“Large language model generative artificial intelligence (generative AI) tools, such as ChatGPT and others, have recently emerged and become available for wide use. While generative AI tools can offer inspiration and new possibilities, they should not be seen as unacknowledged substitutes for the content created by students in their courses.” (UT at Austin)

Examples of adverse academic integrity (list is not all inclusive):


  1. Obtaining or giving assistance on assignments, tests, quizzes or other program related situations.
  2. Eradicating and/or copying questions on exams or quizzes.
  3. Unapproved collaboration on academic activities or assignments with fellow students.


  1. Verbatim replication of an author or another person’s work without recognition for citation.
  2. Appropriating ideas from someone else and indicating them as your ideas.
  3. Preparation of academic work is completed by another person or organization.


  1. Misrepresenting and concoction of citations, data, or information.
  2. Falsification or modifying documentation in the clinical setting.
  3. Altering academic records documentation.

Course and clinical faculty will address all academic honesty violations with consideration of the evidence to determine the appropriate sanctions.

Sanctions are:

  1. First infraction
    1. On the course assignment suspected, a grade of zero (0) or “F”; OR
    2. A course grade of “F”, OR
    3. Dismissal from the program.
  2. Second infraction
    1. Immediate program dismissal, AND
    2. No readmission eligibility.

Academic honesty violations and sanction(s) imposed will be sent to the Dean of the School of Nursing and the Office of the Provost. Further sanctions may be imposed if warranted. The student has the right to appeal the sanction according to the Student Handbook guidelines. Documentation will be thorough regarding the incident and disciplinary action and sanctions placed in the academic student file.

Absentee Policy

The E&H College School of Nursing Program does not have free absences for classroom, online or clinical instruction. It is understood circumstances occur and are unpredictable. Students are responsible for contacting the instructor or clinical faculty at a minimum of 30 minutes prior to class or clinical if they are to be absent and the reason for the absence. It is not acceptable to ask a classmate to notify the instructor of YOUR absence and this will be considered an unexcused absence. You must complete all the required clinical hours to pass the course, and progress in the program.

Excused absences are determined by the following circumstances and at the discretion of the course or clinical faculty:

  1. Illness with a required healthcare provider’s excuse.
  2. Death in the family.
  3. Attendance for a school sponsored event (i.e., sporting event or competition, professional conference or presentation, etc.).

Unexcused absences are determined by the following circumstances and at the discretion of the course or clinical faculty:

  1. Not in class and has not contacted the faculty (even when sick and forgot to call).
  2. Leaves class after test or when there is a break.
  3. Leave class or show up late for class due to an appointment without prior arrangements made with the faculty.
  4. Tardy to class three times.

Absenteeism is unacceptable behavior and can result in consequences set forth by the course faculty, which may include a decrease in the grade or failure of the course.

Tardiness Policy for Class or Clinical

Students are to be responsible and accountable in their behaviors. Students are expected to be present for class and clinical on time. To ensure being on time, plan to arrive early to class and clinical. Being late to class will result in receiving a tardy and three tardy episodes will result in an unexcused absence.

Clinical tardiness will NOT be tolerated. The first occurrence may result in the student being given a warning verbally and in writing. If there is a second occurrence, the student will be sent home and an unexcused absence will be given with written documentation placed in the student’s file. A third incident of tardiness to clinical will result in clinical failure for the semester and the student will have to retake the course per progression policy above.

Classroom Etiquette

Nursing students are preparing to enter a profusion which requires knowledge and skill. Students are expected to demonstrate professionalism in the classroom and clinical settings as stated in the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses. The additional expectations and guidelines are to be demonstrated in the classroom:

  1. Be prompt and on time for class and ready for participation.
  2. Be polite to peers and faculty.
  3. Show respect to peers and faculty during lectures and discussions.
  4. Turn off cell phones during class with exception of circumstances of emergency and the need to inform the instructor prior to the start of class.
  5. Students should avoid scheduling appointments or work time on any scheduled class or clinical day.
  6. Personal computers or tablets may be used during class for course specific activities.
  7. Do not engage in personal emailing, Instant Messaging, or being on any social media during class time. If this occurs, you will be asked to leave class and participation points will be deducted.

Cell Phone Policy

Because they create distractions and disrupt regular work routines, the use of personally-owned communication devices such as cell phones is prohibited during class or clinical.

