While the use of face coverings on campus is no longer mandatory, all students and instructional staff are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while they are on campus. This is particularly true inside buildings and within classrooms and labs where social distancing is not possible due to limited space. If a student needs accommodations to ensure social distancing in the classroom due to being at high risk they are encouraged to work directly with the Student Access and Resource Center to assist in these accommodations. If students need masks, they may obtain them at the Central Library, the E.H. Hereford University Center’s front desk or in their department.
Course Syllabus Supplemental Information
Course Specific Grading Requirements
NURS 5110, NURS 5120, NURS 5130, NURS 5140 Grading Requirements
NURS 5110, NURS 5120, and NURS 5130 are pass-fail courses. This means that only a P or an F are assigned. To achieve a pass in each course, the student must achieve all the following:
- Attain a course grade of 70% or higher in each respective course the student is enrolled.
- Attain a minimum of 80% on each faculty graded check off in each respective course the student is enrolled.
If the student fails to attain an 80% on any check off (Problem focused exam or the comprehensive check off), the instructor may assign additional activities prior to a reevaluation. The student will have a one-time opportunity to be re-evaluated. A second faculty member will be present during the check off retake. If the student passes the check off retake (with a minimum score of 80%), the maximum grade the student can receive for the exam for purposes of grade calculation is 80%. If the student fails the retake, the student will receive a grade of "F" for the course.
NURS 5362 Grading Requirements
In order to pass NURS 5362, students must complete all assignments that are graded Pass/Fail at the passing level and obtain 80% in the total grade for all assignments that are graded on a 0-100 point scale. For assignments that are Pass/Fail students need 100% to pass. Students will be allowed one extra attempt to achieve this if submitted within the required time frame. Additionally, students must obtain a grade of 80% or better in the teaching assignment and complete all required approved clinical hours.
Nurse Practitioner Clinical Courses Grading Requirement
This section applies to all nurse practitioner clinical courses.
Clinical Evaluations: Students are evaluated during each clinical course by their instructor with the Clinical Evaluation of Student tool. For ALL graded and pass/fail clinical courses, students must attain 80% on this evaluation in order to pass the course. For numerically graded clinical courses, students will be assigned a numerical grade based on their performance on the tool.
For graded Clinical Practice 1 courses, students must receive ‘Meets Expectation with Moderate Assistance’ on 80% of the scored items. For Clinical Practice 2 courses, students must receive ‘Meets Expectation with Minimal Assistance’ on 80% of the scored items. The student’s percentage score will be the assigned grade for evaluation, with the minimum requirement of 80% to pass. Items marked as 'N/A or no opportunity to observe' will not be calculated in the student's raw score.
For pass/fail practicum courses, the student must achieve 80% of the scored items as 'meets expectation' in order to pass the course.
If the student fails to attain an 80% on the initial final evaluation at the prescribed level of the course, the instructor may assign additional activities and/or additional clinical hours prior to a reevaluation. The student will have a one-time opportunity to be re-evaluated with a second faculty member present. If the student passes the clinical performance retake (with a minimum score of 80%), the maximum grade the student can receive for the exam for purposes of grade calculation is 80%. If the student fails the retake, the student will receive a grade of "Z" for the course and a formal individualized remediation plan will be devised by the Lead Faculty in consultation with the Program Director. The formal remediation plan will be based on the feedback from the student’s clinical faculty and preceptor(s).
The student will need to re-register into the clinical course the student scored a “Z”, and the remediation plan will include registration in an Independent Study course which will allow one-on-one educational activities, remediation, and clinical hours with a faculty member. This formal individualized remediation plan must be thoroughly documented, and an agreement must be signed and completed by the student prior to enrollment in the Independent Study course.
When the student completes all terms of their formal individualized remediation plan, the student will have 1 opportunity to present a final patient case and be evaluated based on the Final Clinical Evaluation of NP Student by Faculty form by 2 faculty members, preferably their clinical instructor and lead course faculty. This Final Clinical Evaluation of NP Student by Faculty will be recorded on TEAMS. If the student meets expectations for their Final Clinical Evaluation of the NP Student by Faculty with an 80% or higher, the student’s grade of Z will be replaced by the grade earned and the student can progress. Failure to meet evaluation criteria for their clinical course will result in clinical course failure.
