Course Progression for Prelicensure Nursing

1. Students must meet progression requirements to remain with their original cohort.

 

  • Successful progression occurs following an earned pass in the previous clinical course and all its components (didactic, lab and clinical).
  • Physical Assessment: Students must have passed the objective assessment and submitted the performance tasks for the course, by the last day of the third month of the term, to progress to Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan II (CASAL II).

 

2. Clinical courses are sequential. Progression to clinical intensive is dependent upon successful completion of all aspects of the previous course, in addition to the lab assessment for the current course of study. Courses without a lab assessment will have specific course requirements that students must complete in order to attend their learning lab.  

 

  • Students must have passed the objective assessment for Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan I (CASAL I) by the last day of the third month of the term in order to progress to Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan II (CASAL II).
  • Students must have passed the objective assessment for Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan II (CASAL II) by the last day of the sixth month of the term in order to progress to Care of Adults with Complex Illnesses (CACI).
  • Students must have passed the objective assessment for Care of Adults with Complex Illnesses (CACI) by the last day of the third month of the term in order to progress to Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
  • Students must have passed the objective assessment for Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Care of Adults by the last day of the sixth month of the term in order to progress to Care of the Developing Family.
  • Students must have passed the objective assessment for Care of the Developing Family by the last day of the third month of the term in order to progress to Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing.
  • Students must have passed the objective assessment for Nursing Care of Children by the last day of the 4th month of the term in order to progress to Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing.
  • Students must have passed the objective assessment for Community Health and Population Focused Nursing  by the last day of the sixth month of the term in order to progress to Critical Care Nursing.
  • Students must have passed the objective assessment for Critical Care Nursing by the last day of the third month of the term in order to progress to Nursing Role Transition.


3. Failure to successfully complete any component (didactic, lab and clinical) in a clinical course of study results in a halt in course progression; the student is automatically placed on modified progression.

 

4. Modified progression results in an individualized remediation plan developed by the student mentor, course mentor and state Director of Nursing in collaboration with the student.


5. Modified progression ends when either the student passes the course objective assessment, or if cohort realignment is required, space becomes available in a future cohort and the student is eligible to join.

 

  • Cohort realignment may be required.
  • Cohort realignment occurs when a student has one or more clinical courses to complete following modified progression, and/or a term break that may, or may not, have included withdrawal from the program.
  • Cohort realignment shall occur at the first or fourth month of the term of the new cohort calendar.
  • Following realignment, the student must meet with key WGU nursing department personnel to determine completion of remediation requirements and the necessity of attending clinical learning labs for skills/simulation updates. In addition, the student is required to participate in learning activities related to professional behavior and comportment before attending clinical intensive.

Note: Student out-of-pocket supply costs may be associated with attending learning labs.


6. Modified progression is limited based on the reason for occurrence:

 

  •  Allowed up to three times for didactic issues
    • Didactic issues are defined as factors within the course of study unrelated to a lab or clinical failure.
    • Exception: Objective assessment failure and retake is governed by the Prelicensure Nursing Assessment and Retake Policy, and may result in academic dismissal prior to a third modified progression.
  •  Allowed once for clinical intensive issues
    • i.e., A second clinical intensive failure will result in academic dismissal from the prelicensure nursing program.
  •  Allowed twice for lab assessment issues
    • i.e., A third lab assessment failure will result in academic dismissal from the prelicensure nursing program.
  •  A fourth modified progression is not allowed, regardless of the reasons for the occurrences.

 

7. Academic dismissal from the nursing program, with no opportunity to reapply results when modified progression opportunities have been exhausted.

  • A full refund of tuition and fees may not be available should a student be dismissed from the program.

 

 


Article Number: 20514, 2482