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Undergraduate Catalog-Handbook 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Catalog-Handbook 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Involvement

In general, activities are planned based on student interest and requests. Information about special activities is communicated regularly to students. Online students can elect to participate in meetings via Google Talk or SKYPE (free desktop web-conferencing tools).

Student Activities

The College offers a variety of activities for students, ranging from field trips to Clipper’s baseball games and NHL Blue Jackets hockey games to on campus lectures and specialty week events. In general, activities are planned based on student interests and requests. Information about special activities is regularly communicated to students via e-mail, CARMELink and The Carmel Rapper. 


At the beginning of each academic year, all MCCN students assemble at Convocation. This is an important event to start the new academic year and attendance by all students is mandatory (with the exception of online RN_BSN students). Additional details are announced at the beginning of Fall Semester.

Student Life Association

The MCCN Student Life Association provides opportunities to develop leadership skills, become involved in campus life, and become acquainted with other students. The Student Life Association includes three leadership teams: Pre-professional, Spiritual, and Advisory. All students are encouraged to participate in these co-curricular activities. For additional information concerning the three leadership teams, contact the Director of Student Life (ccipriani@mccn.edu, 614-234-5828).

Student Nurses Association (SNAM)

The Student Nurses Association of Mount Carmel (SNAM) is the College’s affiliate of the pre-professional organization, the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). SNAM provides a variety of activities and programs aimed at fostering professional growth and development,and honing leadership skills.

Students who also join the NSNA enjoy many benefits including the opportunity to par-ticipate in state and national conventions, preferential consideration for NSNA foundation scholarships, loans, professional liability insurance, and subscription to Imprint magazine. The College facilitates student attendance at workshops, seminars, and other educational opportunities.

Meetings are held at noon on the fourth Monday of each month during the academic year and are open to everyone at the College. Specific topics and other announcements are posted on the SNAM section of CARMELink.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association (SGA) is an organization designed to represent the ideals, values and beliefs of MCCN students and is dedicated to excellence in action. It provides an organized association for undergraduate student activities and a mechanism for students to voice concerns, issues, and questions. SGA is committed to working collaboratively with administration and faculty to enhance MCCN programs, activities and initiatives. Elected members of the student body serve on the SGA; meetings are held once a month. 

Student Ambassador Program

The College Ambassador Program is designed to familiarize individuals throughout the campus and Columbus community with the offerings of Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Students who are chosen to be College Ambassadors represent the student body at various College events and are an integral part of Mount Carmel College of Nursing communications efforts. These events range from casual to “black tie” affairs. College Ambassadors perform a wide variety of tasks at these events such as: setting up the event, distributing programs, registering guests, and answering questions regarding Mount Carmel College of Nursing.

Students chosen to be college ambassadors represent the “brightest and best” students at Mount Carmel College of Nursing.

  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must be well rounded in terms of academic performance, activities, and/or athletics, and leadership.
  • Candidates must have strong communication and interpersonal skills in order to be considered.
  • Since the College Ambassador Program is of such significance, competition is strong for positions.

For more information about the college ambassador program, contact Kim Campbell, director of admissions and recruitment, at 234-5144 or kcampbell@mccn.edu.

Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is an organization committed to fostering excellence, scholarship, and leadership in nursing. The Honor Society promotes the use of nursing research in health care and provides resources to communicate the latest knowledge in nursing care. Mount Carmel’s Rho Omicron chapter, chartered in 2002, is one of 478 chapters around the world.

Those invited to make application to Sigma Theta Tau International include students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, academic integrity, and professional leadership potential. The criteria for membership include:

  • All candidates must meet the expectation of academic integrity.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least one-half of the nursing curriculum and rank in the upper 35% of the graduating class.
  • RN-BSN students must have completed 12 credit hours at MCCN, at least one-half of the nursing curriculum, and rank in the upper 35% of the graduating class.
  • Graduate students must have completed a minimum of one-fourth of the nursing curriculum.

Representation on College Committees

Several College committees are structured to include student membership. Students who participate in College committees have voice and voting privileges within these committees. Students interested in participating in a College committee should contact the President/Dean, the appropriate program Dean, or the Director of Student Life. Currently, students may serve on the following College committees:

  1. Assessment/Outcomes
  2. Academic Appeals
  3. Academic and Professional Misconduct
  4. Alumni and Student Services Subcommittee (Board of Trustees)
  5. Community Service
  6. Educational Technology Committee
  7. Library
  8. Mission and Ministry
  9. Research/Scholarship
  10. Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Campus Ministry

The Mission and Ministry Committee strives to ensure that the religious and spiritual aspects of MCCN’s mission are promoted in every aspect of the student’s College life and to promote the Catholic identity of the College clearly and respectfully.

The Committee plans activities and events to celebrate significant religious observances such as Lent and Advent prayer services. The Committee also offers educational and enrichment opportunities through student retreats, Bible study, and faith-sharing groups.

Spiritual growth also includes the important dimension of service to others. Students are offered many opportunities to become involved in College, Mount Carmel Health, and Columbus community projects that serve the poor, underprivileged, and vulnerable members of society.

