We believe the Student Success Program is one of the key factors in the success of our nursing graduates.
The Student Success Program was initially implemented in 2004 to increase retention and graduation rates of nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered nurses) by providing activities to support their success. As a more far-reaching need was identified, the program expanded to include all undergraduate nursing students in the off-campus and on-campus pre-licensure programs.
With the launching of the online program in 2010, the program was conceptualized to address the unique needs of online students. Year-round interventions include conference calls, one-on-one meetings, and test preparation and study webinars.
All pre-licensure nursing students can benefit from Student Success services. Beginning during JR I Orientation and continuing until graduation, the Student Success Coordinators assist students with the transition into nursing school, provide stress management strategies, and support students through classroom and online presentations that focus on clinical course content. Peer mentors are coordinated through Student Success. These current nursing students have excelled in the classroom and clinical setting; peer mentors provide guidance and support through their success tips.
Students may be referred to the Student Success Center by faculty or they may seek assistance directly with the coordinator and faculty. The most common areas of student need include: study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, math, HESI comprehensive exam and course preparation sessions. Referrals may be made to the Counseling and Psychological Services (http://www.uta.edu/caps/) and financial aid (http://wweb.uta.edu/aao/fao/)
A course, Learning Professional Nursing and Life Skills (NURS 2232), is offered to assist students who experience challenges with testing, time management, study habits, and/or professional behavior. This course is required for students who fail a nursing course and/or score below a preset standard on the course HESI tests. Refer to the course syllabi for more information related to the course.
The Center has relocated to the second floor of Pickard Hall, room 220. There are five computers housed in the area, a large open room for group studying or meetings, and resources that can be checked for current student use. The Center is open Monday through Friday throughout the year.