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Academic Policy

ACADEMIC STANDING, PROGRESSION, AND RETENTION IN THE PROGRAM

Students are considered to be in good academic standing if they maintain at least a 76% ("C") pass mark for all courses during the program. Any student receiving a grade less than 76% must repeat the course theory, earn at least a grade of 76%, and pass the clinical component. Students may repeat a failed course once. A student with two failures in the same course will be withdrawn from the program.

  • A student may have only one course failure within a level to be able to progress in the program.
  •  A student who fails two unit exams will be seen by the instructor to discuss procedures to improve grades. There is a re-evaluation at mid-course. Tutorials will be offered for each course at the request of the student.

RETENTION
STUDENT PROGRESSION/PROBATION

EXCLUSION
• A student will be removed from the program if she/he is on probation during more than two semesters over the course of obtaining the degree.
• A student will be removed from the program if she/he fails to obtain a grade of C or better in a repeated course.
• A student will be removed from the program for demonstrating behavior that is grossly or consistently illegal, unethical, or unprofessional as determined by program faculty.
• A student will be removed from the program if she/he verbally or physically threatens a member of the College administration, faculty or staff; or another student; or a client in the practice setting.
• A student has the right to appeal the faculty’s decision regarding academic standing.
• The Program Director shall be consulted concerning the appropriate procedures for appeal.
• Students should refer to the policy and procedures pertaining to grievances in this Handbook.
• All applications for readmission from students who have been removed from the program are referred to the Program Director for appropriate action.
• A student who has been removed from the program is considered not in good standing, and will not be readmitted to the nursing program.

Withdrawal from a Course

To withdraw from a course, the student shall complete the following steps:

  • Get a course drop form from the Administrative Office.
  • Complete the course information for each course to be dropped in the Drop section.
  • Student and instructor must sign the form.
  • Submit the completed form to the Program Director.

A student who wishes to withdraw from a two, three or four credit course must do so by the fifth week of the course. A student who wishes to withdraw from a one credit course must do so by the second week of the course. A student who is withdrawing will receive a withdrawal grade based on tests and assignments at the time of withdrawal. A student failing the course at the time of withdrawal will receive a “WF” and a student passing the course at the time of withdrawal will receive a “WP”. For eligibility for a refund see Tuition Refund Policy page 31 in the student Catalog/Handbook.

A student who does not withdraw and does not complete the course will receive a grade of “F”

Withdrawal from the College

Equipment or books belonging to the college must be returned. The college is not responsible for any personal items left after withdrawal.

Students who stop attending, but do not complete and submit the proper forms to the Student Program Director may remain on the roster and may be assigned a grade of “F” by the instructor. Students who officially withdraw from the college on or before the last date to withdraw will receive a grade of “WF” or “WP” in each course, based on the course grade at the time of withdrawal. The course and grade of “WP” or “WF” will be posted to the student’s official transcript, but will not be included in the calculation of the semester/session or cumulative grade point average. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from the college.

For eligibility for a refund see Tuition Refund Policy page 31 in the student Catalog/Handbook.

Upon enrollment in the program, a student will be assigned a Nursing Faculty Advisor and will remain with his or her assigned Advisor for the remainder of his or her academic experience at Saint Michael College of Allied Health. Faculty members are available for student advisement five hours per week, with open office hours from 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM daily as well as at other times by appointment.

Saint Michael College of Allied Health is committed to providing all students with a wide array of services and support to help them succeed academically. Faculty members are available from 4: 00 PM to 5:00 PM daily to all students enrolled in the College, and the college offers a number of programs to assist students with academic difficulties. These services and programs include, but are not limited to, help with: study skills, test-taking skills, testing anxiety, and student life planning. The college also offers support services for students with disabilities, and one-to-one tutoring.

The school maintains students’ permanent records and has a policy and procedure in place which students must follow to access their current record or obtain a transcript (official or unofficial)

All student records relating to assessment, admissions, and enrollment are secured in fireproof cabinets in the Admissions Office. Access to student records is restricted to authorized personnel. Students who wish to see their records may do so through the Administrative Office personnel.

