TABLE OF CONTENTS:
General Description of The Program 1
Admission Criteria and Enrollment Requirements 1-2
Costs (Tuition) 2
Curriculum Plan and Course Descriptions 3 – 6
Graduation Requirements 6
Organizing Framework, Philosophy, Program Objectives, & Program Outcomes 7-9
Satisfactory Academic Progress (Promotion) 11
Transfer of Credit 11
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM
The curriculum plan of the Associate of Science in Registered Nursing (LPN TO RN) Degree Program leads to 75 credits. Nine (9) credits are awarded for LPN education and sixty-three (63) to sixty-six (66) program credits (depending on the CLEP for Human Growth and Development). The curriculum has 18 courses in five (5) Trimesters. There are 36 credits in nursing, the RNUR courses and 30 general education credits with abbreviations related to the type of course, for example. CHEM for chemistry. The trimesters are 15 weeks long excluding holidays and exams. Passage of any course with a lab and/or clinical component requires successful completion of the component as well. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Passage of the NCLEX-RN is required as one of the conditions for licensure in New Jersey, other, states in the U.S., and Puerto Rico
Applicants for admission into the program must complete the requirements below before they can be accepted for admission. Applicants should be aware that class enrollment sizes are very limited and that enrollment for qualified applicants may be denied or delayed until the next class start date once the maximum class size is reached. Applicants must:
1. Be a graduate of a Practical Nursing program approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN), or accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; and submit an official transcript from the nursing program.
2. Have a current unencumbered Practical Nurse (LPN) license issued by the NJ Board of Nursing and provide verifiable documentation of 3 months of fulltime LPN employment within the last two years;
3. Submit an official high school transcript, GED, or Foreign Transcript evaluated for equivalency to a U.S. High school diploma from an approved agency.
4. Provide state or federal government-issued photo identification; and proof of U.S. Citizenship or Residency.
5. Pay the $110 application fee and complete the admissions application with two passport sized photos;
6. Take the TABE admissions exam and pass a Pre-Nursing exam.
7. Be Interviewed at Best Care College.
Applicants seeking admission to the program should understand that the school does not guarantee employment and pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13: 37- 1.8 h an individual criminal background check is a prerequisite for licensure as nurse in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Board of Nursing determines whether any criminal record will prevent licensure as a registered nurse in the State of New Jersey.
Post-Admissions Enrollment (Registration) Requirements
After an applicant has been accepted for admission into the Associate of Science in Registered Nursing (LPN-RN) program, he or she must complete the following enrollment (registration) requirements before being allowed to begin the program:
1. Submit a completed criminal background check performed by a qualified agency approved by the school (Tabb Inc. or Adam Safeguard).
2. Submit the required Eleven (11) Panel Drug Screening results which must include the following: Amphetamines, , Barbiturates, Cannabinoids, Cocaine, Opiate, Oxycodone, Phencyclidine, Methadone, Propoxephine, Meperidine, Tramadol.
3. Make an initial payment of $3,000 to cover the partial cost of books and exams.
4. Provide an individual certificate of professional liability insurance with minimum coverage of $2,000,000 per incident and $6,000,000 in aggregate coverage.
5. Provide evidence of basic health insurance coverage as required by the State of New Jersey for fulltime college students.
6. Submit the Best Care College Medical Exam Form, completed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner, certifying that the student is in good mental and physical health, capable of participating in all class and clinical activities.
7. Submit evidence of a Quantiferon TB Gold or T Spot test (and x-ray, if necessary).
8. Submit evidence of immunity (within 6 months) or recent immunizations for: Rubella, Rubeola, Varicella, Mumps, Hepatitis B Others as required by the CDC/ Health Department/Clinical site.
