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2013-14 CATALOG: TABLE OF CONTENTS          (back to ClarksonCollege.edu)

    

Compliance and Complaints Statement _________________________________________

 

Introduction _________________________________________________________________

     >President’s Message

     >Mission and Values

     >Accreditation and Approvals

     >Degrees and Certificates Offered

    

General Information __________________________________________________________

     >Address and Brief General Information

     >Clarkson College Board of Directors

     >About the College

     >Diversity

     >Facilities

     >History

     >Accommodations

     >Articulation Agreements

     >Computer Equipment Recommendations

     >Library and Educational Resource Center (ERC)

     >Notice of Non-Discrimination

     >Research

     >Science Laboratory

     >Skills Laboratories

     >Student Center

     >Student Housing

     >Technology Resources

     >Electronic Resources Use, Copyright Infringement and Network Management Policy

     >Testing Center

     >Website

 

Academic Calendar ___________________________________________________________

     >2013-14 Academic Calendar

     >2014-15 Academic Calendar

 

Academic Travel Abroad (ATA) ________________________________________________

 

Admissions __________________________________________________________________

     >Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Students

     >Graduate Degree-Seeking Students: Master's Level

     >Graduate Degree-Seeking Students: Doctorate Level

     >International Applicants Admission Requirements

     >Non-Degree Seeking Students and Visiting Students

     >Acceptance

     >Conditional Admission Status

     >Re-Admission Applicants

     >Cooperative Programs

     >Double Majors

     >Health and Safety Requirements

     >Mentoring

     >New Student Orientation

     >Non-Matriculated Student Record Retention

     >Application Deadlines and Start Dates

     >Application Deadlines for International Students

 

Financial Aid _________________________________________________________________

     >Financial Aid Eligibility Determination

     >Award Notifications

     >Disbursement of Financial Aid

     >Enrollment Status Requirements for Financial Aid Purposes

     >Repayment of Financial Aid

     >Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

     >Warning, Suspension, Appeal and Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility

     >Federal Student Employment and Loan Programs

           >Federal Work-Study Program

           >Federal Direct Safford Loans

           >Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans

           >Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans

           >Federal Nursing Student Loans

           >Federal Direct PLUS (Parent) Loans

           >Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

     >Federal Grant Programs

     >State Grant Programs

     >Undergraduate Merit-Based Scholarships

           >Merit-Based Scholarship Information

           >Gateway to Success for Minority Nursing Scholarship

           >Academic Achievement Scholarship

           >Endowed Scholarships

           >Other Scholarships

     >Clarkson College Financial Assistance

     >Outside and Private Scholarships

     >ROTC Scholarships

     >Safeguarding Customer Information

 

Student Accounts _____________________________________________________________

     >Statement of Financial Responsibility

     >Billing Statements

     >Account Payments

     >International Student Payment Policy

     >Bookstore Vouchers

     >Cashier

     >COPPER (Clarkson Optional Payment Plan – Employee Reimbursement)

     >Deferred Payment Plan

     >Financial Aid Extension

     >Refund Checks

     >Tuition Assistance

     >Tuition Refund Policy

 

Tuition and Fees ______________________________________________________________


Academic Information and Policies _____________________________________________

     >Academic Advising

     >Academic Integrity

     >Academic Probation

     >Academic Year

     >Advanced Standing Credit

           >Methods of Forming Advanced Standing Credit

           >Fees Schedule                                                              

           >American Council on Education/College Credit Recommendation Service

           >College Credit Recommendation Service

     >Attendance/Non-Attendance

     >Auditing a Course

     >Canceling a Course

     >Change of Personal Information

     >Clarkson College Behavioral Intervention Team

     >Class Standing for Undergraduates

     >Coursework Categories for Undergraduate Degrees

     >Code of Conduct

           >Definitions

           >Judicial Authority

           >Proscribed Conduct

           >Judicial Policies

      >Interpretation and Revision

>Credit Hour Definition    

>Credit Hour Load and Overload

     >Degree Plan

     >Dean’s List for Undergraduates

     >Dismissals

           >Academic Dismissal

           >Administrative Dismissal

           >Non-Academic Dismissal

     >Drug and Alcohol Policy

           >Student Violation Categories

     >Dual Degree Options

     >E-mail Policy

     >Enrollment Status

     >Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

     >Forms Submission

     >Grade Change

     >Grade Reports

     >Grading System

     >Graduate Degrees and Certificates

     >Graduation Academic Honors for Undergraduates

     >Graduation Requirements and Procedures

     >Grievance Process/Policy

           >Grievance Policy

           >Student Grievance Process

           >Student Grievance Procedure

     >Health and Safety Requirements

     >Incomplete Grades

     >Independent Study

     >Leave of Absence

     >Petition for Reconsideration

     >Petitioning for a Course Offering

     >Program Completion

     >Progression

           >Diploma/Undergraduate Certificate Programs and Associate of Science Degree

          Programs with exception of Health Information Technology

           >Associate of Science in Health Information Technology Degree Program

           >Bachelor of Science Degree and Post-Baccalaureate Programs

           >Graduate Degree Programs

     >Registration/Add a Course

     >Residency Requirement

     >Retention of Student Records

     >Service Requirements

     >Student Classifications and Status

           >Student Classification

           >Student Status

     >Transcripts

     >Transfer Credit

     >Undergraduate Degrees

     >Veteran Services

     >Withdrawal

 

Online Education _______________________________________________________

     >Program General Information

     >Programs Offered Through Online Education

 

Doctor in Health Care Education and Leadership (Ed.D.) ________________________

     >Program General Information

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

     >Program Course Descriptions

 

Nursing Programs  ____________________________________________________________

     >Program General Information

     >Nursing Program Course Descriptions

>Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) ________________________________________________

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

>Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Programs (Post-MSN) ____________________________

     >Required Courses

           >Family Nurse Practitioner Courses

           >Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Courses

           >Nursing Education Courses

           >Nursing Health Care Administration Courses

>Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Traditional Option ______________________________

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

           >Core Requirement Courses

           >Specialty Option Courses in Nursing Health Care Administration

           >Specialty Option Courses in Nursing Education

           >Specialty Option Courses in Family Nurse Practitioner

           >Specialty Option Courses in Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

           >Specialty Option Courses in Nurse Anesthesia

>Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): RN to MSN Option ______________________________

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

           >General Education Courses

           >Undergraduate Support Courses

           >Major Courses

           >Transition Courses

           >Required Undergraduate Nursing Courses

           >MSN Core Required Courses

     >Specialty Option Courses

           >Nursing Health Care Administration

           >Nursing Education

           >Family Nurse Practitioner

           >Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

           >Evidence-Based Practice Research Project

>Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): Traditional Option ____________________________

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

>Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): RN to BSN Option ____________________________

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

           >General Education Courses

           >Support Courses

           >Major Courses

     >BSN Transition Courses

     >Required BSN Courses

>Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): LPN to BSN Option ___________________________

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

           >General Education Courses

           >Support Courses

           >Major Courses

           >BSN Transition Courses

           >Required BSN Courses

>Diploma in Practical Nursing (PN) ________________________________________________

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

 

Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) ________________________

     >Program General Information

     >PTA Program Course Descriptions

>PTA: Traditional Option  ________________________________________________________

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

>PTA: Transfer Option __________________________________________________________

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

 

Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology (RT) _______________________________

     >Program General Information

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

     >RT Program Course Descriptions

 

Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging __________________________________________

     >Program General Information

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

     >Elective Courses

     >Course Offerings per Semester

     >Medical Imaging Program Course Descriptions

     >Externships

           >Medical Imaging Externship Checklist

 

Certificate in Imaging Informatics ______________________________________________

     >Required Courses/Curriculum Plan

 

Health Care Business Programs ________________________________________________

     >Program General Information

     >Business Program Course Descriptions

>Master's in Health Care Administration ____________________________________________

     >Required Courses

     >Sample Curriculum Plan

>Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Care Administration _______________________________

     >Required Courses

>Bachelor of Science in Health Care Business with major in Health Information Administration

     >Required Courses

           >General Education Courses

           >Support Courses

           >Business Major Core Courses

           >Health Information Administration Major Courses

     >Sample Curriculum Plan

>Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration  ____________________

     >Required Courses

           >Support Courses

           >Business Major Core Courses

           >Health Information Administration Major Courses

     >Sample Curriculum Plan

>Bachelor of Science in Health Care Business with major in Management _________________

     >Required Courses

           >General Education Courses

           >Support Courses

           >Business Major Core Courses

           >Health Care Business Courses

     >Sample Curriculum Plan

>Associate of Science in Health Information Technology ________________________________

     >Required Courses

     >Sample Curriculum Plan

>Certificate in Health Information Management _______________________________________

     >Required Courses

     >Sample Curriculum Plan

>Certificate in Long-Term Care Administration ________________________________________

     >Required Courses

     >Sample Curriculum Plan

>Health Care Business Minor ______________________________________________________

 

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Services ______________________________________

>Course Descriptions

>Required Courses

      >General Education Courses

      >Core Courses

      >Support Courses

      >Major Courses

>Additional Major Concentration Courses

      >Gerontology Concentration

      >Health Care Business Concentration

      >Public Health Concentration

      >Human Services Concentration

      >Women’s Health Concentration

 

General Education _____________________________________________________________

     >Program General Information

     >General Education Course Descriptions

 

Professional Development ________________________________­­­_______­­­_______________

     >Program General Information

     >Allied Health Continuing Education

     >Continuing Nursing Education

     >Health Information Management Continuing Education

     >Programs Offered Through Professional Development

     >Life Support Courses

 

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) - Air Force and Army _____­­­­­___­­­______________

     >Program General Information

     >Air Force ROTC

          >Course Descriptions

     >Army ROTC

          >Course Descriptions

 

Administration, Faculty and Staff Directory

 

Please Note: The information in this catalog is intended to be informational and not contractual in nature. Clarkson College reserves the right to amend, alter, change or modify the provisions of this catalog at any time and in any manner that the administration or Board of Directors deems is in the best interest of Clarkson College and its students. The catalog is printed once annually in the fall. This interactive online catalog contains the most current academic information.

