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Guideline: Students with English as a Second Language

Purpose: To inform nursing students of TOEFL iBT and IELTS requirements.

Description: Describes the College of Nursing requirements regarding fluency in speaking and writing for students who speak English as a second language. Includes exam requirements for English as a Foreign Language Exam (TOEFL or IELTS), remediation for failure to pass the English as Foreign Language Exam, and procedure for safety in clinical related to English proficiency.

  1. For the College of Nursing, English as a Second Language is defined as a student who was instructed in and spoke primarily in a language other than English in the K-12 grades or primary and secondary schooling. The College of Nursing requires all students who meet the definition of English as a Second Language to complete the English as a Second Language requirements as set forth by the College of Nursing. The following requirements cannot be required of a naturalized United States citizen.  However, students who are naturalized citizens may be encouraged to seek assistance in improving their written/oral English fluency skills as needed.  
  2. If a passing score is not obtained on the first attempt, students will be referred to other coursework which will assist them to obtain a passing score. The student may take each test twice to obtain a passing score. If the student is not successful on the second attempt at the TOEFL and/or IELTS, the student may write a letter of petition to the Dean of the College of Nursing to be allowed another attempt at either exam.
    1. Students taking the TOEFL iBT exam must achieve a score of 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26.
    2. Students taking the IELTS must have a band score of at least 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one IELTS module.
    3. These scores are required before the student will be accepted into the major. The student is responsible for all testing fees.
  3. The College of Nursing requires all students who meet the definition of English as a Second Language to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL or IELTS is required for all students for whom English is a second language, regardless of residency status.
  4. ESL students accepted into the nursing major
    1. If a student has been admitted into the major and is determined to be unsafe in clinical or laboratory experiences due to lack of English proficiency, the semester coordinator is to contact the Director of Nursing Student Services. Further testing may be required of the student to identify the English proficiency needs.
    2. After individual student needs have been identified, the College of Nursing will determine the requirements that will need to be met by the student prior to returning to the clinical experience. Both the student and the advisor will be notified in writing of these requirements. The College of Nursing then reserves the right to design new requirements for each student on an individual basis. The student is responsible for all testing fees.

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Reviewed by the Bylaws and Handbook Committee  2015
University links updated 12/03/2015 mtd