Welcome to DNI
We are excited that you have chosen DNI as YOUR school. We are proud to be part of a strong, innovative educational system; and we are committed to providing a supportive academic environment for all students, faculty, and staff. The mission and philosophy of DNI identifies with the heart of education-the success of each student.
Dallas Nursing Institute was founded in 1991 with the belief that all students deserve a quality institution as they begin their quest for a professional career. It is built on the values of openness, cultural sensitivity, and service. Patient safety is at the very center of DNI’s programs of study, along with instilling a heart for giving back to the community. We offer various scholarship opportunities and encourage students to participate in student organizations that will promote and encourage their success while enrolled at DNI. Best wishes in your pursuit of a great career!
The mission of the Dallas Nursing Institute (DNI) is to advance the art and science of nursing through academic excellence by integrating the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes essential for entry-level and practicing nurses.
- Educate a diverse population of students for professional healthcare practice in a variety of settings to meet the needs of the local community and society as a whole.
- Graduate students with an educational foundation that will promote cultural competence, ethical sensitivity, leadership, and lifelong learning.
- Prepare for global improvement of healthcare through individual and collaborative efforts.
- Provide a mechanism for continuous program assessment, evaluation, and improvement.
- Establish, maintain, and encourage an environment of sound business and ethical standards.
Philosophy of Healthcare Education
Dallas Nursing Institute is committed to providing excellent education to a diverse student population. Based on the belief that life-long learning is essential to continued competence, Dallas Nursing Institute strives to empower students to function independently and utilize critical thinking. Faculty members serve as facilitators and role models and expect students to function as adult learners.
The faculty of Dallas Nursing Institute embraces current and future technology as a tool to be used appropriately for the enhanced learning experience of the individual student.
Philosophy of Nursing
Dallas Nursing Institute believes nursing is a dynamic process in which the provider and the client (individual, family, or community) work together to achieve Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Disease Management for the client across the lifespan. Nursing has a holistic view of the client based on physiologic, psychosocial, and spiritual principles.
Nurses use clinical judgment, communication, and nursing skills to assist a diverse population of clients in meeting their needs and achieving optimal health. The nurse practices in four roles: Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety Advocate, Member of the Health Care Team, and Member of the Profession. The nurse practices within an ethical/legal framework and embraces evidence-based practice.
The faculty of the Dallas Nursing Institute believe that nursing is a dynamic profession that encompasses a global view of health for the individual from prevention through tertiary care within his/her cultural and spiritual beliefs.
Accreditation and State Authorization
Dallas Nursing Institute hold institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education School, 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 North, Falls Church, Virginia, 22043, Phone: (703) 917-9503, Website: www.abhes.org.
DNI is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, and its nursing programs are approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
DNI holds a Certificate of Authorization with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs).
Faculty and Staff
DNI has selected professionals to teach in each program of instruction offered. These individuals are equally adept in theory and practical application. All instructors meet or exceed standards established by the Texas Board of Nursing, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education School, and the Texas Workforce Commission. Faculty members serve as facilitators and role models and expect students to function as adult learners. Dallas Nursing Institute’s faculty are selected for their professional background and experience as well as their academic qualifications. Many have advanced degrees and have excelled in their particular professional endeavors, bringing Dallas Nursing Institute students the benefits of their practical experience. In addition to the instructional staff, support personnel are available for assistance in financial aid, attendance, and other needs.
The U.S. Department of Education requires schools to provide potential and current students with Consumer Information and disclosures of specific information regarding graduation rates, retention rates, Pell Grant diversity, program costs, median loan debt of Title IV Federal Student Aid and private loans, placement rates and possible employment outcomes for each academic program. The summary and location of the consumer information are provided in the Consumer Information Notice distributed to all potential students through the financial aid office. DNI provides this information to all currently enrolled students each July 1 - June 30 of the subsequent year, unless there are updates, which are provided at the time of the change. In addition, DNI provides the on-time graduation rate, program cost, median loan debt, placement rate and possible employment outcomes on each program page on the DNI website located at http://www.dni.edu/consumer-disclosures/. Furthermore, links to these webpages are located on all promotional materials provided to potential students.
This Catalog houses policies for all programs offered by the Dallas Nursing Institute. The information in this catalog and other school publications is subject to change with approval of the Texas Workforce Commission. Rapid developments in technology and continuing efforts of DNI to meet the needs of its students require periodic revision of class content, scheduling, and policies. The institute reserves the right to make alterations to this Catalog and the policies housed within as deemed necessary. Changes may also be necessitated by federal, state, or local law, other regulatory requirements, accreditation, or licensure. Changes may include but are not limited to curriculum, academic policies, administrative policies, procedures, and costs. Notice is not required for a new policy to take effect; however, the institute will make reasonable attempts to notify students promptly of any policy changes through communication methods deemed appropriate by the administration. In the event that the University plans to change a program such that it will impact a student’s graduation requirements, information will be posted at the Student Consumer Information website located at http://www.dni.edu/consumer-disclosures/.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment (20 USC S.1232g), affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. For purposes of compliance with FERPA, Dallas Nursing Institute considers all students independent. Questions about FERPA and student records may be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
Right to Inspect and Review
A student has the right to inspect and review the education record within forty-five (45) business days after the school receives a written request for access. A written request identifying the record to be inspected should be submitted by the student to the Office of the Registrar. The Campus Registrar or designee will make arrangements for access and notify the student of next steps for inspecting the record. If the Office of the Registrar does not retain the record requested, the student will be advised of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
Right to Request Amendments
A student has the right to request an amendment of an education record if the student believes the record is inaccurate or misleading. To request an amendment, the student must submit a formal letter to the Office of the Registrar, clearly identifying the part of the record to be changed, and specifying why the record is inaccurate or misleading. The office of the Registrar will review the request and facilitate a response to the student within 5 business days of the date written request is received.
Right to Request a Hearing
The institution has the right to decide whether to amend a student’s education record as requested by the student. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the school will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. To request a hearing, the student should submit their request in writing to the Office of the Registrar. The Registrar will refer the request to the Director of Student Affairs, who will act as the hearing officer regarding all challenges to the accuracy of educational record and the denial of requested changes. The formal hearing will be conducted according to the following procedures:
The student will be permitted to present information and materials in support of the assertion that the record is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise erroneous.
A representative of DNI will be permitted to present information and materials that support the school’s position.
Each party will be present during the hearing and may challenge information and materials of the other party.
The hearing officer will render a decision on the matter generally within five (5) business days after the conclusion of the hearing. FERPA does not provide a process to be used to question substantive judgments, which are correctly recorded. For example, the rights of challenge do not allow a student to contest a grade in a course because the student believes a higher grade should have been assigned.
Right to Consent to Disclosures
A student has the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the education record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the school has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, collection agent, or official of the U.S. Department of Education or other federal agency); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee or assisting another school official in performing tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill professional responsibility.
Dallas Nursing Institute may disclose education records in the following circumstances:
to comply with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena
to appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency
to officials of another school, upon request, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll
in connection with a student’s request for or receipt of financial aid, as necessary to determine the eligibility, amount, or conditions of the financial aid, or to enforce the terms and conditions of the aid
to certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, the Comptroller General, to state and local educational authorities in connection with certain state or federally supported education programs
to accrediting organizations to carry out their functions
to organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of DNI
the results of an institutional disciplinary proceeding against the alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence may be released to the alleged victim of that crime with respect to that crime
Additionally, Dallas Nursing Institute must, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of any crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the school against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the information shall be provided, upon written request, to the next of kin of the alleged victim.
Right to File a Complaint
A student has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by DNI to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20202-5920.
Right to Restrict Directory Information
A student has the right to restrict the release of “directory information” except to school officials with legitimate educational interests and others as indicated above. To restrict the release of directory information, a student must make the request in writing to the Office of the Registrar. Once filed, this request becomes a permanent part of the student’s record until the student instructs DNI, in writing, to remove the request.
Dallas Nursing Institute designates the following as public or “directory information”:
Major field of study
Expected date of completion of degree requirements and graduation
Degrees and awards received
Dates of attendance
Full- or part-time enrollment status
Previous educational agency or institution attended
Participation in officially recognized activities
Prohibition of Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
DNI acknowledges its ethical and statutory responsibility to afford equal treatment and equal opportunity to all persons and thus affirms its policy of compliance with all applicable laws and directives that promulgate nondiscrimination and equality of opportunity through affirmative action. DNI prohibits discrimination and harassment against its employees, students, and applicants based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, marital or parental status, arrest record, military discharge status, or any other impermissible reason. DNI prohibits behaviors that include but are not limited to any unwelcome, deliberate or repeated unsolicited verbal, physical, visual, or sexual contact, or solicitations of favors that are offensive, abusive, intimidating, hostile, denigrating, or demeaning.
