Business Office Overview: The business office’s primary function is to: • Take payment for tuition and fees • Disburse financial aid • Maintain student and alumni databases •Maintain all school records, except Employee Heath info. Payment can be made in the form of Check, Credit Card, Cash, or Money Order. Tuition and Fee Schedule • A Tuition and Fee Schedule is given to all students with their Acceptance Packet. This is a detailed account of all payments the student will incur during their 4 semesters at CSON and a payment schedule for those not receiving financial aid. The Tuition and Fee Schedule also covers fees that will be required by the Texas Board of Nursing and NCLEX so the student may budget for these expenses. CSON Refund Policy is outlined on the back of this form. The Tuition and Fees Schedule is found in your Acceptance Packet. This form does not need to be signed or turned in. It is provided to you for your benefit. Promissory Note • The Promissory Note is a legally binding promise to make payment to CSON. It is signed on Orientation day and contains information on tuition/fees and a payment schedule for students that do not receive financial aid. It also contains information for students that do not meet their financial obligations to the school and actions that CSON will take to retrieve the outstanding balance. The Promissory note is a legally binding document. Signing it indicates your intent to make payments to Covenant School of Nursing according to the time-frame listed on the document. It must be signed by all students, including those receiving financial aid. You will receive this form at student orientation. Financial Aid Disbursement The Business Office disburses all financial aid. Students who receive financial aid are required to pay all school tuition and fees due for that semester at the time financial aid checks are disbursed or by noon the 3rd Friday after school starts. All questions regarding the status of Financial Aid should be directed to the Financial Aid Officer. Maintaining Database and Records All students must keep all their information accurate and up-to-date. The Student Address and Phone form is filled out on the fist day of each semester, and is located outside the Business Office for students during the school year. This form must be filled out on the first day of every semester. During the semester, this form is available outside the Business Office. If any changes occur to your name, address, or phone number during the semester, then you can update your information by filling out this form again. Additional Forms The following forms must be read and signed on Orientation Day, or by the first day of class. Please read carefully. This form must be filled out and turned into the Business Office on Orientation Day, or by the first day of class. This form must be filled out and turned into the Business Office on Orientation Day, or by the first day of class. This form must be filled out and turned into the Business Office on Orientation Day, or by the first day of class. This form must be filled out and turned into the Business Office on Orientation Day, or by the first day of class. Notary Public – This service is available to students and faculty only. See Ms. Hendrix in the business office. CSON has many outside resources to assist students with various problems that may arise during their two years. CAP, Catholic Family Services, Angel Food Ministries, ect. Please contact Ms. Hendrix or Ms. Arnett for more details on student assistance programs outside of CSON. Program Overview • NLNAC and TBON Accredited Program • Current NCLEX Pass Rate: 94.55 • Four 19 week semesters for total of 76 weeks for program completion • Summer Break – June & July • One week break at Thanksgiving & mid-March (usually coincides with LISD Spring Break) Program Overview • Freshman semester – fundamental concepts of nursing, pharmacology, pathophysiology • Sophomore semester – adult medical-surgical concepts, pharmacology, pathophysiology • Junior semester – Family centered care: maternal- child, mental health, and pediatric nursing • Senior semester – advanced medical-surgical nursing and leadership/management principles. Faculty • Faculty members are Registered Nurses and hold Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) or are completing a MSN • Are experienced clinical nurses • Have posted office hours but generally have an open door policy • Teach both classroom theory and in the clinical practice settings • Each student will have a designated faculty advisor in Nursing 101 Grading Practices • Minimum passing score: 75% • Classroom: unit exams and final must average 75% before final course grade is calculated. • Must pass Medication Administration and Medication Math exam (2 attempts) • Clinical: pass/fail • Completion requirements: clinical paperwork, presentations, quizzes, etc. Parking • Park on east end of parking lot • Parking lot will be crowded – come early • Do not park in spaces at west end of parking lot that are lined in yellow • Do not park in restaurant or business lots north of our parking lot • Be very careful in parking lot – fast drivers who don’t follow straight lines! Secure Entry • On first or second day of class individual door code will be assigned • Codes are active from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Friday • Do not let people follow you in when you open the door. • Do not give your code to someone else Using the Security Keypad 1. Press Start 2. Enter your code wherever the numbers appear on the keypad. 