School of Nursing

BACHELOR OF NURSING (COLLABORATIVE) PROGRAM FAST-TRACK OPTION

The BN (Collaborative) Program Fast-Track Option is offered at Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing, and Western Regional School of Nursing.

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ADMISSION

1)  Applicants for admission or readmission must complete an application for the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program and request the Fast -Track Option. In addition, students who have not registered for courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland for either of the two immediately preceding semesters must also complete a general application for admission to the University.  Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

2)  New applicants to the BN (Collaborative) Program Fast-Track Option will be accepted for the Fall semester only.  DEADLINE:
Applications, including all required documents, must be received by March 1.

3)  To be considered for admission to the BN (Collaborative) Program Fast-Track Option applicants must

i.) have completed a bachelor degree from a recognized university AND meet the UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - ADMISSION/READMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY (UNDERGRADUATE) of Memorial University of Newfoundland.  An applicant with a bachelor degree must also demonstrate successful completion of the following courses prior to admission:

Statistics 2500 or equivalent, or Education 2900
Biochemistry 1430 [or equivalent]
Biology 3053 [or equivalent]

OR

ii.) qualify for advanced standing.  An applicant who has successfully completed all non-nursing course requirements of the BN (Collaborative) Program, and is in good standing may qualify for advanced standing.  Applicants must demonstrate successful completion of the following courses (39 credit hours) prior to admission:
        
a) Six credit hours from English
b) Biochemistry 1430 or equivalent
c) Biology 3053 or equivalent
d) Psychology 1000 or equivalent
e) Statistics 2500 or equivalent, or Education 2900

AND

Three credit hours from each of the following:

a)  Business
b)  Philosophy 2800 to 2810 series or Religious Studies 2610
c)  Political Science
d)  Sociology/Anthropology

AND

Additional Elective Credit Hours (9) selected from any credit courses within the University.
    
4)  Admission to the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Fast-Track Program is on the basis of competition for a limited number of places.  Selection of candidates will be based on:  

a) academic performance:

i.) applicants who have completed a bachelor degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) in their degree program.

ii) applicants for advanced standing must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) AND a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) in the courses (39 credit hours) required for admission (see 3.ii above)

b) evidence of ability to successfully maintain a full course load.

c) other criteria considered suitable for professional practice in nursing.

Admission to the program is denied to any student if, in the judgement of the Joint Admissions Committee, s/he is deemed unsuitable for admission.  Priority will be given to degree holders and residents of the province.

5)  Applicants may be requested to attend an interview.

6)  Applicants must provide two letters of reference.

7)  Applicants must satisfy the health and immunization requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program.
    
8)  Proof of certification in Standard First Aid and Basic Cardiac Life Support, offered by the Canadian Red Cross Society or St. John Ambulance Association, is required to be submitted prior to entry into the program. Certification obtained from other organizations will be accepted if deemed equivalent by the Schools of Nursing.

9)  An unsuccessful applicant has the right to appeal the decision of the Admissions Committee.  The appeal should be made in writing clearly stating the grounds for the appeal within fourteen days of the notification of the decision and should be directed to the Chair, Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing, Committee on Undergraduate Studies.



ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND PROMOTIONS

1)  The Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing constitutes the examining body for all School of Nursing examinations.  The standing of every student will be assessed at the end of each academic semester by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, and a grade report will be issued by the Registrar of Memorial University of Newfoundland to the individual student.

2)  Students are required to achieve a grade of at least 65% or a grade of PAS as appropriate in each of the required nursing courses.

3)  A student may be required to withdraw from a nursing course with a clinical component or from the program at any time, on the recommendation of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, if the student is deemed unlikely to profit from continued attendance in the nursing course or program and/or is deemed unsafe in a clinical setting.