 

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COMPLIANCE AND COMPLAINTS STATEMENT

Clarkson College complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws relating to discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, veteran's status, or marital status. This includes, but is not limited to, such laws as Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

This policy is applicable to complaints alleging discrimination on the basis of sex. The Vice President Academic Affairs and/or the Vice President of Operations is responsible for coordinating compliance with these laws for students.

 

All complaints will be promptly and thoroughly investigated and resolved. Complaint processes can be found in two policies; Petition for Reconsideration and Grievance. The Vice President Academic Affairs and/or the Vice President of Operations will be responsible for conducting review of complaints for students. Complainants may provide statements from witnesses as part of their information and evidence.

 

The College prohibits retaliation against a complainant or other person(s) who participates in grievance proceedings. 

 

A complete description of each formal grievance process is contained in the student handbook/planner, which is available online.

 

Last updated Nov. 26, 2008.

 

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INTRODUCTION

President’s Message

Clarkson College is rich in history, academic excellence and unmatched in preparing students to be the best in the field of health care. The heart of our success resides in our dedicated staff, committed student body and outstanding faculty members. As a student, you will have the opportunity to experience our proud, long-standing tradition of upholding our Mission of preparing students to professionally provide high quality, ethical and compassionate health care services.

 

During the last 125 years, we have learned a few things about preparing students to provide high quality health care services, and our results are showing it. While focusing on quality we have not forgotten about cost. Clarkson College is committed to responsible control of expenses for students and parents. This combination of quality and efficiency equates to value at a private college you can afford.

 

Clarkson College offers undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, post-graduate certificates and doctoral degrees in health sciences and health care business. The College is devoted to ensuring high quality health care education in the classroom, online or on campus, and during clinical experiences.

 

Clarkson College Highlights and Key Facts:

·   Nebraska’s first health care education institution.

·   More than 1,200 students learning on-campus and online.

·   Learning focused on patient, caring, integrity, and a commitment to excellence.

·   A student to faculty ratio of 14:1.

·   Pass rates on national board exams consistently above the state and national average.

·   The Nursing program began over 125 years ago.

·   Clarkson College has the largest Radiologic Technology and Physical Therapist Assistant programs in the state of Nebraska.

·   Clarkson College has the only PTA transfer program in the Midwest.

·   Clarkson College is the only accredited Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management program in Nebraska and Iowa.

·   Clarkson College is the second least expensive private college in Nebraska.

·   Access for our graduates to the largest and best medical campus in the region, The Nebraska Medical Center.

 

Our faculty and staff are anxious to prepare you with the high quality education you are seeking. We are passionate about your success not only during your time at Clarkson College, but also long after you graduate.

 

Sincerely,

 

Louis W. Burgher, M.D., Ph.D.

President

 

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MISSION AND VALUES

Mission

Preparing students to professionally provide high quality, ethical and compassionate health

care services.

 

Values

Learning: The lifelong process of education through both structured and unstructured experiences.

 

Caring: An empowering relationship through an attitude of empathy, compassion and respect

for those with whom we interact, serve and lead.

 

Commitment: Dedication to the shared mission of Clarkson College.

 

Integrity: Adherence to moral and ethical standards in personal, professional and organizational actions.

 

Excellence: A level of performance in which all individuals strive for extraordinary quality.

 

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ACCREDITATION AND APPROVALS

Clarkson College has maintained continuous accreditation with The Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) from 1984 to present.

 

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs have accreditation from:

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850  Atlanta, GA 30326   PH 404.975.5000   acenursing.org

 

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is also approved by:

The Nebraska State Board of Nursing

 

The Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Anesthesia program is also accredited by:

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)

222 S. Prospect Ave.  Park Ridge, IL 60068   PH 847.655.1160

 

The Diploma in Practical Nursing program has approval for operation from:

The Nebraska State Board of Nursing

 

The Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology program at Clarkson College is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

As an accredited program, the Radiologic Technology program is required to meet specific standards. Complaints or concerns involving accreditation issues should be directed to the Faculty Committee (any faculty member) or the JRCERT. 

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850  Chicago, IL 60606-3182

PH 312.704.5300   JRCERT@aol.com

 

Upon receipt of any allegations of non-compliance, the program director and the faculty involved will investigate the report within three weeks. If an incident of non-compliance is identified, the program director and faculty will take action within the following three weeks to remedy the situation. The results of such actions will be reviewed and discussed during the next Faculty Committee meeting.

 

The Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program has accreditation from:

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street  Alexandria, VA 22314  
PH 703.706.3245

accreditation@apta.org   capteonline.org

 

The Master of Science in Health Care Administration, Bachelor of Science in Health Care Business Management and Associate of Science in Health Information Technology programs have accreditation from:

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
P.O. Box 3960  Olathe, KS 66063-3960  
PH 913.631.3009   iacbe.org

 

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration, Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration and Associate of Science in Health Information Technology programs have accreditation from:

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

233 N. Michigan Ave, 21st Floor  Chicago, IL 60601-5800   PH 312.233.1131   cahiim.org

 

Nursing Continuing Education

Clarkson College is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Nebraska Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

 

Clarkson College is approved Iowa provider 345.

 

Physical Therapy Continuing Education

For Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant continuing education activities appropriate CEUs are sought through:

Nebraska Chapter American Physical Therapy Association

600 S. 42 St.  Omaha, NE 68198-5450   PH 402.559.6415   apta.org

 

Health Information Management Continuing Education

For Health Information Management continuing education activities appropriate CEUs are sought through:

American Academy of Professional Coders

2480 South 3850 West, Suite B  Salt Lake City, UT 84120   aapc.com

And/or

American Health Information Management Association

233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor  Chicago, IL 60601-5809   ahima.org

 

 The Basic and Advanced Life Support and First Aid courses are approved by:

American Heart Association

7272 Greenville Ave.  Dallas, TX 75231   americanheart.org

 

The Nurse Aide and Medication Aide programs are approved by:

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Regulation and Licensure; Credentialing Division

P.O. Box 94986  Lincoln, NE 68509-4986   PH 402.471.4376   www.hhs.state.ne.us

 

The Nurse Refresher program is approved by:

The Nebraska State Board of Nursing

 

Clarkson College Professional Development is an authorized Microsoft Office Specialist Exam Distributor for Microsoft Office Specialist Certification as well as an approved Certiport and Castle Worldwide Testing Center for other applications and certifications.

 

Note: Details and updates concerning accreditation can be found by contacting the appropriate program director.

 

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DEGREES OFFERED

Degree

Major

Professionally Accredited

Diploma

Practical Nursing

No

Associate

of Science

 

Health Information Technology*

Physical Therapist Assistant

Radiologic Technology

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bachelor

of Science

 

Health Care Business: Management major*

Health Care Business: Health Information Administration major*

Health Care Services

Medical Imaging*

Nursing (BSN)**

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Master of

Health Care Administration*

Yes

Master

of Science

 

Nursing (MSN): Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner*

Nursing (MSN): Family Nurse Practitioner*

Nursing (MSN): Nursing Education*

Nursing (MSN): Nursing Health Care Administration*

Nursing (MSN): Nurse Anesthesia

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Doctorate

Doctor in Health Care Education and Leadership

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Yes

Yes

 

*These programs may be completed through Online Education. Some online programs require periodic campus visits for skills assessment. Contact the appropriate department for current details.

**RN to BSN options may be completed by Online Education. See details in the RN to BSN sections of this catalog.

 

CERTIFICATES OFFERED

Health Information Management

Post-Baccalaurate in Health Information

Long-Term Care Administration

Imaging Informatics

Post-Masters Health Care Administration

Post-Masters Nursing: Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Post-Masters Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

Post-Masters Nursing: Nursing Education

Post-Masters Nursing: Nursing Health Care Administration

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Clarkson College

101 South 42 Street  Omaha, NE 68131-2739

PH 402.552.3100  TF 800.647.5500

 

This section contains general information about the College, its facilities and its rich history of educating health care professionals.

 

Since 1888, the College has experienced both triumphs and challenges that have strengthened the institution and allowed it to flourish. It began with the dream of Bishop Robert H. Clarkson in the late 1800s to establish a hospital in Nebraska. It continued with the dedication of his wife, Meliora, to develop a training school for nurses.

 

Today, Clarkson College continues to build on a tradition of innovative education that anticipates changes in health care systems, technology and society. The individuals we serve have always been and will continue to be our success.

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair  Marlin G. Stahl, M.D.

Vice-Chair The Very Reverend Thomas Hurley, retired

Treasurer  William S. Dinsmoor

Immediate Past Chair  James T. Canedy, M.D.

Executive Committee

James T. Canedy, M.D.*

Robert S. Howard*

Karen Verdirame, J.D.*

 

Board Members

Cynthia A. Arbaugh

Allen Hager

Rosanna Morris

 

*Past Chair

 

Ex Officio

Glenn A. Fosdick

 

Clarkson College Faculty Senate Representative

Jane Langemeier, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.

 

Clarkson College Student Government Representative

Amanda Hanlin

 

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ABOUT THE COLLEGE

Clarkson College is a private, non-profit college offering undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and post-graduate certificates in health sciences and health care business.

 

Clarkson College exists to educate and ensure the personal and professional development of individuals seeking a career in health care. Through various activities, the College provides an intellectual environment for the development of literate, knowledgeable and scholarly individuals motivated to pursue lifelong learning and capable of solving problems through the health care disciplines in which they major.

 

The success of each student at Clarkson College is the center of the College Mission. For this reason, faculty works closely with students as teachers, mentors, advisors and role models. Faculty and staff are friendly and helpful and care about your progress and success.

 

The College also provides a variety of co-curricular experiences on campus. The opportunity to serve in student groups and organizations, College committees or to participate in service promotes development of interpersonal skills and experiences that assist students in attaining personal and career success.

 

Students at Clarkson College may choose to study in any one of several areas in the Nursing, Health Care Business, Health Care Services, Radiologic Technology, Medical Imaging/Imaging Informatics and Physical Therapist Assistant.