3. Press this button Start 4. Green light will appear and door will release Attendance • Attendance is required and roll is taken • Class begins at 8:30 am unless otherwise noted on schedule • Assigned seating – Wednesday morning of 1st week seats are assigned. Roll is taken based on assigned seating chart. • You may move to seats that become vacant during the semester after notifying Course Coordinator Assigned Seating • Will be Wednesday of Week 1 • No early entry to classroom • No saving seats • Electrical outlets are very limited – across back of room and in center. • Safety issues limit the use of multi-outlet extension cords Attendance • 3 excused absences per semester • Excused absences do not accumulate over the semesters (use them or lose them) • Attending clinical makeup day can remove 1 absence • After using 3 excused absences, 2 points are deducted from the final course grade for each additional absence • 3 Tardies = 1 absence • To call in absent: 797-0955 ext 236 leave date, time and name (please speak slowly & clearly) • See Attendance Policy for details Classroom Dress Code • Think professional – clean, covering, neutral – Non-revealing, no offensive graphics, – Shorts/skirts-dresses no more than 3” above knees – Shoulder straps - 2” minimum, no strapless attire – Wear layers – classroom temperature varies between hot and cold – See Dress Code Policy Clinical Attire • School scrubs must be ordered by July 27 • Area Wide Medical has approved school scrub selections • Pants cannot drag on floor • Must have school patch on all tops and cover jackets • Shoes must have heel and toe, leather or leather trimmed, white but may have black, navy, or gray trim • See Dress Code Policy for details Textbooks • Textbook list included in packet • Current editions preferred • E-books available with some products – your decision to purchase or not • ATI books and Jones Drug book will be delivered to CSON • Must pay ATI fee of $148 today Course Schedule • Course syllabus and calendar will be available on the Learning Management System (LMS) • Plan on being available for class M-F 8:30-4:30 during the first 8-10 weeks of class • Schedule subject to change – notice of change will be given via LMS • Clinical days – hours are 0630-1430 or 1330-2130 • Will have both day and evening shifts during clinicals so begin planning now Learning Management System (LMS) • Web-based communication platform – check frequently • Will have – Policies – Assignments – Announcements – Individual grade book – Lecture notes – Quizzes • Contact Vicki Thornley if you do not have access after leaving orientation today ATI Proctored Exams • Nationally standardized exams provided by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) • Support materials provided at beginning of each semester. • Practice exams available at beginning of semester • Proctored exam taken at end of each semester • Passing score calculated into final course grade • Details published in Course Syllabi LASSI • The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory will assess your awareness of learning and study strategies related to skill, will, and self-regulation components of strategic learning. • This 30 minute long test focuses on thoughts, behaviors, attitudes and beliefs that relate to successful learning. • Research has repeatedly demonstrated that these factors contribute significantly success in college and that they can be learned or enhanced through learning and study skills courses Skill Component of Strategic Learning The LASSI Skill component of strategic learning relates to: • Information Processing • Selecting Main Ideas • Test Strategies These scales examine students’ learning strategies, skills and thought processes related to identifying, acquiring and constructing meaning for new information, and how they prepare for and demonstrate their new knowledge on tests or other evaluative procedures. The Will Component of Strategic Learning The Will component of LASSI relates to: • Attitude • Motivation • Anxiety These scales measure students’ receptivity to learning new information. History of the School of Nursing The School of Nursing was established on January 25. 1918 and is the oldest School of Nursing on the South Plains. Under the influence of the late A.R. Ponton M.D., Lubbock's first class of nursing students was transferred from Post Training School, located in Post, Texas, to the Lubbock Sanitarium and graduated three students in 1919. Since that time the school has seen many changes, graduating its largest class of students, 136, in 1996. As of 2009, a total of 4058 graduates have completed the program with many remaining in the Lubbock area. Having its own supply of Registered Nurses has been a tremendous advantage in an area that is as geographically isolated as Lubbock. Covenant Student Body Organizations • Student Government Organization – The Student Government Organization (SGO) serves as a vehicle by which students may learn to operate as a group to accomplish their desired goals and to plan and execute community service activities and social activities. All students are members of this organization and are encouraged to attend the general meetings. The business of the organization is conducted by the Student Council, and meets the second Thursday of the month in the student lounge. Student council is the governing body of the student government organization. Student Council • The Student Council is made up of Class Representatives elected by the entire student body. The president and secretary must be juniors or seniors, and the vice president and treasurer must be freshmen or sophomores. Students must have a grade average of 75 or above to hold office. All social activities and school projects are planned and executed through the Student Council and Covenant Student Nurses Association (CSNA). Student Council officers are