Master of Nursing Student Handbook 2008-2009 - School of Nursing ...

Master of Nursing Student Handbook 2008-2009 - School of Nursing ...

Master of Nursing Student Handbook 2008-2009

Students are responsible for keeping up to date on all of the policies and procedures via the School of Nursing website: The information in this handbook and other University catalogs, publications, or announcements is subject to change

without notice. University offices can provide current information about possible changes.


School of Nursing

Master of Nursing (MN) Program 2

Philosophy of Nursing Education 2

Mission Statements 2-3

Diversity Statement 3

Equal Opportunity Statement 3

Accreditation 3

Program Objectives 3-4

Curriculum & Requirements

Academic Calendar 4

MN Degree Options 4

Transfer Credits 4-5

Registration 5

Leave of Absence 5-6

Computer & E-mail Requirements 6

Writing Standards 6

Grading & Transcripts 6

Attendance 7

Advising 7

Holds 7

Graduation Requirements & Time Limits 7

Commencement 7-8

Policies & Procedures

Access to Student Records 8

Student Expectations 8

Student Code of Conduct 8

Academic Code of Conduct 8

Grievances 9

Professional & Health Policies

Immunizations 9

Background Check and Nursing License 9

Health Insurance 9

HIPAA and Data Security 9-10

Appearance & Dress Requirements 10

Financial Resources

Tuition and Financial Aid 10

Residency and Reciprocity 10-11

Scholarships 11

University Resources

Office of Student and Career Advancement Services 11

International Student and Scholar Services 11

Council for Health Interdisciplinary Programs (CHIP) 11

Office for Multicultural Affairs 11

Computer Information Services 11

Disability Services 12

Student Mental Health 12

U Card 12

University Senate 12

University Information Centers 12-13

Professional Licensure 13

Student Groups & Organizations

School of Nursing Alumni Society 13

Nursing College Board 13

Alpha Tau Delta 13

National Student Nursing Association 13

Sigma Theta Tau International 13-14


In 2006, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents authorized the School of Nursing (SoN) to offer

a Master of Nursing (MN) degree. This program is for people who have a bachelor's degree but are

not yet nurses. The program is an intensive, full-time, 16-month program leading to eligibility to

become licensed as a registered nurse (RN). This program responds to changes in health care,

especially the nursing shortage, by offering a way for people who already have bachelors, masters or

doctoral degrees in other fields to enter nursing as a second career. It provides an excellent

foundation for either the nursing Ph.D. or the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) at the School

of Nursing

MN Bridge Program. This is for students who completed the Post Baccalaureate Certificate in nursing

program at the University of Minnesota. This 9-credit program involves both coursework and a

clinically-based capstone project. This option will be offered for a limited time.


Nursing is a professional discipline involving both an art and a science that exists to identify and

respond to the health concerns of society. The evolving body of nursing knowledge reflects nursing’s

holistic perspective of human beings. This body of knowledge includes nursing science, nursing

history, and nursing philosophy and ethics. Multiple methods of inquiry are used to gain an

understanding of phenomena such as patterns of client-environment interaction, the lived experience

of health, and the relationship of actions to health outcomes.

In providing services to society, nursing practice is based on knowledge from the discipline of nursing,

complemented by knowledge from other disciplines. Provision of nursing care is more than the

synthesis and application of knowledge; it requires ethical determinations, accountability, and the

creative use of nursing skills. Nursing care involves the personal expression of a caring, competent

nurse using self as the primary instrument.

The clients of nursing services include individuals, families, groups, and communities who are viewed

holistically within the context of their environments. The focus of nursing is on the health of the client,

whether well or ill. Since diversity in the backgrounds of persons influences their perceptions of

health, the definitions of health held by clients, nurses, and society may be in conflict. Therefore, it is

important for nurses to acknowledge their definitions of health and to know and respect clients’

definitions and perceptions. Nurses and clients work together to achieve mutually established health

goals related to areas such as functional ability, comfort, self-determination, independence, human

potential, and well-being.

