Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy establishes standards for measuring whether a student is maintaining successful progress in his/her educational program. Regulations require that the Office of Financial Aid monitor and evaluate the progress of each student, whether they are receiving financial aid or not, toward completion of their program. Students who fail classes, fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average, or fail to complete classes in a maximum timeframe, lose eligibility for all types of federal, state and school administered aid.

The measurement of SAP is based on two primary components: one is qualitative and the other is quantitative. The qualitative component requires certain minimum course grades and cumulative grade point averages be achieved as measuring points and the quantitative component requires completing courses at a certain pace in order to complete an educational program within the allowed maximum timeframe. The application of the standards is consistent within categories of students at BHSN, i.e., full-time, part-time, traditional track and accelerated track students. The standards are applied to nursing students receiving assistance under the Title IV, HEA programs, as well as those students who are not receiving Title IV assistance. Both standards must be met by all students in order for their academic progress to be considered satisfactory.

Students enrolled in BHSN for the first time will be assumed to be making satisfactory progress for Title IV purposes, regardless of whether he/she had prior post-secondary experience. Transfer students will be assumed to be making satisfactory progress upon admission to the school for the initial disbursement of Title IV funds. Students will be evaluated for satisfactory progress at the end of each nursing course within a payment period. At the time of each evaluation, students who are not compliant with the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy will not be able to advance to the next nursing course. This will result in action up to and including dismissal from the program. Previously those students, who have a one-time failure, were eligible to apply for readmission and be eligible to reestablish his/her financial assistance under the Title IV, HEA programs. However, the program is closing May, 2017, resulting in only the Accelerated track students being eligible to return.

All students including Title IV recipients must continue to make satisfactory academic progress according to the standards below:

Qualitative Measures:

  • Course grades are assessments based on academic, clinical laboratory/simulation, and classroom laboratory achievement
    • Minimum grade of “C” for all required non-nursing courses
    • Minimum grade of “75” for nursing courses
      • Academic performance in nursing courses is based on course test grades including standardized testing and clinical laboratory achievement
    • Satisfactory grade in clinical laboratory achievement
      • Clinical and classroom laboratory components of nursing courses are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Laboratory performances must be satisfactory to pass the nursing course.
      • A failing grade in clinical or classroom laboratory will result in course failure regardless of course academic grade
  • A semester QPR of 2.0
    • Progression in the nursing major is dependent upon the student maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 in all nursing courses (those with a NU prefix).
      • The nursing major grade point average is calculated and reviewed after each course is completed.
Quantitative Measures:
  • Pace of Progression – Provides measurement of the student’s progress at each evaluation. Students must earn credits (receive passing grades) for all required sequencing of semester courses as outlined in the curriculum plan.
    • Overall, students are eligible for school-based aid for up to four semesters of enrollment
  • Maximum Time Frame – The maximum time frame for students to complete their certificate diploma cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the academic program
    • Students may receive federal financial aid up to 150% (typically 3 years) of the normal time to diploma completion.
    • Repeated courses will be counted as part of the attempted and completed courses, and part of the 150% of normal time to completion.