Harassment can take many different forms. Examples of verbal harassment include derogatory comments, slurs, accusations, or stereotyping. Physical harassment examples include assault, impeding movement, or any physical interference with normal work, or movement directed at an individual, as well as visual forms including cartoons, drawings, graphic materials, or derogatory posters.
Reporting Complaints of Discrimination
Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, and/or Retaliation on the Basis of Sex, Sexual Orientation, or Gender Identity
A student who believes he/she has been subject to unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, should report complaints in accordance with DNI’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct, which covers sexual harassment and sexual violence. Acts of Sexual Misconduct are forms of sex discrimination.
See DNI’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct for more information.
For the full Policy on Sexual Misconduct as well as additional resources, please visit our Campus Safety & Security Webpage: http://www.dni.edu/campus-safety-and-sexual-misconduct/
A student who believes he/she has been subject to unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation (other than those related to sex/gender as described immediately above), whether by faculty members, employees, legal training supervisors, visitors, or other students, should bring the issue to the immediate attention of the [the Director of Student Affairs, the Program Director, the Dean of Nursing or the Executive Director]. Although preparation of a written complaint is encouraged, it is not required. Complaints should include details of the incident or incidents, names of the individuals involved, names of any witnesses, and any documents supporting the complaint.
When a complaint of unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation is received by any of the individuals listed above, DNI will take prompt and appropriate action. If the complaint cannot be resolved informally (where appropriate), DNI will undertake an effective, thorough, and objective investigation of the discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation allegations. Complaints and investigations will be handled on a confidential basis, to the extent possible, with due regard for the rights of the Complainant and the Respondent. Information about the complaint and investigation will only be released on a need-to-know basis, or as otherwise required or permitted by law.
If DNI determines that unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation has occurred, effective remedial action will be taken in accordance with the circumstances of the incident. Appropriate action will also be taken to deter any future unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Individuals who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the institution.
DNI also bars retaliation against an employee, student, or applicant who files a good faith complaint of discrimination/harassment or otherwise participates in an investigation relating to the same.
*The text below is adapted from DNI’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct. For the full Policy on Sexual Misconduct as well as additional resources, please visit our Campus Safety & Security Webpage: http://www.dni.edu/campus-safety-and-sexual-misconduct/
DNI is committed to creating and maintaining a safe learning and working environment that is free of unlawful discrimination, harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. As such, DNI prohibits sexual misconduct in all forms, including but not limited to sexual harassment and sexual violence. DNI will respond promptly and effectively to reports of sexual misconduct, and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior in violation of its Policy on Sexual Misconduct.
The Policy on Sexual Misconduct applies to all DNI employees, students, and other DNI Community Members, regardless of gender/gender identity and sexual orientation, for sexual misconduct occurring on DNI’s campus or in connection with its educational programs, activities, and services, or that puts DNI Community Members at risk of serious harm or otherwise creates a hostile learning and/or working environment.
DNI also bars retaliation against any employee, student, or applicant who files a good faith report of sexual misconduct or otherwise participates in an investigation relating to the same.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct
- Making a Report to Law Enforcement
DNI encourages Community Members who have experienced sexual misconduct to immediately report the incident to the local police department or another area law enforcement agency.
Reporting of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to the police does not commit the Complainant to further legal action. However, the earlier an incident is reported, the easier it will be for the police to investigate if the Complainant decides to proceed with criminal charges. Early reporting makes it more likely that the police will be able gather needed evidence before it is lost or destroyed, and that the Complainant will receive timely notice of potentially helpful victim/witness services.
Complainants are also encouraged to report incident(s) of sexual misconduct to DNI’s Title IX Coordinator, who is:
Title IX Coordinator/Student Services Coordinator
Main: (469) 941-8300
Office: Student Affairs
The Reporting Party is not required to report to area law enforcement to receive assistance from or pursue any options within DNI.
The Title IX Coordinator will provide a Complainant with information about available support services and resources, and also assist the Complainant in notifying law enforcement, including the local police, if the Complainant elects to do so.
If a Complainant discloses an incident to a Responsible Employee but wishes to maintain confidentiality or requests that no investigation into a particular incident be conducted or disciplinary action taken, DNI must weigh that request against DNI’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students, including the Complainant.
Procedures When Sexual Misconduct is Reported to DNI
Upon receiving a report of sexual misconduct, DNI will respond by providing the Complainant with supportive resources and interim interventions (where appropriate) and conducting a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation by a trained official. The response and investigation procedures are designed to provide a supportive process for those who report sexual misconduct as well as fairness and due process for the individual being accused.
DNI recognizes that in certain circumstances, informal resolution of a report of sexual misconduct may be beneficial to the Complainant, the Respondent, other involved persons (the Reporting Party, Witnesses), and/or the DNI Community at large. Whether a report of sexual misconduct is appropriate for informal resolution is within the discretion of the Title IX Coordinator, except that reports of sexual assault are never appropriate for informal resolution.
When the Title IX Coordinator determines that informal resolution is not appropriate or formal resolution is requested by either the Complainant or Respondent, DNI will launch an investigation.
Once the Title IX Coordinator determines that a formal investigation is appropriate, DNI will conduct a thorough and impartial investigation by an individual who has been trained to investigate reports of sexual misconduct. (This may be the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, or other designee approved by the Executive Director.)
Typically, investigation into reports of sexual misconduct will include a period of fact-finding led by the Title IX Coordinator, during which time the Complainant, Respondent, and other relevant persons will be given the opportunity to participate in the investigation by sharing information with the Title IX Coordinator. Persons participating in an investigation will have the opportunity to submit a written statement, provide supporting materials, and identify witnesses.
DNI investigates reports of sexual misconduct independently of local law enforcement.
In investigating and determining whether a violation of this policy has occurred, the Title IX Coordinator will utilize the “preponderance of the evidence” standard of proof. This means that Title IX Coordinator will determine whether it is “more likely than not” that sexual misconduct occurred.
Both parties to a complaint of sexual misconduct will be updated as to the status of the investigation and related proceedings as necessary, or upon request.
Once the Title IX Coordinator has concluded the investigation, DNI will simultaneously issue the written findings to both the Complainant and the Respondent.
Sanctions for Violations of DNI’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct
Upon finding that sexual misconduct occurred, the Title IX Coordinator will commence the sanctioning process for review and determination of appropriate sanctions.
In addition to sanctions, the Title IX Coordinator may also recommend that DNI or particular DNI Community Members adopt additional measures to remediate and/or prevent further conduct in violation of this policy.
DNI’s sanctions process is intended to provide an equitable process to both the Complainant and Respondent, demonstrating promptness, fairness, and impartiality.
Sanctions against students may include, but are not limited to the following:
Formal written warning;
Student Success Plan or Professional Improvement Plan, as applicable;
No contact order pertaining to certain DNI Community Members or physical locations;
Removal from specific courses or institutional activities; and/or
In addition, further protections for the Complainant may be available.
For the full Policy on Sexual Misconduct as well as additional resources, please visit our Campus Safety & Security Webpage: http://www.dni.edu/campus-safety-and-sexual-misconduct/
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, DNI is committed to providing qualified students with disabilities equal access to academic courses, programs, and school activities.
A student seeking accommodation for a disability should contact the school’s Student Services Coordinator upon enrollment or as soon as the student recognizes his or her need for accommodation. Students making a request for accommodation should submit with their request the ADA Request for Reasonable Accommodation Request Form as well as materials from a healthcare provider explaining and documenting the existence of a disability, the prognosis, the barriers the student faces given the disability, and suggestions for accommodations that are designed to overcome the barriers without imposing an undue burden on the school and/or fundamentally altering the nature of the service, program or activity at issue.
The decision as to what accommodation(s), if any, will be provided lies with the school. Reasonable accommodations may include adaptations in the way specific course requirements are accomplished, the use of auxiliary equipment and support staff, and other modifications including testing procedures. Such aids and services are determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the student who has identified the need for accommodation.
Accommodations are not retroactive and will be acted upon at the time the student presents said information to the institution.
The School admits, as regular students, applicants having a valid high school diploma, official General Educational Development (GED), or recognized equivalent. Acceptable documents that prove high school equivalency include:
- Valid high school diploma from an accredited high school,
- Final high school transcript issued from an accredited high school listing date of high school graduation,
- Official GED or transcript reflecting passing scores,
- An official college transcript from a nationally or regionally accredited institution that contains the name and date of high school graduation.