Nursing care is provided in a variety of settings in collaboration with other professionals. Multilevel,

interdependent nursing roles are needed for providing care; each role requires distinct educational

preparation. All nursing students experience learning as a dynamic, interactive process in which

faculty and student alike participate. Students work with clinical nursing experts, participate in nursing

research, and develop skills essential to excellence in practice, scholarship and leadership in a variety

of settings. Students are engaged and actively involved in the processes of learning; curriculum and

faculty facilitate the development of graduates as life-long learners.


The mission of the SoN is to generate and disseminate knowledge necessary for promoting health by

developing and improving the nursing care of individuals, families, communities and populations that

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eflect diversity in society. This mission contributes to the achievement of the three-part mission of the

University of Minnesota.

• The research mission of the school is the continuing development of the discipline and

profession of nursing through basic and applied nursing inquiry and through research-based


• The education mission of the school is to prepare persons who are skilled in the delivery of

nursing care and the development of nursing knowledge to improve client outcomes and who

will provide leadership in nursing research, education and practice.

• The service mission of the school is to share the nursing expertise of the members of the

School of Nursing with the wider community.


In all of its activities, the University strives to sustain an open exchange of ideas in an environment

that embodies the values of academic freedom, responsibility, integrity, and cooperation; that provides

an atmosphere of mutual respect, free from racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and

intolerance; that assists individuals, institutions, and communities in responding to a continuously

changing work; that is conscious of and responsive to the needs of the many communities it is

committed to serving; that creates and supports partnerships within the university, with other

educational systems, and with communities to achieve common goals; and that inspires, sets high

expectations for, and empowers the individuals within its community.


The growing diversity of the nation's population underscores the need to prepare future nursing

practitioners and researchers who are knowledgeable and sensitive to the population's needs. The

SoN seeks to admit and educate a diverse student body, both in order to enrich the students'

educational experience and to prepare them to meet the health needs of a diverse society.

Student body characteristics that will enhance diversity in the school include leadership qualities, a

strong work, community or public service record, special talents and interests, gender (males are

underrepresented in the nursing profession), and a wide range of economic, social, racial/ethnic and

geographic backgrounds.


The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its

programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex,

age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and

Affirmative Action, University of Minnesota, 419 Morrill Hall, 100 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN

55455, (612) 624-9547,,


Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the CCNE

is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE

ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing

effective nurses. Visit their website for more information:

The School of Nursing programs are accredited by CCNE. Reaccreditation is scheduled for 2010. The

Master of Nursing program is also fully recognized by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Graduates of

the program are eligible to take the Registered Nursing licensure examination (N-CLEX).


The Master of Nursing Program is for high-ability, achievement-oriented students who have an earned

baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing. The program provides a challenging learning

environment with innovative approaches to faculty-student relationships and scholarly learning

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experiences. Nursing courses include lectures, seminars, laboratories, and clinical practice. Students

learn patient/client care in hospitals, clinics, homes, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare

settings. Students provide care to clients with diverse health care problems in real life situations.

The MN Program prepares graduates who are ready for entry into nursing practice and for continuing

to work toward advanced practice specialization. They are prepared to provide nursing care in a

variety of settings, to use a scholarly approach in acquiring knowledge, to be life-long learners, and to

be leaders in nursing. Graduates identify with nursing as a profession, and are able to articulate the

nurse's role to other disciplines in healthcare and to the public.

At the completion of the program, the students will:

• View individuals, families, communities and populations as unique and as interacting with an

ever-changing environment.

• Describe a focus of nursing as caring in the human health experience.

• Demonstrate competence in the delivery of nursing care that reflects sensitivity to diversity.

• Understand the contributions of philosophic, empiric and aesthetic knowledge to the

development of the discipline of nursing.

• Develop and evaluate positions on moral and ethical issues in health care.

• Understand multiple methods of research.

• Appreciate the obligation for lifelong learning in professional nursing practice.

• Use critical thinking skills to evaluate knowledge for its relevance to practice and for its

potential for contributing to the discipline.

• Foster innovation and manage change in the delivery of care to improve outcomes.