4)  Students failing to achieve the requirements outlined in Clause 2 or who are required to withdraw from a nursing course under Clause 3 must withdraw from the BN (Collaborative) Program Fast-Track Option. They may be allowed, with special permission from the Directors, to resume their studies within the regular stream of the BN (Collaborative) program and are subject to all its academic standards.  Accordingly, invoking this clause carries over to the BN (Collaborative) program as a first failure in the relevant course(s).

5)  Students who voluntarily withdraw from the program must notify the Director, and may be required to apply in competition for readmission after the lapse of two semesters.

6)  Students appealing matters such as admission, readmission, examinations and promotion must make their appeal in writing, clearly stating the basis of the appeal, to the Chair, Committee on Undergraduate Studies. Appeals cannot be made on the basis of grades awarded in individual courses, as the student will normally have had the opportunity of contesting a grade after notification.



SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATIONS

Policy

Any student receiving a grade of 60% in a Nursing course is eligible to write a supplementary examination in that course.  Only three supplementary examinations in Nursing courses can be written during the program.

Guidelines

1)  Supplementary examinations are allowed only in Nursing courses that have a written final examination.

2)  Supplementary examinations will have the same weight as final examinations for the course in determining whether the student achieves a passing grade for the course.

3)  Any student writing a supplementary examination can only obtain a maximum grade of 65% in the course.

4)  Supplementary examinations will be written no later than the first week of the semester immediately following the one in which the course was failed. Normally they should coincide with the writing of deferred examinations in courses where deferred examinations are granted for the semester in question. Grades for supplementary examinations must be received by the Office of the Registrar within one week following the completion of the examination.

5)  A student may write a supplementary examination for any one course only once.

6)  If it is mathematically impossible to achieve a passing grade in a course, then the student will not be granted a supplementary examination.



PROGRAM OF STUDIES: BACHELOR OF NURSING (COLLABORATIVE) PROGRAM FAST-TRACK OPTION

Courses in the BN (Collaborative) Program Fast-Track Option are taken in the sequence identified in the chart - Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program Fast -Track Option, Sequencing of Courses.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE HOLDERS

One hundred and two credit hours are required for the completion of the degree. The required credit hours are as follows:

Program Prerequisites (9 Credit Hours)

a) Biochemistry 1430 or equivalent
b) Biology 3053 or equivalent
c) Statistics 2500 or equivalent, or Education 2900

Nursing Credit Hours (93)

1001, 1002, 1003, 1011, 1012, 1014, 1511, 1520, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2501, 2511, 2520, 3001, 3111, 3113, 3501, 3511, 3520, 3521, 3522, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4110, 4501, 4512, 4513.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS ADMITTED WITH ADVANCED STANDING

One hundred thirty two credit hours are required for the completion of the degree. The required credit hours are as follows:

Program Pre-requisites (39 Credit Hours)

Required Credit Hours (18)

a) Six credit hours from English
b) Biochemistry 1430 or equivalent
c) Biology 3053 or equivalent
d) Psychology 1000
e) Statistics 2500 or equivalent, or Education 2900

Elective Credit Hours (12)

Three credit hours from each of the following:

a) Business
b) Philosophy 2800 to 2810 series or Religious Studies 2610
c) Political Science
d) Sociology/Anthropology

Additional Elective Credit Hours (9)

- Any credit courses within the University.

Nursing Credit Hours (93)

1001, 1002, 1003, 1011, 1012, 1014, 1511, 1520, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2501, 2511, 2520, 3001, 3111, 3113, 3501, 3511, 3520, 3521, 3522, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4110, 4501, 4512, 4513.

REGISTRATION EXAMINATIONS

To meet the licensing requirements for practising nursing in Canada, students must write the licensure examination from the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE).

To be eligible to write the registered nurse licensure examination, candidates must graduate from an approved School of Nursing and be recommended by the School of Nursing.

In order to be recommended for the registered nurse licensure examination, a student must complete a comprehensive examination set by the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program Fast-Track Option. The comprehensive examination may be in the form of a commercial examination, eg. Mosby Assess Test or NLN exam.  The cost of commercial examinations shall be the responsibility of the student.


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