- An official college transcript showing a completed associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution,
- Official foreign high school evaluation provided by a NACES approved agency.
All applicants are required to submit a completed application, application fee, and official transcripts of any programmatically required diploma, degree, or credential. Official transcripts of schools listed in the application are required with a conferral date prior to the term of entry.
Applicants who need additional time to provide acceptable documentation of earned high school equivalency will be provided 30 days from the start of their first term to submit verifying documentation. Students who do not provide adequate documentation of high school equivalency within this timeframe will have their enrollment cancelled. These students will have all attendance backed out and all School charges reversed.
Applicants submitting transcripts issued by non-U.S. schools must have the transcripts evaluated by a NACES-approved (www.naces.org) evaluation agency. DNI’s preferred evaluation agencies are World Education Service (www.wes.org), and Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org). Evaluations must be issued directly to DNI and include the following:
- A detailed course by course evaluation report
- A U.S. degree equivalency
- A U.S. Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) equivalency
The Executive Director or the Dean of Nursing must give final acceptance of each student to any program. DNI reserves the right to decline any high school diploma, transcript, or equivalency documentation it deems as unacceptable.
Specific Pre-Admission Educational Requirements for the Vocational Nursing (VN) Program
- Standardized Test Requirements for Admission - All accepted applicants must achieve performance on one of the following tests:
- An American College Test (ACT) score within the last five years with a composite score of 19 or above or
- A Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score taken before 2016 within the last five years with a composite score of 1350 or a composite score of 990 or above if taken since 2016; or
- Passing of the entrance exam approved and offered by the school.
- Applicants who fail one or more sections on their first attempt must wait 4 weeks before retaking the failed section or sections
- Applicants who fail one or more sections on their second attempt must wait 12 months before retaking the failed section or sections
- Written essay to be scored by Director of Nursing or designee.
- All applicants must pass a drug screen (Texas Board of Nursing 213.29 Criteria and Procedure Regarding Intemperate Use and Lack of Fitness in Eligibility and Disciplinary Matters).
- All applicant background check must meet the Texas Board of Nursing 213.28 criteria regarding Licensure of Person with Criminal Offenses. Minor criminal offenses (Class C misdemeanor(s)) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Decision of the Dean of Nursing or Director of Nursing is final.
- All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
Specific Pre-Admission Educational Requirements for Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) Programs
- Standardized Test Requirements for Admission - All accepted applicants must achieve performance on one of the following:
- An American College Test (ACT) score within the last five years with a composite score of 19 or above or
- A Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score taken before 2016 within the last five years with a composite score of 1350 or a composite score of 990 or above if taken since 2016; or
- The entrance exam approved and offered by the school.
- Applicants who fail any section(s) on their first attempt must wait 4 weeks before retaking the failed section or sections
- Applicants who fail any section(s) on their second attempt must wait 12 months before retaking the ADN entrance exam
- No student will be admitted to the ADN programs if he/she has failed two attempts at BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, BIOL 2420 , Microbiology for Non-Science Majors, HPRS 2300 Pharmacology, orHPRS 2301 Pathophysiology. The CGPA of all the courses transferred into the institution must equal 3.0.
- For transfer credit to be granted, completion of the following general education courses must be within the past 5 years: BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors, HPRS 2300 Pharmacology, and HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology.
- For transfer credit to be granted, completion of the following general education courses must be within the last 10 years: ENGL 1301 Composition I, PSYC 2301 General Psychology, and PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above is required on a 4.0 scale for all transfer credits.
- Associate Degree of Nursing LVN to RN Transition students must also provide proof of licensure as a Vocational Nurse or Practical Nurse, current and in good standing, prior to enrollment.
- Two professional letters of reference (non-family members).
- Written essay to be scored by the Director of Nursing or designee.
- Applicant must pass a drug screen (Texas Board of Nursing 213.29 Criteria and Procedure Regarding Intemperate Use and Lack of Fitness in Eligibility and Disciplinary Matters).
- Applicant background check must meet the Texas Board of Nursing 213.28 criteria regarding Licensure of Person with Criminal Offenses. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
- Once all requirements are met, then the completed admission packet will be forwarded to the Nursing Admission Committee for a panel interview and consideration. The committee is currently comprised of the Dean of Nursing, the ADN Director of Nursing, an ADN faculty member, and the Director of Student Affairs. Additional faculty and staff members may be appointed to the Committee as ad hoc members.
In order to qualify for enrollment into the Vocational Nursing or Associate Degree of Nursing program offered by DNI, all prospective students must meet the following requirements:
- Complete an application form.
- Complete a consultation with an admission representative.
- Meet with a Financial Aid Advisor.
- Take a tour of the school facilities.
- Meet with an Admissions Representative or their designee to complete an enrollment agreement and required forms including a completed application form.
- Pay application fee.
- Submit proof of graduation and an official transcript of all high school credits, or, if applicable,
- An official General Education Test (GED).
- Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended (ADN and BSN only).
- Be at least 17 years of age. (In accordance with Texas laws, if under 18, a parent or legal guardian signature is required prior to enrollment).
- Minor criminal offenses (Class C misdemeanor(s)) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Decision of the Dean or Director of Nursing is final.
- Applicant must present a valid Blue Card or Outcomes letter from the Board of Nursing.
- Submit other information which may be required to determine qualifications.
A student may be officially enrolled upon completion of all admission requirements, or when contingencies have been issued by the Dean or Director of Nursing, and the enrollment agreement is fully-executed (signed by the applicant, and Director of Admissions or approved designee). An applicant may register at any time, but may enter class only on a specified starting date. Classes have a limited enrollment.
In the event that there are more applicants to the nursing programs than there are available seats, selection will be based on the following items:
VN Program: Entrance exam score, number of attempts at entrance exam, date of entrance exam testing, and essay score.
ADN Programs: Entrance exam score, CGPA of prerequisite(s), date of application, interview scores, reference letters and letter of intent.
Bachelor of Science - RN to BSN Admission Requirements
Applicants to the Bachelor of Science - RN to BSN program will be required to meet the following admission requirements prior to acceptance into the program:
- Graduation from an accredited associate degree or diploma in nursing program with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or higher.
- Please note that applicants who can provide transcripts that verify successful completion of at least a two-year program or a minimum of 60 transferrable credits towards the BSN from a postsecondary institution that is appropriately accredited may be eligible for admission. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above is required on a 4.0 scale for all transfer credits.
- General education courses (3000- and 4000-level courses in the following subject areas may be transferred in)
|DNI Course #
||DNI Course Name
||Business and Professional Communication
||Fundamentals of Psychology
||Social and Political Context of Human Development
||General Education Total
- Associate Degree Level Transfer credits
|Anatomy and Physiology I
|Anatomy and Physiology II
|Introduction to Logic
|Lifespan Growth and Development
|Nursing Core Courses - Total Maximum Transfer Credits
|Associate Degree - Total Maximum Transfer Credits
- Registered Nursing (RN) license in good standing.
- Current resume.
- Statement of Professional Goals (maximum of 2 pages, double spaced).
- Two (2) letters of professional reference.
- Submit official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
Persons desiring to apply to the RN-BSN program at DNI should contact the school directly or one of its Admissions Representatives. Prior to being accepted, an applicant must:
- Complete an application form
- Be interviewed by an Admissions Representative
- Submit proof of graduation from an accredited associate degree or diploma in nursing program
- Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
- Complete an enrollment agreement
- Submit payment for the application fee
- Submit other information which may be required to determine qualifications
An enrollment becomes official after the signature of both the applicant and the Director of Admissions or Director’s designee are contained on the fully-executed enrollment agreement and the applicant has satisfactorily completed all admissions procedures. An applicant may register at any time, but may enter class only on a specified starting date. Classes have a limited enrollment.
CLEP Academic Policy
DNI will consider College Level Examination Programs (CLEP) exams that have been successfully completed by a student, and the following guidelines will apply. For ADN students, scores must be received prior to admission into the program; for ADN-RN to LVN Transition students, scores must be received prior to admission into the program.
- Acceptance into a DNI program of study.
- Course for consideration is within the student’s program of study and is considered equivalent to the CLEP exam.
- Verification of a minimum score of 50 is indicated on the official copy of the CLEP scores.
DNI will accept the following CLEP tests for credit:
||Minimum Passing Score
||Human Growth and Development
Credit for Previous Training
The school maintains a record of the previous education and training of each student. All requests for exemption or credit must be submitted prior to the start of training. New students may request exemption from courses based on post-secondary education or training; however, DNI does not accept advanced placement credits or grant credit for experiential learning. Transcripts from colleges and universities accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) may be submitted for credit. Credit may be given for related courses taken within the last 10 years with an earned grade of a “C” or above; however, BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors, HRPS 2300 Pharmacology, and HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology must have been taken within the last 5 years.
