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MSN/PMC Current Student Information
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. Complete 135 hours of practicum for approved activities and approved hours within the 10 weeks session.
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 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. A second faculty member will be present during the clinical performance retake. 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 "F" for the course.
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 their account open with Castle Branch or Complio and uploaded all required documents. Students admitted to the MSN/PMC program after April 5, 2021 will use Complio to manage their clinical clearance requirements. All other students admitted before this time will use Castle Branch. For additional information and instructions please see the Shared Document Area of InPlace.
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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.
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.
Students are responsible for knowing and complying with all policies in the University Catalog.
MSN/PMC Student Handbook
Students are responsible for knowing and complying with all policies and information contained in the MSN/PMC Student Handbook. Students should pay particular attention to the following policies and procedures in the handbook:
- Advising and Registration
- Academic Standing and Progression
- Graduation including but not limited to
- MSN NP Verification of Education for Certification and Licensure
- Academic Integrity
- Student Complaint and Grievance Procedures
- Clinical Policies and Procedures including but not limited to:
- Nurse Practitioner Program Clinical Experiences
- Status of RN Licensure
- Substance Abuse Policy
- Clinical Performance Requirements and Evidence of Clinical Competence
- Student Resources and Information, including but not limited to:
- Board of Nursing Reportable Student Incidents
- Civility and Professional Behavior
Clinical/Practicum Placement, Requirements, Performance and Clearance Overview (Nursing Education and Nurse Practitioner Students)
Students are responsible for reading and following the clinical policies and procedures in InPlace. The following policies are posted in InPlace:
- UTA MSN Clinical Practicum Acknowledgement
- Graduate Student Clinical Placement Policy and Procedure
- Graduate Student Clinical Performance Policy
- Graduate Student Clinical Site and Preceptor Policy
- Students Experiencing Difficulties with Clinical Placements
- Graduate Nursing Clinical Clearance Requirements
Student Complaints and Grade Grievances
Any appeal of a grade in this course must follow the procedures and deadlines for grade-related grievances as published in the current University Catalog. For additional information on grade grievances and student complaints go to the following links:
Several scholarship opportunities exist for graduate nursing students. For information regarding available scholarships click Scholarship Funds.
The English Writing Center (411LIBR)
The Writing Center offers FREE tutoring in 15-, 30-, 45-, and 60-minute face-to-face and online sessions to all UTA students on any phase of their UTA coursework. Register and make appointments online at the Writing Center. Classroom visits, workshops, and specialized services for graduate students and faculty are also available. Please see Writing Center: OWL for detailed information on all our programs and services.
Student Success Faculty
The Department of Graduate Nursing provides two faculty members to support graduate nursing students’ academic success. The goal of the success faculty member is to support student achievement in graduate level coursework. The two faculty members serve in different roles, a Writing Coach and Study Coach.
The Writing Coach assists graduate nursing students to improve the clarity and organization of their written papers. If you have questions about grammar or format as you are writing a paper, the Writing Coach can answer those questions for you by email or in person by appointment. After you have written a strong draft of a written paper, you may send it to the Writing Coach along with the grading criteria/rubric for the paper as email attachments at least 5 days before the paper is due. The Writing Coach will provide you feedback about your writing on a first come, first served basis.
The Study Coach can assist with diverse resources that may include study skills, testing challenges/approaches, managing multiple responsibilities, and addressing personal issues impacting academic performance. Course content challenges may also be addressed, with referral to additional resources as indicated.
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Emergency Exit Procedures
Should we experience an emergency event that requires us to vacate the building, students should exit the room and move toward the nearest exit. When exiting the building during an emergency, one should never take an elevator but should use the stairwells. Faculty members and instructional staff will assist students in selecting the safest route for evacuation and will make arrangements to assist individuals with disabilities. Students requiring assistance with evacuating a classroom should notify their faculty on the first day of class.
UTA Library Helpful Links
- Nursing Liaison Librarians
- Research Information on Nursing
- Library Home Page
- Subject Guides
- Connecting from Off- Campus
- APA Formatting
Canvas communication tools, discussion boards, and UTA MAV email will be used extensively and should be checked often.
Emergency Phone Numbers: In case of an on-campus emergency, call the UT Arlington Police Department at 817-272-3003 (non-campus phone), 2-3003 (campus phone). You may also dial 911. For non-emergencies, call 817-272-3381.