Alexandria, VA 703-746-8708               Washington, DC 202-388-5500

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

  • Application Deadlines for Enrollment
    December 17
  • Classes Begin
    January 9
  • Last Day for Schedule Adjustments with Tuition Refund
    January 23
  • Application Deadlines for Enrollment
    April 16
  • Class Begin
    May 6
  • Last Day for Schedule Adjustments with Tuition Refund
    May 20
  • Application Deadlines for Enrollment
    April 17
  • Classes Begin
    September 9
  • Last Day for Schedule Adjustments with Tuition Refund
    September 23
  • Commencement Ceremony.
    June 22
  • Christmas Break start
    December 20

The student academic year varies according to the student’s month of entry into the program. 

CLASS HOURS

Morning and Evening Classes
Monday – Friday
  • Classroom hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM for the day program.
  • Classroom hours from 5:00 PM-10:00 PM for the evening program
  • Clinical hours may vary per clinical site.
  • Clinical Site hours are from 7:00 AM to 3: 30 PM for the day program, 3:00-11:30 PM for the evening program
  • A short break of usually one week is scheduled at the end of the year between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • The following holidays are observed: New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

CLASS SCHEDULES

Students have the opportunity to check class schedules at any time. Each student will be given a class schedule at the beginning of each course.

Business office hours

Monday – Friday  8:00 am-4:30pm

ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND INTEGRITY POLICY

THE HONOR CODE

To prepare students for the high ethical standards of nursing, the college expects absolute integrity both in the classroom and the clinical setting. Therefore, cheating, plagiarizing, stealing academic work, including tests and related materials, submitting papers written by others, or failing to report an occurrence of academic dishonesty will make the student subject to the college’s disciplinary procedures. The student’s case will be referred to the academic committee. Students who are found to have breached the honor code may be expelled from the program.

Cheating

Cheating in the instructional setting is intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. Copying from another student’s examination; submitting work for an in-class examination that has been prepared in advance; representing material prepared by another as one’s own work; submitting the same work in more than one course without prior permission of both instructors; violating rules governing administration of examinations; violating any rules relating to academic conduct of a course or program.

Assignments and Examinations

(a) Instructors are solely responsible for establishing academic assignments and methods of examination.

(b) Instructors are encouraged to provide students’ clear explanations of their expectations regarding the completion of assignments and examinations, including permissible collaboration.

(c) Instructors are encouraged to choose assignments and methods of examination believed to promote academic honesty. Examples of these include careful proctoring of examinations and the constant creation of fresh exams. Collaborative projects and unproctored examinations do not violate the promotion of academic integrity.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of submitting a paper in which the language, ideas or thoughts are identical to published or unpublished material from another without correctly giving credit to that source.

Academic Dishonesty: Per the SMCAH Student Code of Conduct Policy:

Engaging in forms of dishonesty, such as cheating and plagiarism is prohibited. The term ‘cheating’ includes but is not limited to 1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; 2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or 3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the College faculty or staff. The term ‘plagiarism’ includes but is not limited to the use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. Any evidence of dishonesty on the part of a student or aiding (defined by Webster’s dictionary as “to render assistance or help”) or abetting (defined by Webster’s dictionary as “to encourage and support especially a wrongdoing or wrongdoer”) on the part of another student in the clinical or academic area will result in a hearing for consideration of dismissal from the nursing program. Additionally, any student found to have had knowledge of actual or potential dishonesty and who fails to report it will be required to attend a departmental hearing for consideration of dismissal from the program. Any exam material disclosure by students including the nature or content of examination items, before, during, or after the examination is prohibited and considered academic dishonesty.

Electronic Devices/Social Media:

An audiotape recording of the lecture is acceptable. Reproduction and/or distribution of recorded lecture via social media e.g. Facebook, YouTube is prohibited.                                                All media/communication devices other than audio tape recording devices, e.g. cameras, video players, etc. are prohibited during class and scheduled lab sessions. Cell phones are to be powered off during class and scheduled lab sessions. Cell phone use for students is permitted during assigned break/lunch periods outside of patient care areas while in the clinical area. Cell phones are to be powered off during all interactions with faculty i.e. pre and post conferences while in the clinical setting unless instructed by the faculty member. Students will follow the assigned clinical facility’s policy regarding the use of electronic devices while in the clinical area.

Academic Integrity due process steps

  1. Sanctions for the first-time violation of the Academic Integrity Policy are at the discretion of the instructor up to and including no credit for an assignment or assessment.
  2. Notification of violation will be sent to the Program Director who may impose additional sanctions.

Students who violate academic integrity shall, after due process, be subject to College sanctions that may include failure on assignments and examinations, failure in courses, and suspension or expulsion. Established Academic Integrity policies, procedures, and sanctions are communicated in classes and Student Handbook.

GUIDANCE AND ADVISEMENT COUNSELING SERVICES

Faculty members are available for student advisement five hours per week, with open office hours from 3:30 PM- 4:30 PM daily as well as at other times by appointment. The Program Director is also available for student guidance and advisement.

The college will assist students for job placement but does not guarantee job placement to graduates upon program completion or upon graduation.

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 3:30PM to 4:30PM daily to all students enrolled in the College, and the college offers some 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 college 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, financial records, 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 by the Administrative Office personnel.

By 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 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, 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 before the information being released for any purpose.

Current students and former students who have met their financial obligations to the college may submit written requests for their academic transcripts or financial records.

  • These must include the student’s social security number, date of graduation or last date attended and $10.00 payment for a transcript request. There is no payment required for financial records. 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. SMCAH must comply with the student’s request within a reasonable period, 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 by the provisions of this policy.
  • SMCAH will not release any personally identifiable information about any students without their permission, except to certain college and governmental officials as provided by law.
  • Student records are maintained for five years after graduation or date of last attendance.
  • Complete Exit Interview via studentloan.gov, if the student received Financial Aid.