elected in August each year with a term of office of one year or, in the case of seniors, until graduation. Class Organization • Each class organization is an important part of traditional student activities and provides opportunities to develop and promote professional endeavors within its semester. The organizations consist of student representatives who are elected at the beginning of the Freshman and Junior semesters. Each class elects three representatives to serve a one year's term. Class Representatives Duties • Make weekly announcements to class, serves on Student Welfare committee, communicates class recommendations to the Student Welfare Committee, communicates Faculty decisions and recommendations to the class, may call a class meeting (scheduled with Student Activities Coordinator one week prior to posting the date and time of the meeting.) Representatives must commit to attending 80% of Student Welfare meetings and serve as a member of Grievance Hearing Procedure when necessary. Student Welfare Committee • This committee serves as liaison between the Students and the School to oversee the student program. Members include the Student Activities Coordinator (the permanent chairperson) at least 4 Faculty members, and student class representatives. The committee is scheduled to meet the first Thursday of the month at 12:00 in the student lounge. Functions of the Committee • 1. Advise and support CSON Student Association and the student activities program. • 2. Assist in maintaining and updating the student handbook. • 3. Review and revise student policies as necessary. • 4. Evaluate all the above areas as necessary for accreditation. Student Representatives to the Faculty Organization • The aforementioned student officers may attend faculty meetings and have voice and voting privileges, except in matters which would involve breach of confidentiality of other students: President of the Student Association and a Student Representative from the Student Welfare Committee. Pre-Professional Student Associations • All students of Covenant School of Nursing may become members of the Student Association, the Texas Nursing Student Association and the National Student Nurses Association. Annual dues are $30 for Freshmen, Sophomore and Juniors. Annual dues are $40 for Seniors. Purposes and Functions • The purposes of the Covenant Student Nurses Association (CSNA): – To assume responsibility for contributing to nursing education in order to provide for the highest quality health care – To provide programs representative of functional and current professional interest and concerns – To aid in the development of the whole person and his /her responsibility for the health care of people in all walks of life • The functions of the CSNA shall include the following: – To have direct input into standards of nursing education and influence the education process – To influence health care, nursing education and practice through legislative activities as appropriate – To promote and encourage participation in community affairs and activities toward improved health care and the resolution of related social issues – To represent nursing students to the consumer, to institutions, and other organizations – To promote and encourage student participation in interdisciplinary activities – To promote and encourage recruitment efforts: participation in student activities and educational opportunities; regardless of person’s race, religion, sex, national origin, age, and marital status or disability – To promote and encourage collaborative relationships with the National Student Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, the National League of Nursing, the International Council of Nurses, Texas Nurses Association, Texas League for Nursing, as well as other nursing and related health organizations. Local Chapter of the Texas Nursing Students Association • The Texas Nursing Students Association (TNSA) is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting. Other meetings of the Association are scheduled as the Board designates. It is necessary to attend these meetings in order to be an active member. • It is each student's privilege and responsibility to take an active part in the pre-professional nursing organization. By being an active member of the Association, the student has opportunities to participate in community activities toward improved health care, as well as participating in fund raising activities to send delegates to the TNSA and NSNA conventions. Students who wish to be delegates to either of these conventions may do so by participating in community service projects and fund raising activities to qualify. Students seeking an office or travel to conventions must have a grade average of 75 or above. • TNSA meets annually in February in a city designated by the TNSA Board of Directors. Students who serve as delegates to the NSNA convention are exposed to the national liaison of nursing schools from every state and get to vote on issues of concern to the nursing profession. • Being a member of National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) students are provided national levels of connections and mentoring in shaping your future profession. The Nursing Career Counselor, Dana Jones, is available to provide information regarding potential employment opportunities following graduation. Now that you are accepted students she will no longer be handling your files. That job goes to the Coordinator of the semester in which you are enrolled. If you have any suggestions regarding the recruitment of new students, you can share your ideas with Mrs. Jones on Scholar 360 or the contact info below. Volunteers are always helpful for recruitment