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Policy# G4380: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Physical Assessment Coursework Expiration for APRN Students


This policy provides guidelines for the expiration of coursework in the “3P” courses (Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Physical Assessment) for Graduate Nursing Students who are not currently certified as an APRN. Students must have current knowledge and skills to be competent in these areas. Students may not enroll in a practicum course if the length of time for each of the three courses listed above exceeds 5 years. Additionally, in accordance with the Consensus Model, each of these three courses must contain a lifespan component. 

  • Students who are admitted to the Graduate Nursing Program of study will have a plan of study on file which demonstrates the appropriate timeline for each of these three courses.
  • Students who transfer in coursework from another institution will provide evidence of a Family or Lifespan component for each of the “3P” courses. In addition, the coursework needs to be completed no later than 5 years from the enrollment in the 1st practicum course.
  • Students who choose to un-enroll from the plan of study will be notified of this policy.
  • If a student exceeds the 5 year statute of limitations for any of the “3P” courses, the student will need to repeat the course which has expired prior to enrolling in a practicum course.

Approved by the CON Graduate Committee 3/16/2015