Please keep your devices secure, but not on your person, while performing clinical duties. You may use your phones and other devices during breaks and meal times in areas away from the general public. Use of cell phones for unauthorized purposes will result in the following:

  1. Use of the cell phone during or leaving the classroom to answer the call will result in the student being asked to leave class for the day and will result in an unexcused absence.
  2. Clinical sites have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for cell phone use. A clinical failure will be given if violation of this policy occurs.


Misconduct in courses can create feelings of annoyance and frustration with the impact felt by the instructor and fellow classmates. This behavior may cross the line into academic dishonesty and may be treated similarly to cheating or plagiarizing. These guidelines for learners are warranted and require students to take them seriously to avoid a negative impact on their success in the course and program.


Your password is the only thing which protects you from pranks or more serious harm.

  1. Follow the Emory & Henry College guidelines with respect to password security.
  2. Do not share your password with anyone.
  3. Change your password when prompted to do so by the E&H College website AND if you suspect someone might know your password.
  4. Always logout when you are finished using a system – especially if using a shared computer in a public place.
  5. ID badges should be worn at all times on the Health Sciences Campus in Marion. Building access is allowed by ID access, and approved guests. Do not let anyone “tailgate” or be permitted access to the building without an active ID.

General Guidelines

  • Treat instructor(s) with respect, in email or any form of online communication.
  • Always use the proper title for your professor: Dr. or Prof., or if you’re in doubt use Mr. or Ms.
  • Do not refer to your instructor by their first name, unless specifically given permission or invited to do so.
  • Use clear and concise language. Be respectful of the reader’s time and attention.
  • Ensure you use correct grammar and spelling.
  • Avoid slang terms, such as “whassup?” and using abbreviations in a text, such as “u’ instead of “you”.
  • Standard fonts should be used for online reading in a consistent readable size (12 to 14 pt.).
  • Avoid using caps lock feature as IT CAN BE INTERPRETED AS YELLING.
  • Limit and possibly avoid the use of emoticons. Not everyone knows how to interpret them.
  • Be cautious when using humor or sarcasm as tone is sometimes lost in an email or discussion post and your message might be taken literally or offensively.
  • Be careful with sharing personal information online (both yours and others).
  • In any health care course, follow HIPAA guidelines – no sharing of patient information or emailing confidential patient information.

Email Netiquette

E&H email and Moodle (LMS) course information should be checked at a minimum, daily. All correspondence to your nursing instructor, clinical faculty, or fellow classmates should be exclusively through your E&H email and include the following:

  • In the subject line, provide a clear and descriptive heading so there is a reason to open the email.
  • Be brief and to the point and try to avoid having the reader to scroll for the entire message.
  • Write the important part at the beginning as the reader may not read it in its entirety.
  • Avoid sending attachments unless you are sure the reader can open them.
  • Ensure there is a place at the end of your email which has your name, email address, and a contact phone number.
  • Before you “reply all” to an email, think before you send. Do all the recipients need to see your response?
  • If you are upset or angry about a situation, allow yourself 24-hours to calm down before you send or respond to an email so you can respond with a clear head.

Discussion Board Netiquette and Guidelines

  • Ensure post are on topic and relevant to the course material. Re-read the instructions provided by the instructor, if necessary.
  • View your post seriously and edit, if necessary, before sending. Avoid poor grammar and sloppy writing with spelling errors.
  • When making a post, be brief and concise when making a thorough comment. This is a discussion area not a formal paper.
  • Formally cite your resources as you would in any formal paper. Cite all references to quoted sources.
  • Read all the messages posted in a discussion prior to giving a reply.
  • Ensure your posts are your original ideas and not those of someone else.
  • Avoid replying to a post with “I agree” without supporting your reasoning and ideas.
  • Be respectful and considerate of other individuals’ opinions, which may differ from your own. Feel free to offer your differing opinion in a non-critical, respectful manner. Do not make insulting or personal remarks.
  • Be open-minded and receptive to learning from your colleagues.

Classroom Professionalism Policy

The framework for the nursing professional culture consists of:


Nursing faculty have an array of education, experience and ongoing professional development which enables their ability to provide significant content, evaluation of the course, and leadership. This is a commitment and responsibility faculty take seriously. To ensure a quality class is provided, it takes the dedication of faculty and students to be prepared. Faculty diligently prepare for class and clinical with expectations of students to thoroughly complete assignments and be punctual in turning in assignments. Students must be disciplined in taking their education seriously and study to be successful.