Notice to Students Enrolled in NURS 5220
NURS 5220 is approximately 1-2 semesters before students enroll in their first clinical course. Compliance with the Graduate Nursing Clinical Clearance Requirements is essential to prevent a delay in starting. At this point in the program all students should have uploaded all required documents to the clinical management system. For more information, please review the Resources are of the clinical management system.
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Central Standard Time Zone
The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the Central Standard Time zone. As such all due dates and times are based on the Central Standard Time zone. All students regardless of their physical location are required to adhere to the Central Standard Time zone due dates and times. It is the student’s responsibility to know, in which time zone they are located, how it differs from the CST zone, and to ensure they follow the due dates and times accordingly. Late assignments or tests will not be accepted if the student encounters difficulties due to time zone discrepancies.
All students enrolled in this course are expected to adhere to the UT Arlington Honor Code:
"Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts."
Click on the University Honor Code link to view the code. Students in the Graduate Nursing Programs are expected to read and comply with the Academic Integrity policy located in the MSN/PMC student handbook.
Copying another student’s paper or any portion of it is plagiarism. Copying a portion of published material (e.g., books or journals) without adequately documenting the source is plagiarism. Consistent with APA format, if five or more words in sequence are taken from a source, those words must be placed in quotes and the source referenced with author’s name, date of publication, and page number of publication. If the author’s ideas are rephrased, by transposing words or expressing the same idea using different words, the idea must be attributed to the author by proper referencing giving the author’s name and date of publication. If a single author’s ideas are discussed in more than one paragraph, the author must be referenced, according to APA format. Authors whose words or ideas have been used in the preparation of a paper must be listed in the references cited at the end of the paper. Students are expected to review the plagiarism module from the UT Arlington Central Library.
Completing the pre-exam steps:
- Students should follow the instructions of the start-up sequence in the Lockdown Browser.
- There will be a webcam and microphone check to ensure the equipment is functioning appropriately for the exam.
- Students should take a clear picture of themselves.
- Students must take a clear picture of their UTA MavID when requested. The name on the photo ID must match the name that is found in Canvas. Please note: Students are able to verify that a picture was taken in the system. If the student is unable to view the picture of their ID, they should exit out of the system and try again.
- Students are allowed multiple attempts to take a picture of their ID. If more than one attempt is needed, the student should hold up their ID in front of the webcam, click try again to take the picture, then click continue.
- The maximum time allowed for the student to complete the environmental scan is 65 seconds. Students must use a detachable camera to slowly scan their environment and show all of the components defined below.
- Entire testing surface, edge-to-edge.
- Entire keyboard and any item that is allowed on the testing surface as dictated by your professor, as well as underneath each item (lift and show underneath).
- Students can narrate or explain what is seen during the environmental scan as needed.
- It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the entire environmental components stated above can be seen by coaches and faculty.
- Please note: students are able to verify that a video was taken. If the student is unable to view the recorded environment check, they should exit out of the system and try again.
- Once the environment scan has been completed, students are prohibited from leaving the view of the testing area or moving any items back into the testing area.
- Students should start the exam as soon as the environmental scan is completed and reviewed.
- Students should position the webcam to the side of the testing surface so that the webcam captures a profile view of the student, the computer (including the computer screen), and the testing surface. The webcam should provide a clear view of the student, the testing surface, and the computer from the level of the testing surface and up (including the top of your head, eyes, torso, keyboard, monitor, mouse, and any permitted testing aid).
- Please note: iPads should not be used for testing due to compatibility issues with some Lockdown Browser features.
Communication and Conduct
The discussion board should be viewed as a public and professional forum for course-related discussions. Students are free to discuss academic matters and consult one another regarding academic resources. The tone of postings should be professional in nature.
It is inappropriate to post statements of a personal or political nature, or statements criticizing classmates or faculty. Inappropriate statements/language will be deleted by the course faculty and may result in denied access to the Discussion boards.
UT Arlington has adopted MavMail as its official means to communicate with students about important deadlines and events, as well as to transact university-related business regarding financial aid, tuition, grades, graduation, etc. All students are assigned a MavMail account and are responsible for checking the inbox daily.
No Gift Policy
In accordance with Regent Rules and Regulations and the UTA Standards of Conduct, the College of Nursing and Health Innovation has a “no gift” policy. A donation to one of the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation can be made in the faculty member's name.