AOSVN Attendance Policies

Class Hours

Students should refer to their schedule for the actual class dates. Pre-core general education, nursing theory, and clinical coursework may occur any day of the week (Monday through Sunday) during mornings, afternoons, or evenings. Students should be prepared for alternative days or diversified shifts for certain clinical education courses. Clinical rotations are commonly offered in 8- or 12-hour shifts.

Nursing Theory Class Attendance

Regular and timely attendance in the classroom 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 AOSVN students and will result in disciplinary action.

Students may be absent one (1) day from each theory course within a term. Documentation for an absence will not be collected, as there are no “excused” absences.  An absence will simply count towards the maximum allowable absences. Students must notify the instructor in advance of any absence.  Failure to provide advanced notification will result in a written warning.

Students who accumulate greater than one (1) day of absence from a theory course within a term will be placed on Attendance Probation by the Office of Student Services.  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 any theory hours missed due to an absence before progressing to the next term.  The course instructor will determine the make-up assignment appropriate for the hours missed as well as the deadline for submission.

Nursing Theory Early Leave and Tardiness

It is required that students attend all classroom hours.  Early leave is when a student leaves class prior to the instructor dismissing the class.  Tardiness is when a student arrives more than five (5) minutes late to the start of a class or are more than five (5) minutes late returning from any break. Students must notify the instructor in advance when leaving early or arriving late.  Failure to provide advanced notification will result in a written warning. A Notice of Deficiency will be issued for early leave or tardy.

Tardy students may remain in class for the lecture but will receive an assignment (before leaving class if arriving late and via email if leaving early) to ensure any missed material is presented to the student.  The assignment is due at the next meeting for that theory class.  If the assignment is not handed in at the next meeting, an additional assignment will be issued.  Failure to turn in both assignments at the next session will result in issuance of a Notice of Deficiency, placement on Attendance Probation or, based on an accumulation of Notices of Deficiency, dismissal from the university.

Make-up of Course Examinations Due to Absence

If the absence occurs on an exam day, a student 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 term, will be allowed.  The alternate make-up exam will be administered through the Office of Student Services.  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 pre-core general education and nursing theory class will be 75%.

Clinical Attendance

Students may be absent one (1) day from each clinical course within a term except during specialty rotations including Mental Health Nursing, Maternal/Newborn Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, and Leadership.  Students may not miss any clinical hours in the clinical component of the specialty rotations.

Students who accumulate greater than one (1) day of absence from a clinical course within a term will be placed on Attendance Probation by the Office of Student Services.  Students who violate the stipulations of their Attendance Probation will be dismissed from the program.

Clinical facility 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 term 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.

Some clinical facilities have limited capacity to orient the student to the facility (which occurs only once per facility rotation). Students absent from such orientation may not attend clinical education at that facility. If an alternate facility or orientation opportunity cannot be obtained, the student may not attend clinical education and will be dismissed.

Clinical Early Leave and Tardiness

It is required that students attend all clinical hours.  Early leave is when a student leaves class prior to the instructor dismissing the lab class or clinical rotation.  Tardiness is when a student arrives more than five (5) minutes late to the start of a lab class or clinical rotation or are more than five (5) minutes late returning from any break.

Students who are tardy for a lab class may remain in class for the lab but will receive an assignment (before leaving class if arriving late and via email if leaving early) to ensure any missed material is presented to the student.  The assignment is due at the next meeting for that lab class.  If the assignment is not handed in at the next meeting, an additional assignment will be issued.  Failure to turn in both assignments at the next session will result in issuance of a Notice of Deficiency, placement on Attendance Probation or, based on an accumulation of Notices of Deficiency, dismissal from the university.

Students who are tardy for a clinical rotation may be sent home and given an absence for the day. All attendance policies apply.

Make-Up and Limit of Clinical Absences

Students must make-up any clinical absence before progressing to the next term 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.

Blended Courses and Online Theory and Lab Hour Make-Up

Students are expected to be in attendance for online theory and lab hours in accordance with the course syllabus as participation is essential to student learning and the assessment of the achievement of required outcomes. All blended courses with online theory and lab hours require a set number of online academically related activities (ARAs) for each instructional week. ARAs designated as attendance ARAs are declared in the course outline.

A student’s failure to participate in the designated attendance ARA, such as contributing substantively to a discussion forum post and/or completing a virtual assignment, will be required to make-up the post or assignment within seven (7) days after the post or assignment due date. All late work policies apply.

Virtual lab make-up assignments must be completed prior to starting clinical rotation. A student’s failure to complete a virtual lab assignment prior to clinical rotation will result in the inability to attend the clinical rotation and all attendance policies will apply.

Pre-Core General Education Online Courses

Students are expected to be in attendance in accordance with the online course syllabus. All online courses require a set number of online academically related activities (ARAs) for each instructional week. ARAs designated as attendance ARAs are declared in the course outline.

A student’s failure to participate in the designated attendance ARA, such as contributing substantively to a discussion forum post and/or completing a virtual assignment, will be required to make-up the post or assignment within seven (7) days after the post or assignment due date. All late work policies apply.

Non-Attendance at Clinical Make-Up Sessions

There is no charge to make-up a clinical rotation absence. Students who do not attend a scheduled make-up session will be deemed a “No call, no show.” “No call, no show” students will be charged a fee of $50. A second (and subsequent) occurrence(s) of non-attendance at a scheduled make-up session during the remainder of the program will incur a fee of $100. These fees must be paid prior to the university forwarding the student’s Record of Nursing Program form to the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT).

Clinical Objective Remediation

Students are required to complete remediation for any unmet clinical objective, including a clinical experience not demonstrated during the normal clinical schedule, in the skills lab or at a clinical facility. In the event the objective cannot be physically performed (for example, the student is no longer in a Maternal or Pediatric environment), the Program Director will arrange for a suitable clinical environment (includes skills or simulation lab). A failure to demonstrate proficiency with a clinical objective will result in dismissal from the program.

Students accomplishing technical clinical objectives but who are deficient in professional objectives, such as manner/attitude, effort, or respect for others, may be placed on probation as specified in this catalog. Probation requires written notification to the student of the deficiency, outlining actions necessary to be removed from probationary status and a date by which the actions must be completed.