Program Completion, Graduation & Verification Statement Requirements
Students are expected to be full-time and complete the program in 2 years (four semesters with 1 summer in between). Courses will not be offered each semester. Students should work diligently to dominate material and pass courses the first time they are taken in compliance with continuing in their original cohort. Repeating one course will mean a student waits one year for it to be offered again. The maximum time frame allowed for completion of the program is 5 years.
To ensure students achieve the expected learning outcomes, competencies will be tracked for didactic and Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) courses using the Learning Management System (LMS) Moodle©. Once the competency framework with pertinent performance indicators has been selected for a specific course, a Student’s Learning Plan for each course will be created to track student’s achievement of each competency performance indicator. A report by student and course cohort is generated using a ranking scale: complies, partially comply, or does not comply. Each student will be evaluated using the specific formative or summative assessment for each didactic and SEL course. Students are expected to obtain an 80% or higher in formative and summative assessments whether using a rubric to evaluate or simple criteria to grade coursework as well as in assessments in SEL rotations. An evaluation below this threshold will indicate that the student has not achieved or complied with a competency. This will be documented in the student’s Learning Plan within the LMS and utilized to provide a remediation activity or plan to facilitate compliance with the competency performance indicator.
To ensure adequate tracking of student’s achievement of competencies, the MSND-SEL Director will meet with the faculty academic advisor and SEL Coordinator twice in the semester. Following institutional policies of assessment to monitor student progress mid-semester, each October for the Fall semester and March for the Spring semester, an evaluation of student progress in each course and SEL rotation will be examined to determine achievement of competencies to date. For this evaluation, several sources of data will be used to capture student’s performance in the program and determine if remedial intervention is required for a student such as providing more time to demonstrate competency or additional learning activities in didactic courses or in SEL rotations. Data sources will include the report from each student’s Learning Plan generated in Moodle showing the level of compliance with competencies, Preceptor feedback evaluation forms and faculty feedback where quantitative and qualitative data will be considered.
At the UPR-RP, to qualify as a degree candidate, students must comply with the following requirements:
- Satisfactory completion of program’s coursework with minimum GPA of 3.00 or more.
- Complete graduation requirements within the length of time established by the University.
- Not having debts with the institution.
- Official submission of the Graduation Request to the Registrar’s Office during the semester in which is expected to complete program’s requirements and, in any case, later than the stipulated date established in the UPR-RP calendar for the specific semester. These requests become official once graduation fee is paid, which is non reimbursable.
- Degree recommendation by the College-specific program and the institutional administration.