9. Submit evidence of Health Care Provider CPR and AED certification (American Heart Assn).
10. Attend the mandatory new-student orientation session prior to the start of classes.
Statement of tuition and fees
Program Costs: The total cost of the program for 2019 is $34,900.00 to be paid as follow:
Amount of Payment When Payment is Due Description
$3,000.00 At the time of registration after acceptance Initial fees
$5,670.00 Beginning Trimester 1 of program Tuition (14 x 405)
$6,075.00 Beginning Trimester 2 of the program Tuition (15 x 405)
$1,335.00 Beginning Trimester 2 of the program Nursing. Technology & Lab fees
$5,265.00 Beginning Trimester 3 of the program Tuition (13 x 405
$4,860.00 Beginning Trimester 4 of the program Tuition (12 x 405)
$1,335.00 Beginning Trimester 4 of the program Nursing Technology & Lab fees
$4,860.00 Beginning Trimester 5 of the program Tuition (12 x 405)
$2,500.00 Beginning Trimester 5 of the program Testing, rev, grad fees
Other costs include: Graduation fees ($400.00) BON licensing fees, make-up exams, make-up clinical experiences and retake of standardized exams. (Refer to Make-up and Standard Exam Policies.).
By signing this Enrollment Agreement, the student acknowledges that he or she understands and agrees to the Schedule of Charges and the Refund Policy printed below. Student also acknowledges his or her understanding that, should listed charges not be paid when due and/or the student's financial account is delinquent, he or she may be prevented from attending classes, may be dismissed, denied readmission, will not be entitled to any grades or transcripts, and will not receive the associate degree as a graduate until the debt to the college has been paid in full.
CURRICULUM PLAN AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Courses scheduled for each of the five trimesters are listed in the chart below. Each course must be passed with a minimum grade of 80% and, where applicable, any prerequisite must be completed before the course requiring it can be taken.
The trimesters are 15 weeks long excluding holidays and vacations.
Course # Course Title Credits/Hours
CHEM 111 General Chemistry 4 (45h class 30h lab)
COM 111 English Composition 3 (45h class)
RNUR 111 RN Fundamental Transitions 4 (45h class 3h Practicum)
RNUR 112 RN Pharmacology 3 (3h class)
Course # Course Title Credits/Hours
BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology 4 (45h class 30h lab)
RNUR 113 Physical Assessment 4 (45h class 45h Practicum)
RNUR 114 Medical Surgical Nursing 4 (45h class 45h Practicum)
HGDV 111 Human Development (or CLEP) 3 (45h class)
Course # Course Title Credits/Hours
BIO 112 Microbiology 4 (45h class 30h lab)
NUTR Nutrition 3 (45h class)
RNUR 211 Maternal Child Nursing 6 (60h class 90h Practicum)
Course # Course Title Credits/Hours
SOC 111 Sociology 3 (45h class)
RNUR 212 Gerontological Nursing 3 (30h class 45h Practicum)
RNUR 213 Psychiatric Nursing 3 (30h class 45h Practicum)
PSYC 111 Psychology 3 (45h class)
Course # Course Title Credits
RNUR 221 Medical Surgical Nursing II 5 (45h class 90h Practicum)
RNUR 222 Transition to RN Practice/ Leadership 4 (45h class 45h Practicum)
COM 112 Communication/Speech 3 (45h class)
Total 66 credits
Also, a noncredit NCLEX Review Course is provided.
*Students receive nine (9) credits for LPN Education when the program is completed,
Course Descriptions Trimester 1:
CHEM 111 General Chemistry* (4 credits)
Provides an overview of the impact of chemistry in everyday life. This general chemistry course touches on inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. The periodic table is described, and the student becomes familiar with common chemical symbols and equations. Acids, bases, buffers and the pH scale are discussed. The risks and benefits related to chemistry are viewed. In the laboratory, the student is introduced to a variety of experiments complementing the lecture material and the safe use of lab equipment is stressed.
COM 111 English Composition* (3 credits)
Course is designed to assist students to develop effective writing skills to utilize throughout their careers. The writing process is analyzed and the reading strategy SQ3R as the reading and writing connection is examined. Grammar and writing mechanics are refreshed. Narrative, descriptive, reflective, analytical, persuasive forms of writing are explored. Reports, web and workplace writing are evaluated. The steps in writing a research paper are appraised and students create an APA style research paper. In-class assignments, group discussions, peer writing reviews, and Course Mate online assignments enhance student learning. In addition, the LRC becomes an integral part of the course.