Nursing is a professional practice which requires engagement. Faculty and students develop a partnership in learning. Faculty, therefore, pledge to create a learning environment which is innovative in providing interactive opportunities for meaningful learning, attentive to student opinions and insight, and receptive to student feedback. Students are required to engage by being attentive to their colleagues and faculty, to be inquisitive and provide informed insight to enhance their knowledge. Students should possess positivity and open-mindedness in class and clinical settings as well to class/clinical content which may be difficult. Active participation in learning and ensuring they fully understand course content, interest in their progress in the course and not merely the grades they have are expectations of students.


Meetings are a part of every professional culture with formal/informal expectations. For purposes of the nursing program, the definition of meetings applies to scheduled class periods whether on-ground or online, conferences with course and/or clinical faculty individually or group, or during any clinical experience.

Students are expected to be present and on time for meetings. Professional culture dictates it is not acceptable to miss a meeting without informing the appropriate person in advance, regardless of the reason. This applies to any class, clinical, or conference meetings.

Students should be prepared for each meeting with textbooks, be able to take notes either manually or electronically, and engage in discussions, as class participation is vital to learning. Any form of social media use (texting, IM, Tweet, SnapChatTM, FacebookTM, etc.) is unacceptable in classroom and clinical settings and will affect your performance evaluation.


Understanding and adhering to appropriate timing is an important aspect of professional culture and behavior. Any inquiries regarding the class/clinical schedule, assignments, and clinical situations are welcome but should be posed prior to or after class/clinical. During class/clinical, unrelated questions demonstrate a lack of engagement to the content or task at hand. A lack of focus affects the performance evaluation in the class/clinical settings as it would in the workplace. Certain topics should be discussed privately and confidentially, not in the classroom or clinical setting. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law which protects the privacy of individual student records, therefore, grades and evaluations of assignments or tests should be conducted in privacy at a determined time.

Communication via Technology

Communication is an essential component of the nursing profession, whether face-to-face interactions, phone, email or text. Formal communication is deemed appropriate through face-to-face interaction or by email and informal communication is appropriate through phone conversations or text messages.

Guidelines for Communication:
  1. Contact the professor to schedule a time during office hours for a face-to-face meeting. Instructors have office hours scheduled and many accept walk-in meetings, if they are available.
  2. Phone messages received by 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday will be responded to within 24-48 hours, with the exception of illness or extenuating circumstances. Phone messages received after 4:00 p.m. on Friday will be responded to on Monday, with the exception of illness or extenuating circumstances.
  3. Email messages should include the class name and number in the subject line with the subject included (ex: NURS 401: Health Assessment - Project Question). An email will be viewed in the student performance evaluation; thus, it should be formatted appropriately, have complete sentences with proper grammar and spelling. Emails received after 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday will be responded to on Monday, with the exception of illness or extenuating circumstances.
  4. Text messages will be acceptable at the discretion of the instructor. Instructors typically do not put all of the student’s phone numbers in their contacts. It is important to identify yourself, the class, and your question (ex: Hello Dr. Jones. This is Alex and I am in your NURS 401 Health Assessment class…. then ask your question). Text messages received by 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday will be responded to on the same day with the exception of illness or extenuating circumstances. Text messages received after 4:00 p.m. on Friday may not receive a response until Monday, with the exception of illness or extenuating circumstances. A text message received over a weekend in regards to class or clinical assignment requiring completion over the weekend may be responded to in a timelier manner.

Social Media Policy

Social media and the internet provide an important medium for sharing information and offer easily accessible methods for mass communication. Nursing students must be aware of the risks and consequences associated with social networking. Online social networking (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, blogs, etc.) must be considered public information and postings containing certain information are illegal. Online content and behavior have the ability to enhance or undermine not only an individual but also Emory & Henry College, and the profession of nursing. Violations may expose the offender to criminal and civil liability. It is important to avoid disclosing any HIPAA or academic protected information regarding patients, clinical sites, or peers. Students should not post any information or videos to YouTube or other social media using the College name or label. For course assignments requiring a YouTube video, it is imperative that you select “unlisted” as the privacy setting for your video. With the setting of “unlisted”, only people with who you share the URL with can see your video. It is not searchable on YouTube. When posting a video in this manner, Emory & Henry College or personal demographics should not be mentioned in the video, description, or title. Any student found to have violated this policy will be subject to disciplinary action as set forth in the nursing student handbook. For example, infractions may result in utilization of the Professional Conduct Policy.