The SoN follows the University of Minnesota’s academic calendar for spring and fall semesters. Summer

courses are on the extended summer term schedule (check with program director or course faculty for

schedules). The fall and spring calendar is online at


MN Program

Fifty-four credits are required for the Master of Nursing program:

Fall I

Nurs 8170: Research in Nursing (3 cr.)

Nurs 5030: Clinical Foundations/Skills Lab (7 cr.)

Nurs 5222 Advanced Physiology (3 cr.)

Phar 5800: Pharmacotherapy for the Health Professions (3 cr.)

Summer I

Nurs 8100: Discipline of Nursing/Theory (3 cr.)

Nurs 5033: Population Response to Health & Mental Illness (5 cr.)

Nurs 5115 may be taken here if it is offered (3 cr.)

Spring I

Nurs 5200: Holistic Assessment (3 cr.)

Nurs 5031: Adults & Elders (6 cr.)

Nurs 5032: Children & Childbearing Families (6 cr.)

Fall II

Nurs 8140: Moral & Ethical Positions in Nursing (3 cr.)

Nurs 5241: Healthcare Leadership (3 cr.)

Nurs 5115: Informatics (or summer if offered) (3 cr.)

Nurs 5034: Clinical Seminar: Nursing Care of Clients with

Complex Health Conditions (2 cr.)

Nurs 5035: Practicum: Nursing Care of Clients with

Complex Health Conditions (4 cr.)

MN Bridge Program

The MN bridge provides coursework for students with U of M Graduate School Post Baccalaureate

Certificate in Nursing in order to progress through to the MN degree. Three courses (9 credits) are

required: Nursing Informatics (NURS 5115), Advanced Physiology (NURS 5222) and a capstone

project (NURS 5830).


If you wish to use a course from another institution to meet program requirements, you must file a

petition through your advisor, who will submit it to the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions and

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Progressions committee. No more than 40% of the coursework on your official program of study may

be transfer courses (this equates to 21 credits for the MN program). Course work will be accepted if

content is in compliance with MN Board of Nursing rules and meets requirements of the MN program.

At least 60% of the coursework must be taken as a registered University of Minnesota student in

nursing. Courses are considered transfer courses if they are taken at another institution, taken for

another graduate degree in a program at the University of Minnesota that is not part of the SoN (e.g.,

School of Public Health), coursework taken before being admitted to the MN program and listed on

your transcript as non-degree, or program courses petitioned and approved based on equivalent

work/life experience.


To maintain active student status, MN students must register every fall, spring, and summer term.

Those who do not register in the School of Nursing every fall, spring, and summer are considered to

have withdrawn and their SoN records are deactivated. Deactivated students may not register for

courses, take examinations, submit a Degree Plan form, file for graduation, or otherwise participate in

the University community as School of Nursing MN students. Those who wish to resume coursework

must request readmission to the SoN and, if readmitted, must register in the School for the term of

readmission to regain their active status.

A zero-credit, zero-fee, non-graded registration option is available for those students who, because of

extraordinary circumstances, are not able to take courses in a given semester, but must register

solely to meet the continuous registration requirement. NURS 777 does not meet any other

internal/external departmental or agency requirements. You must meet with your advisor to receive

permission to register for NURS 777. Note that late registration fees will be assessed if you register

past the deadline date.

Students receiving financial aid from the University or other agencies, international students with

certain types of visas, and students who wish to use various University services and facilities may

have specific registration requirements; these students are responsible for obtaining information about

such requirements from the appropriate offices.


The University of Minnesota uses an online registration system through One Stop: To register for courses, you will need to login using your University assigned

Internet ID and password. There is a tutorial on the registration site to help you get started.

After you have registered, you may go back into the registration system and make changes – add

courses, cancel courses, and change grade-bases (A-F or S-N).

Course Permission Numbers. If prerequisites for a course indicate that instructor consent is required

for course entry, or if a course is closed, or if you are trying to register in the second week of the term,

you will be required to enter a permission number in order to register. A permission number

represents the instructor’s consent for entry into a course. You must, therefore, contact the instructor

of the course to get a permission number. Requests for permission numbers should be done via e-

mail. Faculty e-mails are linked to the courses within the One Stop registration system.