All credits earned outside of the U.S. must meet all general transfer credit policies, and must have been completed at an institution with equivalence of U.S. national or regional accreditation as determined by a NACES-approved transcript evaluation agency.
Transfer of credit will be limited to enrollment at DNI, and an official transcript must be presented prior to starting school. The Director of Nursing or designee will determine what credit is to be given. Credit is limited to non-nursing courses, and certain classes may not be eligible for credit. Credit for previous training or granting of credit may affect Title IV funding, length of program, and full-time student status. If the training program is shortened, the program cost will be reduced accordingly.
Students may be terminated/dismissed for violation of policies as listed in this catalog to include: any two unsuccessful course attempts during the program of study, not maintaining satisfactory academic progress, excessive absences/tardiness, improper conduct, and/or failure to fulfill financial obligations to the school. In all cases, tuition and fees will be charged or prorated according to the approved refund policy.
Reinstatement Into Training
Students may request to re-enter or be readmitted to the School after being dismissed or voluntarily withdrawing. Students returning less than 365 days of the date of withdrawal will be reviewed and processed by the Office of the Registrar as a re-entry. Former students who have been in withdrawal status for more than 365 days are considered a readmit and must re-apply through the Office of Admission. Re-entering and re-admitted students must have satisfied any outstanding balance issues before returning.
All re-entry requests must be submitted in writing to the Dean of Nursing and will be considered only if the student can demonstrate that the conditions which led to the interruption in training have been satisfactorily resolved. Readmit applicants must participate in the re-admission process and be accepted by an authorized School Official. Final approval of a readmit applicant will be determined based on the space-available.
Re-entering or readmitted students or students retaking courses will be charged at current tuition rates for the remaining terms or semesters of training. In the event the admission standards change, re-entry or readmit applicants must meet the current admission standards in place at the time of their re-entry or readmission. Applicants will be required to provide additional documentation to prove eligibility for re-entry or re-admission.
Re-admitted students must meet all admission, Academic Catalog, and degree requirements in effect at the time of re-application. Students accepted for re-admission will be required to complete a new enrollment agreement. Re-admitted students who have completed additional coursework must submit official transcripts for review of transfer credit.
Students who are dismissed for failing to maintain satisfactory academic progress during a term must wait a minimum of one term before applying for re-entry and will be re-entered on a probation status if approved. Students will not be eligible for financial aid until they comply with the DNI Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Students who do not achieve satisfactory progress at the end of this probationary period will be dismissed. Students who were dismissed due to unsatisfactory attendance progress may not re-enter prior to the start of the next term or semester.
A student dismissed for violation of the Student Conduct Policy may submit an appeal for reinstatement to the Dean of Nursing after one full term/semester has elapsed from the date of their dismissal.
Re-Admission for Military Service Members
A re-entering student who was required to withdraw because of active military status will be promptly re-entered with no advance notice required by the student if re-entering within five (5) years of completion of service, unless unusual circumstances require the institution to admit the student at a later date. Re-entry will be processed into his/her same program of study at the same enrollment status and with the same number of hours previously completed. If that program is no longer offered, the student will be re-admitted to the program that is most similar in terms of content and credit hours unless the student requests admission to a different program. If the school assesses that additional academic preparation is required before resuming active enrollment, this will be provided by the school at no charge to the student. In all cases the student will be charged the same tuition and fees that would have been assessed at the same time the student left the school for active military service. Students may contact the Dean of Nursing for more information about this policy and eligibility.
Student Financial Assistance Programs
Financial assistance is available to assist qualified eligible students to pay for their educational expenses. Financial assistance for qualified students may consist of federal grants and/or loans, which may supplement the student’s own contribution toward completing their educational program. DNI offers various financial assistance programs to qualified students including federal aid, institutional grants, and scholarships. A list of the financial assistance programs is contained in the Financial Aid Programs and Scholarships section of the catalog.
Eligibility for financial assistance is determined by federal regulations and each student’s individual circumstances. The School’s Financial Aid Office personnel are trained in using a standard, federally-approved methodology of needs analysis to determine each student’s eligibility. Financial Aid personnel will meet with students individually to determine the student’s eligibility for a financial aid package. DNI maintains a dedicated Financial Aid Office to assist potential and current students. Individuals may contact the financial aid staff during normal School hours by calling or visiting the Financial Aid Office on campus.
Applying for Student Financial Assistance
All students seeking or applying for financial assistance must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA, www.fafsa.ed.gov). The Financial Aid Office staff will provide the student with any other forms necessary to determine the student’s eligibility and complete the application process. It is the student’s responsibility to provide all required documents in order to verify eligibility and process the application in a timely manner.
Financial Aid Programs and Scholarships
Eligible students attending DNI have access to various federal and non-federal student financial aid programs. If a student fails to provide the required documentation for any financial aid program, the student becomes liable for the balance due to the School. Students and parents should visit the Financial Aid Office and meet with a representative on campus to receive personalized assistance in applying for and determining eligibility for financial assistance.
Federal Pell Grant - The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant program awarded to eligible students. Eligibility and need are determined by U.S. Department of Education regulations and is based on the financial need of each student. A student’s need is determined based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is calculated based on the student’s FAFSA data. The EFC is reflected on the student’s ISIR.
Students who receive a Pell Grant for the first time on or after July 1, 2012, are subject to a life-time aggregate that they cannot exceed. The aggregate limit is 600% of the student’s total Pell Grant eligibility; students can monitor their aggregate balance on the NSLDS website at http://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA.
Federal Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) - FSEOG is a need-based federal student assistance program. FSEOG funds are first awarded to Pell eligible students demonstrating the greatest financial need with the lowest EFC. Individual student awards may range from $150 to $1200 at FSEOG participating locations. The U.S. Department of Education allots FSEOG funds each award year.
DNI will award and disburse as long as funds remain available. Eligible students demonstrating financial need are awarded based on a first come first-served basis.
Federal Work-Study (FWS) - This need-based federal program requires that students work in a community service job or a job that is related to the student’s program of study. Students demonstrating financial need may be eligible to participate in FWS at DNI. FWS eligibility may not exceed the cost of attendance minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC less other financial aid awarded.
The U.S. Department of Education allots a specific amount of FWS funds each award year. Eligible students demonstrating financial need are awarded on a first come first-served basis. Students seeking a specific job or a student with a potential job may request review and approval from the Financial Aid Office at the school.
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan - The subsidized loan is a need-based loan. Students may be eligible for this program in an amount not exceeding the cost of attendance minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less other financial aid awarded. For students who qualify, loans are provided with repayment options beginning six months after the student leaves school, or if their enrollment status changes to less than half-time for the payment period.
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan - The unsubsidized loan is a non-need based loan with maximum loan amounts for independent students and dependent students whose parents are not eligible for a PLUS loan. Students may be eligible for this program in an amount not exceeding the cost of attendance less other financial aid awarded. For students who qualify, loans are provided with repayment options beginning six months after the student leaves school, or if their enrollment status changes to less than half-time for the payment period. Students have the option of paying interest only on the loan while they are in school or having the interest accrue until they begin repayment immediately following the six-month grace period. Students qualify to apply for different loan amounts based on their grade level in school each year.
Direct PLUS Loan - Parents of dependent students may be eligible for this program. The maximum loan amount cannot exceed the cost of attendance less other financial aid awarded the student. The PLUS loan program is available for eligible parents of eligible students to assist the student with tuition and school-related expenses. Parents are required to complete a credit check as part of the application process.
Veterans Benefit Programs (VA) - DNI is approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs to award and process different Veteran Benefits programs (Chapter 30, Chapter 33, etc.) for eligible veteran students. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office on campus for more information. Below are some of the veteran programs that are available:
- Post 9/11 Chapter 33 VA Benefits - This VA benefit pays for tuition and fees for eligible veterans attending degree-granting schools.
- Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants - Awarded to eligible students who had a parent or guardian who died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11/2001.
Executive Director Scholarships: DNI’s Executive Director and Leadership Council sponsor annual scholarships for students who have perfect attendance, exhibit exemplary leadership qualities, or are an advocate for patient safety. These scholarships are competitive in nature and based on merit, grades, and faculty recommendation. If you are a student who is in good standing, making satisfactory progress, and would like to apply for one of these scholarships, please see the guidelines at the front desk for additional information.
National Technical Honor Society Scholarships: DNI students are eligible to apply for scholarships through the National Technical Honor Society. Please contact the appropriate program director for further information.