events and a calendar of events will be posted in front of the recruitment office if you have interest in attending. Dana Jones, RN Nursing Career Counselor 806-797-0955 ext 227 email@example.com TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF YOUR ADMISSION… Be proud of your accomplishment of being accepted into this program. The average GPA for incoming freshman this semester is a 3.3 (the best yet). Great things are expected of you, but more importantly, live up to your own expectations. When a student fails, they request to be a returning student and their admission file is compared with all the admitting students. Only a few are chosen to return (2 out of 10 last semester) This means that about 7 of you will not pass and not be accepted back the following semester. If you find yourself in a situation where you are currently passing, but don’t think you will be able to successfully complete the semester, please read up on the Leave of Absence Policy in the student hand book. You are allowed to take a Leave of Absence for certain circumstances. Employee Health Services Employee Health provides pre-admission assessment, drug test, administration of TB tests, lab-work and vaccines at no charge for students of Covenant School of Nursing. Students should make every effort to obtain immunization records from their school district or parent prior to initial appointment. Requirements: •Two Step TB Skin Test •Two Measles Mumps and Rubella Vaccines or Documentation of Titers •Negative Drug Test Result •Varicella (Chickenpox) Titer •Respiratory Protection FIT Test •Hepatitis B Vaccine Series or Declination •Current Tetanus Vaccine or Declination INITIAL APPOINTMENT WILL LAST APPROXIMATELY 1 HOUR AND MUST BE SCHEDULED WITH EMPLOYEE HEALTH. PLEASE BRING IMMUNIZATION RECORDS AND A PICTURE ID. REQUIREMENT NEEDS WILL BE EVALUATED AT TIME OF APPOINTMENT. STUDENTS ARRIVING LATE WILL BE SUBJECT TO BEING RESCHEDULED. Employee Health Services During the course of attendance at Covenant, students are subject to Random Drug Testing and Reasonable Cause Drug/Alcohol Testing. Random Drug Testing: List scientifically generated by Drug Testing Laboratory. No one is added to Random List by Covenant Administration or Instructors. Reasonable Cause Drug/Alcohol Testing: Done in the event of possibility of impairment of individual when on duty or in attendance of classes. Instructor evaluates individual and coordinates testing with Employee Health. Employee Health Services •Students must return to Employee Health for Annual TB testing and Respiratory FIT review. Assessment of needed vaccines, lab work will be done with the Annual process. •Employee Health must be notified in the event of injury or blood/body fluid exposure of a student •Over the counter medications and minor fist aid are available at no charge to students in the Employee Health Office. Financial Aid Financial Aid Policy: The objective of the student financial aid program at Covenant School of Nursing & Allied Health (CSON) is to provide assistance to students who, without such assistance, would not be able to pursue higher education. Financial assistance at CSON includes Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Grant (FSEOG), Direct Loan Programs, and limited scholarships. Assistance is awarded on the basis of documented financial need to eligible students who are making satisfactory academic progress toward a diploma. Need is defined as the difference between the anticipated cost of an education at CSON and the amount of money reasonably available to the student from all other sources. No student or prospective student shall be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of any financial aid program at CSON on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. Awards from financial aid programs funded by the federal government are administered according to the laws and guidelines governing those programs. Satisfactory Academic Progress: Financial Aid Federal regulations require that all financial aid recipients are maintaining satisfactory academic progress. According to the standards and practices at the School of Nursing, the following guidelines will be applied in determining satisfactory progress. Students are expected to maintain full-time enrollment and are required to be in good standing and passing all components of the program with at least 75% grade point average. Each student's status will be monitored at the time of disbursement as well as at the end of each semester to ensure compliance with the SAP Policy. Students must successfully complete all of the clock hours for which financial aid has been received before any successive financial aid will be disbursed. Students may not receive financial assistance for repeating a course. Any student who fails to maintain the satisfactory academic progress standard should expect their financial aid to be automatically canceled. The concept of "good standing" includes the student's attendance, personal appearance, and behavior. Students who do not follow the policies stated in the school catalog and the Student Handbook will not be considered to be in good standing and making progress toward their diploma. A copy of the School of Nursing Financial Aid Reasonable Academic Progress Policy is posted on the financial aid bulletin board. Students who are denied financial assistance based on failure to meet the school's satisfactory progress policy may appeal in writing to the Financial Aid Office for consideration. The final decision will be determined by the Financial Aid Office. Financial Aid Financial Aid / Scholarships: Financial assistance offered through the School of Nursing is in various forms of grants, loans, tuition