The Associate Degree Nursing part-time curriculum is designed for individuals who have obligations that impact their ability to attend the rigorous full-time academic schedule of full-time coursework. Students attend class, lab and clinical practicum but take two courses each semester, instead of the four courses taken each semester by the full-time students. Part-time is defined as taking less than three nursing courses in a semester. Full-time students take four nursing courses each semester and complete the program in four semesters. Part-time students may take up to eight semesters to complete the program coursework.
Requirements for Starting Part-Time
Part-time track students must complete all required pre-requisites prior to entry into the nursing program. Students must petition to enter the nursing program through the same process as students preferring the full-time. A student wishing to register as part-time track must indicate this on the petition form.
All part-time students follow the same program and course policies that full-time track students follow.
As with the full-time nursing program, students taking classes part-time track must take all skills/clinical courses at Madison College; all theory courses that are offered by Madison College (either online, hybrid or face-to-face) must be taken through Madison College. Please refer to the Student Handbook for all online course policies.
The part-time student may be required to take clinical courses at a campus other than the student’s home campus.
A student wishing to attend part-time is committing to a full year (two consecutive semesters) of part-time. After this, the student can either continue part-time or may request to move into full-time. Please see Appendix 8 for this request for change.
Movement from Part-Time to Full-Time
A meeting with your nursing faculty academic advisor of Program Director is required to discuss program progression and movement from part-time to full-time. A student wishing to move to the full time track of nursing courses must make this request to the Program Director or Associate Dean (completion of Full-Time Request Form - see Appendix 8). The student must make the request to change to the full-time track in writing by the last business day in Week 8 of the semester. Requests not received by the 4:00 p.m. Friday in Week 8 will be denied. The student may not register for the full-time track until permission to do so has been given.
Movement from Full-Time to Part-Time
A meeting with your nursing faculty academic advisor or Program Director is required to discuss program progression and movement from full-time to part-time. A student wishing to move to part-time must make this request to the Program Director by the end of Week 8 in writing by completing the Part-Time Request Form (Appendix 8). If in the future the student wishes to return to a full-time track of courses, the student must make this request to the Program Director or Associate Dean (completion of Full-Time Request Form - see Appendix 8). Requests not received by the 4:00 p.m. Friday in Week 8 will be denied. The student may not register for part-time until permission to do so has been given.
Per the programs’ re-entry policy, a student who fails a nursing course or withdraws while the course is in progress may reenter that course only once. If a full-time student withdraws from a class to enter the part-time program after week 3 of the semester, the first time in that class will count as an attempt.
Mandated Movement to Part-Time Coursework
Any full-time student who has failed two or more individual nursing courses within one semester will be placed in the part-time sequence for a minimum of one semester.
Any student granted an exception to re-entry policy of the nursing program (re-admitted to the program) must complete a minimum of two semesters as a part-time student
Part-Time Course Sequence
Courses must be taken in this order. If a student is unsuccessful in both semester courses the student cannot move to the next semester. If the student passes one semester course, they will have the option to move forward to the next semester but must retake the unsuccessful course concurrently with the other proceeding semester courses.
Each year, all courses must be completed before the student is eligible to enroll in the next year’s courses.
By the end of week 8 in the second semester of each year, the student must notify the Program Director or Program Chair in writing of the desire to switch to full-time. To be eligible to switch to full-time, the request form (Appendix 8) must be received by the Program Director by 4:00 p.m. Friday of week 8.