Beginning with the May 2015 Spring term, new incoming students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for need-based institutional grants. To maintain grant eligibility, students must remain in good academic standing, meeting all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Vocational Nursing students must successfully complete all scheduled courses in order to be eligible for disbursements. A student may be required to resubmit documentation each academic year. Institutional grants cannot be combined with institutional scholarships or other special tuition rates.
Information on DNI need-based grants is available from the Financial Aid Office at 469-941-8300.
Release of Records, Transcripts, Diplomas, and Immunization Records
No official academic transcripts, diplomas, immunization records, or academic credentials of any kind will be released to any institution, outside agency, or individual until all financial obligations to the School have been met and the account is considered to be in good financial standing. Dallas Nursing Institute reserves the right to charge for any additional records.
A student in good financial standing with the Institution is defined by having no outstanding financial obligation to the Institution. All owed balances are paid in full and/or current on an existing in school payment plan.
Student transcripts will remain a permanent record at Dallas Nursing Institute. Official copies of a student’s transcript will be sent to employers or other schools at the student’s written request. Students will be provided two free copies of their transcript, however, a transcript fee will be charged for additional copies requested. Requests for transcripts will be denied if the student has outstanding debt with Dallas Nursing Institute.
Release forms for transcripts and immunization records are available from the registrar’s office. Please allow approximately 7-10 business days from the time of the request to receive a transcript and/or an immunization record.
Class Size and Student Teacher Ratio
The school will maintain a proper ratio between teachers and students to allow adequate attention to each individual in both didactic class and the laboratory. The student-teacher ratio will generally not exceed 30:1 in didactic classes, 20:1 in laboratory classes, and 10:1 in clinical rotations. Distance education classes will not exceed a student-teacher ratio of 25:1.
DNI reserves the right to cancel any class whose census drops below five (5) up to the fourth class session. Students will be notified immediately and given the opportunity to change classes where possible. Schedule changes are handled in the Registrar’s Office. In the event of a course cancellation of this nature, students will not be charged for the course and the course will be removed from the student’s record.
The Student Services Office is open during business hours to provide students with a wide variety of services to enhance their DNI experience. Involvement and leadership opportunities are available to all students to facilitate their development, enhance their learning and success, celebrate differences, and promote civic and global responsibility. Various workshops are sponsored, and the Student Services Coordinator assists students with a variety of issues.
Graduate Employment Assistance
DNI places a great emphasis on graduate employment assistance; we consider this to be the most important service we can offer our students. The Student Services department helps to connect graduates to the workforce by providing specific services that relate to identifying employment opportunities.
This office provides the following services:
- Assistance in preparation of resumes.
- Job coaching services to improve or enhance interviewing and other job seeking skills.
- Advice and information on job availability in specific areas of training.
- Continuous, individualized employment assistance.
- Assistance with part-time employment while attending school.
The school develops contacts with employers and generally has requests from employers for graduates. To do this, DNI maintains a contact file of potential employers which is constantly updated. Employers are also invited to come to the DNI campus for job interview sessions.
DNI is very proud of the success of our graduates; however, DNI does not guarantee employment. Students are also informed that they should be ready to relocate upon graduation, as this may increase their employment opportunities.
The school has an open-door policy and encourages students to discuss any questions or suggestions with faculty and/or staff. However, the school encourages the students to follow the traditional chain-of-command policy. This chain begins with the student’s instructor (equivalent to immediate supervisor in the workplace) and continues through to the Director of Nursing, Dean of Nursing, and the Executive Director. An appointment request should be submitted prior to meeting with the Director of Nursing, Dean of Nursing, or the Executive Director in order to ensure availability.
The school does not provide formal assistance for housing but can provide contact with various apartment locator services in the general vicinity of the campus.
Health and Safety
We will attempt to provide safe facilities and a workplace free from recognized hazards. Students are expected to use common sense at all times to prevent injury to themselves and others. The School maintains first aid kits for emergencies. All accidents and injuries must be reported to an administrator or supervisor immediately.
General safety rules that should be observed at all times include:
- Operating mechanical and electrical equipment only according to the prescribed procedures.
- Wearing safety glasses and other personal protective equipment whenever training activities call for them.
We strive to provide appropriate information, ongoing training and supervision to create a safe and healthy environment. Each program has specific guidelines that will be explained by the individual instructors.
Immunization Requirements for Clinical Rotation
DNI requires its students meet the following health and vaccination requirements prior to attending the first clinical rotation. Students failing to complete and/or document the following requirements will be withdrawn from School.
- Current immunizations
- Health screening
- Drug test (required initially; however, the school reserves the right to require further random or targeted screens for cause)
- Negative tuberculosis skin test (repeated annually). Students with a skin reaction to the test may be required to obtain a chest x-ray
- Hepatitis B immunization (series of 3 over 6 months)
- MMR titer - students with a low titer will be required to obtain a series of two MMR vaccinations
- Varicella titer - students with a low titer will be required to obtain a varicella vaccination
- TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccination
- Current Healthcare provider BLS card
- Students will be required to document proof of flu vaccination by September 30 of each year.
Crime Awareness and Campus Security Information
Annual Security Report
The institute’s Campus Security Report is created annually in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The institution publishes the annual security report which includes information on the following:
Campus policies on reporting criminal actions and other emergencies
Security and access to campus facilities
Campus law enforcement
Crime prevention programs
Policy on the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
Drug and alcohol abuse programs
Prospective students, students, and employees may find the latest Annual Security Report and all other campus security related information posted online at http://www.dni.edu/campus-safety-and-sexual-misconduct/. Students may also request a paper copy of the report be mailed to them by emailing their request to Jennifer Hostutler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A student who has been the victim of a crime on or around school premises should report the incident to a member of the Campus Leadership Team, designated campus security (if applicable), or local police departments.
Reporting crimes is on a voluntary basis, however DNI strongly encourages all students, faculty, staff and visitors to report any suspected crime promptly.
Timely Warnings and Emergency Notification System
The campus is required to make timely warnings to members of the campus community regarding the occurrence of crimes, those that are reported to campus security, and those considered by the institution to represent a threat to students and employees. The campus community includes all campus buildings and grounds and all adjacent public property. For reports of crimes considered a threat to other students or employees, victim’s names will be withheld from timely warnings.
Timely warnings to the campus community will be issued via text and e-mail using the DNI Online Portal System as well as posted on any notice boards within the campus. This system will keep the campus community informed regarding safety and security issues by immediately notifying students and staff about crimes committed in the vicinity and on campus that may pose a serious and/or immediate threat. If there is an ongoing investigation of a crime that occurred in, at, or on any of the locations listed above that would be jeopardized, cause the suspect to flee, risk the safety of an individual, or result in the destruction of evidence, the campus may delay the timely warning until any adverse effect is no longer likely to occur.
Student Health Insurance
DNI requires all students to have their own personal medical insurance or be covered by their families’ medical insurance while attending school. DNI does not assume financial responsibility for injuries due to student negligence.
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous and professional manner and adhere to the school policies at all times. Generally, a student may be asked to leave a classroom if, in the opinion of the instructor, the student’s dress, manner, appearance, or behavior distracts or interferes with the educational process. Violation of school policies may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from school. Specific examples of acceptable behavior are listed below:
- Students will display respect for fellow students, faculty, and school staff members.
- Students will not interfere with the learning progress of any other student(s).
- Students will put forth a reasonable effort to learn and to bring their training to a successful conclusion within the scheduled training period.
- Students will attend all scheduled classes and arrive 15 minutes prior to any scheduled clinical rotation with valid reasons for any time missed.
- Students will not engage in conduct that brings unfavorable criticism or disrepute upon the school or fellow students.
- Students will use all social media sites responsibly understanding they have an ethical and legal obligation to maintain patient privacy and confidentiality at all times.
- Students will adhere to the dress code at all times.
- Students will refrain from abusive, vulgar, or profane language on school premises.
- Students will not engage in cheating in any form.
- Students will not bring alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons of any kind onto school premises, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on school premises.
- Students will not engage in gambling, fighting, soliciting, or distribution of literature of any kind on school premises.
- Students will not remove any supplies, textbooks, equipment, or other school property from the premises without prior written permission from the Dean of Nursing or the Executive Director.
- Students will not misuse, vandalize, or otherwise damage school property.
- Students will return any borrowed library item by the due date and in good condition or pay to repair or replace the item.
- Students will not eat or use tobacco products in classrooms, labs, or other non-designated areas.
- Students will leave their classrooms and lab areas clean at the end of the class period.
- Students will not bring visitors including children to the school without prior permission from the Dean of Nursing or the Executive Director.
