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Health Regulations for Nursing Majors
All students are required to meet the health regulations for students established by the School of Nursing. Annual physical examinations, including tuberculin testing, appropriate laboratory tests, and designated immunizations, are required of all nursing students. The cost of healthcare is the responsibility of the student. Health forms are available online at the Health Services website.
Prior to registration for courses, all students are required to submit evidence of the following:
- Annual Physical
- Annual TB testing (PPD or Quantiferon with Chest X-Ray if positive)
- Tetanus/Diphtheria Current (within 10 years)
- Immune Titer Results for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella
- Hepatitis B Vaccine Series or Hepatitis B Declination Statement
- CPR Certification
- BCLS or ACLS certification, depending on program specialty.
Forms must be submitted to Health Services and the School of Nursing before each fall semester according to the Clinical Clearance Participation Policy in the School of Nursing Student Handbook. Failure to submit accordingly will result in suspension from clinical participation. A copy of the CPR certification card must be provided each semester. These requirements are reviewed on an annual basis and may be changed at any time. Individual clinical agencies may require additional examinations or reports. These additional costs are the responsibility of the student.
Insurance for Nursing Majors
All students are required to have accident and health insurance in order to participate in a clinical practicum. It is also required that all nursing students carry Adelphi University professional liability insurance, which is provided at low cost through a group policy.
School of Nursing Resource Center
Travel expenses and transportation related to clinical experiences are the responsibility of the student. Most clinical experiences require automobile travel.
The School of Nursing Resource Center includes four learning laboratories and two computer laboratories. This includes a seminar room with demonstration bed and a small auxiliary laboratory for physical assessment skills. The skills laboratory simulates the hospital setting with all appropriate and supportive supplies and equipment. These include advanced patient care mannequins and simulators, injecta-pads, intravenous training arms, ostomy models, and many other innovative educational devices. In addition to regularly scheduled classes held in the nursing laboratory, open laboratory skills sessions are held regularly with a clinical coordinator, thus providing all students with an opportunity for reinforcement of clinical learning.
School of Nursing Organizations
Student Nurses Acting for Progress (SNAP) is an organization composed of all students in the School of Nursing. It was formed to bring constituents together to consider and discuss problems, issues, and concerns affecting the members of the School of Nursing. The organization stimulates interest and involvement in professional and social issues and provides an environment conducive for informal socialization among its members.
Honors in Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau International Inc.
The School of Nursing’s honor society is the Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Inc., the International Honor Society of Nursing. The purpose of this organization is to:
- Recognize the achievement of scholarship and superior quality
- Recognize the development of leadership qualities
- Foster high professional standards
- Encourage creative work
- Strengthen commitment on the part of individuals to the ideals an purposes of the profession of nursing
Junior and senior students who have achieved a 3.0 GPA on the undergraduate level may be considered for membership. Graduate students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 at the graduate level and who have successfully completed one-quarter of the graduate program may be considered for membership.
Adelphi School of Nursing Honors
To be eligible for School of Nursing honors, a student must have completed 33 credits in nursing at Adelphi have achieved a GPA of 3.5 in the nursing major and a 3.5 GPA overall.
The Office of University Admissions, in collaboration with the School of Nursing, will evaluate transfer credits. Students who received an A.S. degree (but not an A.A.S. degree) from an accredited institution prior to their transfer to Adelphi are exempt from all General Education requirements.
Textbook, Uniform, and Study Guide Expenses
Students can expect to spend between $300 and $500 per semester for the purchase of textbooks. In addition, beginning in the student's sophomore year in the nursing program, students can expect to spend between $200 and $400 for laboratory and clinical equipment and uniforms, and approximately $400 for a personal digital assistant (PDA), which will substitute for some textbooks. The School of Nursing has an official student uniform. Students must purchase a sufficient number of uniforms to present a professional appearance in clinical settings. Uniforms cost approximately $250 and are ordered from our provider online and delivered to you. Clinical agencies may have additional specific requirements that incur additional costs for students.