 

The Clarkson College Professional Development office is dedicated to assisting health care professionals in their pursuit of lifelong learning. Professional Development encompasses a broad spectrum of programs and courses intended for adult learners. It involves developing an individual’s knowledge, skills and attitudes to ensure that they can work confidently and effectively.

 

Online Education provides students who are unable to attend classes on campus an opportunity to complete their education in a flexible setting suitable for their individual lifestyle. Accessibility, convenience and personalized instruction make the Online Education experience a popular option.

 

Students are central to decisions made and are included in many of the operational activities of the College through the Student Government Association (SGA) and other organizations.

 

Clarkson College delivers a high-quality education emphasizing early hands-on experiences, personal attention from faculty, flexibility in program selection and high first-time pass rates on board examinations for graduates. The College prepares students for a profession embedded with opportunities and the potential of multiple careers that enable a variety of jobs, settings, geographical locations, colleagues and salary potential.

 

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DIVERSITY

Clarkson College recognizes that we live in a diverse society. We value the diversity of our employees, students and the community, and strive to create an environment where all people have equal opportunity. Clarkson College complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws relating to discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, national origin, ethnicity, sex, veteran’s status or marital status in the administration of its educational programs and policies, financial aid, activities or other school administered programs. 

 

The following designated position coordinates the Clarkson College effort to comply with the regulations implementing Title IX, Section 504 and the Age Act: 

  

Vice President of Operations

Clarkson College   101 South 42 Street    Omaha, NE 68131-2739   PH 402.552.6109 

 

We will demonstrate our commitment to diversify through the following actions:

·   We will create an environment where all people are treated with dignity and respect, and where difference is valued.

·   We will create an atmosphere where all people feel welcomed and where their unique cultural differences are respected.

·   We will create an environment where all people have the same ability to provide and receive quality health care education. This will include awareness of the many cultural barriers, language and customs of our employees, students and the community in order to provide health care education to a diverse population.

·   We will openly embrace the diversity of our employee, student and customer population. We acknowledge that creating a diverse environment must have the support and commitment of all levels of the organization.

·   We will celebrate diversity to create an environment of inclusion.

 

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FACILITIES

In the summer of 1992, Clarkson College moved from Kiewit Tower, where it had educated students for over 30 years, to a facility located prominently at the corner of 42 and Dodge Streets in Omaha. Committed to living and learning, Clarkson Regional Health Services, Clarkson College and The Nebraska Medical Center launched an enriched college life experience with the opening of a new urban campus in fall 2004. The Residence Hall includes apartment-style resident living, while the Student Center offers convenience and a greater community connection among students.

 

The Student Center houses the campus bookstore, community lounge, mailboxes, café and Student Government Association office on the first floor. On the second level, Howard Hall, a multi-purpose room, provides gym space as well as seating for 400 people. Next door is the J. W. Upright Success Center, which caters to the study, tutoring and counseling needs of students.

 

In the main building at 42 and Dodge Streets, the lower level (LL) houses the Professional Development office, Life Support training center, Nurse Aide classroom, Testing Center and skills laboratory for the Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging programs. The Educational Resource Center (ERC) is also located on the lower level.

 

On the first floor lobby of the College main building you will find the Student Services Suite. The Admissions, Registrar, Student Financial Services and Manager of Facilities offices are housed in this suite. The Student Services Suite provides centralization of student services and information to students and visitors. The first floor also houses classroom 110.

 

The second floor houses the College Library. Maintaining convenient hours, the Library provides students with knowledgeable staff and resources necessary to complete projects and conduct research.

 

The second floor also houses classrooms and a science lab for the anatomy, physiology, chemistry and biology classes. Just beyond the science lab is Second Floor South, which houses the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the skills laboratory for the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

 

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) was established in 2008 to support teaching and learning at Clarkson College by assisting faculty and academic programs in their continued pursuit of course improvement and student learning. CTE manages and coordinates instructional design, faculty development, online education, testing center, diversity, community service, Service-Learning, accommodations, and institutional effectiveness services for faculty and academic program needs.

 

The third floor provides the College with a multipurpose area that can quickly be configured as two large rooms or three areas for instruction, activities or workshops. The third floor also houses the College computer lab. The Health Care Business program’s faculty members are also located on the third floor.

 

Located on the fourth floor are classrooms and the offices for the Director of Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging and the Technology and Computer Services department. Also housed on the fourth floor is the Nursing Skills Lab and state-of-the-art Simulation Lab.

 

Clarkson College faculty offices, the Director of Undergraduate Nursing and the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Nursing are located on the fifth floor.

 

The sixth floor of the College houses the administrative offices of the President, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Vice President of Operations, Dean of Nursing, Director of Graduate Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice, Director of Health Care Business, Director of General Education, Fiscal Services, Human Resources, Marketing, Academic Travel Abroad (ATA) and Alumni Relations.

Our Ed-Tech Center is located at 121 South 44 Street. This is a yellow brick, apartment-style building on the corner of 44 and Douglas Streets (one block south of Dodge Street). The Center’s first floor is the home of our Microsoft Office Training/Certification Examination Center. Faculty offices are located on the second floor.

 

Advanced technology is architecturally designed into the main building of the College, Student Center and Residence Hall including wireless Internet access in each building and the courtyard. The facilities were built to handle current and future computer and technological needs. All main building classrooms are equipped with television monitors as well as numerous types of audio/visual projection equipment. The capability exists to transmit live or taped productions into all classrooms simultaneously. Throughout the College facilities are connections that link users of technology with computers, modems, satellites and the Internet. Education at Clarkson College is truly global.

 

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HISTORY

Clarkson College traces its roots to Omaha’s Good Samaritan Hospital, which opened in 1869 and became the forerunner of Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital. The first student nurse completed a two-year training period in 1890. In 1902, a three-year nurses training school accepted students at the Hospital’s 17th and Dodge Street location. A Clarkson superintendent called civic leaders to the first meeting of the Nebraska Nurses Association at Clarkson in 1906; three years later, the founding members achieved their initial goal of registration for 10 trained nurses who passed a state examination.

 

The Alumni Association was formed in 1910. By 1913, Clarkson was the first Nebraska school to reduce the standard on-duty requirement from 12 hours per day (six-and-a-half days a week) to eight hours per day. The Hospital and School moved in 1936 to 26 and Dewey Streets where students were housed in several homes nearby.

 

During World War II, a new nurse’s home (dormitory) was built across the street from the Hospital. The School of Nursing also actively participated in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps program, which funded student tuition, books, uniforms and monthly stipends as a way to recruit nurses for the war effort.

 

After the war, the Hospital moved to its current location at 42 and Dewey Streets. However, related budget problems led the Nursing program to close in 1955. A very generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kiewit enabled the Nursing program to reopen in 1960 with the completion of Kiewit Tower.

 

The 1970s saw Clarkson College admit male students to its burgeoning program. In the 1980s, Clarkson College received accreditation from the North Central Association and National League for Nursing. Development of the Online Education, Professional Development, Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging, Physical Therapist Assistant and graduate programs swiftly followed. Today, the College also offers degrees and certificates in Health Care Business, Imaging Informatics, Post-Master’s certificates in Nursing and a host of Professional Development, Basic and Advanced Life Support and Continuing Education opportunities.

 

Since 1888, Clarkson College graduates have distinguished themselves at home and abroad, in peacetime and in wartime. Now in its second century, the College continues to build on its solid tradition by developing health care programs to provide for safe, compassionate and effective care.

 

In the new millennium, a focus on diversity led to the development of the Gateway to Success Minority Nursing Scholarship. In order to serve our diverse population the College began the “Building on the Legacy of Enriching Campus Life for Students” effort in 2004 to create an environment of living and learning by constructing the new Student Village campus. The new campus includes a Student Center, apartment-style Residence Hall and courtyard complete with the Clarkson College Service League Heritage Garden.

 

In 2008, Clarkson College enhanced student services by opening a newly renovated lobby with student access to admissions and student records services. In addition, a newly renovated lower level allows easier access to professional development and basic life support services from a 42 Street entrance. The Center for Teaching Excellence also opened its doors in 2008.

 

Only two years later in 2010, the College reconstructed the first floor main lobby area and developed the Student Services Suite to establish convenient access to all facets of student information.

 

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Clarkson College, in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Rehabilitation Act”), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and the Nebraska Fair Employment Practices Act, provides qualified individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the programs or activities of Clarkson College. To request disability accommodation or information, please contact the Accommodations Coordinator.

 

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ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS

Clarkson College shall create articulation agreements and/or Memo of Understandings with any accredited community college/health system according to the wishes of the academic program directors and administration. The articulation agreement and/or Memo of Understanding is a formal, signed agreement that specifically states the Clarkson College degree requirements and the community college/health system courses that may be transferred. Current articulation agreements can be found in the Admissions section of the College website.

 

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COMPUTER EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

In order to increase their likelihood of academic success, it is recommended that all Clarkson College on-campus students have access to personal computers with a specified minimum level of hardware and software. The specific recommenda­tions are available to current and prospective students in the Online Education manual.

 

Online Education students are required to have access to specific equipment. These requirements are listed in the Online Education manual.

 

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LIBRARY AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER (ERC)

The Library and Educational Resource Center (ERC) supports the curriculum by providing flexible, responsive services, a wide variety of print and non-print materials and the hardware needed to use numerous types of media. The Library also provides access to FirstSearch, CINAHL, ERIC, ProQuest, Ebsco’s Health Source and Sydney Plus, the online public access catalog. Students may access these databases using the computers in the library, on-campus or from remote home and office locations.

 

The Library and Educational Resource Center is open 72 hours each week. A highly qualified staff is committed to providing excellent service to the Clarkson College community. The Library is an active member of ICON, a Nebraska and western Iowa consortium of health science libraries. ICON member libraries participate in free interlibrary lending and support one another by sharing staff expertise and other library resources. The Library participates in the Nebraska Academic Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement which gives students access to academic libraries across Nebraska. Access to library collections throughout the United States is offered via DOCLINE and OCLC.

