Retention and Promotion

Retention and Promotion of a Student in Nursing

  • Retention of a nursing student in good standing is dependent upon:
    • Maintenance of a retention grade point average of 2.00 or better.
    • Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better in nursing courses.
    • Earning a "C" or better in each prerequisite.
    • Earning a "C" or better in each nursing course.
  • To achieve a passing grade in any nursing course, the student must receive a "C" or better in both clinical/laboratory experience and theory. If the clinical/laboratory experience takes place in more than one facility, there must be a passing grade ("C" or better) for the student's performance at each facility.
  • Policy concerning promotion: If at the end of a semester, a student fails to maintain an overall (cumulative) grade point average of 2.00 AND an overall grade point average of 2.00 in all nursing courses, the student will be placed on academic probation. (See the School of Nursing Student Handbook regarding details of retention and promotion.)

Requirements for Graduation

Each student must meet University requirements for a bachelor's degree. The minimum number of credit hours required for graduation is 127 semester hours, the last 30 hours of which must have been completed at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Requirements for Licensure to Practice Profession

To be licensed as a registered nurse, an individual must graduate from a state approved school of nursing, such as SWOSU. Candidates for licensure as a registered nurse in Oklahoma must pass a National Council Licensure Examination. This examination is administered under the direction of the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at SWOSU satisfies the educational requirements required of candidates desiring to take this examination.

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