RNUR 111 RN Fundamental Transition (4 credits)
Builds on the previous education and experiences of the licensed practical nurse (LPN) to assist with the transition to the Associate Degree RN role. Utilization of the nursing process to maintain and/or restore the optimal level of health for individuals with common recurring health problems is emphasized. The course focuses on basic human needs as described by Virginia Henderson. Material regarding stress adaptation, therapeutic communication, nutrition, developmental levels/tasks, culture, community resources, and ethical/legal boundaries is integrated into the course. Nursing skills are expanded to the RN level with special emphasis on assessment. Practicum is included to provide care and utilize nursing skills.
RNUR 112 RN Pharmacology (3 credits)
Provides an overview of pharmacology designed for the Associate Degree Registered Nurse. The course provides a foundation for safe drug administration. Dosage calculations are covered. Drug testing, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics are discussed. Pregnancy classes and Controlled substance regulation are evaluated. The roles and responsibilities of the registered nurse in medication administration are viewed. The seven rights of drug administration are emphasized. Drug classes, prototypes and best evidence relative to specific drug therapies are described. Case studies are utilized to augment critical thinking. Nursing process is applied to determine patient care and teaching needs relative to medications to meet basic human needs as described by Virginia Henderson.
Course Descriptions Trimester 2:
BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology* (4 credits)
This general education course assists the student to visualize anatomy and understand concepts relative to physiology. The course is a journey inclusive of genetics, cells, tissues, organs, and body systems. The way the body attempts to maintain homeostasis is evaluated. Cellular structure, function and reproduction are discussed. Different types of tissues are described. Body systems, structure and function are evaluated in relationship to their roles in homeostasis and body maintenance. The student is encouraged to explore the intricate functioning of the human body.
RNUR 113 Physical Assessment (3 credits)
Provides the student with classroom and Simulation Lab activities emphasizing holistic nursing assessment including interviewing and physical examination. Students will use nursing process to assess body systems, analyze, and plan referrals and teaching related to abnormal findings. Students will evaluate findings related to various cultures and identify expected changes associated with aging. They will become proficient with the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation and the equipment used during assessments relative to basic human needs. Documentation of findings and EHR will be discussed. Prerequisites:
RNUR 111, RNUR 112
RNUR 114 Medical Surgical Nursing I (4 credits)
Focuses on medical surgical nursing of adult patients. Care is planned utilizing nursing process and Maslow’s Hierarchy to prioritize client needs as identified by Virginia Henderson. Critical thinking is stressed and the role of the Associate Degree RN in various practice settings is deliberated. Practicum experiences reinforce classroom learning and nursing care skills. Emphasis is placed on physical assessment skills and patient teaching as the student is transitioning from the LPN to Associate Degree RN role. Prerequisites: RNUR 111, RNUR 112.
HGDV 111 Human Development* (3 credits)
This course shares the story of human development from antepartum to late adulthood. Cognition, language, social, moral and emotional development are discussed. Theories of human development during the different age groups are reviewed. Work of the pioneers Bowlby, Erikson, Freud, Kohlberg, Piaget, Vygotsky, and others are summarized. Research methodology used to study human development is described. Deviations from normal development are analyzed. Student presentations complement the developmental story by addressing a variety of topics facing adolescents and adults.
Course Descriptions Trimester 3
BIO 112 Microbiology*(4 credits)
The course offers an overview of microbiology, beginning with the historical roots of microbiology and provides current, evidence-based information regarding microorganisms in health and disease. Students will study and prepare presentations related to major bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections and vaccines. In the lab, students will become proficient with using microscopes and will conduct testing to help identify various microbes. Prerequisite: BIO 111.
NUTR 111 Nutrition* (3 credits)
Course introduces the student to the principles of good nutrition throughout the life span. The role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention will be presented. Students will evaluate their dietary intake, and research to address dietary management of various health concerns. Alterations in nutritional status including obesity, bulimia and anorexia will be discussed.
RNUR 211 Maternal and Child Nursing (6 credits)
Discussions include women’s health, maternity and pediatric nursing care. Assessment of women, newborns, and children of various ages is expanded from data collection as a LPN. Noelle simulations enhance learning along with a variety of clinical experiences. Class activities focus on critical thinking regarding patient care needs as described by Henderson. Evidence based care is evaluated and student presentations enhance research and diversity of learning needs. Prerequisites: RNUR 111, RNUR 112
Course Descriptions Trimester 4:
SOC 111 Sociology* (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to fundamental sociological theories and research. Sessions and assignments will address cultural and social stratification, organizations, institutions, deviance, population, race and ethnicity. Sociological aspects of family, education, religion, and aging are appraised. Social change is critically analyzed. Students will develop a term paper addressing sociological research related to their chosen topic.