 

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NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

Clarkson College complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws relating to discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis race, color, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, national origin, ethnicity, sex, veteran’s status or marital status in the administration of its educational programs and policies, financial aid, activities or other school administered programs.

 

The following position coordinates compliance with regulations in the implementation of Title IX, Section 504 and the Age Act:

 

Vice President of Operations

Clarkson College   101 S. 42 St.  Omaha, NE 68131-2739   PH 402.552.6109

 

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RESEARCH

In fulfilling its mission, the College actively supports and encourages scholarly activity and research. Members of the Clarkson College community or members of the scientific community wishing to conduct research within Clarkson College are to contact the chair of the Clarkson College Institutional Review Board.

 

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SCIENCE LABORATORY

The Science Lab accommodates areas for chemistry, microbiology, physiology and anatomy to support the general education science curriculum. It allows the student to gain valuable, hands-on experience with the subject matter. Each semester, designated open lab hours are established to allow students flexibility in completing required coursework.

 

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SKILLS LABORATORIES

Nursing Skills Lab

The Nursing Skills Lab is designed to provide realistic, hands-on practice for students in an area that simulates a variety of realistic medical facility environments. There are numerous resources available to facilitate group or individual learning. The south end of the lab features eight patient care cubicles arranged to simulate semi-private hospital rooms equipped with items necessary for direct nursing care.

The north end of the lab has two patient care cubicles arranged to simulate one-bed hospital rooms, a pediatric examination room, an adult examination room, a gynecological examination room, five mobile workstations and a conference area. The classroom contains a video viewing conference area and a computer workstation.

 

Students using the lab will have access to realistic mannequins and models allowing them to practice skills needed in today’s advanced health care setting. Designated open lab hours are established to allow students to complete required coursework and additional practice. Qualified faculty is available to assist students in practicing skills.

 

Simulation Lab

The cutting-edge Simulation Lab allows students to manage hypothetical patient cases using digitally enhanced mannequins that mimic real-life human health conditions.

 

Located on the fourth floor, the 375 square-foot facility includes a fully-equipped patient room where students can practice procedures such as intravenous line insertion, breathing tube insertion and medication administration; a control room where instructors can manipulate the mannequins by raising their blood pressure or even sending them into cardiac arrest; and a debriefing room where students and their instructors will gather to review and analyze a video recording of how the students reacted to the patient cases.

 

The simulation lab also houses high-tech, computerized adult and child tetherless mannequins that mimic real patients and are able to talk and respond to the students. These life-like mannequins are controlled remotely by instructors who can make them cry out in pain, move about and even react to a student’s touch. They exhibit symptoms of minor or major injury, as well as mild to life-threatening diseases—almost anything clinical staff might see in live patients

 

Physical Therapist Assistant Skills Lab

The Physical Therapist Assistant Skills Lab provides students with an opportunity to practice a variety of clinically related patient intervention techniques. Students have access to an assortment of therapeutic equipment reflective of the current practice of physical therapy. Lab time is scheduled as part of the curriculum and reserved lab hours can be established to allow students to complete required coursework and additional practice.


Radiologic Technology Energized Skills Lab

The Radiologic Technology Lab suite contains a classroom; two x-ray rooms, one of which is energized; a darkroom and a film library. The energized x-ray room is lead-shielded and the viewing window is constructed of leaded glass for student safety. The energized x-ray machine is capable of performing digital fluoroscopy and diagnostic examinations. Two methods of image acquisition are offered. A fully functional darkroom is available for film processing and a CR reader and imaging plates are available for digital acquisition. Completing the digital imaging chain is a quality control workstation and PACS workstation for image manipulation and storage. An energized mammography machine, portable x-ray machine and C-arm are also located within the suite to facilitate student learning.

 

Nurse Aide Center

Nurse Aide and Medication Aide courses are provided in a classroom-skills lab suite. This facility—located in the lower level of the main College building—offers students the ability to learn as they practice skills needed to provide high quality patient care.

 

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STUDENT CENTER

The new Student Center enriches campus life for students. Students can socialize in the café-style lounge area, exercise in the fitness center, visit The Campus Corner bookstore or seek academic and career guidance in the Success Center. Computer access is available and also study areas for study collaboration. The Student Center also has wireless capabilities for those students who wish to use their laptop computers in this area. The Student Center also offers student meeting and recreational space for events and intramurals in Howard Hall.

 

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STUDENT HOUSING

The new, apartment-style Residence Hall is conveniently located on campus and provides a greater community connection with other students. Each apartment has four private, furnished bedrooms; two private baths with double vanities; and a spacious, fully-equipped kitchen with dining/study counter. The Residence Hall has 24-hour staff and front desk services and each of the 35 apartments has controlled entry. The Residence Hall, which houses up to 140 students, also offers laundry facilities, group study areas and wireless Internet for its residents. Each apartment is also set up for Internet and cable access in each bedroom and living room. Our Resident Assistants (RAs) and onsite Resident Director (RD) encourage student involvement and activities and assist the on-campus residents in a living and learning environment.

 

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TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

Students have access to computers in the College Computer Laboratory, Success Center, Educational Resources Area and Library. Word processing and desktop publishing software is available for students who need to prepare class papers. Spreadsheets and database management software permit students to analyze data. Interactive technologies provide unique learning opportunities for students. Additionally, there are several multimedia machines in the Library for viewing class assignments. Clarkson College is a wireless campus, and students have access to the Internet in the Student Center, Residence Hall, main building or the courtyard.

 

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ELECTRONIC RESOURCES USE, COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, AND NETWORK MANAGEMENT POLICY

Clarkson College electronic resources are defined as the hardware, software, network and network connections within Clarkson College and all connections to the Internet. This definition also includes P2P processes and use.

 

All electronic resources at Clarkson College are provided for the exclusive use of enrolled students, faculty, staff and individuals directly affiliated with Clarkson College consistent with the mission of the College.

 

Computer and network system users are responsible for following the published restrictions to access Clarkson College computing systems and networks.

 

1.    A user must use only the computer account(s) that has been authorized for his/her use.

 

2.    Users are responsible for the use of their computer accounts. Users should make appropriate use of systems-provided protection features such as passwords and file protections and should take precautions against others obtaining access to their computer resources. Users should not make an account available to others for any purpose. If assistance is needed in using computer resources, contact the Information Systems (IS) department.

 

3.    Computer accounts and access to networks (Internet, College Network (LAN), etc.) must be used only for the purposes for which they are authorized. For example, student, faculty and staff accounts issued for legitimate classroom or office work cannot be used for private consulting, commercial enterprises and/or personal financial gain.

 

4.    Users will not download (or attempt to download) music, data or any other copyright materials from others that are engaged in illegal activities involving copyrighted, trademarked or patented products.

 

5.    Users will not access, copy or transport programs, files or data without prior authorization.  User software may be used on computers only if it has been legally obtained and if its use does not violate license or copyright restrictions. This policy specifically pertains to any Peer-to-Peer uses as well as other types of electronic copyright violations. Peer-to-Peer practices are not authorized on the Clarkson College network unless specially approved by the Information Systems (IS) department.

 

6.    Users will not (or attempt to) inspect, modify, distribute or copy privileged data, music or software, except for users who have been given prior special permission to work with data in accomplishing their job responsibilities, e.g. reporting, etc.

 

7.    Users will not infringe on others’ use of the electronic services or deprive them of those resources.

 

8.    Users will not attempt to modify systems infrastructure. Users will not damage or obstruct the operation of any of computer systems or networks of the College.

 

9.    Users will not supply or attempt to supply false or misleading information or identification in order to access computer systems or networks.

 

10. Users will not attempt to subvert the restrictions associated with any computer accounts.

 

11. Playing computer games (other than for educational purposes) on Clarkson College computers is not allowed and may result in the loss of access to Clarkson College computers and networks.

 

12. The computer will not be used as an instrument to intimidate or offend persons. Using the computer as a means of communication to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend another person constitutes grounds for cancellation of access to Clarkson College computers/networks and may result in disciplinary and/or legal action. Use of a computer as a means of: a) communicating indecent, lewd or obscene language to another person, or: b) communicating a threat or lewd suggestion to another person shall be prima facia evidence of intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.

 

13. Software will be used on computers only if it has been legally obtained and if its use does not violate license or copyright restrictions. Any software not approved or purchased by Clarkson College will not be placed on network machines without approval from the Information Services (IS) department. Such software may not receive support from the IS department. Users may not (nor attempt to) inspect, modify, distribute or copy privileged data or software, except for users who have been given prior special permission to work with data in accomplishing their job responsibilities, e.g. reporting, etc.

 

14. Users shall not supply or attempt to supply false or misleading information or identification in order to access computer systems or networks.

 

Violations of any on the above items will lead to loss of access privileges to all Clarkson College computing and networking systems.

 

Further disciplinary actions for violating the policy will be governed by but may not be limited to the applicable provisions of student handbooks, faculty and staff handbooks, policies of Clarkson College, statutes of the State of Nebraska and federal law, including civil and criminal legal actions.

 

Information Services will review user accounts and network traffic to insure that violations to this policy are reported to administration for disciplinary action of all offenders.

 

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TESTING CENTER

The Testing Center is an on-campus facility which provides exam proctoring service to our local students enrolled in online classes. To learn more about the hours of operation, rules and regulations, and scheduling appointments, visit the Testing Center webpage.

 

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WEBSITE

The website for Clarkson College is located at www.clarksoncollege.edu. The website contains detailed information about programs and courses offered by the College and online academic catalog as well as admission requirements, applications, forms, directories and contact information. Other features include: calendar of events, schedule of classes, Campus Corner bookstore and link access to eCollege (online campus), Self-Service, Library databases and e-mail accounts for students, faculty/staff and alumni. Tools for searching our website and navigation include: Search Clarkson College, Quick Links menu and site map. Students are also able add themselves as friends/fans of Clarkson College in the online social network Facebook.

 

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ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Clarkson College publishes academic calendars two years in advance.
This section gives you access to these calendars.        

