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Academic Recognition

Academic success

Students who earn a GPA of 3.5 or above per semester/session will be placed on the School’s Academic Honors List.

Graduation Policy

A student will be awarded a Diploma in Nursing and School of Nursing Pin if the following requirements are met:

1. Satisfactory completion of the program with a grade of “C” or above in all courses and satisfactory clinical evaluations.

2. Recommendation by the Faculty.

3. Return of all school property and freedom from monetary unsecured indebtedness to Trinity Health System School of Nursing, Trinity Health System, or any of its affiliate or extension agencies.

The student is expected to be present at graduation exercises unless excused by the Dean of the School.

A student who has not met the requirements may not participate in the public graduation ceremony. The diploma and pin will be awarded when all requirements have been met.

Application for Licensure Policy

Fingerprinting and background checks must be completed and submitted to the appropriate Board of Nursing 6-9 months prior to NCLEX-RN testing. At the completion of the program, the graduate must file an application with a State Board of Nursing to take the examination for licensure. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and complete the application form, and send it with the necessary fee(s) to the State Board Office and NCLEX-RN testing center. Upon meeting the requirements set forth in the School’s Graduation Policy, the Dean of the School will send a program completion form to the appropriate Board of Nursing to meet the eligibility requirements to take the NCLEX-RN examination. Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination, the graduate will be licensed to practice as a professional Registered Nurse using the legal title RN. The diploma nursing program at Trinity Health System School of Nursing meets the state education requirements for an RN nursing license in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Trinity Health System School of Nursing has not determined if the diploma nursing program at Trinity Health System School of Nursing meets the state education requirements in any other state or any U.S. Territory. Contact the state regulatory agency for nursing in any other state for which this information is needed.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has resources that may be helpful.

Graduation Awards

Traditionally, awards are given at graduation exercises for outstanding academic achievement or clinical excellence. The top three academic awards are presented at the graduation ceremony by the Board of Trustees, Medical Staff, and Trinity Health System Nursing Service.

Additional awards include:

  • The Nancy H. Bright, M.D. Excellence in Pediatric Nursing Award
  • The Patrick Macedonia M.D. Excellence in Maternal-Newborn Nursing Award
  • The Carmel A. Esposito, EdD Award for Community Leadership

Periodically, additional honors are awarded by philanthropic and service organizations or individuals.