RNUR 212 Gerontological Nursing (3 credits)
The focus of this course is on common health problems and concerns of the elderly. Physical assessment of and providing patient education to geriatric clients are major foci as the student is evolving into the role of the Associate Degree Nurse. Holistic care is planned to meet the 14 basic needs as described by Virginia Henderson and critical thinking is used to set patient care priorities. Atypical manifestations of disease in the elderly are stressed. Cognitive changes are evaluated, and safety related to the changes of normal aging and disease processes is discussed. Care in various settings and community resources available to seniors are explored. The roles of the Gerontological Nurse are appraised. Nurse self-care and the need for life-long learning are highlighted. Prerequisites: RNUR 111, RNUR 112
RNUR 213 Psychiatric Nursing (3 credits)
An in-depth overview of psychiatric nursing is provided in this course. Theories relative to the development of mental illness and care are explored. Building nurse-patient relationships is emphasized. Legal and ethical concerns are addressed. The social and emotional impact of the disease for the patient and family is evaluated. Nursing care of frequently encountered mental health disorders provides the basis for thoughtful class discussions. Emphasis is placed on the nurse patient relationship, communication, psychosocial integrity, pharmacological modalities, and meeting the basic needs of clients with mental illness. Prerequisites: RNUR 111, RNUR 112
PSYC 111 Psychology* (3 credits) Students will be offered a broad introduction and overview of general psychology. The course examines topics ranging from the biological basis of behavior, memory, language, and social influences to select disorders. The course also demonstrates how the issues, methods, and application of ethical research contribute to the body of knowledge that comprises the discipline of psychology.
Course Descriptions Trimester 5:
RNUR 221 Medical Surgical Nursing II (5 credits)
This course focuses intensely on medical-surgical nursing relative to acute care of the adult patient. Critical thinking is utilized to prioritize care to meet basic needs as described by Henderson for two or more patients. Physical assessment skills are refined. Organ and tissue donation and recovery are addressed. Critical care, emergency, and disaster nursing are examined. The importance of lifelong learning) and evidence-based practice is emphasized. Interaction with the healthcare team in the role of an Associate of Science RN to provide safe quality care is examined. The course also includes a comprehensive SIM Lab test-out.
Prerequisite: RNUR 114.
RNUR 222 Transition to RN Practice and Leadership (4 credits)
This course emphasizes leadership and care management, the role of the Associate of Science Degree RN and NCLEX preparation. Student presentations will provide research on various nursing organizations. Patient care scenarios will illustrate delegation and prioritization. The course includes discussions regarding the qualities of effective leaders and managers, negotiation, and steps to bring about change. Preparation for licensure and beginning one’s career as an Associate of Science Degree RN is viewed. Maintaining competence and developing expertise in nursing are emphasized.
Prerequisites: RNUR 111, RNUR 112, RNUR 211, RNUR 212, RNUR 213
COM 112 Communication and Speech* (3 credits)
Students will examine communication and learn how to improve interpersonal communication and group interaction. They will also evaluate the impact of culture on communication. Nonverbal communication is assessed, and active listening is heightened. The course includes public speaking, interviewing and group role playing. During the course students will complete the steps to prepare and present a speech. They will also be evaluated on role playing an employee interview. In addition, they will demonstrate group leadership, roles, and problem solving. Student assessment will be based primarily on speaking more than on written exams.
Students who successfully complete the nursing program within the maximum time frame may be awarded the academic credential, Associate of Science in Registered Nursing for the LPN to RN program.
The following requirements must also be met before the credential will be awarded:
• Pass every course in the program with a grade of 80% or higher;
• Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 80%;
• Return all library books and course materials on loan.
• Pay all financial obligations owed to the college; and,
• Pay the $400 graduation fee.
STUDENT COMPLAINT AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
Best Care College makes every effort to provide a very supportive environment and respects the rights of all students. It is the college's practice to fairly and objectively address the concerns of any complainant in an attempt to equitably resolve his or her grievance.