Mount Carmel West Hospital Chapel offers both Roman Catholic and Protestant worship services on Sundays. The Chapel is open at all times and provides a quiet place for reflection. Hours for scheduled services are posted on the Chapel door. There are also many other places of worship in the area for students of all faiths.

Student Newsletter – Carmel Rapper

The student newsletter, The Carmel Rapper, publishes items of interest to MCCN students. The newsletter is published bi-weekly during the academic year; student information and participation are welcome. Contact the Director of College Relations (614-34-1372, rhutchinsonbell@mccn.edu) for further information.

Community Service Club

The Community Service Club provides an organized setting for students to become involved in group community service activities. Many of the activities can be used to fulfill the required community service hours needed for graduation.

Intramural and Club Sports

To encourage healthy bodies as well as healthy minds, the College organizes a number of club or intramural sports each year, including women’s basketball and co-ed soccer, volleyball, and softball teams when there is sufficient interest. Other sporting events include bowling, dodge ball, and golf tournaments. Please contact the Director of Student Life for information (ccipriani@mccn.edu, 614-234-5828).

Co-Curricular Activity Summary (CCAS)

The Co-curricular Activity Summary (CCAS) is a program for recording awards, scholarships, community service, educational workshops, leadership activities, student government, and other organization participation. By recording activities outside the classroom, the CCAS is used to complement the academic transcript. To be included on the CCAS, involvement requires active participation and must be verified by a College faculty or administrator. For more information, contact the Director of Student Life (614-234-5828, ccipriani@mccn.edu).

Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for student employment exist through Mount Carmel West, Mount Carmel East, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, and Mount Carmel New Albany Hospitals (e.g., Patient Companions, Unit Coordinators, and Patient Care Assistants). Both part-time and casual employment is available. Part-time associates work 8 to 71 hours every two weeks. Casual status provides no guarantee of work hours since casual employees work on an as-needed basis covering weekends, vacations, and other busy periods. Students should con-tact the Human Resources Department at any location to learn more about employment opportunities or view current openings at www.mountcarmelhealth.com and click on “Jobs and Volunteering.”

Applications are considered only for current vacant positions but are kept on file if there is no vacancy. Students hired into Mount Carmel Health System positions participate in the required orientation program.

Students can also check the College bulletin board outside the classroom area on the 3rd floor, Marian Hall for employment opportunities.

Employment Relating to The Nurse Practice Act

Under Ohio’s Mandatory Nurse Practice Act, no person shall engage in the practice of nursing as a Registered Nurse without holding a current, valid license. Therefore, by law, nursing students who are employed in health agencies are not permitted to function in the professional nurse role. Students employed as nursing assistants or patient care technicians must function under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and within the institu-tion’s job description.

When a student is functioning as a patient care technician, nursing assistant, or related position, the legal responsibility for the student’s actions rests with the student and employer, not with the College of Nursing. No part of the student uniform may be worn when functioning in these positions.

College Work Program (CWP)

The College Work Program is a form of financial aid available to Mount Carmel College of Nursing students. In this program, the student receives a financial award in exchange for providing service to the College of Nursing.

  1. Students must complete a FAFSA in order to determine eligibility for the work program.
  2. Students must submit a completed Request for Work Program form to the Financial Aid Office. The Director will respond to the request via MCCN student email.
  3. Eligible students will schedule an interview with the supervisor in the office of interest to assess job skills, employment experience, and available work hours.
  4. Students must be enrolled and attending class in the same term as their involvement in the program.
  5. The starting wage for the program is $7.15 per hour. CWP students are given annual increases based on their performance reviews if they continue in the program.
  6. Student hours cannot exceed 19 hours in any one week period.
  7. CWP students must sign a CWP agreement which constitutes a commitment by the student for the number of hours to be worked. The student must also sign a Code of Responsibility for Security and Confidentiality of Data.
  8. Bi-weekly time sheets will be signed by the student’s supervisor. Students submit signed time sheets to the Business Office and credit will be posted to the student’s account for the wages earned. Students may not turn in more than one time sheet during any two week period; time sheets older than one month cannot be accepted.
  9. A student may withdraw from the program at any time. To withdraw, the student must give two weeks’ notice in writing to the position supervisor. A student may also be dismissed from the program.
  10. CWP students must complete a performance evaluation with their supervisor at the end of each academic year. Students with unsatisfactory job performance or incomplete contracted time may be dropped from the College Work Program.
  11. Students must complete the interview and selection process each year.


Students who wish to use the College facilities for a class or organization event must schedule the activity through the Director of Student Life (ccipriani@mccn.edu, 614-234-5828). The Director will assist the student in obtaining food service, room set-up, etc.

Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Mount Carmel College of Nursing is a participant in both the Air Force and Army ROTC programs offered at The Ohio State University. These programs offer qualified individuals the chance to compete for a variety of scholarships in addition to career opportunities for nurses.

Interested students may contact the Air Force ROTC office at OSU (614-292-5441, ext. 9508). Information is also available at www.afrotc.com.

Interested students may contact the Army ROTC office at OSU (614-292-6075). Information is also available at www.ohio-state.edu/arotc.