The following are taken from the American Nurses Association Social Networking Recommendations and modified to serve as a guide to students to avoid potential problems.

  1. Standards of professionalism are the same online as in any other circumstance.
  2. Never post photographs or any information gained in a nurse-patient relationship.
  3. Maintain professional boundaries in the use of electronic media. Online contact with patients blurs these boundaries.
  4. Do not post inflammatory or unflattering information about peers, patients, clinical sites and/or their employees on any social media site. Make every effort to present yourself as mature, responsible, and professional.
  5. Do not take photos or recordings of a patient in your clinical setting or peers in their clinical or classroom learning environment without obtaining special permission utilizing the appropriate forms.
  6. Promptly report any breach of confidentiality or privacy to your faculty member.
  7. Do not share any protected health information. (HIPAA)

Please refer also to the professional email communication guidelines below.

For potential consequences of inappropriate use of social and electronic media and common myths and misunderstandings refer to the site below:

More information can be found at American Nurses Association Social Media/Social Networking Principles Toolkit

Classroom Professionalism Rubric

Throughout the semester, student professionalism will be monitored and be a part of the performance evaluation. Instructors will evaluate according to the following rubric:


Savvy (A)

Competent (B)

Developing (C)

Insufficient (F)

Class Meetings

*Always arrives on time.

*Always prepared with completed assignments and/or readings.

*Always inform the instructor of absences prior to class and/or clinical in the manner set forth by the instructor.

*Participates in class by asking appropriate questions and active participation in discussions.

*Requests face-to- face meetings to discuss grades and evaluations with the instructor.

*Arrives on time most of the time.

*Is prepared with completed assignments and/or readings most of the time.

*Informs instructor of absences prior to class/clinical most of the time.

*Participates in class by asking appropriate content questions and participates in class discussion most of the time.

* Requests face-to- face meetings to discuss grades and evaluations with the instructor.

*Arrives late often.

*Is not prepared with assignments and/or readings often.

*Inconsistent in informing instructors of absences prior to class/clinical.

*General inquiries during class are not appropriate to content and minimal participation in class discussion.

*Inquiries about grades or evaluation before or after class.

*Arrives late consistently.

*Is not prepared for class consistently.

*Never informs the instructor of absences prior to class/clinical.

*Makes general inquiries during class which is not content related and does not participate in class discussion.

*Inquiries about grades during class.

Engagement: Conduct

*Respects the instructor both verbally and nonverbally.

*Respects peers both verbally and nonverbally.

*Demonstrates verbal and nonverbal respect for methods of shared inquiry and discussion.

*Uses technology appropriately during class.

*Does not control discussion.

*Actively engages in discussions with positive class participation.

* Disputes ideas with respect and encourages and supports others in doing the same.

*Shows respect generally for the instructor verbally and nonverbally.

*Show respect for peers verbally and nonverbally generally.

*Generally, demonstrates verbal and nonverbal respect for methods of shared inquiry and discussion.

* Seldom uses technology inappropriately during class.

*Infrequently dominates discussion.

*Generally, actively involved verbally and nonverbally.

*Challenges ideas with respect generally, but is not open generally to being challenged from others.

*Demonstrates little verbal and nonverbal respect for the instructor.

*Demonstrates little verbal and nonverbal respect for peers.

*Respect for the method of shared inquiry and discussion is minimal.

*Occasional use of technology inappropriately during class.

*Occasionally dominates discussion.

*Disengages occasionally verbally and nonverbally.

*May resort to ad hominem attacks when in disagreement with others.

*Lacks verbal and nonverbal respect for the instructor.

*Lacks verbal and nonverbal respect for peers.

*Displays a lack of respect for the method of shared inquiry and discussion.

*Uses technology inappropriately regularly during class.

*Persistently dominates discussions.

*Disengages habitually.

*Resorts to ad hominem attacks by being argumentative or dismissive of others ideas.



Savvy (A)

Competent (B)

Developing (C)

Insufficient (F)

Engagement: Content

*Examples, insights, and opinions are significant and inspired with knowledge obtained through assignments and readings.

* Inquiry of ideas creates a deepening of conversation to extend beyond the text.

*Examples, insights, and opinions are significant and often reveal gained knowledge from assignments and readings.

*Generally, contributes comments and ideas which demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of the


*Examples, insights, and opinions are often based on personal opinion or uncertain views, but does not demonstrate knowledge gained through assignments and readings.