A student filing a complaint is encouraged to first make the complaint to the immediate supervisor of the individual against whom the complaint is being made. A written complaint is preferred but not required. If the matter is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student may pursue his or her grievance up to the level of Best Care College’s CEO/College Director. If the student's complaint is against the CEO, the student may lodge a complaint directly with the Best Care College Board of Directors.
A student has five (5) school days within which to make the complaint and
the college has ten (10) school days in which to attempt to resolve it. If the complaint is not resolved to the student's satisfaction the student may also file a formal, written complaint with the New Jersey Board of Nursing, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (NJ), or with ACICS, the College’s accrediting agency or with all three. Contact information for each of these agencies is listed below.
Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
PO Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625-0542
Tel: 609-292- 4310
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
750 First Street, NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 2002-4223
New Jersey Board of Nursing
124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
Newark, NJ 07101
ORGANIZING FRAMEWORK, PHILOSOPHY, PROGRAM OBJECTIVES, & PROGRAM OUTCOMES
ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK: The writings of the nursing theorist, Virginia Henderson, reflect the faculty’s beliefs and provide the agreed-upon organizing framework for the college’s Associate of Science in Registered Nursing. Henderson’s tenets are the major philosophical concepts that were incorporated in developing and shaping the curriculum.
PHILOSOPHY: Best Care College embraces the following faculty beliefs regarding nursing, humans, health, environment, teaching learning and the role of graduates of the Associate of Science in Registered Nursing degree program.
NURSING: Nursing is a process of caring for, or assisting in the care of, individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings utilizing clinical competency, cultural sensitivity, critical thinking strategies, and effective communication skills. Nursing is a partnership, together the nurse and the patient plan care based on best evidence with input from the multidisciplinary team. Nursing strives to meet the patient’s basic needs until the patient achieves independence or when the patient is dying, to provide care relative to a peaceful dignified death.
HUMANS: Humans are diverse and unique beings with certain basic needs and predictable behaviors individuated by biological, social, physical, cultural and spiritual interactions throughout life which help to shape their values and beliefs. Humans belong to families, groups, and communities forming societies that share a variety of common concepts and dynamic goals that evolve as their needs and interests change. They also interface with healthcare at different levels. Collective interactions provide forces which develop societal changes. These changes affect the rights and responsibilities of individuals and the values and expectations placed on health care.
HEALTH: Health is a state of being in which an individual strives to maintain a homeostatic relationship with both his/her internal and external environments. Health is influenced by age, culture, physical ability, and intellect. It is more than the absence of a disease. It is viewed on a continuum ranging from no disease and totally healthy to very unhealthy and death. Health also includes meeting physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs independently or with assistance. Nurses provide care to help meet the patient’s basic needs along the continuum, from illness prevention to end of life care.
ENVIRONMENT: The environment is dynamic and constantly changing. It is more than the setting where the person is located. The environment includes relationships with others including family and the community. It has internal and external components which influence human development and health. It also impacts beliefs, values, and personality. Nurses help to provide a safe environment by anticipatory guidance, patient teaching, and environmental modification during the provision of care to meet basic needs.
TEACHING/LEARNING: Teaching/learning is an ongoing process built upon a foundation of basic knowledge and concepts along with clinical interactions which prepare graduates to achieve entry level competencies. The teaching/learning process incorporates systematic activities directed toward learning concepts and achievement of specific educational objectives. Nursing faculty and students mutually assume active roles and willingly commit to this endeavor. Faculty members assist students by providing an environment which supports critical thinking and communication skills. Education includes well-defined learning objectives, current and inn3ovative teaching methods, and unambiguous evaluation of student progress.
ROLE OF THE ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN REGISTERED NURSING DEGREE NURSE
The faculty identify the role of the graduate from the degree program, as an entry level professional nurse, is to provide quality and safe care to meet the 14 basic human needs as identified by Virginia Henderson. To do so, the graduate as a professional nurse will utilize critical thinking, collaborate with other health care professionals, communicate effectively with patients and families, advocate for patients, and utilize healthcare technology. This nurse will also practice ethically and within the legal parameters of the state’s scope of practice in a variety of settings. In addition, this nurse will continue to engage in professional development to enhance his or her role as a nurse and to facilitate lifelong learning. The Best Care College Associate of Science Degree in Registered Nursing can serve as a stepping-stone to further education as a BSN or higher.
Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Registered Nursing Degree, the graduate will:
1. Collaborate with members of the healthcare team in promoting relationship-centered care to enhance quality and safety.
2. Interrelate theories and concepts from nursing, humanities, biological and social sciences in the care of diverse individuals, families and communities.
3. Practice from a spirit of inquiry utilizing evidence-based research in critical thinking and in the decision-making process.
4. Engage in personal and professional development activities that enhance the role of the nurse and facilitate life-long learning.
5. Employ leadership skills, to question underlying assumptions and challenge the status quo, to find new methodologies to improve care for patients, families and communities.
6. Promote human flourishing by upholding the values of caring, advocacy and patient centeredness, in providing safe and quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
7. Incorporate select health information technology in the practice of nursing to make informed clinical decisions.
8. Implement one’s role as a nurse, exhibiting sound clinical judgment and practicing within the ethical/legal parameters of the profession to provide safe and quality care.
9. Communicate effectively with clients, families and groups in a variety of health-related environments.
1. Eighty percent (80%) of the graduates will pass the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt.
2. Within 6 months of passing the NCLEX-RN Examination, 85% of the responding graduates who are seeking employment will be employed as Registered Nurses.
3. On surveys conducted within one year of graduation, graduate satisfaction with the program will be an average score of 90%.
4. On surveys conducted within one year of employment, employer satisfaction with the program’s RN graduates will average 90%.
5. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the students admitted to the program will graduate within the maximum time frame.
Title IV Student Financial Aid Funds (when available) cannot be used to pay the initial fees of $3,000.00.
Cancellation and Refund Policy: Any refund due because of cancellation of this Enrollment Agreement or because of withdrawal from the college will be made according to the applicable category of the following criteria:
Any applicant or student seeking to cancel this enrollment Agreement must do so in writing. That written request must be submitted directly to the CEO/College Director or to the Associate of Science in Registered Nursing (LPN to RN) Program Director.
• An applicant requesting cancellation of this Enrollment Agreement within 3 business days after signing it is entitled to a full refund of all monies paid.
• A student requesting cancellation more than 72 hours after signing the enrollment agreement but before starting any courses in the program is entitled to a full refund less the $100.00 registration fee.
• A student seeking to cancel enrollment will not receive a refund for scrub suits, uniforms, shoes, books, and online resources if used.
Any other student who wishes to withdraw should notify either of the above college administrators in writing and include the effective date of the withdrawal. If a student fails to provide written notice of his or her intent to withdraw but stops attending classes, the calculation of any refund will be based on the student's last known day of attendance in class, in lab, or at a clinical session.
• If Withdrawal occurs within 72 hours after the official start date of the student's program but within the first week of studies, any amount paid will be refunded, less the $100 registration fee.
• If Withdrawal occurs more than 72 hours after the official start date of program but within the first week of studies, any amount in excess of 10% of the amount of tuition paid will be refunded.
• If Withdrawal occurs during the second week of any Trimester of the program, any amount in excess of
20% of tuition paid for that trimester will be refunded.
• If Withdrawal occurs during the third week of any Trimester of the program, any amount in excess of
40% of tuition paid for that trimester will be refunded.
• If Withdrawal occurs during the fourth week of any Trimester of the program, any amount in excess of
60% of tuition paid for that trimester will be refunded.
• If Withdrawal occurs during the fifth week of any Trimester of the program, any amount in excess of
80% of tuition paid for that trimester will be refunded.
• If Withdrawal occurs during the sixth week of any Trimester of the program, any amount in excess of
90% of tuition paid for that trimester will be refunded.
• If Withdrawal occurs during the seventh week of any Trimester of the program, no refund is due on payment done on that semester.
Any refund due will be made within 30 days of the effective date of the withdrawal or the student's last date of attendance.
Refunds shall be made to the student or to any state, local or federal agency that paid tuition or fees for the student.
Each refund shall be accompanied by a “Refund Calculation Form” which shall be signed by a school representative.