Cancellations, Withdrawals and Refunds. File for an official cancellation by computer or at a

registration center as soon as you decide to withdraw from a course or courses. Tuition and course

fees are refunded on a prorated schedule. For more information, go to or

contact the Office of the Registrar in 200 Fraser Hall, 612-624-1111.

You are responsible for your registration; carefully check the courses you have registered for and

apprise yourself of the deadlines for cancellations, grade-base changes, and refunds.


If you know that you will be absent for more than one semester, you must apply for a Leave of

Absence in order to maintain your enrollment status in the SoN. Please submit your request for a

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Leave of Absence (form located at to your advisor. Your request will then be

submitted to the SoN Graduate Admissions and Progressions Committee for review. Due to the

nature of pre-licensure programs, students may be required to repeat clinical course work that is more

than 1 year old.


Computer competency is defined as a basic familiarity with computers, use of the internet and e-mail,

and word processing. The SoN requires that all students have e-mail and internet access for

communication and coursework.

All students registered at the University of Minnesota are assigned an e-mail account. Students in the

SoN are expected to have computer competency and to access their University of Minnesota e-mail

account on a regular basis. E-mail is the official mode of communication used by the University of

Minnesota and the School of Nursing. Faculty and staff regularly send announcements, notifications,

and other correspondence to nursing students through e-mail. It is your responsibility to manage your

University e-mail account to ensure you receive official University announcements. Do not forward the

account to another server (e.g., Hotmail or Yahoo).

Before you can use your e-mail account or use the online registration system, you must initiate your

account. To initiate it, go to You will be asked to submit your Social

Security Number, your Student ID Number, and your date of birth. Then you will set a password that

you may use for accessing your e-mail and other security controlled sites at the University. For any

secure site, the computer will require your Internet ID – also known as you x.500 – (everything up to

the @ sign in your U of M e-mail address, e.g., smit0000) and your password. If you are unable to

initiate your account, contact the helpline at 612-301-HELP.


The SoN has adopted the writing standards from the American Psychological Association (APA). All

written assignments must conform to the stylistic requirements outlined by the APA. Students in the

School of Nursing are required to have a copy of the Publication Manual of the American

Psychological Association, 5th Edition (2001), which describes correct stylistic formats. Refer to for more information.


The SoN uses two grading systems: A-B-C-D-F (with pluses and minuses) and S-N (S stands for

satisfactory and N stands for no credit). School policy dictates that at least two-thirds of the course

credits on a student's official Degree Plan must be taken under the A-F system. All clinical courses

must be taken under the A-F system. In some instances, courses are offered only using one grading

system. Note: Only courses for which you receive A, B, C, and S grades may fulfill degree

requirements, and S-N grades are not calculated in your Grade Point Average (GPA). Students who

do not maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation. The SoN requires a

minimum overall GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for courses included on the MN Degree Plan. Grading

option changes are not permitted after the second week of the term (earlier for the summer term).

Under provisions of federal and state legislation, examination scores, course grades, and similar

indicators of student academic progress are not public information. Accordingly, such information

cannot be released or made public without written student permission, except for normal educational

and administrative uses within the University.

The Office of the Registrar in Fraser Hall maintains and releases student transcripts, the official

University record of grades and registration symbols for all courses students take. You can request an

official transcript online at With a picture ID you may pick up an unofficial

transcript in person, free of charge, at the Student Service Center (200 Fraser Hall).

To view your recent grades or find out your GPA or total credits visit

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School of Nursing instructors determine and inform students of their own policies and procedures

regarding absence from class and examinations. Make-up work is determined at the sole discretion of

the instructors, and they are not obligated to afford or arrange make-up times due to student absence

unless it is due to one of the following circumstances: participation in a formally approved and

scheduled University activity, performance of military or civil duty (such as jury duty) that cannot be

deferred, illness or family emergency.

Students are expected to attend all meetings of their courses. They may be excused from class,

however, to participate in religious observances and for approved University activities. Instructors

must be notified at the beginning of the term about such planned absences and arrangements made

to make-up required work. Instructors are not required to accommodate makeup of laboratory

experiences or examinations to suit students’ personal convenience or to accommodate

situations such as vacations.


