Part-Time Program Policies

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.

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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.

Course Sequence (courses must be taken in this order):

Year One

Semester 1
10-543-101 Nursing Fundamentals
10-543-103 Pharmacology

If a student is unsuccessful in both Semester 1 courses the student cannot move to semester 2. If the student passes one Semester 1 course, they will have the option to move forward to Semester 2 but must retake the unsuccessful course concurrently with the other Semester 2 courses. 

Semester 2
10-543-102 Nursing Skills
10-543-104 Introduction to Clinical Practice

All Year One courses must be completed before the student is eligible to enroll in Year Two courses.

By the end of week 8 in Semester 2 the student must notify the Program Director or Associate Dean 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.

Year Two

Semester 3
10-543-106 Health Promotion
10-543-108 Introduction to Clinical Management

If a student is unsuccessful in both Semester 3 courses the student cannot move to Semester 4. If the student passes one Semester 3 course, they will have the option to move forward to Semester 4 but must retake the unsuccessful course concurrently with the other Semester 4 courses. 

Semester 4
10-543-105 Health Alterations
10-543-107 Lifespan Clinical

All Year Two courses must be completed before the student is eligible to enroll in Year Three courses.

By the end of week 8 in Semester 4 the student must notify the Program Director or Associate Dean 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.

Year 3

Semester 5
10-543-109 Complex Health Alterations I
10-543-110 Mental Health

If a student is unsuccessful in both Semester 5 courses the student cannot move to Semester 6. If the student passes one Semester 5 course, they will have the option to move forward to Semester 6 but must retake the unsuccessful course concurrently with the other Semester 6 courses. 

Semester 6
10-543-111 Intermediate Clinical
10-543-112 Advanced Skills

All Year Three courses must be completed before the student is eligible to enroll in Year Four courses.

By the end of week 8 in Semester 6 the student must notify the Program Director or Associate Dean 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.

Year 4

Semester 7
10-543-113 Complex Health Alterations 2
10-543-115 Advanced Clinical

If a student is unsuccessful in both Semester 7 courses the student cannot move to Semester 8. If the student passes one Semester 7 course, they will have the option to move forward to Semester 8 but must retake the unsuccessful course concurrently with the other Semester 8 courses.

Semester 8
10-543-114 Nursing Management Concepts
10-543-116 Transition to Clinical Practice

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.