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-380, Section 513, amending the General Education Provisions Act, Section 438) (FERPA), students have the right to their personal official record as follows:

  • Inspect and review the education records;
  • Request the amendment of the student’s education records to ensure that they are not misleading, inaccurate, or otherwise in violation of privacy or other rights;
  • Contest the disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the education records, except to the extent that the Act and the regulation authorized disclosure without consent;
  • File with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the requirements of the Act and the regulations; and

FERPA includes the following as regards to directory information: name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, date of enrollment, program enrolled, and classification, major, degree earned, awards, participation in officially recognized activities, and most recent previous educational agency or institution attended.

In compliance with this Act, it is not assumed that all students are independent. Parents of dependent students must prove such dependence through the presentation of the most recent 1040 form filed with the IRS before they will be granted access to any student record of their dependent.

Should the student require records to be released outside the College, a release of information form must be completed prior to information being released for any purpose.

Students and former students who have met their financial obligations to the school may submit written requests for their academic transcripts.

  • These must include the student’s social security number, admission number, date of graduation or last year attended and payment of $10.00. A student has the right and shall be accorded the opportunity to inspect, review, and/or receive copies of his or her educational records upon written request to the appropriate record custodian, except as provided below. SMCHAH must comply with the student’s request within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed 15 days after the request is received. Such copies will be provided at the student’s request and expense.
  • A student who is financially indebted to the College will not be allowed to receive a copy of his or her academic transcript, nor will a request to transmit the academic transcript to another person or agency be honored as long as the debt remains. However, the student will be permitted to review the academic transcript in accordance with the provisions of this policy.
  • SMCAH will not release any personally identifiable information about any students without their permission, except to certain school and governmental officials as provided by law.

ATTENDANCE (CLASSROOM AND CLINICAL ROTATION)

Instructors may evaluate students in terms of their level and quality of participation in any of the

following:

  • Homework, workbook/study guide/ internet assignments
  • Individual/group projects
  • Classroom participation
  • Laboratory procedure participation and return demonstrations
  • Knowledge and demonstration of nursing practice critical elements
  • Quizzes and tests
  • Unit examinations
  • Final examinations
  • ATI, or SMCAH course and comprehensive examinations

Attendance: Student attendance (classroom and clinical) is continuously monitored throughout the

entire program.

Homework, Internet and Workbook/Study Guide Assignments

: All homework and workbook or study

guide assignments given to students in a unit of any course will be discussed and/or reviewed before the start of the next unit.

Quizzes

: A minimum of one quiz must be given at the completion of each unit in any course. The

quiz must be graded and raw scores given and reviewed with students by the next class day or immediately when the instructor holds the next class.

Unit Examinations

: In all courses, every unit shall be concluded with a unit examination. A unit may

be comprised of one to four chapters, depending on the syllabus or course outline. For clarification and details, please refer to the specified course syllabus or outline. Unit examinations must be graded and raw scores given within seventy-two hours (72hrs) or three working days.

Final Examinations

addition, an external comprehensive examination ATI may be administered. Final examinations must be graded and raw scores given and Final grades reviewed with students within five (5) working days.

Class/Clinical Lab Component

component. The student-to-instructor ratio in every lab is no greater than 10:1. Students must pass the laboratory component in order to receive a passing grade in the course. Students must pass all skills in the laboratory before performing them in the clinical arena. Students must satisfy the attendance requirement and successfully complete the clinical objectives of a course before moving to the next nursing course.

RN Comprehensive Exit Assessment/Comprehensive Exit Exam:

 In order to meet the program’s completion requirement, a student must complete all courses, VATI-RN review and clinical rotations. The student must also meet attendance requirements, and obtain a passing grade on the comprehensive exit examination. The RN Comprehensive Exit Assessment may be given in an on-line format or by paper and pencil. The examination may be obtained from various sources, including but not limited to ATI, or SMCAH’S own comprehensive exit examination.

