• Admission Requirements

     Admission Requirements
      Applicants for admission to this program, in addition to meeting all requirements for admission to the University, must:
    1. Have a 3.0 grade point average in required general education courses (English 1, Anatomy and Physiology 1, General Psychology, and a fine arts or humanities) for the nursing curriculum. Only one general education course may be retaken once for a higher grade.
    2. Achieve a 75% on the HESI (Health Systems, Inc.) A2 (Admission Assessment with Critical Thinking).  The entrance exam can only be taken two times in a twelve month period. Future test dates will be posted online at the UWA nursing website.
    3. Application deadline is June 1. Only completed applications will be considered for admission. Applicants may be conditionally admitted pending receipt of fall grades.
      All transfer students must meet the admission criteria of the nursing program. Students may transfer credit from an accredited institution for general education course requirements for which a minimum grade of “C” was achieved. Students may also transfer credit from another ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) accredited nursing program for nursing courses comparable to NS 101, NS 102, and NS 103 if such courses have been completed within three years prior to the date of application to the Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing.

    Transfer students who have failed to successfully complete a nursing program or programs elsewhere will be placed into one of the following categories in term of admission status: 
    1. A student who has failed to successfully complete a nursing program at another institution with such failure occurring at least five years prior to application to the Division of Nursing will be held to the same admission standards as an applicant without previous failure.
    2. A student who has failed to successfully complete a nursing program at another institution with such failure occurring within five years of application to the Division of Nursing will be considered for conditional admission. The applicant must present a letter from the nursing program in which he/she was enrolled validating eligibility for readmission. If the applicant is admitted to but fails to successfully complete the curriculum requirements of the Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing, he/she will be ineligible for readmission.
    3. A student who has twice failed a nursing course prior to applying to the Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing will be ineligible for admission.
      The Division of Nursing offers an Advanced Placement Plan to qualified licensed practical nurses. Further information about the Advanced Placement Plan is available upon request from the office of the Division of Nursing

    Meeting eligibility requirements does not ensure admission into the nursing program.
    Progression Requirements
       In order to progress in the nursing program, students must:
    1. Achieve a minimum grade of “C” (80%) in each nursing course attempted.
    2. Achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each general education course.
    3. Achieve a clinical laboratory grade of “satisfactory” in each nursing course.
    4. Maintain current CPR certification, negative TB skin test or chest X-ray, and negative drug screen.
      Failure to meet any of the above admission and progression requirements results in academic dismissal from the nursing program. In addition to academic dismissal, the student’s enrollment in the nursing program may be terminated at any time if, in the judgment of nursing faculty, the student demonstrates behaviors inappropriate to nursing practice. Students whose health status and/or clinical performance jeopardize the clients assigned to his/her care may also be dismissed from the nursing program. The Division of Nursing reserves the right to require a student to submit to: (A) drug screening and/or other professional evaluation for chemical addiction*; (B) psychological testing and/or counseling; (C) physical examination by a licensed physician at the student’s expense and to submit a report of the outcome to the Division of Nursing. Results of such reports will be reviewed by the nursing faculty to determine the progression status of the student. Progression may also be terminated if the student has falsified information submitted on the application for admission to The University and/or the Division of Nursing. Dismissal for misconduct will be handled according to the Code of Conduct as outlined in the University of West Alabama Student Handbook, Tiger Paw, at http://tigerpaw.uwa.edu and the Progression Policy of the Division of Nursing.

    *Guidelines established by the Alabama Board of Nursing and guidelines established in the chemical abuse policies of affiliating clinical agencies are utilized by faculty in determining probable cause for requiring professional evaluation for substance abuse. Drug screening is required by health agencies prior to students’ participating in clinical experiences.
      A student who has withdrawn from a nursing course or failed a nursing course may apply for reinstatement by completing an online Reinstatement Request Form. The application must be received within one academic year from withdrawal/failure. A student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in nursing and general education courses required for the Associate in Science in nursing curriculum to be eligible for reinstatement. The student’s application, the student’s record of performance, and other relevant information submitted by the student will be reviewed, and the faculty will make a recommendation regarding the student’s reinstatement. Reinstatement will depend on successful completion of requirements established by the faculty and availability of clinical space. Students who fail to meet the requirements of a nursing course or withdraw from a nursing course with a course average below a “C” prior to the last semester of the curriculum, will be allowed one reinstatement. Students who fail to meet the requirements of a nursing course or withdraw from a nursing course with a course average below a “C” during the last semester of the curriculum will be allowed one reinstatement regardless of prior dismissals. Reinstatement may require repeating nursing courses to ensure that knowledge is current. Reinstatement to the nursing program is not guaranteed. Applicants for reinstatement will be considered if space is available following admission of all first-time applicants.

    Students must abide by policies in effect at the time of reinstatement in the Division of Nursing Student Handbook.
      The student may be refused reinstatement to the nursing program for any of the following reasons:
    1. Failure to successfully complete the progression requirements of a nursing program at another institution prior to enrolling in the nursing program at UWA.
    2. Failure to successfully demonstrate competency in previous nursing courses.
    3. Patterns of behavior inappropriate to nursing practice; i.e. unsafe practice, consistent tardiness, difficulties in interpersonal relationships with peers, faculty, patients or health agency staff, evidence of chemical abuse, falsification of applications for admission to the University and/or the Division of Nursing, conviction of a felony, or any other behaviors incongruent with professional nursing practice.
    4. Lack of space.
    1. Students who are not eligible for reinstatement or meet academic eligibility may apply for admission to the nursing program as a new student.
    2. Students who were dismissed for academic reasons or withdrew for a period of more than one academic year must apply for readmission.
    3. If accepted as a new student, the student must take all nursing courses.
    4. Readmission is not guaranteed.
    Graduation Requirements
              Candidates for graduation must have met the progression requirements of the Division of Nursing as well as all University graduation requirements as outlined in the General Catalogue. In addition, a minimum of one academic year in residence and completion of 28 semester hours credit in nursing must be earned at UWA.
     Further information on the nursing program can be obtained by writing to the Chairperson, Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing, Station 28, the University of West Alabama, Livingston, Alabama 35470.