- Students will make all tuition payments as scheduled
- Students will inform the Dean of Nursing in writing of any new offense or offenses committed after enrollment into DNI and will attach copies of any warrants, court papers, or other pertinent legal documents to the narrative information provided regarding the occurrence. The student may be required to petition the Board of Nursing for a Declaratory Order and may also be terminated from the program depending upon the nature and severity of the offense.
- Students will adhere to all school policies, including but not limited to the Policy on Sexual Misconduct.
The following conduct process is used to determine if a student or student organization engaged in behavior that violates the Code of Student Conduct:
Student Conduct Committee
Any student suspected of violating the Dallas Nursing Institute Student Conduct policy will be referred to the Student Conduct Committee (SCC) which is responsible for investigating the allegations. Referrals to the SCC can be made by any member of the DNI community, including students, faculty, staff and administration. A complaint from any member of the DNI community relating to discrimination, misconduct, harassment, domestic violence, dating or other related violence, stalking, or retaliation based on gender or sex concerning a faculty, staff, or student(s) must report it in accordance with the Policy on Sexual Misconduct.
A student who believes they have been subject to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation (other than related to sex/gender and/or sexual misconduct) whether by faculty members, employees, supervisors, visitors, or other students, should raise the matter per the guidance provided in the Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation.
The SCC is the only committee that can refer a student to the Dean of Nursing for dismissal from Dallas Nursing Institute.
Student Conduct Committee Policies and Procedures
I. Purpose and Scope
The SCC is responsible for investigating suspected violations of the Dallas Nursing Institute Student Conduct policy. The SCC is the only institutional committee that can refer a student to the Dean of Nursing for dismissal from Dallas Nursing Institute.
- Complaint Procedures
Any member of the DNI community, including faculty, staff, students, and administration, may file a complaint against any student for misconduct or for otherwise being in violation of DNI policies. The complaint must be prepared in writing and directed to the Director of Administration and Student Affairs as chair of the committee or his/her designee (“Director”). Complaints should be submitted within 14 business days after the alleged violation occurred.
- Committee Procedures
The following procedures govern the actions of the SCC:
- The Director will notify the student within 7 business days in writing of the charges and pending action of the SCC by sending a letter to the student’s DNI email account.
- The Director will schedule a committee hearing within 7 to 14 business days of notifying the student of the charges and pending action by the SCC.
- The Director will provide the student with written notification by sending an email to their DNI account of the time and date of the hearing as well as the specific allegations against them, including a copy of the complaint and any supporting documentation that will be reviewed by the SCC prior to the hearing.
- In the event that the student does not attend the proceedings, the SCC should review the information, commence deliberation and render a decision.
- The student is permitted to have a support person, for example, another student, faculty, staff member, friend or family present during the hearing. The Director has the discretion to reasonably deny requests for specific support individuals. The support person must not act as an attorney or an advocate. Students are expected to speak on their own behalf.
- Because this procedure is an institutional process not a judicial one, the student is not permitted to bring legal counsel to committee hearings.
- The student may elect to respond in writing to the complaint, and any such information must be submitted to the Director at least 24 hours before the scheduled hearing. The student also has the right to orally present a response during the hearing.
- Witnesses with knowledge of circumstances related to the alleged infraction are permitted to present information during the hearing and pertinent records, exhibits and written statements may be accepted for consideration by the SCC, at the discretion of the Director.
- Any procedural questions raised during the process should be addressed by the Director in consultation with the committee.
- After the hearing, the SCC will deliberate and, if the SCC determines that a violation has occurred, the SCC will determine what sanctions are appropriate and make recommendations to the Dean of Nursing. Possible sanctions include, but are not limited to: a) issue a warning to the student, b) place the student on probation with a remediation plan, or c) dismiss the student from Dallas Nursing Institute.
- The Director of Administration and Student Affairs will submit the recommendation(s) of the SCC, along with any relevant documentation, including a copy of the complaint and all information reviewed by the SCC to the Dean of Nursing in writing for his/her review within 5 business days of the hearing.
- Within 30 business days of the hearing the Dean of Nursing will inform the student in writing of the disciplinary action, as well as the conditions that must be met in order to remove the disciplinary action(s) as determined by the SCC, if appropriate. Information regarding the student’s right to appeal will be included in the written notification sent to the student’s DNI email account. The Dean of Nursing will also notify the student in writing if no violation of the Code of Conduct has been found.
- Copies of the referral letter, records, letter of notification, minutes of the hearing as recorded by the Director, and the letter sent to the student describing the disciplinary action are retained in the SCC records and a copy of the disciplinary letter is placed in the student file. A copy of the disciplinary letter is also provided to the student’s program director. The referral source, faculty, and administration will be informed of the outcome on a need to know only basis in accordance with the Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act (FERPA).
Students found guilty of violating the Dallas Nursing Institute Student Conduct policy by the SCC shall be subject to disciplinary action. Sanctions include but are not limited to the following:
- Issue a warning to the student
- Place the student on probation with a remediation plan
- Referral for dismissal from school
- Violations of Law
Disciplinary procedures may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law that is also a violation of the student conduct policy or the Texas Board of Nursing unprofessional conduct code. Proceedings under this policy may be carried out prior to, concurrent with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus. Dallas Nursing Institute will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal laws on DNI property.
Students wishing to appeal a disciplinary decision may do so according to the Appeal Process described in the Academic Catalog. No further appeals will be heard. Any student not satisfied with the outcome of their Student Conduct Committee hearing may appeal the decision. Please refer to the appeal process as outlined below:
- The appeal must be prepared in writing and directed to the Dean of Nursing. Appeals should be submitted within 30 business days after receiving the SCC decision.
- The Dean of Nursing will review the written appeal, as well as all documentation pertaining to the specific SCC case under appeal.
- Within 30 business days of receiving the appeal the Dean of Nursing will inform the student in writing of his/her decision. The decision of the Dean is the final decision and cannot be appealed.
- Copies of the appeal letter, records, and the letter sent to the student informing them of the decision are retained in the appeal records and a copy of the appeal decision letter is placed in the student file. A copy of the appeal decision letter is also provided to the student’s program director. The faculty and administration will be informed of the outcome on a need to know only basis in accordance with the Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act (FERPA).
- Any sanctions issued as a result of the SCC proceedings will remain in place until the Dean of Nursing renders a decision otherwise. The student must obey the terms of the decision pending the outcome of the appeal.
III. Committee Membership
The SCC consists of the Registrar, the Associate Degree of Nursing Program Coordinator, the Vocational Nursing Program Coordinator, a part-time faculty member, and a full-time faculty member as appointed by the Dean of Nursing, and the Director of Administration and Student Affairs, who serves as the chair of the SCC. A student member may be selected by the faculty of the committee.
In the event a member of the committee has made the referral under review or has other potential conflicts of interest, that member will be excused and another will be recruited by the chair as a temporary replacement.
In carrying out its responsibilities, the committee operates within the published policies of Dallas Nursing Institute governing standards for academic progress, academic and administrative sanctions, and professional competence. The Director provides necessary training to all committee members on the procedures of the SCC.
The administration and/or faculty may request that the Student Conduct Committee (SCC) review any student whose professional performance indicates deficiencies in performing the work required of students within their respective programs. The SCC may place the student on probation and require remediation steps as deemed appropriate. The student must agree to all reasonable conditions in order to remain enrolled.
Criteria for Removal from Probation
The SCC determines the conditions under which students placed on probation as a result of a Student Conduct Committee hearing shall be removed. The conditions must be clearly stated in writing and provided to the student, as well as placed in the student file.
Schedule for Removal from Probation
The SCC will determine the schedule under which the student placed on probation as a result of a Student Conduct Committee hearing shall be removed, as well as make the determination as to the satisfaction of the requirements of the terms of the probation and/or remediation plan.
Students may be dismissed from Dallas Nursing Institute if they fail to satisfactorily meet the requirements of the remediation plan required as a result of their SCC hearing.
It is the responsibility of all students to be familiar with the Dallas Nursing Institute Student Conduct policy.
DNI strives to resolve matters in a timely fashion. We must balance our need for adequate time to investigate alleged violations with the impact those alleged violations have on the campus community and individual students involved in the process. Students should also note that the campus conduct process is separate from legal proceedings and may occur simultaneously.
Conduct that involves a potential violation of DNI’s policy on sexual misconduct will be addressed in accordance with the institution’s obligations under Title IX and Campus SaVE. For detailed information regarding the procedures administered in response to complaints of sexual misconduct, please refer to DNI’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct, which can be found in full here: http://www.dni.edu/campus-safety-and-sexual-misconduct/.