The Director of the Master of Nursing program serves as the academic advisor for MN students.

Contact the director at to discuss course selection, registration issues, and longterm



If you have a hold on your record, you may not register or obtain transcripts until the hold is cleared

with the office imposing it. Holds may be imposed for unpaid tuition or fees (e.g., library fines),

immunization or HIPAA requirements not completed, or for disciplinary or scholastic reasons. For

example, the School of Nursing will place holds for a low GPA or for too many incompletes. Holds are

most often placed for failure to provide evidence of up-to-date immunizations, criminal background

check, or CPR certification.

You can view any holds on your record via the One Stop website:


Degrees are awarded on the last day of the month in which the student graduates. Master of Nursing

students graduate in December. To qualify for graduation, you must submit the Application for Degree

form on or before the first workday of that month and must complete all program requirements

(including submission of all necessary forms) by the last workday of that month. The degree is

formally posted on the transcript two to three weeks after the last day of the month of graduation.

As an MN student, you must meet the following guidelines:

• Remain an "active" graduate student--meaning you have registered in the semester you plan

to graduate;

• Apply for graduation on or before the first day of the month you wish to graduate; and

• Complete and have all grades posted for courses by the last day of the month you wish to

graduate (any Incomplete grades must be changed to a grade).

All requirements for the MN degree must be completed and the degree awarded within 2 years of

enrollment. The earliest coursework listed on the official MN Degree Plan form, including transfer

credit, may not be older than five years at the time of graduation.


Generally, commencement will be hosted once per year in December. To participate in the

commencement ceremony, you must be close to completing all requirements for graduation. Your

advisor will help you decide if it is appropriate for you to participate in commencement.

To make sure your name appears in the printed commencement program, you must complete a

Commencement Attendance Request form, have it signed by your advisor, and submit it to the School

of Nursing Office of Student and Career Advancement Services by the deadline listed on the form.

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The Commencement Attendance Approval form and commencement instructions are online at in the “current students” section.



The University of Minnesota has established policies regarding privacy and access to student

educational records. The SoN adheres to these policies, which can be found at You may review your

file in the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services (5-160 WDH) by appointment. You

may review the information contained in the file but you may not copy or remove it. Requests made to

the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services to send copies of previously submitted

documents such as transcripts or references to other agencies or universities are usually not granted.

Students are expected to maintain their own records and to contact the primary document source for

additional records should the need arise.


The University has adopted a comprehensive educational program to provide members of the

University community with the knowledge and resources they will need to act as responsible

researchers and scholars. As part of the educational initiative, each graduate program is required to

provide its students—through courses, informal seminars and individual mentoring—opportunities to

learn about ethical issues from a disciplinary perspective and to explore these openly. If you have

questions regarding the nature or fulfillment of the requirement, please consult with your advisor.

Note: students who plan to conduct research with human subjects are required to submit a Human

Subjects form to the Institutional Review Board that reviews research projects involving human

subjects to ensure that two broad standards are upheld: first, that subjects are not placed at undue

risk; second, that they give uncoerced, informed consent to their participation.


The SoN follows the Student Code of Conduct put forth by the Board of Regents at the University of

Minnesota. The code is available on the Board of Regents website, or through the Office for

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at

The Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (OSCAI) endeavors to promote scholastic

responsibility and skill on the part of individual students; to aid faculty and instructional staff in

providing a positive learning environment through the prevention and detection of cheating; and to

serve as a centralized forum for the fair and even-handed resolution of reported cases of student

scholastic dishonesty. Consultations, workshops and other resources are made available through

OSCAI to students as well as faculty to foster academic integrity and to help define, recognize, and

deter instances of scholastic dishonesty.

The Student Conflict Resolution Center (SCRC) provides a full range of services to students with

campus-based complaints or concerns. An ombudsman helps students resolve problems informally.