Title IV Financial Aid Return Policy: Title IV financial aid eligibility must be re-calculated for any student who has been awarded or has received Title IV funding while enrolled at the institution and who withdraws or is withdrawn. The recalculation must be done using a pro-rata formula required by the U. S. Department of Education (ED); that formula is called the “Return to Title IV” or the “R2T4” formula.
A student must “earn” the full amount of financial aid originally approved for him or her by attending at least 60% of the academic term. When a student withdraws, or is withdrawn, the institution, using a form and guidelines provided by ED, must calculate how much Title IV aid the student has earned as of the effective date of the withdrawal. It calculates how much, if any, money the institution must return to ED and the amount of money, if any, a student must repay to ED.
The institution will multiply the total amount of Title IV aid that was disbursed to or could have been disbursed to the student for the academic term by the percent of time the student was actually enrolled and attending (the completion percentage).
For R2T4 purposes, Title IV financial aid is considered disbursed if the aid has been credited to the student’s account or paid directly to the student or parent on or before the date that the student withdrew.
The completion percentage is determined by the formula: “Clock Hours Scheduled to Complete as of the Date of Withdrawal / Total Clock Hours in Academic Term.” If the calculated completion percentage is greater than 60%, the student has earned all the Title IV aid for the academic term.
The dollar result of the R2T4 calculation is the pro-rated portion of Title IV aid that the student earned: “Total Aid Disbursed x Completion Percentage = Earned Aid”
Amount of Title IV Aid to be Disbursed or Returned
• If the Title IV aid already disbursed equals the aid earned, no further action is required.
• If the Title IV aid already disbursed is more than the aid earned, the difference must be returned to the appropriate Title IV student financial aid program.
• If the aid already disbursed is less than the earned aid, the Financial Aid Office must calculate and issue a post-withdrawal disbursement.
Any student who is due a post-withdrawal disbursement will be notified within 30 days of the effective date of withdrawal or, if applicable, 30 days from the date the school learned that the student would not be returning to the school. In that notification, the student will be advised, if applicable, of how much of the disbursement must be applied to outstanding institutional charges. The post-withdrawal disbursement will be made within 45 days of either of the referenced dates.
Return Order of Title IV Funds: The institution returns unearned Title IV funds to the appropriate program in the order required by the U. S. Department of Education. These funds will be returned as follows:
• Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans
• Federal Direct Subsidized Loans
• Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Parent)
• Federal Pell Grant
Institution’s Responsibilities Regarding the Return of Title IV Funds Policy:
Best Care College is responsible for the following:
• Providing each of its students with the information contained in this policy;
• Identifying those students affected by the policy and completing the Return of Title IV Funds calculations;
• Advising the affected student of the result of the calculation for him or her and of any balance he or she owes to the school as a result of the required return of Title IV funds;
• Returning any unearned Title IV aid that is due back to the Title IV programs and, if applicable, informing the borrower’s holder of Federal loan funds of the student’s withdrawal date; and,
• If applicable, notifying the student and/or the PLUS parent borrower of student’s eligibility for a post-withdrawal disbursement.
Students’ Responsibilities Regarding the Return of Title IV Funds Policy:
Each student of Best Care College is responsible for the following:
• Being familiar with the Return of Title IV Funds policy and how withdrawal from all courses may affect eligibility for Title IV aid; and,
• Settling any outstanding balance owed to the school resulting from the required return of unearned Title IV aid.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (Promotion)
The student must achieve a grade of 80% in the lecture component of every course and pass the associated laboratory and clinical components for each course. The student must also achieve a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 80% for the program and complete the program in the maximum time frame. Students are required to satisfactorily complete required courses in each trimester prior to promotion to the next trimester.
TRANSFER OF CREDIT POLICY
Best Care College will consider accepting transfer credits for the general education courses as indicated below, provided that each course was earned from a nationally or regionally accredited institution; that the course is comparable in content and duration to the course offered by Best Care College; and, that the course grade earned was “B” (80%) or higher and completed in the last 2 years
The student may transfer up to two courses, or one CLEP (as noted below) and one course that meets the above criteria.
Upon successful completion of the Associate of Science in Registered Nursing (LPN-RN) curriculum, students will receive nine (9) credits for their LPN education.