Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK)
Membership in Phi Theta Kappa carries key advantages for associate degree College students. With a diverse membership, the Phi Theta Kappa Society offers support from fellow scholars of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, economic levels, and fields of study who share a variety of interests and ideas. The special sense of community among society members and faculty advisors allows students to take full advantage of these key opportunities. The commonality is a superior scholarship, and a commitment to the continuing excellence and educational opportunities provided by the two-year program. Phi Theta Kappa requires the student to have completed 12 semester hours of associate degree coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. The College chapter is Beta Zeta Beta. The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society induction ceremony is held every spring prior to graduation.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honor Society
The Trinity Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honor Society is modeled after the only nursing honor society in the world: Sigma Theta Tau International. The Honor Society is scholarly and professional in purpose. The organization’s two purposes are 1) to recognize superior academic achievement and leadership qualities and 2) to foster creative work and high professional standards. Membership is open to BSN students. To be eligible for induction:
- Junior nursing students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be in the top 15 percent of their class
- Senior nursing students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be in the top 35 percent of their graduating class
- The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honor Society induction ceremony is held every spring prior to graduation.
After each fall and spring semester, students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher are eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List. To be eligible for semester honors, a student must be in good standing, complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit in courses graded (A, B, C, D or F) and receive no grades lower than C.
To be eligible for Summer Session honors, a minimum of 6 semester hours of credit is required.
The College wishes to recognize those students who have achieved outstanding academic performance. To receive these awards, students must complete more than fifty percent of their major semester hours at Trinity College. Special awards are conferred at the graduation ceremonies. These awards are presented to students who submit a portfolio to the selection committee for evaluation. The categories for awards are: Service, Leadership, and Clinical Excellence. The Rose Gebhart Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence is also presented to a nursing student in the Associate of Science in Nursing Program.
Graduation honors are calculated based upon a student’s cumulative GPA the previous semester. Students earning an Associate Degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale graduate with honors.
Graduating with Academic Distinction
To graduate with academic distinction, BSN candidates must have completed more than fifty percent of their major semester hours at Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences, and have attained a College cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 (Cum Laude), 3.7 (Magna Cum Laude), or 3.9 (Summa Cum Laude). Academic distinction is recognized during graduation ceremonies. The “Graduated with Honors” notation on a student’s final transcript will be awarded based on all work completed for the degree.
Valedictorian & Salutatorian
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences believes that commencement exercises should be specific and personal to the graduating class of a given year. With that in mind, students will be recognized at the graduation ceremony for their academic achievements.
The College Valedictorian is defined as the student with the highest overall grade point average in each degree program with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher. In the case of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program, the valedictorian selection may include the student’s GPA from their original nursing degree. The College valedictorians are offered the opportunity to speak during the commencement exercises; additionally these students are seated on the stage for the ceremony.
The College Salutatorian is defined as the student with the second highest overall grade point average in each degree program with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher. In the case of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program, the salutatorian selection may include the student’s GPA from their original nursing degree.
The College salutatorians are invited to speak at the Honors Ceremony held in the spring prior to commencement.
The Valedictorian and Salutatorian from each program are presented with medals at the Honors Ceremony held in the spring prior to graduation. August graduates are presented with their medals at the summer commencement exercises.