DNI is not responsible for, and will not be held accountable for, damage to or loss of personal property, including clothing, jewelry, and other items that may be damaged by equipment, chemicals, etc., or stolen. Property loss should be reported immediately to a school staff member, and the school will make every effort to assist the student to recover lost property. Found items should be given to a school staff member so the owner can be contacted.
DNI assumes no responsibility for missing supplies, equipment, book bags, cell phones, or computers belonging to students. The basic equipment and supplies specified by the school are the only ones required for training. Students are advised that the school carries no insurance to cover any personal items belonging to the students.
Student Use of Computer Systems and Networks
Each DNI student is provided with a school-sponsored email account. The student is responsible for all information communicated through email in the same way and to the same extent as if published in hard copy and distributed through other means. The student must regularly check this account for information transmitted by various departments of the school. The school will not direct electronic correspondence from official school email accounts to personal email addresses; the student is expected to utilize the institutional email addresses for all electronic communication about school matters.
DNI computer systems and networks are provided for student use as a part of DNI academic programs. All students have a responsibility to use DNI computer systems and networks in an ethical and lawful manner. Students found to have misused DNI computer systems and networks may receive disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. DNI will not tolerate any abuse of computer systems and networks. This is not an all-inclusive list below. In the case of a dismissal, the student will be subject to the refund policy as outlined in the school catalog.
Examples of behaviors considered to be in violation of DNI’s policy on student computer systems and networks include:
- Sending obscene, harassing, intimidating and/or threatening messages through email or other means.
- Viewing or downloading, displaying, printing or otherwise disseminating material that is sexually explicit, profane, obscene, harassing, fraudulent, racially offensive, defamatory, or otherwise unlawful.
- Downloading any software programs, files, or other items including but not limited to internet accelerator programs, search engines, upgrades, enhancements, fonts, graphic images, photos, or other items unless authorized to do so by the Dean of Nursing or the Executive Director.
- Transferring personal software to DNI computers.
- Copying licensed software programs from DNI computers to a personal flash drive.
- Soliciting business, selling products, or otherwise engaging in commercial activities or personal advertisements. Using DNI computers and/or networks to perpetrate fraud, misrepresentation or illegal activity.
- Providing others with access to one’s personal computer accounts or attempting to gain access to the computer accounts, files, or system to which authorized access has not been granted.
- Attempting to circumvent or compromise DNI computer security or the security of any remote system accessed through DNI equipment or networks.
- Creating or releasing computer viruses or engaging in other destructive or potentially destructive programming activities.
- Modifying, altering, or tampering with systems hardware or software unless explicitly authorized to do so by the Executive Director.
- Plagiarizing the work(s) of others, including print, digital, and other online resources, and submitting those items as the student’s own original work.
Student Use of Social Media
DNI supports the Texas Board of Nursing’s position on the use of social media and reminds students that they are bound by the ethical and legal standards that bind all nurses. Students must be respectful of patient privacy and confidentiality at all times and in all environments. Students must use any and all social media sites responsibly, maintaining professional standards and boundaries in compliance with all state and federal laws. Please see Texas Board of Nursing Position Statement 15.29 - Use of Social Media by Nurses for further information. This position statement can be found at the following address: https://www.bon.texas.gov/practice_bon_position_statements2014.asp#15.29.
Copyright and Academic Integrity
Students at DNI are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic conduct by always submitting their own original work for all assignments, research papers, tests, and projects. Students found to engage in plagiarism, cheating, or other forms of academic dishonesty will be subject to negative consequences up to and including termination from school.
Plagiarism is the use of another’s words or ideas without proper citation, and includes copying large sections of text or images from print or electronic resources, or another student’s work. Students may avoid plagiarism by forming ideas in their own words, quoting only limited passages of borrowed text, and always acknowledging the origin of borrowed ideas or words with a correct citation.
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code and 1976 Copyright Act) to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. The principle of “Fair Use” allows for the public to freely utilize portions of copyrighted material for purposes of commentary or criticism, including limited academic use. Complete information about copyright may be obtained from the U.S. Copyright Office, or online at www.copyright.gov.
DNI students and employees are not permitted to engage in activities that violate U.S. copyright laws, including the unlawful reproduction or distribution of copyrighted material through physical or electronic means. Those found to be in violation of plagiarism or copyright laws will be referred to the Student Conduct Committee and may face disciplinary action, including but not limited to: failure to receive credit on an academic exercise, course failure, and/or dismissal from the school. Those referred to the Office of the Dean will receive notification of disciplinary action. Appeals may be filed with the Office of the Dean within seven business days from receiving notification. The Dean of Nursing will review the case and notify the student of the outcome within 30 days of receiving the appeal. The decision of the Dean is the final decision and cannot be appealed. Records and evidence of such actions may also be shared with proper legal authorities for prosecution. Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing may be subject to civil and criminal liabilities. The penalties for violation may be found at www.copyright.gov.
Tobacco, Drug, and Alcohol Regulations and Policies
DNI enforces a strict policy for students and employees who violate the school’s policies related to smoking and drug and alcohol use. Violators may be subject to penalties and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination from school or employment.
Dallas Nursing Institute’s campus is smoke-free, including e- and vapor-based cigarettes. In addition, smoking of any type is not permitted within fifteen (15) feet of any entrances. If a local law or ordinance provides greater protection for the rights of non-smokers, it shall apply.
Drug and Alcohol-Free Environment
In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) of 1986 as amended in 1989, Dallas Nursing Institute explicitly prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs by students or employees on school premises or as part of any of its activities. In addition, the school prohibits the misuse of legal drugs, including alcohol, while on school premises and /or in the performance of educational training activities. A copy of DNI’s Drug and Alcohol-Free Environment policy is housed in the Student Affairs Office.
Legal Sanctions Under Federal and State Law
Federal penalties and sanctions for illegal possession of a controlled substance are as follow.
- First conviction: up to one year imprisonment or a fine of at least $1,000
- After one prior drug conviction: at least 15 days in prison, not to exceed two years, and a fine of at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000, or both
- After two or more prior drug convictions: at least 90 days in prison, not to exceed three years, and a fine of at least $5,000
- Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine: mandatory sentencing of at least five years in prison, not to exceed 20 years, and a fine of up to $250,000, or both, if the first conviction and amount of crack possessed exceeds five grams, the second crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds three grams, third or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds one gram
- Forfeiture of personal property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance, if that offense is punishable by more than a one-year imprisonment
- Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft, and any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance
- Civil penalty of up to $10,000
- Denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, for up to one year for first offense or up to five years for second and subsequent offenses
- Ineligibility to receive or purchase a firearm.
- Revocation of certain federal licenses and benefits, (for example, pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, and so on.) as vested within the authorities of individual federal agencies
- Any person convicted of drug trafficking occurring within 1,000 feet of an academic institution is subject to prison terms and fines twice as high as listed above with a mandatory prison sentence of one year for each offense
This list has been included for reference purposes only. The most current information can be found on the US Drug Enforcement website at: www.dea.gov/index.shtml.
General State Laws of Alcohol Possession and Consumption
Individuals younger than 21 years old may not purchase, accept as a gift, or possess alcoholic beverages on any street or highway or other public place. Consumption by minors is expressly prohibited. Licensees to sell alcoholic beverages are prohibited from selling, giving, or delivering alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age. It is unlawful for anyone of legal age to purchase or obtain alcoholic beverages and then sell, give, or deliver them to a minor.
Sanctions to Be Imposed on Students Who Violate Regulations and Policies
As a condition of matriculation to Dallas Nursing Institute, students agree to abide by the terms of these regulations and policies and agree to notify Dallas Nursing Institute of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring on campus no later than five (5) business days after such conviction. Dallas Nursing Institute, through the campus leadership or its designee, will take appropriate action (consistent with local, state, and federal law) against a student who violates the standards of conduct contained herein, up to and including dismissal from the institution and referral for prosecution.
Health Risks Associated with Use of Illicit Drugs, the Misuse of Legal Drugs, and Alcohol Abuse
There are health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and abuse of legal drugs and alcohol including impaired functioning of the following major organs: liver, kidneys, brain, and other aspects of the central nervous system including impaired immune functioning and impaired lung and pulmonary functioning. The effects are both immediate and long-term. Immediate effects include impaired judgment, impaired attention span, and impaired gross and fine motor control. Long-term effects include the risk of premature death. The use of needles to inject drugs into the blood stream engenders the risk of contracting AIDS or hepatitis. These health risks may affect one’s daily life activities, as well as familial, social, and working relationships.
Drug and alcohol abuse causes physical and emotional dependence, in which users may develop a craving for a particular substance. Thus, their bodies may respond to the presence of such substances in ways that lead to increased drug and alcohol use.