 

2013-14 Academic Calendar

August 2013

2 Health Care Administration: second six-week session ends

2 Summer semester ends

3 Summer Graduation

6 Final grades due for summer semester

7-16 Faculty off campus

19 Faculty report

20 Affiliate faculty meeting

23 Fall orientation – new undergraduate students

26 Fall semester begins

26 Health Care Administration: first six-week session begins

30 Last day to withdraw from a regular semester course and receive 100 percent refund

    of tuition and fees

 

September 2013

2 Labor Day (No classes, College closed)

10 Census Day

13 Tuition and fees payment due date

17 Constitution Day

19 Convocation

19-20 Graduate weekend (NS 830)

 

October 2013

4 Health Care Administration: first six-week session ends

7-11 Fall mid-term exams

11-12 Graduate weekend (NS 832, NS 844)

14 Health Care Administration: second six-week session begins

15 Fall mid-semester grades due

18 Last day to drop a course with a “W” (Withdrawal) grade

 

November 2013

1 Deadline for spring 2014 Graduation application

22 Health Care Administration: second six-week session ends

27 Last day to drop a course with a “WP” (Withdrawal Pass) or “WF” (Withdrawal Fail)

    grade

27 Fall semester grades due for graduating students

28-29 Thanksgiving Holiday (No classes, College closed)

 

December 2013

6 Fall semester ends

7 Fall Graduation

8-18 Academic Travel Abroad

10 Final grades due for fall semester

16-Jan. 1 Faculty off campus

23-25 Christmas Holiday (College closed)

31 Holiday (College closed)

 

January 2014

1 Holiday (College closed)

2 Faculty report

2 Adjunct faculty meeting

3 Spring orientation – new undergraduate students

6 Spring semester begins

6 Health Care Administration: first six-week session begins

10 Last day to withdraw from a regular semester course and receive 100 percent refund

    of tuition and fees

20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed (No classes, College open, Strategic Planning

    Day)

21 Census Day

24 Tuition and fees payment due date

31 Deadline for summer 2014 Graduation application

 

February 2014

6-7 Graduate weekend (NS 830)

14 Health Care Administration: first six-week session ends

17-21 Spring mid-term exams

21-22 Graduate weekend (NS 832, NS 844)

24 Health Care Administration: second six-week session begins

25 Spring mid-semester grades due

28 Last day to drop a course with a “W” (Withdrawal) grade

 

March 2014

3-7 Spring Break (No classes, faculty off campus, College open)

 

April 2014

4 Health Care Administration: second six-week session ends

17 Spring grades due for graduating students

17 Last day to drop a course with a “WP” (Withdrawal Pass) or “WF” (Withdrawal Fail)

    grade

18 Good Friday (No classes, College closed)

25 Spring semester ends

26 Spring Graduation

27-May 8 Academic Travel Abroad

29 Final grades due for spring semester

30-May 6 Faculty off campus

 

May 2014

5 Health Care Administration: first six-week session begins

7 Faculty report

8 Adjunct faculty meeting

9 Summer orientation – new undergraduate students

12 Summer semester begins

16 Last day to withdraw from a regular semester course and receive 100 percent refund

    of tuition and fees

23 Census Day

26 Memorial Day Observed (No classes, College closed)

30 Tuition and fees payment due date

 

June 2014

5-6 Graduate weekend (NS 830)

13 Health Care Administration: first six-session ends

16-20 Summer mid-term exams

23 Health Care Administration: second six-week session begins

24 Summer mid-semester grades due

27 Last day to drop a course with a “W” (Withdrawal) grade

27-28 Graduate weekend (NS 832, NS 844)

 

July 2014

4 Independence Day (No classes, College closed)

18 Deadline for fall 2014 Graduation application

25 Last day to drop a course with a “WP” (Withdrawal Pass) or “WF” (Withdrawal Fail) grade

25 Summer grades due for graduating students

 

2014-15 Academic Calendar

August 2014

1 Summer semester ends

1 Health Care Administration: second six-week session ends

2 Summer Graduation

5 Final grades due for summer semester

6-15 Faculty off campus

18 Faculty report

19 Adjunct faculty meeting

22 Fall orientation – new undergraduate students

25 Fall semester begins

25 Health Care Administration: first six-week session begins

29 Last day to withdraw from a regular semester course and receive 100 percent refund

    of tuition and fees

 

September 2014

1 Labor Day (No classes, College closed)

9 Census Day

12 Tuition and fees payment due date

17 Constitution Day

18 Convocation

18-19 Graduate weekend (NS 830)

 

October 2014

3 Health Care Administration: first six-week session ends

6-10 Fall mid-term exams

10-11 Graduate weekend (NS 832, NS 844)

13 Health Care Administration: second six-week session begins

14 Fall mid-semester grades due

17 Last day to drop a course with a “W” (Withdrawal) grade

31 Deadline for spring 2015 Graduation application

 

November 2014

21 Health Care Administration: second six-week session ends

26 Last day to drop a course with a “WP” (Withdrawal Pass) or “WF” (Withdrawal Fail)

    grade

26 Fall semester grades due for graduating students

27-28 Thanksgiving Holiday (No classes, College closed)

 

December 2014

5 Fall semester ends

6 Fall Graduation

9 Final grades due for fall semester

7-17 Academic Travel Abroad

15-Jan. 2 Faculty off campus

24-26 Christmas Holiday (College closed)

31 Holiday (College closed)

 

January 2015

1 Holiday (College closed)

5 Faculty report

6 Adjunct faculty meeting

9 Spring orientation – new undergraduate students

12 Spring semester begins

12 Health Care Administration: first six-week session begins

16 Last day to withdraw from a regular semester course and receive 100 percent refund

    of tuition and fees

19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed (No classes, College open, Strategic Planning

    Day)

27 Census Day

30 Tuition and fees payment due date

 

February 2015

5-6 Graduate weekend (NS 830)

6 Deadline for summer 2015 Graduation application

20 Health Care Administration: first six-week session ends

20-21 Graduate weekend (NS 832, NS 844)

23-27 Spring mid-term exams

 

March 2015

2 Health Care Administration: second six-week session begins

3 Spring mid-semester grades due

6 Last day to drop a course with a “W” (Withdrawal) grade

9-13 Spring Break (No classes, faculty off campus, College open)

 

April 2015

3 Good Friday (No classes, College closed)

10 Health Care Administration: second six-week session ends

24 Spring grades due for graduating students

24 Last day to drop a course with a “WP” (Withdrawal Pass) or “WF” (Withdrawal Fail)

    grade

 

May 2015

1 Spring semester ends

2 Spring Graduation

3-14 Academic Travel Abroad

5 Final grades due for spring semester

6-12 Faculty off campus

11 Health Care Administration: first six-week session begins

13 Faculty report

14 Adjunct faculty meeting

15 Summer orientation – new undergraduate students

18 Summer semester begins

2 Last day to withdraw from a regular semester course and receive 100 percent refund

    of tuition and fees

25 Memorial Day Observed (No classes, College closed)

29 Census Day

 

June 2015

5 Tuition and fees payment due date

18-19 Graduate weekend (NS 830)

19 Health Care Administration: first six-session ends

22-26 Summer mid-term exams

26-27 Graduate weekend (NS 832, NS 844)

29 Health Care Administration: second six-week session begins

30 Summer mid-semester grades due

 

July 2015

2 Last day to drop a course with a “W” (Withdrawal) grade

3 Independence Day (No classes, College closed)

24 Deadline for fall 2015 Graduation application

31 Last day to drop a course with a “WP” (Withdrawal Pass) or “WF” (Withdrawal Fail) grade

31 Summer grades due for graduating students

 

August 2015

7 Summer semester ends

7 Health Care Administration: second six-week session ends

8 Summer Graduation

11 Final grades due for summer semester

12-21 Faculty off campus

24 Faculty report

25 Adjunct faculty meeting

28 Fall oOrientation – new undergraduate students

31 Fall semester begins

 

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ACADEMIC TRAVEL ABROAD (ATA)

Coordinator of Academic Travel Abroad

Patricia Brennan, Ph.D.

PH 402.552.6125  TF 800.647.5500  brennan@clarksoncollege.edu

 

Inspired by the belief that some of the best learning experiences cannot be duplicated in the classroom, Academic Travel Abroad (ATA) offers a student-centered, first-hand introduction to the people, arts, history and health care of Western (but non-American) cultures. Under faculty guidance, ATA exposes students to other cultures, including its challenges and perspectives, while earning college credit. Guided tours include hospital visits, medical history sites and other customized tours. Free days are included to foster students’ self-directed learning skills. In conjunction with traditional ways of acquiring knowledge, experimental components such as discovery learning help transform students’ finite educational experiences into a lifetime of learning. 

 

ATA is designed to make responsible use of students’ limited resources (time and money). Offered between semesters, the two-week immersion experience is the keystone of a General Education core curriculum course (HC 204) and two General Education elective courses (HC 280 and HU 290), for one to five hours of course credit. Students who have successfully completed one ATA course (see courses below) may travel a second (or subsequent) time without registering for a class. Students will pay travel costs, but no additional course fees will be required. Students will sign a contract agreeing to listen to destination specific lectures, completing the pre-trip notebook and meeting with Dr. Patricia Brennan before traveling. Each course option is organized around pre-trip lectures and readings, intra-trip activities and post-trip coursework. Each student is welcome to invite a travel companion to share the learning experience. Since 1999, the Clarkson College learning community has explored Ireland, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Greece. 

 

ATA supports the mission, philosophy and learning objectives and outcomes for General Education. Academic Travel course descriptions follow:

 

HC 204 Core II: A Cultural History of the Healing Arts

Three semester hours

Core II: A Cultural History of the Healing Arts positions the history of health care within a cultural framework. The course reviews the social, intellectual and cultural history of the healing arts from ancient times to the 21st century. Not limited to the Western tradition, this approach invites the student to identify and explore the people, practices and beliefs that have shaped the healing professions. Consideration of the still-evolving role of the health care professional includes the history of Clarkson College. Student engagement will be emphasized using a required service experience. This course can be taken on campus, online or through Academic Travel Abroad. 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Core I.

