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Attendance Requirements for Nursing Education Programs

It is essential that students of nursing experience meaningful learning in the classroom, lab and in the clinical area for minimum attainment of stated competencies. In each nursing course, all learning activities have been planned to provide each student with optimum exposure to theoretical content and practical experience. To ensure each student has opportunity to participate in each planned learning activity and demonstrate satisfactory competency, attendance at each course session is therefore essential. Students are expected to be on time for class, lab, and clinical activities. Promptness and attendance are expected professional behaviors. Anticipated absences require notification and approval by the Director of Nursing Education within a reasonable time prior to the absence. Attendance guidelines are as follows

  • Students are expected to be on time and attend all classroom/lab/clinical experiences.
  • If a student misses more than 10% of the total classroom/lab hours for each NUR course, they will be required to meet with the nursing faculty. A self-reflection form will be completed by the student to identify reasons for the absences and a plan to improve attendance. Any further absences will result in the student being placed on “Warning”. Once a student is placed on “Warning,” further absences will prompt a meeting with nursing faculty to determine if the student can meet the course objectives and/or competencies.
  • The nursing faculty will specify directives for student continuance. The student will read and sign the document to verify their understanding.
  • The student will receive in writing a copy of the document.
  • Clinical absences will be evaluated on an individual basis. “Warning” status may be determined if a pattern of absences occurs (See High Risk Behavior Policy – Nursing Student Handbook). Nursing program progression will be determined if the student can meet the course objectives and/or competencies.
  • Tardy is defined as arriving after class starts. A pattern of tardies (3 or more) will result in a meeting with nursing faculty. A self-reflection form will be completed by the student to identify reasons for the tardies and a plan to improve attendance. Any further tardies will result in the student being placed on “Warning”. Once a student is placed on “Warning,” further tardies will prompt a meeting with nursing faculty to determine continuance in the nursing program.
  • If a student fails to comply with the attendance policy for the nursing program the instructor will assign a grade of “F” at the end of the semester. Students will receive a “W” instead of an “F” if they follow the proper withdrawal procedure prior to, or on the 65% date of the semester.

Note – Refer to the evaluation section of the NUR course syllabi for directives related to test make-up and assignments.

Compliance with this policy is required throughout the entire enrollment in the nursing program. Noncompliance with this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the nursing program.

Revised August 15, 2011

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