Certain drugs, such as opiates, barbiturates, alcohol and nicotine create physical dependence. With prolonged use, these drugs become part of the body chemistry. When a regular user stops taking the drug, the body experiences the physiological trauma known as withdrawal.
Psychological dependence occurs when taking drugs becomes the center of the user’s life. Drugs have an effect on the mind and body for weeks or even months after drug use has stopped. Drugs and alcohol can interfere with memory, sensation, and perception. They distort experiences and cause loss of self-control that can lead users to harm others as well as themselves.
Counseling, Treatment, or Rehabilitation Programs
Any student who fails to abide by the terms of the Tobacco, Drug, and Alcohol Regulations and Policies may be required to participate satisfactorily in drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a federal, state or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency.
The following counseling, treatment and rehabilitation programs are available to persons in the Dallas area:
Addicare Group of Texas
In addition, DNI offers as a benefit to its students and employees the following resources:
Student Solutions: DNI is proud to partner with Student Solutions, a free, confidential, around-the-clock counseling service.
Web identifier: DNI
Employee Assistance Program (EAP): DNI employees also receive counseling services through the EAP, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Your company web ID: COM589
Students are regularly evaluated on the knowledge they have gained, the skills they have acquired, and the professionalism they have developed. Student performance is graded against a perfect score of 100% according to the following table:
At the end of each term, after final course grades have been assigned, the student’s grade point average (GPA) is calculated as follows:
||(Course #1 grade point value) X (Course #1 value in credit hours)
||(Course #2 grade point value) X (Course #2 value in credit hours)
||etc. for all courses attempted during term for which a grade point value is received
||Total Credit Hours Attempted
The CGPA is calculated in the same way, but all enrollments in courses required by the student’s educational program are included. If courses are repeated, only the most recent grade is used to calculate the CGPA; the grade point value of the first grade is no longer included in calculating the cumulative average. The previous grades for all repeated courses are retained on the transcript and count as credits attempted when calculating completion-rate requirements.
Only courses with final grades are used for calculating CGPA. W, I, P, and CR grades do not alter the grade point average. Incompletes are temporary grades. No grades are awarded for transferred credits, and transfer credits are not included in DNI CGPA. “W” grades are counted as credits attempted when calculating completion-rate requirements for satisfactory academic progress. No grades are awarded for transferred credits (T), and transfer credit hours are not reflected in DNI grade point averages.
Withdrawn Fail “WF” grades are issued when a student drops or is administratively dropped from a course after midterms, based on the student’s last date of attendance. “WF” grades are counted as credits attempted and equal the same grade points as “F” grades. Credits are marked as attempted and grade points are equivalent to an “F” grade.
Students must meet all satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards at each SAP evaluation. See Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for additional information.
A student may, at the discretion of the Director of Nursing, or Dean of Nursing, be permitted or required to repeat a course, space permitting. Students may only repeat a failed course one time. Students are charged the cost for repeating the course based on the published tuition amount in effect at the time of enrollment in the repeated course, and this cost is subject to price increase. Courses repeated to improve a grade are not eligible for financial aid.
Students should also note that repeating coursework could affect a student’s satisfactory academic progress and maximum timeframe for completing the program. Any course taken at DNI that results in a failure must be retaken at DNI.
Students will be dismissed from DNI after failing any two courses during their program of study.
Work eligible for make-up or late submission is limited to major tests, mid-term or final exams, major projects, and skills check-offs. The student must initiate the request for make-up work missed due to absence no later than the first day after returning from the absence. All make-up work, including work required to satisfy Incomplete grades, must be completed and submitted to the instructor within 5 business days.
All make-up work will be reduced one letter grade from the earned grade. Incompletes are temporary grades. If a student receives an “Incomplete” as a final course grade and the required make-up work is not completed within 5 days, the missing work will be given a grade of “zero” and the course grade will be recalculated. In some circumstances, students may be allowed to make up hours upon approval by the Dean of Nursing. The following guidelines must be followed:
- No more than 5% of the total course time hours for program shall be made up.
- Make-up work shall:
- Be supervised by an instructor approved for the class being made up;
- Require the student to demonstrate substantially the same level of knowledge or competence expected of a student who attended the scheduled class session;
- Be completed within 5 business days after returning from an absence;
- Be documented by the School as being completed, recording the date, time, duration of the make-up session, and the name of the supervising instructor; and
- Be signed and dated by the student to acknowledge the make-up session.
Adding and Dropping Courses
The Add/Drop period is the time during which a student may register for additional courses or remove courses from his/her schedule. The course schedule may be modified by submitting an Add/Drop form carrying the signature of the Department Chair to the Office of the Registrar. After the Add/Drop deadline, a student may not add any additional courses. The Add/Drop period for all programs is the third class meeting day of the term/semester.
If a student receiving financial aid completely withdraws before the 60% of the term/semester has expired, a Return of Title IV Funds calculation will be performed to determine how much of the financial aid award has been earned. This calculation may result in the need to return funds to the lender and may cause the student to owe a balance to the institution. See Financial Aid and Student Account Policies for additional information.
Students who officially drop or are administratively dropped from a course prior to the midterm of any course will receive a “W” in the course.
Students who officially drop or are administratively dropped from a course after the midterm (which is the deadline to drop with a grade of “W”) will receive a grade of “WF” in the course. All course drops are based on a student’s last date of attendance.
Students should confer with a Director of a program prior to officially auditing a course. To audit a course, a student must obtain approval from the Dean of Nursing offering the course and select “Audit” on a registration form and submit the form to the Registrar’s Office. The deadline to request to audit a course is the Add/Drop deadline. No credit is earned from audited classes. A notation of “AU” is assigned to audited classes and is not used in computing the grade point average or rate of progress.
Course prerequisites are enforced in the determination of registration eligibility for the course, and audit fees will be assessed. No preregistration is allowed for courses taken as audit. Course requirements such as homework and exams not graded by the instructor for students who are auditing a course, but will need to be completed and taken with the rest of the class. Audits do not count for full-time or part-time statuses, loan deferments, financial aid, etc. Students may not change a grading system from an Audit to a letter grade. Not all courses are eligible to be audited.
Definition of Clock Hour/Credit Hour
DNI’s clock-to-credit hour conversion rate of a minimum of one semester credit hour awarded for each 16 clock hours of lecture, 32 clock hours of laboratory, or 48 clock hours of clinical meets the requirements of our accrediting body, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Classroom lecture involves the presentation of theory; laboratory work involves the application of theory through the use of training aids; and clinical practice involves the application of knowledge and skills in a program-related facility. A clock hour is defined as a minimum of 50 minutes of instruction within a one-hour period.
The credit hours awarded for Federal Title IV financial aid purposes will be determined in accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulations. For programs subject to clock-to-credit conversion, students are either assigned homework or clinical assignments based on the requirements for each program. For these programs, one quarter credit hour is awarded for each 20 clock hours of instruction or one semester credit hour is awarded for each 30 clock hours of instruction. This is compliant with the U. S. Department of Education exception to the general requirement that one quarter credit hour is awarded for each 25 clock hours of instruction or one semester credit hour is awarded for each 37.5 clock hours of instruction.
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education regulations, for programs that lead to a degree or are fully transferable, the clock-to-credit conversion is not required.
Instructional Programs - Homework
All credit hour programs contain required homework assignments. The required assignments are documented within each course syllabus. Students are required to complete the designated homework assignments and submit the homework to the course instructor. All homework is graded and represents a minimum of 20% of the final grade for each course.
For degree programs that include a clinical component, students are required to maintain a journal documenting the student’s experience. The journal must be turned in and graded. The journal along with other homework represents a minimum of 20% of the final grade for the clinical course.
Transfer of Credit Hours
DNI does not guarantee articulation or transfer of credits with other educational institutions. Check with the Director of Nursing or the Dean of Nursing for current articulation agreements with other colleges or universities. The transferability of credits earned at DNI will be determined by the receiving institution’s policy. See policy regarding Credit for Previous Training in this catalog.
Changes and Improvements to Our Programs
DNI is constantly striving to improve and update the programs offered to keep up with current industry changes. As a result, we meet yearly with our Program Advisory Board which is made up of employers and experts from the local community and industry in which we train. This Program Advisory Board reviews results of graduate and employer surveys, current industry trends, and provides feedback and recommendations for updates to programs that the School is considering for implementation. When planned changes or updates occur, they are published in the Catalog Addendum that is distributed to students in January and then included in the next annual catalog. Please see the Dean of Nursing for more information on upcoming changes or updates to programs.