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2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
    
 
  Dec 10, 2019
 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

DNI General Information



Message From the Executive Director

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!

Mission Statement

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 nursing practice.

Objectives

  • 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.

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.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment (20 USCS.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.

Student Rights

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 completes and submits a Request to Amend Educational Record form to the Office of the Registrar. The Registrar will refer the request to the Student Affairs Coordinator, 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 certain other 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 sexual misconduct, 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”:

  • Student name

  • Mailing address(es)

  • Email address(es)

  • Telephone number(s)

  • Major field of study

  • Degree sought

  • 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

  • Photograph(s)

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/

  • Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment and/or Retaliation on Other Bases

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 Engagement, 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.

Policy on Sexual Misconduct

*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 campuses 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.

  • Making a Report to DNI

Complainants are also encouraged to report incident(s) of sexual misconduct to DNI’s Title IX Coordinator, who is:

Shawn Gray

Campus Business Manager

sgray@dni.edu

Main: (469) 941-8300

Office:  Business Office

 

Complainants are 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 that 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;

  • Professional Improvement Plan;

  • No contact order pertaining to certain DNI Community Members or physical locations;

  • Removal from specific courses or institutional activities; and/or

  • Dismissal

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 Director of Student Engagement 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.

Admission Requirements

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:

  1. Valid high school diploma from an acceptable high school,
  2. Final high school transcript issued from an acceptable high school listing date of high school graduation,
  3. Official GED diploma or transcript reflecting passing scores,
  4. A college transcript from a nationally or regionally accredited institution that contains the name and date of high school graduation.
  5. Foreign high school documentation with an authenticated interpretation in order to validate.

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:

  1. A detailed course by course evaluation report
  2. A U.S. degree equivalency
  3. 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. DNI evaluates high school documentation received; this procedure includes validation of the high school documentation to determine if the transcript or diploma is issued by an entity providing secondary school education. 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

  1. Standardized Test Requirements for Admission - All accepted applicants must achieve performance on one of the following:
    1. An American College Test (ACT) score within the last five years with a composite score of 19 or above or
    2. A Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score within the last five years with a composite score of 1350 or above; or
    3. Passing of the entrance exam approved and offered by the school.  Applicants may submit a VN Health Education Systems Incorporated Admission Assessment (HESI A@) taken within the past two years with a minimum score of 80 on Reading Comprehension and 75 on Math.
  2. Applicant essay scored by Director of Nursing or designee.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Applicant 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

  1. Standardized Test Requirements for Admission - All accepted applicants must achieve performance on one of the following:
    1. An American College Test (ACT) score within the last five years with a composite score of 19 or above or
    2. A Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score within the last five years with a composite score of 1350 or above; or
    3. The RN Health Education Systems Incorporated Admission Assessment (HESI A2 )Exam composite score of 80 or above within the last two years with one retake attempt of any or all sections.
    4. BIOL 2420  or equivalent must be transferred into the program from an accredited institution with a minimum grade of 2.0 or C.
    5. If General Education courses are to be transferred into the program, they must have been completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 or C from an accredited institution. Courses or their equivalent eligible for transfer credit are: BIOL 2401 , BIOL 2402 , ENGL 1301 , PSYC 2301 , BIOL 2420 , and PSYC 2314 . No student will be admitted to the ADN programs if he/she has failed two attempts at BIOL 2401 , BIOL 2402 , BIOL 2420 , HPRS 2300 , or HPRS 2301 . The CGPA of all the courses transferred into the institution must equal 3.0.
    6. Completion of the general education courses must be within the past 5 years for BIOL 2401 , BIOL 2402 , and BIOL 2420 . ENGL 1301 , PSYC 2301 , and PSYC 2314  must have been completed within the past 10 years. 
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above is required on a 4.0 scale for all transfer credits.
  3. 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.
  4. Two professional letters of reference (non-family members).
  5. Applicant essay scored by the Director of Nursing or designee.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. Once all requirements are met, then the completed admission packet will be forwarded to 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, the Librarian, and the Director of Student Engagement. Additional faculty and staff members may be appointed to the Committee as ad hoc members.

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 enrollment in the third semester; for ADN-RN to LVN Transition students, scores must be received prior to enrollment in the second semester.

  1. Acceptance into a DNI program of study.
  2. Course for consideration is within the student’s program of study and is considered equivalent to the CLEP exam.
  3. 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:

Course Equivalent Examination Minimum Passing Score
ENGL 1301 English Composition 50
PSYC 2301 Introductory Psychology 50
PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development 50

Admission Procedures

In order to qualify for enrollment into the programs offered by DNI, all prospective students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete an application form.
  2. Complete an interview with an admission representative.
  3. Meet with a Financial Aid Advisor.
  4. Take a tour of the school facilities.
  5. Meet with an Admissions Coordinator or their designee to complete an enrollment agreement and required forms including a completed application form.
  6. Pay a non-refundable application fee.
  7. Submit proof of graduation and an official transcript of all high school credits, or, if applicable, an official General Education Test (GED) certificate.
  8. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. Applicant must present a valid Blue Card or Outcomes letter from the Board of Nursing.
  12. 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: HESI score, number of attempts at HESI, date of HESI testing, and essay score.

