College of Nursing and Health Science
Additional Undergraduate Requirements and Programs
Fees and Expenses
Fees and expenses specific to the nursing program are as follows: laboratory
equipment kit, standardized testing fee, uniforms, stethoscope, name pin, books,
course materials, transportation to and from agencies, CPR certification, fee
for review of health forms, immunizations, and any other additional fees as mandated
by clinical agencies (i.e., clinical background check).
A one-time lab fee of $90 for traditional and $80 for LPN students is required
before beginning the first semester of nursing. A lab fee of $15 is required for
RN students before they take NURS 425. A one-time health records review fee of
$10 is required for all students before their first clinical rotations.
Nursing students are required to obtain a health examination and immunizations
before registering for their first clinical course. Students must complete two
of the three hepatitis B immunizations in accordance with current U.S. Public
Health Service recommendations before entering the first clinical setting. The
cost of the immunizations is the responsibility of the student. Student immunization
records are monitored at the College of Nursing and Health Science Office of Student
Academic Affairs, which charges a small fee for this service.
Clinical agencies sometimes require additional records and documentation, such
as criminal background checks, before student participation. Any cost is the responsibility
of the student.
Student assignments are based on the learning needs of the student without
regard to the HIV or HBV status of the client. Failure to practice universal precautions
and blood-borne pathogen safety results in dismissal from the nursing program.
No student or faculty member is discriminated against or denied admission to
the nursing program for the sole reason that the student or faculty member has
been exposed to, infected, or diagnosed with HIV or HBV.
In the event that a student has a clinical experience/practicum exposure to
body fluids of a client, procedures and appropriate incident reports are to be
completed according to institutional and nursing policies.
Information related to exposure or infection is confidential, and dissemination
of such information is based on the need to know criteria that apply generally
in health care situations. A complete and detailed HIV/HBV policy is available
in the College of Nursing and Health Science Office of
Student Academic Affairs.
All students are required to have an active George Mason University e-mail
Students are responsible for their own uniforms and transportation. Student
liability insurance is provided by the university. Students are strongly advised
to maintain health insurance coverage at all times. An accident and health insurance
plan is available through the university. Each student is responsible for his
or her health care, including emergency care. The nursing program assumes no financial
responsibility for the health care of students.
All students must have CPR certification before entering the first clinical
nursing course and maintain it through the remainder of the program. Either the
American Red Cross Professional Rescuer or the American Heart Association Basic
Life Support is required.
The drop period for nursing courses offered for fewer than 14 weeks is three
Because knowledge, skills, and behavior patterns in the major field of this
program are so vital to the health and perhaps even the survival of individuals
or groups being served, failure or borderline achievement cannot be tolerated.
Therefore, the faculty of the nursing program has established, with approval of
university faculty and administration, special major field quality standards that
go beyond the general university quality standards printed elsewhere in this catalog.
RN and LPN Licensure Requirement
RN and LPN students are required to submit a copy of his/her license prior
to entering the first nursing course.