Plan of Study
The student is responsible for registering for correct courses in their nursing plan of study each semester and for fulfilling all degree requirements. Changes to a student's plan of study once admitted to the upper division due to course failures or leaves of absence must be approved by the program director.
Students are responsible for transportation to class and clinical settings for participation in course activities. Because clinical sites are throughout Northern Ohio, and Southeastern Michigan, students are encouraged to talk with others in the assigned clinical group about carpooling.
The university provides bus transportation between Main Campus and Health Science Campus. Students can obtain schedules from the university website or the Transportation Office.
Criminal Records Check
Students are required to authorize The University of Toledo to obtain criminal record checks (i.e., BCII and FBI) and are responsible for fingerprinting expenses. Students must declare and document misdemeanor and/or felony offenses that occur prior to admission in the nursing program and/or during program progression. Convictions may result in denial of admission to the program or dismissal after matriculation. Reports must be sent directly to the Undergraduate Program office. Duplicate reports from places of employment or other sources are not acceptable as report results must be current with matriculation.
Clinical Agency Requirements
Students must meet health and safety requirements based on agency, local, state and federal government mandates. Students are responsible for the cost of meeting these obligations. Documentation must be submitted at least six weeks before a semester begins.
“Fit and free for duty” statements are documented on the College of Nursing health form every year. The physical examination documentation cannot expire during the semester.
Proof of Immunity
All students are required to submit antibody lab reports as proof of immunity for hepatitis B, rubella, rubeola, varicella, and mumps. Immunization does not provide the proof of immunity required by the clinical agencies. The Hepatitis B surface antibody is required 2 months after completing the series of Hepatitis B vaccine. Documentation of tetanus and pertusis immunization within the past ten years is required. Other vaccinations may be required as dictated by CDC guidelines.
A two-step PPD is required before starting nursing courses, followed by an annual PPD. Students with a history of positive PPD must obtain annual healthcare provider documentation of “free of active disease” statement on the College of Nursing Physical and PPD form. Students with active disease must obtain medical intervention and are limited in clinical experiences according to agency policy.
An influenza vaccine is required annually.
HIPAA, Safety, and Diversity training are required by the College of Nursing before clinical begins, along with an annual review of regulations and updates.
Documentation of completion of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers is required before clinical starts. Cards cannot expire during the semester.
Students in the College of Nursing are required to maintain healthcare insurance. UT students will have the charge for health insurance placed on their account. If the student has health insurance that is equivalent to or exceeds the health insurance offered by the University, an online waiver process may be completed. If the UT student does not complete the online waiver process within the specified deadline, the health insurance will remain on the student’s account.
Upper Division Nursing Policy 3364-30-05 Student Health Insurance
Clinical agencies have the right to deny a student access to the facility when requirements are unmet. Students who fail to provide documentation of health, immunization, and BLS by established deadlines may be administratively dismissed for the semester.
Students who experience exposure or injury or an emergency healthcare situation during clinical must follow agency protocol to obtain treatment at the agency if available, but are responsible for any costs incurred. Follow-up with University Student Health Services is required.
Students who experience acute illness or injury must provide the College of Nursing with healthcare provider documentation of release to return to class and clinical. Students will be evaluated individually for ability to provide safe patient care and compliance with clinical facility regulations. Students experiencing pregnancy delivery must provide healthcare provider approval to return/continue in clinical; clearance to return to clinical is submitted before restarting any clinical activity.
Academic advising for new, transfer and continuing students is available on the Main Campus. While ultimate responsibility for educational decisions rests with the student, advisors can assist the student to identify alternatives and potential consequences; help select courses to meet University core and college requirements; and facilitate student evaluation of academic progress.
Transcripts and Degree Audit Reports
A transcript is a chronological list of academic courses that includes all courses attempted and grades earned. The transcript does not indicate how specific courses apply to University and College of Nursing requirements. Developmental and technical courses are not counted toward minimum credits for degrees, but may appear on transcripts. The Degree Audit Reporting System is an automated record that contains all of a student’s graduation requirements and tracks that student’s progress toward meeting those requirements. Degree audits are available to students upon request from the Office of Student Retention and Academic Success and online through the myUT portal Student Self-Service. Students are encouraged to keep current degree audits for their personal use and to discuss their degree audits with their academic advisers. The Degree Audit in Banner details all requirements applicable to a student’s academic program and identifies requirements remaining when all registered courses are completed. Students access the transcript and Banner through myUT portal.
Official transcripts for all post high school study must be provided by the student before matriculation into the College of Nursing. Transcripts will be reviewed, with degree and courses accepted for transfer posted to the student’s academic record. Students who do not provide official transcripts cannot register for nursing courses. Official transcripts are provided directly to The University of Toledo from the issuing institution; “issued to student” transcripts are not considered as official transcripts.
Sequence of Courses
There is a prescribed sequence of courses for each program. Developmental courses may be required on the basis of placement testing and/or high school deficiencies. Students should meet with a nursing advisor to review program requirements to ensure completion in the appropriate sequence and consistent with their plan of study. Student use of Degree Audit to track progress is highly recommended. All requirements must be fulfilled as specified in the catalog for the year in which the student begins nursing courses.
Plan of Study
Students consult with the Nursing Advisor to develop a plan of study for program completion. BSN students follow the required sequence of courses as stated in this catalog. Courses in each semester of the nursing major, for the basic BSN program, are co-requisite to one another and pre-requisite to the next semester. Therefore, students who may need to make changes to their plans of study are required to meet with the BSN program director and nursing advisor prior to taking any action. RN-BSN student enrollment is on a full-time or part-time basis, with one or more courses each semester. A plan of study is developed in consultation with the Nursing Advisor, with a signed copy submitted to the College of Nursing Undergraduate Program office. Students are expected to progress according to their plan of study. Plan of study changes must be discussed with the nursing advisor and program director.
GPA Recalculation for Repeated Courses
Application to the major for BSN students will include the higher education cumulative GPA without benefit of grade deletion. This means that the GPA will include the first grade earned for the course as well as the grade earned for a repeated course.
Withdraw, Drop and Not Reported Grade Policy
Risk for loss of financial aid may occur with excessive hours of W, DR and NR grades. Students who transfer into the College of Nursing from another college at The University of Toledo retain the number of W, DR and NR grades accumulated in previous work. Failing grades as a result of academic dishonesty will remain in the student academic record.
Academic Due Process and Appeal of Final Course Grade
The University of Toledo, College of Nursing upholds the principles of fairness and integrity and equitable application of the course syllabi, College of Nursing policies and procedures for student evaluation and the grading process for the assignment of a final grade.
The policy 3364.82-05 for academic due process is found on the University policies website: http://www.utoledo.edu/policies/academic/college_of_nursing/pdfs/3364_82_05.pdf.
Application to be a registered nurse is a separate procedure based on the state of initial licensure. Students are responsible to apply for licensure in Ohio. A verification of program completion is provided directly to the Ohio Board of Nursing after the university has cleared the student as having met all degree requirements. Students licensing out- of-state are responsible to consult with the appropriate State Board of Nursing and must supply all required paperwork to the College of Nursing for processing.