assistance, and scholarships. Awards to eligible students are based on documented financial need and other qualifications required by the donors of the scholarship funds. The school participates in the following Title IV federal assistance programs: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Direct Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), and Direct Plus Loans (Parent Loan) for Undergraduate Students. Qualifications for each program may differ slightly, but the general requirements for financial assistance at the school are that the student must be in good academic standing, making satisfactory progress toward his/her diploma, (the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is posted on the Financial Aid bulletin board) be registered with Selective Service (if required), not owe a refund on a Federal grant or be in default on a Federal educational loan received for attendance at any institution, be a citizen or eligible noncitizen, and have financial need. To apply for financial aid, request application forms from the Financial Aid Office, School of Nursing, or via the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Financial Aid Financial Aid Disbursement: A financial aid academic year at CSON is based on clock hours rather than semester hours. A clock-hour academic year at the School of Nursing is defined as 900 clock hours of instruction and is divided into two clock-hour payment periods. Students must successfully complete all clock-hours in each payment period before receiving assistance for the next payment period. Excessive absences may delay or cause financial aid payments to be cancelled. Financial aid will be disbursed in the form of checks, payable to the student. Financial Aid Return of Student Financial Aid (SFA) Program Funds : All students who withdraw from school must contact the Financial Aid Office for clearance at the time of withdrawal. For students who receive SFA program funds the law dictates a specific pro-rata formula to determine the dollar amount of the SFA program assistance the student earned for that payment period at the point of withdrawal. When you (or CSON on your behalf) receive more assistance than you earned, the excess funds must be returned. The student MUST PAY ANY TUITION BALANCE CREATED because CSON was required to return all or a portion of the student’s unearned SFA program funds. The law states that STUDENTS MUST ATTEND 60.01% (NOT INCLUDING ABSENCES) OF THE PAYMENT PERIOD BEFORE THEY HAVE EARNED 100% OF THEIR SFA PROGRAM ASSISTANCE. All unearned SFA program funds will be distributed as prescribed by the law. Students will have 45 days to repay or make satisfactory repayment arrangements with the Dept. of Education to repay the portion of financial assistance that they are responsible for repaying. Specific examples of the applicable refund policy are available in the Financial Aid Office. GENERAL EXAMPLE: At the time of withdrawal if a student has only attended 30% (excluding absences) of the payment period for which he/she was charged, then the student has not earned 70% of the SFA program funds he/she received. The unearned portion must be returned. The priority deadline is important. In order for the CSON Financial Aid Office to complete the processing of your financial aid request by the first class day, all required application forms and other requested student and/or parent documentation must be accurately completed and received by the Financial Aid Office on, or before the priority deadline date posted on our website: www.cson.covenanthealth.org. Applications received after the priority deadline may result in students having to be prepared to meet initial costs (i.e., tuition, living expenses) from their own resources until their financial aid application has been processed. Financial Aid • Student Rights and Responsibilities/You Have the Right to Know: • What financial aid programs are available • The deadline for submitting applications for each of the programs. • How financial aid will be disbursed. • How your financial aid was determined. • What resources were considered in the calculation of your financial need • How much of your financial need has been met. • The details of the various programs in your student aid package. • The School of Nursing's refund policy and the Department of Education's Return of Title IV funds requirements. • What portion of the financial aid you receive must be repaid, and what portion is grant aid. If the aid is a loan, you have the right to know the interest rate, the total amount that must be repaid, and know when the payment is to begin. • How the School of Nursing determines if you are making satisfactory progress, and what happens if you are not. Financial Aid In Accepting Your Responsibilities You Must: • Complete all application forms accurately and submit them on time to the proper place. • Provide correct information. In most instances, misreporting information on financial aid application forms is a violation of law and may be considered a criminal offense which could result in indictment under the U.S. Criminal Code. • Return all additional documentation, verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by either the Financial Aid Office or the agency to which you submitted your application. • Be responsible for reading and understanding all forms that you are asked to sign, and for keeping copies of them. • Live up to the agreement that you sign. • Be aware of and comply with deadlines for application or reapplication for aid. • Be aware of the School of Nursing refund procedures • Report changes in name, address, and telephone number to the proper office(s).
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