An advocate is also available to assist students in formal grievance or disciplinary hearings. SCRC

can help students deal with university regulations and policies, or misunderstandings between

students and instructors or administrators. Students may also have concerns about unfair treatment or

may have been accused of a violation of the Student Conduct Code. Visit the SCRC web site at


The School of Nursing follows the academic code of conduct put forth by the Board of Regents at the

University of Minnesota. The code is available on the Board of Regents website:

Master of Nursing Handbook 2008-09, page 8


This policy addresses academic grievances only. It is the goal of the policy to provide a simple and

expeditious process, allowing for both informal and formal resolutions of conflicts: for complete document.



All students in the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center (AHC) schools and programs are

required to have immunizations and/or tests as a condition of enrollment. All immunization

requirements must be completed prior to matriculation. See the Boynton Health Service web site for

more information:


Minnesota state law requires a background check on any person who directly works with patients or

residents in health care facilities. The state allows educational programs to initiate the background

studies on their students as an alternative to each licensed facility requesting the studies. Results of

background checks initiated by an educational program may be released to the clinical sites where

our students are placed. Students sign a Release of Information form that allows the School of

Nursing to share results with other facilities. The release form and the results of the background study

are valid for one year only; therefore, you must update both forms each year.

If the results of the background check disqualify you from having direct patient contact and if the

disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, you may not be accepted for clinical

placement at licensed facilities. Consequently, you might not be eligible for a degree in our program. If

you are disqualified but have requested reconsideration from the Commissioner of Health, in most

circumstances clinical sites may allow you to continue direct patient contact at their facility, pending

the outcome of the reconsideration. You must, however, provide documentation that you have

requested the reconsideration.


All Academic Health Center students will be automatically enrolled and charged for the University

Sponsored Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). This plan is approximately $1000+ per semester. Students

can have the plan waived if they are enrolled in an employer-based insurance plan, the University

Sponsored Graduate Assistant Plan, or Minnesota Care. To waive the plan, you must provide proof of

insurance in the form of a Certificate of Credible Coverage to the Student Insurance office at Boynton

Health Service:


HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and requires us to

implement processes with respect to protected health information as well as inform individuals about

how we protect their information. As a nursing student, you must comply with HIPAA and data security

measures outlined by the University of Minnesota.

The University's HIPAA Privacy Training consists of a total of three courses located in you MyU portal:

1. Introduction to HIPAA Privacy and Security Video (video format)

2. Privacy and Confidentiality in Research (interactive module)

3. Privacy and Confidentiality in the Clinical Setting (interactive module

Partnering with the Office of Information Technology, the University Privacy & Security Office

produced the Public Jobs: Private Data University Security Training Program. The program covers

security measures required for handling private data protected under federal and state laws as well as

University policies. You will learn to identify security issues, how to protect data and hardware, and

the protocol for responding to a security problem.

Master of Nursing Handbook 2008-09, page 9

All University faculty, staff, student workers, and health science students and volunteers are required

to take the training. An e-mail message will alert individuals when to go to your MyU portal and log in

using your U of M Internet (X.500) IDs and passwords.

Each training module is assigned to your portal on a staggered schedule, with two weeks between

each course. The content includes not only HIPAA but the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act

(FERPA), Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), the Minnesota Data Practices Act, and University policies.

Step by step instructions on how to complete both of these requirements are located at

If you experience any technical problems, please contact the University Computer Help Line at 612-

301-4357 (or 1-HELP if dialing from on campus).


All Master of Nursing students are required to wear burgundy scrubs with the approved official logo of

the School of Nursing embroidered in gold on the top while in clinical sites unless otherwise directed

by faculty (e.g. public health). You are also required to wear a white lab coat with the official logo

embroidered in burgundy.

The scrubs and lab coat must be purchased from Signature Concepts through the following website:

As part of your nursing education, you will be completing clinical rotations in local hospitals and other

health care settings. While you are at these locations, you are required to dress appropriately as an

ambassador of our University. Jeans or sandals are not appropriate. If you are in an in-patient setting,

you will most likely be required to wear scrubs, in a community clinic setting, business casual dress is

appropriate. You must wear your University of Minnesota issued clinical ID badge at all times at the

clinical sites. The clinical ID badge is obtained from the U Card Office located in Coffman Memorial

Union, room G22 (612-626-9900).



Tuition and fee information is located on the One Stop web site at Rates

are set in July for the next academic year.