EXAMINATIONS AND QUIZZES

It is the policy of Saint Michael College of Allied Health that formal evaluation processes are recognized as opportunities for the students to grow and develop and thereby provide a reward-challenge motivating factor in the acquisition of knowledge. Student performance shall be evaluated by faculty using a variety of methods based on the school philosophy and conceptual framework, the program and course objectives, and pertinent professional standards and guidelines of the educational program. Faculty members shall use both formative and summative evaluation methods as described below in determining student performance.

  • Examinations must be taken at the scheduled times. In the event of an excused absence resulting from illness or death of a close family member, a day will be assigned for make-up examination, quiz, and/or assignment at the end of each course.
  • It is more difficulty to make-up missed clinical time due to availability of clinical sites and rotation schedule; please note that missed clinical time will delay your graduation.
  • Quizzes may be given at the start or close of class, or at any time during it.
  • Students must be on time and in attendance to take quizzes. There are no makeup quizzes for students who are late.

 

: Each Nursing course contains a class and/or clinical laboratory

 

: Every course shall be concluded with an end-of-course final examination. In

To withdraw from SMCAH, a student must:

  • Secure the proper form, “Withdrawal from College Form”, from the Administrative Office.
  • Complete the Withdrawal from College Form (employment information, if applicable, should be provided on the form);
  • Sign and date the form
  • Submit the form to the Program Director for approval.
  • SMCAH can approve up to two (2) weeks of leave of absence for a nursing student. A nursing student who does not return within two (2) weeks of an approved leave of absence shall be considered to have failed the course.
  • A student will be removed from the program if she/he is on probation during more than two semesters over the course of obtaining the degree.
  • A student will be removed from the program if she/he fails to obtain a grade of C or better in a repeated course.
  • A student will be removed from the program for demonstrating behavior that is grossly or consistently illegal, unethical, or unprofessional as determined by program faculty.
  • A student will be removed from the program if she/he verbally or physically threatens a member of the College administration, faculty or staff; or another student; or a client in the practice setting.
  • A student, who has missed seven (7) consecutive instructional days and has not obtained an approved leave-of-absence, will be asked to withdraw from the program.
  • A student has the right to appeal the faculty’s decision regarding academic standing.
  • The Program Director shall be consulted concerning the appropriate procedures for appeal.
  • Students should refer to the policy and procedures pertaining to grievances in this Handbook.
  • Withdrawal in Good Standing: In order to withdraw from either a nursing course or the nursing major in good standing, a student must be passing and meeting all requirements for the nursing major.
  • All applications for readmission from students who have been removed from the program are referred to the Program Director for appropriate action.
  • A student who has been removed from the program is considered not in good standing, and will not be readmitted to the nursing program.
  • A student whose grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0 in any semester will be automatically placed on probation for the following semester.
  • A student will be placed on probation for the following semester if she/he receives a grade below a C (or an F in a P/F course) in any course designated by the student’s program as requiring a grade of C or better.
  • A student will be placed on probation for demonstrating behavior inconsistent with ethical, legal, or professional standards as determined by each program’s faculty.
  • If a student takes a leave of absence after being placed on probation, she/he will be on probation for the semester until she/he returns to the program.
  • A student receiving a grade below C in any course must repeat the course to receive credit. Grades for the initial and repeated course will appear on the student’s transcript and both will be used in calculating the cumulative GPA. Students may repeat a given course only once.
  • A student who has failed two clinical courses must withdraw and will not be allowed to continue the nursing program. Clinical nursing courses are NURS 101, NURS 102, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 203, NURS 204, NURS 205, NURS 206, and NURS 207.
  • Removal from Probation. A student will be removed from probation if she/he receives a grade of C or better in all courses during the semester she/he is on probation, has a cumulative GPA greater than 2.0 at the end of that semester, and adheres to ethical, legal, and professional standards of behavior.

For students to remain in the program they must:

  • Maintain a grade of C for all courses during the program
  • Maintain a pass grade for all clinical courses
  • Successfully complete each course; having repeated any failed courses only once
  • Adhere to all the school’s academic and general policies
  • Demonstrate a pattern of safe clinical practices commensurate with their educational experience to date