 

HC 280 International Health Care
One to two semester hours

International Health Care examines health care systems in other countries and compares them to the American health care system. Students will participate in international visits to hospitals and other historical health care sites in the country visited by students participating in the Academic Travel Abroad program.

 

HU 290 Special Topics in Humanities         

One to three semester hours

Taken through Academic Travel Abroad, this course provides a first-hand introduction to the historical and artistic identity shaped by a Western (but non-American) culture. Foci may include the history (people, places, ideas, events) and the arts (architecture, sculpture, literature, painting) that reflect a unique cultural identity. This ATA course may be taken in conjunction with HC 204 and/or HC 280 and may be repeated as different cultures are visited and studied.

 

Another travel option:

Clarkson College initiated a collaborative academic travel experience during the 2011-12 academic year. Students from Clarkson College, Nebraska Methodist and Bryan LGH now have the opportunity to experience cultural diversity and travel as well as an international view of health care through ATA 270.

 

ATA 270 Special Topics in ATA

This course is a team-taught variable credit course that satisfies one to three hours of General Education credit. It offers a first-hand introduction to the history, arts and health care systems of other cultures, including at least one hospital tour for students to interact with providers and educators from another system. The course may include more than one culture and may be repeated as different cultures are visited

 

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ADMISSIONS

Director of Admissions

Denise Work

 

Admissions Office

101 South 42 Street  Omaha, NE 68131-2739

PH 402.552.3100  TF 800.647.5500  admiss@clarksoncollege.edu

 

In this section you will find information about applying as an undergraduate, graduate, international or non-degree student. Our Admissions staff is available to guide you through the admissions process. We want to make your transition to Clarkson College a smooth one.

 

Clarkson College is selective and meeting all criteria for admission does not guarantee admission. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to national or ethnic origin, gender, age, marital status, religion, race, color, sexual orientation, creed or disability in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid or other school administered programs.

 

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UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENTS

Applications for undergraduate degree-seeking students are reviewed based on the following criteria:  

·   2.5 cumulative GPA.

·   2.5 math and science GPA.

·   ACT or SAT scores (May be considered within two years of high school graduation).

·   Class rank.

·   High school and college coursework.

·   English Proficiency: This requirement applies to all individuals whose first language is not English. Student must meet one of the following: 

o Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score (Minimum of 100 total score on the TOEFL iBT, minimum of 250 total score computer-based TOEFL, or minimum of 600 total score on the paper-based TOEFL).

o ACT English score of 20 or higher.

o Graduation from an accredited U.S. high school.

o U.S. GED English score of 500 or equivalent.

o Bachelor’s or higher level degree from a U.S. accredited college or university.

 

Additional Admission Requirements

·   Students who have completed the GED are reviewed with a score of 500 or above on each of the five GED tests.

·   Students that have been home schooled are required to submit GED scores.

·   All transcripts from high school and post-secondary institutions will be evaluated for “Ds,” “Fs,” no pass, withdrawals and withdrawal fails.

·   International Nurse applicants are also required to submit documentation of successful achievement of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) qualifying examination.

·   Applicants must be in good standing from all previous institutions attended.

 

Undergraduate Application Materials Required for Degree-Seeking Students

Undergraduate degree seeking students will be required to submit the following items to be considered for admission. Only students who have submitted all necessary items will be considered for admission. 

·   Undergraduate application and application fee.

·   Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from high school and all postsecondary institutions attended or currently attending. Clarkson College will not accept transcripts issued to the student. Post-secondary institutions include college and universities, professional, technical and business schools regardless of whether or not credit was earned. Transcripts from all institutions outside the U.S. must be official, translated to English and credentialed.

·   Typed 2-3 page motivational essay or program specific application questions.

·   Official ACT or SAT scores: Required within two years of high school graduation for students graduating from a U.S. accredited high school.

 

Additional admission requirements for the following programs:

·   Physical Therapist Assistant – PTA application packet.

·   Radiologic Technology – RT application packet.

·   Traditional BSN and Practical Nursing – Active status on a nurse aide registry. Applications may be reviewed for acceptance with proof of intent to complete a nurse aide course.

·   LPN-BSN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN – Copy of current unencumbered nursing licensure.

·   Medical Imaging – Copy of current American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) card.

 

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GRADUATE DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENTS: Master’s Level

Applications for master’s degree-seeking students are reviewed based on the following criteria:

·   3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

·   English Proficiency:  This requirement applies to all individuals whose first language is not English. Student must meet one of the following: 

o    Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score (Minimum of 100 total score on the TOEFL iBT, minimum of 250 total score computer-based TOEFL, or minimum of 600 total score on the paper-based TOEFL)

o    ACT English score of 20 or higher

o    Graduation from an accredited U.S. high school

o    U.S. GED English score of 500 or equivalent

o    Bachelor’s or higher level degree from a U.S. accredited college or university

 

Students entering the master’s degree programs are reviewed based on the following application materials and requirements:

·   Graduate application and application fee.

·   Scholarly essay.

·   Official academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution previously attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from each institution to Clarkson College. Transcripts from all institutions outside the U.S. must be official, translated to English and credentialed.

·   Two professional recommendations using the Graduate Professional Reference forms. 

·   Current resume.

 

Additional admission requirements for the following programs:

Master of Science in Nursing:

·   Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a professionally accredited institution by National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

·   A valid state unencumbered RN license. License must be effective in the state where practicing or where clinical experience will occur.

·   One year of professional RN work experience prior to registration for the MSN Nurse Educator and Health Care Administration specialty option courses.

·   Two years of professional RN work experience prior to registration for MSN Nurse Practitioner specialty option courses.

·   Completion of the Acute Care Skills Assessment form for the MSN Nurse Practitioner options.

Master of Science in Nursing with specialization in Nurse Anesthesia:

·   Complete at least one year of recent full-time critical care nursing experience (post-ADN or post-BSN) as an RN prior to application to the program.

·   Submit a current curriculum vitae indicating critical care nursing experience and length, any professional or scholastic honors, and listing of all colleges attended and degrees obtained.

·   Provide proof of advanced nursing specialty certifications in BLS, ACLS and PALS

·   Completion of the Assessment of Critical Care Skills form.

·   Completion of a graduate-level statistics course equivalent to Clarkson College NS 847 prior to enrolling in the program.

Post-Masters in Nursing Certification:

·   Master’s degree in nursing from a professionally accredited institution by National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

·   A valid state unencumbered RN license. License must be effective in the state where practicing or where clinical experience will occur.

·   Two years of professional RN work experience prior to registration for the MSN Nurse Practitioner specialty courses.

Masters in Health Care Administration:

·   Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

 

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GRADUATE DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENTS: Doctorate Level

Applications for doctoral degree-seeking students are reviewed based on the following criteria:

·   3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

·   English Proficiency: This requirement applies to all individuals whose first language is not English. Student must meet one of the following: 

o    Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score (Minimum of 100 total score on the TOEFL iBT, minimum of 250 total score computer-based TOEFL, or minimum of 600 total score on the paper-based TOEFL)

o    ACT English score of 20 or higher

o    Graduation from an accredited U.S. high school

o    U.S. GED English score of 500 or equivalent

o    Bachelor’s or higher level degree from a U.S. accredited college or university

 

Students entering the doctoral degree programs are reviewed based on the following application materials and requirements:

·   Graduate application and application fee.

·   Statement of educational goals to include evidence of potential dissertation/residence project.

·   Official academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution previously attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from each institution to Clarkson College. Transcripts from all institutions outside the U.S. must be official, translated to English and credentialed.

·   Three faculty or professional recommendations using the Graduate Professional Reference forms. 

·   Current resume or curriculum vitae.

·   Sample formal master’s degree level scholarly paper.

·   Three credit hour graduate-level statistics course to be completed prior to enrollment.

·   Three credit hour graduate-level research course to be completed prior to enrollment.

 

Additional admission requirements for the following programs:

Doctor of Nursing Practice:

·   Unencumbered APRN license. License must be valid in the state of practice or where an immersion experience will occur.

·   One year of work experience as an APRN.

·   Master of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited program/institution.

Doctor in Health Care Education and Leadership:

·   Minimum of one year work experience, preferably in the health care field.

·   Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution.

 

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INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Clarkson College allows applications from students who have been educated in another country who meet the admission requirements established by the College and the academic program of interest. Additional requirements from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program may be required. Applications are reviewed based on the criteria of academic performance and English proficiency as outlined for undergraduate and graduate degrees.

 

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NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS AND VISITING STUDENTS

Students may wish to enroll in coursework without the intension of earning a degree from Clarkson College. Any person may register for and take courses offered at Clarkson College if that person fulfills the course prerequisites and selected requirements for admission. Proof of English proficiency as outlined for degree-seeking students will be required for those whose first language is not English.

 

Additional requirements include:

For undergraduate coursework: Proof of high school graduation, GED or current enrollment in high school.

For graduate coursework: Documented completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree.

 

Admission to Clarkson College as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee later admission into a degree program. Application to a degree-seeking program may be requested at any time. All admission requirements must be met for acceptance.

 

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ACCEPTANCE

Accepted students will receive an official letter of acceptance from Clarkson College along with an Admissions Confirmation form. To accept an offer of admission, the student must sign the Admissions Confirmation form and return it with a non-refundable enrollment fee. This fee reserves a student’s place in the program.

 

The enrollment fee is requested within 30 days of admission notification and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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CONDITIONAL ADMISSION STATUS

Undergraduate and graduate applicants who do not meet all of the admission criteria may be granted Condi­tional Admission status.

 

Undergraduate students admitted under conditional admission status will remain conditional for two (2) consecutive semesters. During each semester, the following requirements must be met:

·   Enroll in their first semester and successfully complete General Education course Strategies for Success;

·   Students are only allowed to take a maximum of 15 credit hours each semester;

·   Students needing to enroll in BI 211 Anatomy, BI 222 Anatomy/Physiology, BI 210 Microbiology, CH 110 Chemistry or BI 213 Physiology may only enroll in one course per semester;

·   Students will be enrolled in the recitation course corresponding to the science course in which they are enrolled (listed in previous bullet). Additional fees will apply. Recitation courses include: BI 211.RS, BI 213.RS and CH 110.RSEnroll in General Education course GEN 101 Strategies to Success;

·   Earn at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average; and

·   Will not have received any of the following end-of-the-semester course grades: “D,” “F,” “NP,” “WF” or “I” grades.

