Admission Requirements 1. Admission Requirements Applicants for admission to this program, in addition to meeting all requirements for admission to the University, must: Have acceptable credit for secondary or post-secondary biology. Have a minimum ACT composite score of 21 for unconditional admission. A student with an ACT composite score of 19 or 20 OR a grade point average of at least 3.0 in required general education courses may be considered for conditional admission. Applicants who meet the requirements for unconditional admission will be admitted upon receipt of ACT scores and transcripts of courses completed at other institutions. Applicants who meet the requirements for conditional admission will not be considered for admission until after March 1. In addition to ACT scores, all applicants are evaluated according to grade point average in required general education courses completed prior to application for admission. Applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited post-secondary institution may be considered for exemption of the ACT requirement. 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 NLNAC 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: 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. 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. 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. 2. Progression Requirements In order to progress in the nursing program, students must: Achieve a minimum grade of "C" (80%) in each nursing course attempted. Achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each general education course. Maintain a cumulative grade point ratio of 2.0 in general education course requirements. Achieve a clinical laboratory grade of "satisfactory" in each nursing course. 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 the nursing faculty, the student demonstrates behaviors inappropriate to nursing practice. Students whose health status and/or clinical performance jeopardizes the clients assigned to his/her care may also be dismissed from the nursing program. Misconduct will be handled according to the Code of Conduct as outlined in the University of West Alabama Student Handbook and the Progression Policy of the Division of Nursing. 3. Graduation RequirementsCandidates 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.