Academic progression and evaluation
Continuing in the Master of Nursing program occurs only as long as students maintain satisfactory performance and progress toward completion of the graduate degree program as outlined in Graduate School Memorandum No. 16. Students must also meet the requirements found in the University of Washington Student Conduct Code as amplified in the Nursing program's Essential Behaviors for Admission, Continuance, and Graduation.
Completion of the Master of Nursing program requires that students make satisfactory progress each quarter by completing required and elective courses; completing portfolio and fieldwork requirements; passing a final exam. All requirements must be completed within six years of admission to the program.
Master of Nursing student performance is reviewed on a quarterly basis by the Graduate Program Advisor, reported to the Director of Nursing, and documented in the Advisor/Director Meeting Log. For students not meeting satisfactory progress standards, the Director of Nursing confers with the Graduate Program Coordinator, scholarly committee, and/or MNCC regarding appropriate course of action as detailed below. If probation, final probation, or drop is recommended, the Dean of the Graduate School is notified.
Annual reviews of all students are conducted in summer quarter each year by the Director of Nursing and the Graduate Program Advisor. Students are notified in writing of the outcome of the annual review. Results of the review are provided to the MNCC each fall to include in their program evaluation report.
A master of nursing student who is making satisfactory progress meets the University and program standards relative to scholarship and performance in pursuit of the master's degree and includes each of the following:
- Maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
- Earn a quarterly GPA of 3.00 or higher.
- Earn a grade of 2.7 or higher in all courses.
- Make adequate progress as demonstrated by a “Credit” grade each enrolled quarter as evaluated by chair of scholarly committee. A “Credit” grade represents the chair’s evaluation of the student’s scholarly capability, progress, and performance.
- Comport with the Student Conduct Code and the Essential Behaviors.
Students who are having academic difficulties are encouraged to work directly with their course instructors or the chair of their scholarly committee. Students who are not making satisfactory progress as above will be evaluated for appropriate action as detailed below. Students may contact the Graduate Advisor for evaluation of options and assistance in accessing campus academic supports.
Recommendations for probation, final probation, and drop will be reviewed by the Dean of the Graduate School. Probation and final probation recommendations are noted on a student’s unofficial transcript. In addition to notification from their graduate program, students will receive final probation and drop status letters from the Dean of the Graduate School. Recommendations do not persist and must be reported to the Graduate School every quarter. No action will appear on the transcript for any subsequent quarter unless a new recommendation is made to the Dean of the Graduate School.
If a student earns a grade below 3.0, is failing to make adequate progress in Pathway Planning, Practicum, and Portfolio, or their quarterly GPA drops below 3.0, the student will receive a warning. A warning may be issued for a violation of the Student Conduct Code or Essential Behaviors as well. Students will receive a written explanation of performance expectations and a timetable for correction of deficiencies from the Director of Nursing. The letter is placed in the student’s electronic file and a copy provided to the chair of the student’s scholarly committee, if one has been appointed. This status is not reported to the Graduate School and does not appear on the student’s transcript.
If a student does not correct the deficiency for which they received a warning in the previous quarter or has a sudden and substantial departure from satisfactory progress may be placed on probation for up to two quarters. In some cases, an abrupt and substantial scholarly or behavioral issue may result in probation without a prior warning. Student performance will be evaluated by the Director of Nursing and the student’s scholarly committee (or the MNCC if no committee has yet been appointed). The student will receive a written explanation of performance expectations and a timetable for correction of deficiencies from the Director of Nursing. Students will meet quarterly with the Director or their scholarly chair to review their progress and re-evaluate the appropriateness of their probationary status. This recommendation is reviewed by the Dean of Graduate School and is noted on noted on the unofficial transcript during the duration of the probation only.
After at least one quarter of probation, a student who does not make progress toward satisfactory status, will be moved to final probation status for an additional quarter. Student performance will be evaluated by the Director of Nursing and the student’s scholarly committee (or the MNCC if no committee has yet been appointed). This recommendation is reviewed by the Dean of Graduate School and is noted on noted on the unofficial transcript during the duration of the probation only.
If a student has failed to return to satisfactory progress during their probationary period (including one quarter of final probation), this action will be recommended to the Graduate School. A drop recommendation means immediate drop from the University of Washington. Student performance will be evaluated by the Director of Nursing and the student’s scholarly committee (or the MNCC if no committee has yet been appointed). This recommendation will be sent to the Graduate School soon after the beginning of the quarter following the quarter on which the decision is based. If the Graduate School accepts a drop recommendation, the Registrar is notified by the Graduate School and the student is immediately removed from the graduate program.
Students may appeal these recommendations directly to the Director of the Nursing program and in accordance with the SNHS Grievance Policy. Appeals beyond this point must follow the process outlined in Graduate School Memorandum No. 33, Academic Grievance Procedure.
Based on Graduate School Memo No. 16 (Revised: March 2010)
Revised: Autumn 2018
Approved: Autumn 2018