The Registrar will track and review all conditionally admitted under­graduate students at the end of each semester of conditional status. The program director and Registrar will review and determine if they may continue as fully admitted students. Undergraduate students who do not meet requirements will be dismissed from the program of study.

 

Graduate students admitted under conditional admission status must meet the following requirements:

·   Complete at least six hours of credit;

·   Earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average; and

·   Will not have received any of the following end-of-the-semester course grades: “C,” “D,” “F,” “NP,” “WF” or “I” grades.

The Academic Review Committee will review all conditionally admitted graduate students at the end of their first semester of enrollment to determine if they may continue as fully admitted students. Graduate students who do not meet the requirements will be dismissed from the program of study. Doctoral students will not be admitted conditionally.

 

The above conditions may result in a change in the anticipated graduation date for a conditionally admitted student. Meeting the above conditions may affect the length of a student’s program. Concerns should be directed to the Admissions office or academic advisor prior to a conditionally admitted student reserving a spot in their academic program.

 

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RE-ADMISSION APPLICANTS

Re-application is required for applicants previously denied or who have been admitted and moved their enrollment date forward more than one year.

 

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COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This program is based on an agreement between Grace University in Omaha, Neb. and Clarkson College. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses. Grace University provides Clarkson College with appropriate admissions-related documentation upon acceptance of the student. Students who complete the cooperative program should be able to:

1.   Demonstrate proficiency in the profes­sional field of nursing established by Clarkson College.

2.   Fulfill the objectives of Grace University’s Biblical Studies division.

3.   Fulfill the objectives of Grace University’s general education division.

 

Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging

This program is based on agreements with Radiologic Technology programs at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Neb., Alegent Health School of Radiologic Technology in Omaha, Neb. And Mary Lanning School of Radiologic Technology in Hastings, Neb. and Clarkson College. These agreements allow students to enroll in the Clarkson College Medical Imaging program after completing their first year of Radiologic Technology training. This option allows students to simultaneously pursue both degrees. Students must obtain ARRT licensure and successfully complete all degree requirements before the degree will be conferred.

 

For more information regarding cooperative programs, contact the Clarkson College Admissions office.

 

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DOUBLE MAJORS

Students must apply and be properly admitted to both majors. It may be possible to pursue both majors at the same time. An official degree plan must be com­pleted for both majors. Admission into one major does not guarantee later admis­sion into a second major.

 

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HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

All Clarkson College students may be required to complete certain health and safety requirements according to individual program needs at their own expense (non-refundable). Students will not be allowed to attend classes and/or clinical when out of health and safety compliance.

 

Students enrolled in academic programs at Clarkson College are required to follow health and safety requirements specific to their academic program.

 

Health and safety requirements are subject to immediate change in order to maintain compliance with state and federal requirements, Center for Disease Control requirements and standards of practice.

 

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening for Students

To be in compliance with clinical and/or course requirements, background checks and drug screenings will be completed at the expense of the student. The completion of a background check and/or drug screening will be facilitated by the program requirements. Students must complete the required background check and/or drug screening prior to participation in other degree or service experiences. Students will not be allowed to progress to their course until clearance documentation is reviewed by the clinical coordinator or designee. 

 

Additional background checks and/or drug screenings may be required at the expense of the student with or without cause for suspicion as required by the clinical agency or Clarkson College.

 

Background check and drug screening results will only be accepted from a Clarkson College approved vendor. 

 

Clarkson College cannot guarantee that students with significant findings in their background check will be permitted to participate in clinical rotations or be a candidate for licensure/certification in every state.

Additionally, prior conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may make a student ineligible for professional licensure, professional certification, or professional registration depending on the specific regulations of the individual health profession and the state of practice.  If a student is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor during the time they are a student, it is the student’s responsibility to inform their program director immediately.

 

The student must meet the guidelines for prior criminal convictions of the agency where the clinical is scheduled and no special accommodations for alternative clinical placement will be made for the student.

 

All student information is kept confidential.

 

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MENTORING

First-year students have the opportunity to participate in the Clarkson College mentoring program. This program was designed to provide students with individual­ized assistance for the transition into the College. Each first-year student is paired with a faculty or staff member who will serve as a mentor while a student is at Clarkson College. There is no cost for this program, and every student is invited to participate on a voluntary basis. For more information, contact the Director of the Student Center.

 

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NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

Orientation gives new students information on services provided by Clarkson College. New undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to attend the New Student Orientation program, usually held each semester on the Friday before classes begin. New graduate online students will be oriented to the College by participating in NS 799 and MB 799. Additional information for new students can also be found on the Clarkson College website within the “Current Students” section underneath “New Student Experience.”

 

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NON-MATRICULATED STUDENT RECORD RETENTION

It is the policy of Clarkson College that applications and application materials including official academic transcripts, letters of reference, student essays, observation hours and letters from the College will be retained two years for all non-enrolled students. Updated documents may be required if the student would like to re-apply. Records from applicants who do not enroll are not covered under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

 

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APPLICATION DEADLINES AND START DATES

Application deadlines and start dates are determined by program. Students are encouraged to visit the Clarkson College website for the most up-to-date deadline and start date information.

 

All application materials must be received prior to the application deadline. After deadlines pass, applications will be reviewed as complete if space is available in the program. Wait lists for programs will be formed as necessary. Applications may be held over to be reviewed at a later date at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

 

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APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students must meet program-specific requirements and deadlines. The following deadlines must be met by international students considering programs with rolling admission:

·   Fall semester – June 1

·   Spring semester – October 1

·   Summer semester – March 1

 

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FINANCIAL AID

Director of Student Financial Services

Margie Harris, CPFM

 

Student Financial Services Office

101 South 42 Street  Omaha, NE 68131-2739

PH 402.552.2749  TF 800.647.5500  sfsassist@clarksoncollege.edu

 

Clarkson College Federal School Code: 009862

 

The mission of the Student Financial Services department is to provide education, counseling and support services designed to assist students and their families in financing their education at Clarkson College.

 

Financial aid is money provided by federal, state, institutional and private sources to help students meet expenses while attending college. Financial aid only supports a portion of a student’s educational costs. The student and his or her family are expected to assist in meeting college expenses.

 

Clarkson College is committed to providing access to financial assistance for qualified students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend college. Financial assistance includes scholarships, grants, loans and part-time em­ployment which may be offered to students in various combinations, depending upon the student’s degree of financial need. Financial need is determined by comparing results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the total estimated cost of attendance for the academic year. Financial aid received from Clarkson College is intended to supplement student and family resources.

 

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FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION

In order to uniformly determine the need of students applying for financial assis­tance, all applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate Clarkson College (federal school code 009862) as a recipient of the results. The award year at Clarkson College begins with the fall semester and concludes with the summer semester. If eligible, the student will be offered via official award notification, a financial aid package consisting of one or more types of assistance. The student may accept the aid in total or in part.

 

To be considered for financial aid, a student must also:

·   Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

·   Have a valid Social Security Number.

·   Have earned a high school diploma or GED certificate.

·   Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund to any federal financial aid program at any institution.

·   Have not received a conviction for any offense—during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving federal financial aid—under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs.

·   Register with the U.S. Selective Service if required to do so.

·   Be admitted into an eligible degree-seeking program at Clarkson College.

·   Be enrolled in at least half-time (undergraduate students: six credit hours; graduate students: three credit hours) for each semester the student wishes to be considered for financial aid.

·   Be enrolled in courses that fulfill the student’s degree requirements.

·   Submit additional documents or information as requested by the Student Financial Services department.

·   Maintain all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements each academic term.

·   Certify that federal student aid awards will be used only for educational purposes.

 

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AWARD NOTIFICATIONS

Students who qualify for financial aid and have successfully completed the financial aid application process may view their award notifications online through Net Partner (accessed through the Clarkson College website). Net Partner access instructions, log-on ID information and instructions on how obtain your password will be sent to the student the first time financial aid is awarded from Clarkson College. The student’s Financial Aid counselor will send the student notifications of subsequent and revised awards.

 

Net Partner allows the student to view, accept or decline awards and to receive specific information about award offers. The student must accept financial aid award offers through Net Partner before the aid can be disbursed. The student also has the option to decline awards or reduce student loan award offers.

 

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DISBURSEMENT OF FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid will be applied directly to Clarkson College tuition, fees, on-campus housing (if applicable) and other charges before funds will be released to the student for other educational expenses. If financial aid exceeds the semester charges, a refund check will be issued to the student and mailed to the address on record with the Registrar.

 

If a balance remains after financial aid is received, the student is responsible to pay the outstanding balance by the tuition payment date.

 

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ENROLLMENT STATUS REQUIREMENTS FOR FINANCIAL AID PURPOSES

To receive most financial awards, including a student loan, the student must be enrolled at least half-time. Some financial aid awards are prorated based on a student’s enrollment status.

 

Undergraduate Students:

Enrollment Status

Semesters

Credit Hours

Full-time

Fall, spring and summer

12 or more per semester

Three-quarter time

Fall, spring and summer

9-11 per semester

Half-time

Fall, spring and summer

6-8 per semester

 

Graduate Students:

Enrollment Status

Semesters

Credit Hours

Full-time

Fall, spring and summer

6 or more per semester

Half-time

Fall, spring and summer

3-5 per semester

 

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REPAYMENT OF FINANCIAL AID

When a student withdraws from all Clarkson College courses and the student received financial aid, he or she may be required to return/repay a certain percentage of federal financial aid that was or could have been disbursed. The amount of repayment required is based on formulas mandated by the Federal government. Federal funds that may have to be returned, in order of their required return, are unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, subsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG).

 

Students must realize this policy may result in the student owing a balance to Clarkson College and/or to the federal government.