The Office of Student Finance (OSF) administers scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans.

Financial aid application packets are available beginning January 1. Check with OSF for application

deadlines. You may also apply on the Web, either: 1) on-campus at one of the 20 self-serve

computers available in 200 Fraser or 2) wherever you have Internet access at

Full financial aid services are available at 200 Fraser Hall (Student Services Center) on the

Minneapolis campus. Financial aid counselors are available during office hours Monday through

Friday on a walk-in basis and by appointment.

Walk-in financial aid counseling is also available for Academic Health students three days a week (M,

W, Th noon-4 p.m.) at 2-693 Moos Tower. The financial aid counselor, Rockne Bergman, can be

reached by phone at 612-624-4138.


Because the University is a state institution, residents of Minnesota pay lower tuition than

nonresidents. The University’s definition of the term “resident” may be different from the definitions

developed by other, non-University agencies. The University does not recognize declarations of

resident status made by other agencies. Thus a person who is a Minnesota resident for tax or voting

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purposes, for example, is not necessarily a resident for University of Minnesota tuition and admission


For definitions of residency and for more information about policies, or to apply for residency, please


The University has reciprocity agreements with North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and

Manitoba. If you are a resident of any of the above, you may qualify for reciprocity tuition rates. For

more information, call 612-625-6330 or go to 240 Williamson Hall or visit


The SoN Foundation awards scholarships in June for the following year. All active, full-time, MN

students are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted and reviewed only once per year, in spring

semester. Students are informed by e-mail when applications are available. The scholarships are

awarded by various criteria, e.g., GPA, areas of interest, or need. For more information contact the

Office of Student and Career Advancement Services (612-625-7980 or

Because the MN program is an intense, 16-month course of study, we strongly discourage our

students from working while in the program, especially during spring and summer terms.



The Office of Student and Career Advancement Services (OSCAS) is your central resource for

information in the School of Nursing. It is located in 5-160 Weaver-Densford Hall, and the office hours

are 8 a.m. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday. Contact OSCAS at 612-625-7980 or


International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is the office dedicated to serving the University of

Minnesota's international community. Its primary mission is to assist international students and

scholars in successfully accomplishing the goals that brought them to the University, by using all

available resources. Visit the ISSS Web site at


This organization is dedicated to enhancing the educational experience of University health sciences

students, encouraging the exchange of ideas, and opening the lines of communication among

students in the Academic Health Center. The CHIP Student Center is located in 1-425 Malcolm Moos

Health Sciences Tower (612-625-7100).


The mission of the Office for Multicultural and Academic Affairs ( ) is to provide

leadership for fostering a campus environment that values and actively supports an inclusive and

diverse University community; a community where people with diverse racial, ethnic, and religious

backgrounds; women; people with disabilities; people of all sexual orientations, gender identifications,

or gender expressions; and people from diverse social and economic groups are able to thrive and

achieve their full potential.


The University offers many services through Academic and Distributed Computing Services (ADCS),

including walk-in help centers and a helpline (612-301-HELP). Information about ADCS

computer/information services is available online through the Web at

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The University's mission is to provide optimal educational opportunities for all students, including

those with disabilities. The University recognizes that reasonable accommodations may be necessary

for students with disabilities to have access to campus programs and facilities. In general, University

policy calls for accommodations to be made on an individualized and flexible basis. Students are

responsible for seeking assistance at the University and making their needs known.

One of the first places to seek assistance is Disability Services (DS). This office is provided by the

University of Minnesota to promote access, which means ensuring the rights of students with

disabilities (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, sensory or systemic) and assisting the University in

meetings its obligations under federal and state statutes.

Disability Services has Academic Health Center Liaisons. The DS Academic Health Center Liaisons

provide direct assistance such as: securing documentation of disability conditions, determining and

implementing reasonable accommodations and, referral, and consultation for enrolled and prospective

students. The Academic Health Center Liaisons also provide consultation with and training for faculty

and staff to ensure access to their programs, facilities and services. All services are confidential and

free. For more information or to arrange reasonable accommodations, contact the DS Academic

Health Center Liaisons in the McNamara Alumni Center, Suite180, (612) 626-1333 (voice or TTY) or

visit the Disability Services web site at


The University of Minnesota offers a web resource ( for students, their

parents, faculty, and staff who wish to learn more about mental health and related resources at the

Twin Cities campus.