*Little contribution of comments and ideas which lacks understanding of the concepts of the material.

*Provides illogical comments with little to no substantiation and demonstrates students have not completed the assignment or readings.

*Lack of understanding the concepts and material and is distractive to the environment of learning.

Engagement: Listening

*Actively listens to what instructor and peers are saying evidenced by nonverbal feedback.

* Consistently builds on, illuminates, or responds to the comments of others.

*Listens fairly well to what others are saying evidenced by nonverbal feedback.

* Replies to ideas and questions offered by participants.

*Disengages from listening to others indicated by nonverbal cues.

*Occasionally will repeat comments or questions with little self- reflection of presented information.

*Consistently neglects listening or being attentive to the discussion as indicated by nonverbal cues and engaging in off-task activities.

*Poor to no

participation in commenting to others.


Savvy (A)

Competent (B)

Developing (C)

Insufficient (F)

Engagement: Group work

*Accepts responsibility for maintaining the movement and quality of discussions when necessary.

*Demonstrates leadership in redirection and refocusing of discussion when they are unproductive or sidetracked.

*Encourages reluctant participants to engage in the activity.

*Provides constructive feedback

and support for peers consistently.

*Displays active participation in maintaining the flow and quality of discussion consistently.

*Does not engage in sidetrack discussions or delve into unproductive topics.

*Occasionally encourages reluctant peers to engage in the activity.

*Constructive feedback and support are generally provided.

*Active participation is rarely shown in discussion or in maintaining the flow and quality of the discussion.

*Easily distracted and occasionally unproductive with the discussion.

*Does not engage reluctant participants.

*Feedback is rarely provided and is not constructive or supportive.

*Disengage from discussion.

*Undermines the efforts of peers engaged in discussion and is unproductive.

* Disregards or sidetracks participants who are reluctant to engage.

*Fails at providing feedback and support and demonstrates negativity about the discussion or towards peers.

Communi-cation in Technology

*Email and text messages contain necessary details and are professional.

*Spelling and grammatical errors are non-existent; email format and syntax are appropriate with complete sentences.

*The subject line contains the appropriate message.

*Necessary details are generally included in the email and text and are professional.

*Spelling, grammar, and format are generally appropriate with complete sentences.

*The subject line generally has the appropriate message.

*Email and text messages are consistently unprofessional and do not contain appropriate details.

*Commonly has spelling, grammatical, and formatting errors.

*Subject line often does not have a message.

*Unprofessional email and text messages and do not include necessary details.

*Poor grammar, spelling and syntax in message and inappropriately formatted.

*Rare to no message in the required subject line.

Discussion Board Rubric

Discussion Board Rubric

Excellent (4)

Good (3)

Fair (2)

Poor (0)

Points Earned

Relevance of post

Posting thoroughly answers the discussion prompts and demonstrates understanding of material with well-developed ideas. Posting integrates assigned content and makes strong connections to practice.

Posting addresses most of the prompt(s) and demonstrates mild understanding of material with well-developed ideas. Posting references assigned content and may not make connections to practice.

Posting fails to address all components of the prompt. Makes short or irrelevant remarks. Posting lacks connection to practice.

No posting


Quality of Post

Appropriate comments: thoughtful, reflective, and respectful of other’s postings.

Appropriate comments and responds respectfully to other’s postings.

Responds, but with minimum effort. (e.g. “I agree with Bill”)

No posting


Excellent (2)

Good (1)

Fair (0.5)

Poor (0)


Contribution to the Learning Community

Post meaningful questions to the community; attempts to motivate the group discussion; presents creative approaches to topic.

Attempts to direct the discussion and to present relevant viewpoints for consideration by group; interacts freely.

Minimum effort is made to participate in learning community as it develops.

No feedback provided to fellow student(s).



Writing is free of grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.

Writing includes less than 5 grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.

Writing includes 4-5 grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.

Writing contains more than 5 grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors




Nursys E- Notify – RN-BSN & Graduate Students

The School of Nursing uses the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing electronic system, Nursys, for licensure verification and e-Notify to receive automatic updates on any changes in status of student licensure for those students who live in states with participating boards of nursing. Information about state participation can be found at:

Although the SON uses this system, each student is responsible for notifying the SON immediately, if there is any action related to the student’s license while in the program.