ADN Programs: HESI score, CGPA of prerequisite(s), date of application, interview scores, reference letters, and letter of intent.

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 , BIOL 2402 , BIOL 2420 , HRPS 2300  , and HPRS 2301  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.

Termination

Students may be terminated/dismissed for violation of policies as listed in this catalog to include: two unsuccessful course attempts during the program of study, not maintaining satisfactory academic progress, excessive absences/tardies, improper conduct, and failure to fulfill financial obligations to the school. In all cases, tuition and fees will be charged according to the approved refund policy.

Reinstatement Into Training

All Students

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.

All 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. Re-enter or readmit applicants must participate in the re-entry or re-admission process and be accepted by an authorized School Official. Final approval of a re-enter or readmit applicant will be based on a space-available basis.

Re-entering or readmit 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. Students accepted for re-admission will be required to complete a new enrollment agreement.

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. 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 terminated. 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, or when ready to re-enroll in school.

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, state, local, and private programs. 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. Each DNI location 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 at the specific campus location.

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 student attending DNI owned and operated schools 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 at their specific school 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 DNI locations. The U.S. Department of Education allots FSEOG funds each award year.

Each participating location 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 eligible DNI owned and operated schools. 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. 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) - Campus locations approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs are able to award and process different Veteran Benefits programs (Chapter 30, Chapter 33, etc.) for eligible veteran students. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office at their school location for more information. Below are some of the veteran programs that are available:

  1. Post 9/11 Chapter 33 VA Benefits - This VA benefit pays for tuition and fees for eligible veterans attending degree-granting schools.
  2. 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.

Scholarships

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 Student Services department for further information.

Institutional Grants

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.

Private Loans

DNI can provide a list of possible private loan options to assist with funds in covering any remaining balances. Private loans are funded by an outside lender who determines your eligibility based on your credit worthiness (credit score). DNI cannot guarantee any student will be approved or will be eligible for private loans. Private loans often carry higher interest rates and fees than Federal loans, so we encourage potential students to apply for Federal Student Aid before considering Private Educational Loans. DNI provides a list of lenders participating in private loan programs. The student may choose any private lender and is not required to use any of the lenders on the DNI’s private education loan lenders list. DNI will promptly process any private loan applications received.

Private lenders may charge origination fees. Private lenders and generally charge higher interest rates and require payments while enrolled in school. Students are responsible for repaying private loans, including all associated fees and interest. Lenders may require minimum loan amounts or may set a loan limit for their loans.

Private Loans - Students are eligible to apply for private education loans to help cover tuition and education-related expenses. Students may apply for private loans offered by private educational lenders; eligibility is determined by each lender. Private loans may require additional fees. Interest rates on private loans are generally higher than federal loans. Federal Regulations and the Truth in Lending Act require lenders to provide all borrowers with detailed disclosures. Please review the lender’s disclosures for additional loan information prior to signing a promissory note.

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 will reserve 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 theory class and the laboratory. The student-teacher ratio will generally not exceed 30:1 in theory 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.

Student Services

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 resolving life issues such as housing, transportation, and part-time jobs. In order to achieve the best outcome possible, students may be referred to an outside agency.

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 Career 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:

  1. Assistance in preparation of resumes.
  2. Job coaching services to improve or enhance interviewing and other job seeking skills.
  3. Advice and information on job availability in specific areas of training.
  4. Continuous, individualized employment assistance.
  5. 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 or will not guarantee employment. Students are also informed that they should be ready to relocate upon graduation, as this may increase their employment opportunities.

Advising

The school has an open-door policy and encourages students to discuss any questions or suggestions with whomever they wish at any time. However, the school encourages the students to follow the traditional chain-of-command policy practiced by most employers. This chain begins with the student’s instructor (equivalent to immediate supervisor in the workplace) and continues through 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.

Housing

The school does not provide formal assistance for housing but will provide contact with various apartment locator services in the general vicinity of the campus.

Transportation

The DNI campus is conveniently located near public transportation and major freeways. Clinical sites are located around the Metroplex and students are responsible for transportation to and from the sites. If a student has transportation problems, we try to arrange transportation with another student as we have students commuting from many different parts of the Metroplex. Reasonable efforts will be taken to meet carpooling requests, but DNI cannot guarantee that all carpooling requests can be granted.

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:

  1. Operating mechanical and electrical equipment only according to the prescribed procedures.
  2. Wearing safety glasses and other personal protective equipment whenever training activities call for them.

We will 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.

  1. Current immunizations
  2. Health screening
  3. Drug test (required initially; however, the school reserves the right to require further random or targeted screens for cause)
  4. Negative tuberculosis skin test (repeated annually). Students with a skin reaction to the test may be required to obtain a chest x-ray
  5. Hepatitis B immunization (series of 3 over 6 months)
  6. MMR titer - students with a low titer will be required to obtain a series of two MMR vaccinations
  7. Varicella titer - students with a low titer will be required to obtain a varicella vaccination
  8. TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccination
  9. Current Healthcare provider BLS card
  10. 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 institution publishes an 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

  • Crime statistics

    Prospective students, students, and employees may find the latest Annual Security Report and all other campus security related information posted online at www.dni.edu.

