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 A student with two failures in the same course will be withdrawn from the program.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 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:
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.GUIDANCE AND ADVISEMENT COUNSELING SERVICES
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.ACADEMIC COUNSELING FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLING
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.STUDENT RECORDS
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:
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.
ATTENDANCE (CLASSROOM AND CLINICAL ROTATION)
Instructors may evaluate students in terms of their level and quality of participation in any of the
Attendance: Student attendance (classroom and clinical) is continuously monitored throughout the
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.
: 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.
: 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.
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.
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.
To withdraw from SMCAH, a student must:
For students to remain in the program they must: