Students must refer to their schedule for the actual class dates.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN): Theory and clinical coursework may occur any day of the week (Monday through Sunday). This may include weekends, mornings, afternoons, or some evening sessions.
Note: Alternate days or different shifts may be required for certain ADN clinical education due to clinical facility, community site availability, or student census restrictions. Clinicals are formatted in 8 or 12-hour shifts and include day and evening shifts.
Regular and timely attendance in the classroom and clinical area is necessary for students to meet the stated objectives of each course. Regular attendance demonstrates professional and responsible behavior. Patterns of tardiness, early outs, and absences are not consistent with the professional standards expected of ADN students and will result in disciplinary action.
Students may be absent one (1) day from each theory course in a 10-week quarter except in the theory component of the Mental Health course. Students may be absent no more than three (3) hours in the theory component of the Mental Health course. Documentation for an absence will not be collected, as there is no “excused absence.” An absence will simply count towards the maximum allowable absence. Students must notify the instructor in advance of any absence. Failure to provide advanced notification will result in a Notice of Deficiency.
Students who accumulate greater than one (1) day of absence from each theory course in a 10-week quarter or more than three (3) hours in the theory component of the Mental Health course will be placed on attendance probation by the Dean of Students. Students who violate the stipulations of their attendance probation will be dismissed from the program. Students may request to re-enroll in the program, repeat the course from which they were dismissed, and continue with the sequence of other courses in the program provided space is available.
Students must make-up the theory hours missed due to an absence before progressing to the next quarter. The theory instructor will determine the make-up assignment appropriate for the hours missed as well as the deadline for submission.
Students are responsible for signing in the e-roster at the beginning of each theory course. Failure to sign in the e-roster will result in an absence. Having a proxy student sign in the e-roster will result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
Leaving Early and Tardiness (Theory)
It is required that students attend all classroom hours. This is a mandate from the Board of Registered Nursing, ACCSC, and financial aid resources. Early leave is when a student leaves class prior to the instructor dismissing the class. Tardiness is when a student arrives after the start of class or after a scheduled return from a break. Students must notify the instructor in advance when leaving early or arriving late at the start of class. Failure to provide advanced notification will result in a Notice of Deficiency.
Students must make-up theory hours missed due to leaving early or tardiness before progressing to the next quarter. Students who miss more than 5% of total class time for the course or have more than 2 occurrences of leaving early or tardiness will meet with the program director or designee for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. The theory instructor will determine the make-up assignment appropriate for the hours missed as well as the deadline for submission.
Make-up of Course Examinations Due to Absence
If the absence occurs on an exam day, students must notify the instructor prior to the scheduled exam time that they will not be present for the exam. If the student does not notify the instructor, the exam grade will be a zero. Only one make-up exam per course, per quarter, will be allowed. The alternate make-up exam will be administered after class on the next scheduled exam day. Regardless of the score achieved on the make-up exam, the maximum grade that will be entered into the student’s grade record for any make-up exam in a theory class will be 77%.
Students are required to attend all clinical days. This is a mandate from the Board of Registered Nursing, ACCSC, and financial aid resources. Students MUST attend the first hospital orientation day and electronic charting in-service for each clinical facility. Failure to attend the first clinical day and/or mandatory computer training will result in dismissal from the program.
Students may be absent one (1) day from each clinical course in a 10-week quarter except in the quarter when the Mental Health course is offered. Students may not miss any clinical hours in the clinical component of the Mental Health course. Hospital rotations, skills labs, simulation labs, and any required community shifts are all counted as clinical hours. An absence on any of these scheduled days will be counted as the one (1) allowed absence. Students must make-up any clinical absence before progressing to the next quarter or they will be dismissed from the program. A missed clinical make-up will count as a second clinical absence and will result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the program. The lead instructor or clinical manager will determine the make-up assignment appropriate for the hours missed as well as the deadline for submission.
Students who are unable to attend clinical must do the following:
- Call the clinical instructor at least one (1) hour prior to the scheduled clinical time. Failure to provide proper advanced notification may result in disciplinary action, up to and including being dropped from the course.
- Give the clinical instructor a physician’s release prior to returning to the clinical area if the absence was due to a contagious illness or injury. Boots, slings or other support devices are not allowed in the clinical area.
- Arrange for make-up of missed clinical time/clinical objectives on the scheduled day or by arrangement with instructor.
- Submit satisfactory make-up assignment in a timely manner to the clinical instructor.
Leaving Early and Tardiness (Clinical)
Students are required to attend all clinical hours. This is a mandate from the Board of Registered Nursing. Failure to complete a clinical shift or leaving a clinical session prior to being dismissed by the instructor is considered an absence and subject to the same policy as a clinical absence.
Tardiness results in unsafe patient care due to lack of or a curtailed shift report. Students are considered tardy when they arrive later than the designated start time at the designated location as defined by each clinical instructor. Failure to notify the instructor of tardiness will result in disciplinary action and/or the student may be sent home and incur an absence if deemed unsafe by the clinical instructor.