Reporting Crimes

A student who has been the victim of a crime on or around school premises should report the incident to the Executive Director, a member of the Campus Management staff, 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 Consumer Information and Disclosures 

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. 

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.

Student Conduct

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:

  1. Students will display respect for fellow students, faculty, and school staff members.
  2. Students will not interfere with the learning progress of any other student(s).
  3. Students will put forth a reasonable effort to learn and to bring their training to a successful conclusion within the scheduled training period.
  4. Students will attend all scheduled classes and arrive 15 minutes prior to any scheduled clinical rotation with valid reasons for any time missed.
  5. Students will not engage in conduct that brings unfavorable criticism or disrepute upon the school or fellow students.
  6. 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.
  7. Students will adhere to the dress code at all times.
  8. Students will refrain from abusive, vulgar, or profane language on school premises.
  9. Students will not engage in cheating in any form.
  10. 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.
  11. Students will not engage in gambling, fighting, soliciting, or distribution of literature of any kind on school premises.
  12. 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.
  13. Students will not misuse, vandalize, or otherwise damage school property.
  14. Students will return any borrowed library item by the due date and in good condition or pay to repair or replace the item.
  15. Students will not eat or use tobacco products in classrooms, labs, or other non-designated areas.
  16. Students will leave their classrooms and lab areas clean at the end of the class period.
  17. Students will not bring visitors including children to the school without prior permission from the Dean of Nursing or the Executive Director.
  18. Students will make all tuition payments as scheduled
  19. 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.
  20. 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:

COMPLAINT RECEIVED

When the faculty or Director of Nursing receives information that indicates that a student may have engaged in behavior that appears to violate the Code of Student Conduct, they inform the student of this and ask the student to schedule a meeting to discuss the incident.

INFORMAL RESOLUTION

An informal resolution is reached in the initial meeting with DNI staff and the student. If the student accepts the resolution, s/he agrees to complete sanctions and the matter is resolved. The Director of Nursing may make other decisions at this time, such as determining that more investigation is needed or to drop the matter.

FORMAL RESOLUTION - DEAN’S MEETING

If the informal resolution is not successful, the student may request a meeting with the Dean of Nursing.  The Dean of Nursing also retains the right to call a meeting as appropriate.

DEAN’S DECISION - SANCTIONS

After the meeting, the decision letter is issued by the Dean of Nursing. Sanctions aim to help a student reflect on his/her actions, to learn how to act in ways that are congruent with the community expectations, to repair any harm caused, and sometimes to remove the student from campus if warranted.

APPEALS

Appeals may be made in writing to the Executive Director and must be based on new information not available at the time of the meeting, significant procedural error, or other good cause.

RESOLUTION

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/.

Personal Property

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

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:

  1. Sending obscene, harassing, intimidating and/or threatening messages through email or other means.
  2. Viewing or downloading, displaying, printing or otherwise disseminating material that is sexually explicit, profane, obscene, harassing, fraudulent, racially offensive, defamatory, or otherwise unlawful.
  3. 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.
  4. Transferring personal software to DNI computers.
  5. Copying licensed software programs from DNI computers to a personal flash drive.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Attempting to circumvent or compromise DNI computer security or the security of any remote system accessed through DNI equipment or networks.
  9. Creating or releasing computer viruses or engaging in other destructive or potentially destructive programming activities.
  10. Modifying, altering, or tampering with systems hardware or software unless explicitly authorized to do so by the Executive Director.
  11. 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: http://www.bon.texas.gov/practice/pdfs/position.pdf.

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 Office of the Dean 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 Appeals Committee will review the case and notify the student of the outcome within 30 days of receiving the appeal.  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.

Smoke-Free Environment

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.

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 U.S. 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:

Homeward Bound
Phone: 214-941-3500
http://www.homewardboundinc.org

Addicare Group of Texas
Phone: 972-271-5283
http://addicaretx.com

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. 
    Phone: 855-460-6668
    www.guidanceresources.com
    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.
    Phone: 800-272-7255
    www.guidanceresources.com
    Your company web ID: COM589

Grading System

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:

Letter Numerical % Interpretation GP Value
A 93-100 Excellent 4.0
B 83-92 Above Average 3.0
C 75-82 Average 2.0
F 0-74 Failure 0.0
W NA Withdrawn NA
I NA Incomplete NA
P NA Pass NA
T NA Transfer NA
CR NA Advanced Placement NA

At the end of each term, after final course grades have been assigned, the student’s grade point average (GPA) is calculated as follows:

GPA =   (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 higher grade is used to calculate the CGPA. Only courses with final grades are used for calculating CGPA.

Students must meet all satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standardsat each SAP evaluation.  See Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for additional information. 

Course Repeats

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 will be 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 time frame for completing the educational program.

Any course taken at DNI that results in a failure must be retaken at DNI.

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.