Clinical experiences are a critical part of the nursing curriculum. Students cannot be assured of a particular site, day, or time for these experiences. All students must complete all clinical hours. Those students who are unable to do so may incur additional time and/or costs to complete requirements. These arrangements are made, if necessary, through the office of the Assistant Dean, Director of the Undergraduate Program and the Associate Deam for Academic Affairs. Because of the clinical experience, the School of Nursing has additional requirements separate from university requirements such as health clearances and drug calculation examinations that must be completed prior to the beginning of the semester.
Standard of Performance Required for Continuance in the School of Nursing
- All science and nursing foundation courses are prerequisites to the clinical courses. All nursing courses must be taken in sequence.
- All students must successfully complete the required science courses and lower division nursing courses in order to progress to junior status in the nursing program. The standard of performance required in the School of Nursing is C+ or higher in any nursing or science course. A grade of less than C+ (77%) in any nursing or science course is unacceptable for progression in the nursing major.
- The final grade in any nursing course that includes a clinical component consists of two parts: Nursing Theory, which is letter graded, and Nursing Clinical Laboratory, which is graded Pass/Fail. Students must receive a satisfactory grade in both the clinical and classroom component of the course. If an unsatisfactory grade is received in either component, both the theory and the clinical portions of the course must be repeated.
- Students who receive a grade of C or lower in one nursing or science course will be placed on School of Nursing probation and given the opportunity to repeat the course in which the unacceptable grade was earned. A course may be repeated only once. A concurrent or subsequent failure to earn a grade of C+ or higher in any nursing or science course will result in the student being dropped from the nursing major.
- Grades obtained in all non-nursing required courses will also be reviewed at the end of each semester. The acceptable grade for Math 113 is a C or better. A grade of less than C- in all other non-nursing courses is unacceptable and students receiving an unacceptable grade will be placed on School of Nursing probation. Failure to obtain an acceptable grade in any non-nursing course may mean that the student cannot continue in the nursing sequence. No required course may be taken Pass/Fail.
- All nursing courses that include a clinical component require a drug calculation examination, the minimum passing score for which is 90%. Any student who fails to attain a score of 90% on the initial drug calculation examination in any clinical course will be offered two opportunities to retest. Students who do not pass the medication calculation examination upon retest will not be permitted to attend clinical and must wait until the following semester to take the clinical course.
- Any student whose performance is deemed unsafe or who proves to be irresponsible, untrustworthy, unethical, or unprofessional will be dismissed from the nursing program.
- Additional information regarding requirements and progression are found in the School of Nursing Student Handbook, available from the School of Nursing Office..
Students in the School of Nursing may take up to a total of 9 credits of individualized study toward the baccalaureate degree.
The transfer of credits earned at another institution is allowed only for comparable graduate courses completed with a grade of B or higher within five years preceding the date of entrance to the Adelphi University School of Nursing. Evaluation of advanced standing is made by the School of Nursing. A maximum of 6 graduate credits may be accepted as transfer credits applicable toward the M.S. degree.
Students are considered to be matriculated when they have been accepted into the program as a degree student and are enrolled in at least one course. Students in the master’s program have five years from the date of first enrollment to complete their requirements.
Textbook and Study Guide Expense
Students can expect to spend between $200 and $300 per semester for the purchase of textbooks and the School of Nursing Study Guides. Textbooks are also available at the Reserve Desk in the Swirbul Library.
Leave of Absence/Continuous Matriculation
Students must enroll in "continuous matriculation" if they decide not to take courses for a semester. Students may also apply for a Leave of Absence in some circumstances. The School of Nursing Student Handbook outlines both procedures and student responsibilities.
Courses completed with a grade of A or B are automatically applied toward degree requirements when the course in question is applicable towards such requirements. The minimally acceptable grade in all required courses is B-.
For further information on the University grading system, and on Withdrawals (W’s) and Incompletes (I’s), see the Grading System section titled of the Bulletin.
Students in the graduate program in nursing must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in order to progress. The School of Nursing Student Handbook outlines policies for failing grades and GPAs earned that are below a 3.0
The Office of Student Financial Services provides students with information on a variety of scholarships and loans.