Student Input into Governance

The School of Nursing acknowledges the importance of obtaining student input and offering students an active role. To facilitate the process of obtaining input, faculty will announce through e-mail the issues for which student input is requested. All students are expected to submit course evaluations at the appointed time during each semester. In addition, all students are encouraged to provide input to faculty, the appropriate Program Director, and the Dean by a variety of means including appointments, e-mail, telephone, written suggestions, etc. All student input is thoughtfully considered and faculty make every attempt to provide appropriate responses to student suggestions. Each program track cohort will elect a student representative who is asked to “attend” (in person or by phone) the meetings. Student representatives are non-voting members of the committee. All students are welcome to attend any SON meeting, however portions of the meeting agenda may be closed to non-voting members.

Student Representative

The role of the student representative (SR) to the program track faculty is critical to meeting program outcomes. Characteristics of a student representative include but are not limited to the following: excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational and planning skills, critical reasoning and problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, ability to negotiate, make constructive suggestions and find corresponding solutions.

A student representative demonstrates commitment to the program by participating in meetings that are scheduled over the academic year; taking notes of the meeting and reporting the outcomes of the meeting to the student body; working with other students and faculty to implement initiatives and solutions; creating connections via planning events to enhance communication lines; and devoting about one hour a week towards this role.

Consistent with program outcomes, the SR role enables students to develop and/or strengthen leadership skills, connect with various internal and external agencies, assist student peers with communicating issues, concerns, and opinions. Responsibilities of SRs include:

  • Acting as a link between students and faculty/administration
  • Serving as a liaison in bringing any issues/suggestions/feedback to faculty at meetings
  • Relaying key messages from the faculty/administration to the student body
  • Suggesting, developing, and implementing solutions to problems related to online and/or campus life
  • Collaborating with students to coordinate events to enhance student communication opportunities

Course and Program Evaluations

Student input is highly valued at the University, College, and School of Nursing. Program improvements are often generated by student feedback. Students are expected to complete evaluations of all orientations and courses at the end of every semester or when directed. Faculty values student input into the course and technology. Course and program evaluation is one mechanism for providing input to faculty and administration regarding the student learning experience. Other evaluations of the program are required at exit. After graduation, students are contacted to provide feedback as alumni. All evaluation data are reviewed by faculty and administration and serve to inform faculty regarding course and program refinements. Evaluation feedback is important for ongoing program improvement and meeting accreditation requirements.

Plagiarism Policy

Faculty may use tools to detect plagiarism, such as GoogleTM, GrammarlyTM, TurnitinTM, or SafeAssignTM, to advance academic integrity and to identify student knowledge gaps. Students are encouraged to use these resources to check their work for plagiarism, and identity opportunities for learning related paraphrasing, citations, and references. When academic dishonesty such as plagiarism is detected, the incident will be dealt with as indicated in the College’s Academic Honor Code.

In addition to the procedures listed at: regarding academic honesty and plagiarism, the School of Nursing requires that all academic honesty and plagiarism charges be reviewed by the student’s respective program committee or the SON committee as a whole, before being forwarded to the Committee of Academic Standards. The program committee or SON committee may, after careful review of the charges, decide to sustain the sanctions recommended by the course faculty, recommend increased sanctions, or overturn faculty sanctions.

Dress Code for Classroom and Lab Activities

Nursing is the only health profession where the entry level preparation is at the undergraduate level. Dressing professionally fosters respect from patients and colleagues.

Absolutely NO visible 5 Bs (breast, buttocks, belly, back, and if a breeze comes by nothing will blow up). Attire for classroom is business casual with closed toed shoes. You can wear comfortable shoes as long as they follow the guidelines. You can wear an Emory and Henry sweatshirt/t-shirt and slacks. No jeans unless there is a special school event which allows them. Scrubs are acceptable, but only SOLID COLORS. If you are going to wear scrubs you need to wear a matching scrub set. “Jogger” style scrub pants are allowed for classroom days but NOT allowed for clinical, skills, or simulation days. You must wear E&H scrubs on skills, simulation, and clinical days.

Appropriate Slacks: (following the 5Bs)

  • khakis
  • chinos
  • dress pants
  • non-form fitting non-jean material
  • slacks
  • dresses
  • skirts

Appropriate Tops: (following the 5B’s)

  • E&H sweaters, sweatshirts, polos, collared shirts
  • Dress shirts
  • Sweaters
  • No ball caps or hats allowed in class, clinical, skills or SIM setting.
  • Headbands are allowed but for clinical settings and lab must be solid colored white, navy, or black.