The U Card is an all-purpose identification and access card for students, staff, and faculty. It is used

to cash checks on campus, check out materials at all University libraries, and access the University

Recreation Center, Golf Course Clubhouse, all residence hall dining facilities, and some secured

buildings and computer labs. Up to $50 (nonrefundable) can be deposited into the U Card's account,

allowing for small purchases in vending and copy machines, at some campus restaurants, and for

computer lab printing costs. The U Card has a checking account that can be used to directly deposit

your financial aid credit balance and make debit purchases at all University Bookstores and at

Boynton Health Service. It also works as a calling card. Your first U Card is free. To obtain your U

Card (or if you need a replacement), go to the U Card Office located in Coffman Memorial Union,

room G22 (612-626-9900), and bring your driver’s license or passport. More information is available at


The University Senate ( is the highest body of participatory

government at the University of Minnesota. The Senate has general legislative authority over

educational matters concerning more than one campus or the University as a whole. While it does not

have prescribed responsibilities, it may deal with any issue that affects the academic mission of the

University or the general welfare of faculty, academic professionals, and students. Functions allocated

to the Student Senate include, but are not limited to, matters in the area of student government and

student organizations. In recent years, the Student Senate has previewed certain items that are

scheduled to appear on the Senate agenda in order to better present the student voice on a given



Coffman Union: 612-624-4636 or

University directory information: 612-625-5000, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday,

and noon – 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Campus events, including SoN events: 612-625-3243 or


Examinations for state licensure may be taken after all program requirements have been completed

and the degree awarded. Applications for examination are available from the Minnesota Board of

Nursing or from the state in which you plan to take the examination.

Policies and procedures related to licensure are formulated by boards of nursing; related questions

should be directed to the appropriate board. Deadlines established for applications are strictly


For more information about Minnesota Nursing requirements, visit:



All School of Nursing graduates are encouraged to become members of the School of Nursing Alumni

Society ( It goals and objectives are to:

• Link alumni to the University;

• Generate pride and support;

• Affect School of Nursing /University policy;

• Improve the student experience; and

• Expand the Nursing Alumni Society.


NCB is the official student organization that represents student interests within the School of Nursing.

The student body elects board representatives. The board promotes unity among nursing students

and provides them with an official mode of communication with faculty, administration, and other

members of the University community. Board activities include representing students on School

committees and planning School events. NCB is part of the Twin Cities Student Association and has

representation in the Minnesota Student Association, Nursing Alumni Society, and Council for Health

Interdisciplinary Participation (CHIP). All students are automatic members of NCB. Contact for more information.


This professional nursing fraternity was founded in 1921 on the campus of the University of California

at Berkeley. The Beta Chapter at the University of Minnesota was chartered in 1927. Alpha Tau Delta

is dedicated to developing leadership, maintaining high professional educational standards, providing

service to the community, and encouraging mutual helpfulness and understanding among students in

the profession. Membership is open to all School of Nursing students. See

for further details.


The mission of the National Student Nursing Association is to organize, represent and mentor

students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, promote development of skills needed to

be responsible and accountable members of the nursing profession and to advocate for high quality

health care. Over 300 student members participate in the annual convention focused on leadership.

Membership includes the national and School of Nursing organization. Membership is open to all

students in the School of Nursing. See


The international honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, has a chapter at the University of

Minnesota. Installed in 1934, Zeta Chapter is one of the oldest chapters in the country. The honor

society recognizes superior achievement and leadership qualities, fosters high professional

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standards, encourages creative work, and strengthens commitment to the ideals and purposes of the

profession. Zeta Chapter sponsors an annual research day, provides grants for research, presents

annual awards for nursing excellence and leadership, and organizes programs of interest to its

members. The membership selects new members from undergraduate and graduate students

nominated by the faculty and from professional nurses in the community nominated by members or

faculty. See

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