A student‘s progression through the nursing program requires maintaining appropriate grades and the approval of nursing faculty that a student is qualified in all relevant aspects to practice nursing safely, ethically and competently. The nursing department reserves the right to review at any time the student‘s ability to practice safely and competently and will do so automatically when the student:
Progression is contingent upon satisfactorily completing the prescribed nursing curriculum. A grade of C- or below in a required nursing major core or support course is considered an unsatisfactory completion (failure). There are five typical circumstances that interrupt normal progression:
There are five typical circumstances that stop progression:
A grade of Incomplete (I) in any prerequisite nursing course will make the student ineligible for enrollment in succeeding nursing courses until the incomplete course is completed with a satisfactory passing grade.
A student may withdraw from a required nursing course with a clinical component, but must be passing the clinical at the time of withdrawal. A student cannot withdraw from a course to avoid failing clinical due to unsafe clinical nursing practice, unprofessional behavior, illegal behavior and/or unethical behavior. Once the student withdraws from a required nursing course, s/he must petition to the Admissions, Progressions, Honors and Graduation Committee (APGH Committee) to re-establish a revised progression plan.
When a student receives a grade of C- or below in a required nursing course, the APHG Committee will review a student petition for continuation and progression in the nursing major. A student who receives a grade of C- or below in a required nursing course must meet with her/his advisor and submit a petition to the APHG Committee within seven work days after the last scheduled final exam of the term. Please refer to the bottom section of this page for further petitioning procedures.
Unsafe Clinical Nursing Practice, Unethical, Unprofessional or Illegal Behavior
When faculty identifies unsafe clinical nursing practice or unethical, unprofessional or illegal behavior by a student in any School of Nursing activity, the faculty will notify the student by means of the academic alert. A student whose clinical practice has been documented to be unsafe or who has demonstrated unethical, unprofessional or illegal behavior will follow the APHG Committee petitioning procedures at the bottom of this page. The following may constitute sufficient grounds for denying progression and continuation in the nursing major:
Any student earning a grade of C- or below in the same required nursing course on two separate occasions or a grade of C- or below in two required nursing courses will be dismissed from the nursing program.
Withdrawal from the Nursing Major
If a student wishes to withdraw from the nursing major and Linfield College, the student must notify the Assistant Director of Registration and Records in the Enrollment Services Office and complete a Linfield College withdrawal form. Where applicable, the student must participate in a Student Loan Exit Interview with the Financial Aid Office. The student should also confer with their academic advisor. Should the student wish to return to the nursing program, the student must reapply for admission to Linfield College and the School of Nursing.
If a student wishes to withdraw from the nursing major but not Linfield College, the student must notify the Assistant Director of Registration and Records in the Enrollment Services Office. The student should also confer with their academic advisor. Should the student wish to return to the nursing major, the student must reapply for admission to the School of Nursing.
Readmission to the Nursing Major
Re-entry to the nursing major depends upon:
The APHG Committee will evaluate each applicant for readmission on an individual basis. For example, a student requesting readmission after an extended absence may be required to retake and successfully pass a particular course or courses.
Petitioning the APHG Committee
If the petition is approved, the student may retake the course as space is available during fall or spring semesters. A student who has failed a course will not be allowed to enroll in a clinical nursing course during summer term.
If the petition is denied, the student is given a summary of the committee findings and may review written materials used in making the decision. The student may write an appeal petition to the Dean of Nursing in writing within one month after the APGH decision, should they choose to do so.
Appealing the APHG Committee Decision
Students wishing to appeal a progression decision made by the APHG Committee should consult with their academic advisor, and submit a detailed petition letter to the Dean of Nursing. If the matter is still not resolved after appealing to the Dean of Nursing, the student may appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty on the McMinnville campus.