 

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SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP)

Federal regulations require that students attending an educational institution maintain satisfactory academic progress in the degree program he or she is pursuing in order to receive federal financial assistance. The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that limited federal financial assistance is disbursed only to those students sincere about pursuing and obtaining their educational objectives.

 

In order to comply with these federal regulations, Clarkson College has estab­lished certain standards of satisfactory academic progress. All continuing and former students who apply for financial aid must meet the academic stan­dards listed below before federal assistance is certified and disbursed to the student.

 

The progress for each student will be verified with official Clarkson College enrollment records at the completion of each semester/quarter/term. To meet satisfactory academic progress, Clarkson College students must comply with the following requirements, showing progression toward graduation:

 

Undergraduate Qualitative Standard

·         An undergraduate student must maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

 

Undergraduate Pace Standards

·         An undergraduate student must successfully complete at least 66 percent of total credit hours attempted. Grades of D, F, Incomplete (I), Withdrawal (W, WF, WP) and No Pass (NP) are not considered successful. A student’s transfer hours that count toward the student’s program will be considered as both hours attempted and hours successfully completed when calculating the student’s SAP pace.

·         A student pursuing an undergraduate degree at Clarkson College may not receive financial assistance when the student has attempted more than 150 percent of the required number of credit hours to complete the degree. The total number of credit hours includes courses taken at other institutions, which are applied to Clarkson College degree requirements. For example, if the undergraduate degree requires 130 credit hours for completion, the student may receive financial aid for up to 195 credit hours (150 percent of the credit hours required).

 

Graduate Qualitative Standard

·         A graduate student must maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

 

Graduate Pace Standards

·         A graduate student must successfully complete at least 80 percent of the total semester hours attempted. Grades D, F, Incomplete (I), Withdraw (W, WF, WP) and No Pass (NP) are not considered successful. A student’s transfer hours that count toward the student’s program will be considered as both hours attempted and hours successfully completed when calculating the student’s SAP pace.

·         A student pursuing a graduate degree at Clarkson College may not receive financial assistance when the student has attempted more than 150 percent of the required number of credit hours to complete the degree. The total number of credit hours includes courses taken at other institutions which are applied to Clarkson College degree requirements.   For example, if the graduate degree requires 40 credit hours for completion, the student may receive financial aid for up to 60 credit hours (150 percent of the credit hours required).

 

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WARNING, SUSPENSION, APPEAL AND REINSTATEMENT OF FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY

Satisfactory Academic Progress Warning: A student who fails to meet one or more of the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards will be placed on financial aid warning for one semester/quarter/term. This means that the student may receive financial assistance during the warning period. The student’s academic progress will be verified at the end of the warning period.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Suspension (Loss of Financial Aid Eligibility): If the student fails to meet the SAP standards during the warning period, the student will be placed on financial aid suspension. This means the student is ineligible to receive funding from federal and non-federal financial aid programs at Clarkson College.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Suspension Appeal: A student whose financial aid eligibility has been suspended may submit a written appeal to his or her Financial Aid counselor. The appeal must be typed or written clearly, must provide a full explanation why SAP standards were not met and how the student will ensure the standards will be met in the future if his or her eligibility for financial assistance is reinstated. The appeal must explain any special or extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control that may have prevented all standards from being met. The student must sign and date the appeal. Supporting documentation from a physician, counselor, academic advisor or faculty member may be included with the written appeal but is not required.

 

The Financial Aid counselor will present the student’s appeal for reinstatement of financial assistance to the Financial Aid Committee for review. The student will be notified by mail whether or not the appeal has been approved.

 

An appeal denied by the Financial Aid Committee may, at the student’s request, be forwarded to the Director of Student Financial Services for further review. The Director’s decision will be final.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Probation: A student whose SAP appeal is approved will be placed on SAP probation for one semester/quarter/term. This means the student may receive financial assistance during the probationary period and may continue to receive financial assistance as long as SAP standards are maintained. A probationary status may require the student to enter into a financial aid academic plan that, when followed, will ensure the student will meet SAP standards for a specific time.

 

A student who fails to meet SAP standards by the end of the probationary period will no longer be eligible to receive funding from federal and non-federal financial aid programs at Clarkson College, and the student is no longer eligible to file an appeal.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Reinstatement: A student who has failed to maintain SAP standards may reinstate his or her financial aid eligibility by successfully completing suffi­cient semester hours and/or attaining the required cumulative grade point average. A student remains ineligible for financial assistance until the semester following his or her attainment of the SAP standards.

 

When a student has attempted 150 percent of the required number of credit hours to complete the degree, the student is ineligible for federal and non-federal financial aid from Clarkson College. There is no appeal or reinstatement process for this SAP requirement

 

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FEDERAL STUDENT EMPLOYMENT AND LOAN PROGRAMS

Federal Work-Study (FW-S) Program

The Federal Work-Study (FW-S) program is funded by both the federal government and Clarkson College. The program provides on-campus employ­ment opportunities for undergraduate students with financial need. An eligible student will be awarded a dollar amount that may be earned each semester. The FW-S awards and amounts are determined by Clarkson College. A FW-S award is not a guarantee of employment. The student must be eligible for employment with The Nebraska Medical Center, which includes a successful interview, background check and drug screening. Employment is also contingent upon availability of job openings within the College. To view current Federal Work-Study job openings at Clarkson College, visit The Nebraska Medical Center’s website.

 

Federal Direct Safford Loans

Federal Direct Stafford Loans are federally funded, low interest rate loans that are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. A student’s eligibility for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan and the amount of the award is determined by Clarkson College. Several factors are used in the calculation of a student’s loan award, including the student’s grade level, cost of attendance, enrollment status, expected family contribution (EFC) and other financial aid awarded to the student. A student must file the FAFSA, complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN), complete loan entrance counseling and be enrolled at least half-time to receive a Federal Direct Stafford Loan award.

 

Federal Direct Stafford Loans are usually awarded for a two-semester loan period. The first disbursement will occur at the beginning of the first semester and the second will occur at beginning of the second semester.

 

The fixed interest rate on Federal Direct Stafford Loans is established through federal regulation and may change for new loans disbursed after July 1 of each year. Repayment of Direct Stafford Loans begins six months after the student either graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. The maximum aggregate (life-time) loan amount a student may borrow under the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program is: $31,000 (no more than $23,000 of which can be subsidized) for a dependent, undergraduate student; $57,000 (no more than $23,000 of which can be subsidized) for an independent, undergraduate student; and $138,500 for a graduate student.

 

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Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans

The interest on a subsidized Federal Stafford Loan will begin to accrue when the loan funds are disbursed to the student. However, that interest is paid by the federal government while the student is enrolled at least half-time.

 

Maximum annual subsidized Stafford Loan limits are: $3,500 for first year undergraduate students; $4,500 for second year undergraduate students; and $5,500 for third and fourth year undergraduate students. A student’s grade level is determined by the student’s current academic status at Clarkson College.

 

Starting July 1, 2012, graduate students are no longer eligible for subsidized Stafford Loans.

 

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Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans

Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans are similar to the subsidized Federal Stafford Loans except that the student is immediately responsible for payment of the interest on these loans. Students can make interest payments while in school, or the interest can be capitalized and added to the principal loan balance when the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time.

 

Maximum annual unsubsidized Stafford Loan limits are: $6,000 for first and second year undergraduate students; $7,000 for third and fourth year undergraduate students; and $20,500 for graduate students. A student’s grade level is determined by the student’s current academic status at Clarkson College.

 

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Federal Nursing Student Loans

The Federal Nursing Student Loan Program is a federally funded loan program, administered by Clarkson College. Loans are awarded to undergraduate and graduate nursing students and are based on the student’s financial need. The interest rate is fixed at five percent, which begins to accrue nine months after the student either graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. Award amounts are determined by Clarkson College. The maximum lifetime amount a student can borrow from the Federal Nursing Student Loan Program is $13,000.

 

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Federal Direct PLUS (Parent) Loans

The Federal Direct PLUS (Parent) Loan is a federally funded, low interest rate loan for parents of dependent, undergraduate students. A parent may borrow a Direct PLUS, regardless of financial need, for each dependent, undergraduate student enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours per semester). Potential borrowers will have their credit reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the loan origination process. A parent may borrow up to the estimated cost of attendance, less any financial assistance received by the student. The interest rate on a Direct PLUS loan is fixed at 7.9 percent and repayment of principal and interest usually begins 30-60 days after the loan has been fully disbursed. To apply for a Direct PLUS loan, one parent of the student must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the Direct Loan website, StudentLoans.gov and a Direct PLUS Request form, which is available on the Financial Aid page of the Clarkson College website. A parent who applies for a Direct PLUS must be a parent whose information is provided on the student’s current academic year’s FAFSA. Completed forms must be returned to, the Student Financial Services department.

 

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Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans are available to graduate students to help pay for educational expenses. A graduate student must be enrolled at least half-time (three credit hours) to borrow from this program. The student may borrow up to his or her estimated cost of attendance, less Federal Direct Stafford Loan amounts and/or other financial assistance received.

 

The interest rate is fixed at 7.9 percent and repayment usually begins 30-60 days after loan funds are fully disbursed. The borrower may receive a deferment while he or she is enrolled at least half-time at an eligible institution. Deferment requests must be made directly to the lending institution.

 

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FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAMS

The federal government provides a variety of grant programs for undergraduate students. The grants are awarded based on a student’s financial need as determined from the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants are designed to provide educational financial assistance to those undergraduate students with the greatest financial need. Federal Pell Grants provide the foundation for many financial aid packages to which other federal and non-federal funds can be added. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree are ineligible for a Federal Pell Grant. A student is limited to receive 12 semesters (or its equivalent) of Federal Pell Grants.

 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are awarded to undergraduate students with financial need and have not earned a bachelor’s degree. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant, and who have remaining financial need, will be given priority when awarding FSEOG funds. FSEOG awards and amounts are determined by Clarkson College.

 

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STATE GRANT PROGRAMS

Nebraska Opportunity Grants

Nebraska Opportunity Grants (NOG) are funded by the State of Nebraska and where applicable, other contributing partners. The grants are awarded to undergraduate Nebraska resident students