MSOT Attendance Policies

Class Hours

Students must refer to their schedule for the actual class dates.

Two or three days per week (depending on term), with theory classes starting at 11:00 A.M. PST or later.  Laboratory and theory sessions continue in the evening, and conclude by 9:30 P.M. PST.  Students must complete the Fieldwork Review Course and fieldwork days and hours based on the practices at each individual location, which is typically Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. PST. Students must be prepared to follow earlier or later starts as required by the particular practices of the location.

Note:  Alternate days or different shifts may be required for certain MSOT fieldwork experiences due to clinical facility student census restrictions or facility availability.  Some clinical education or fieldwork may be offered on a 10 or 12-hour shift to match clinical facilities’ schedules.

In support of the requirements for MSOT programs, MSOT students may not graduate without completing the objectives for theory classes, performing fieldwork objectives and completing a minimum of three weeks of Level I fieldwork and 24 full-time weeks of Level II fieldwork.

Daily and on time attendance in the MSOT program is expected for all classes. Because of the nature of a laboratory class, 100% attendance is required. A student who must miss a theory and/or laboratory class due to extenuating circumstances is responsible for informing the instructor, Program Director and the MSOT Student Services Officer of the nature of the absence prior to missing class. An absence in 3 or more theory and/or laboratory sessions in one course will result in dismissal from the course.

Late Examinations

Any examination(s) missed due to absence from a theory class must be made up within 48 hours of returning to campus or a grade of zero will be assigned to the examination. The examination will be scheduled by the MSOT Student Services Officer and taken in the Learning Resource Center. Regardless of the score achieved on the makeup exam, the maximum grade that will be entered into the student’s grade record for any makeup examination in a theory class will be 75%.

Theory and Laboratory Attendance

Daily and on time attendance in the MSOT program is expected for all classes. Because of the hands-on nature of a laboratory class, 100% attendance is required. A student who must miss a theory and/or laboratory class due to extenuating circumstances is responsible for informing the instructor, Program Director, and the MSOT Student Services Officer of the nature of the absence prior to missing class. An absence in 3 or more theory and/or laboratory sessions in one course will result in dismissal from the course.

Clinical Fieldwork

Limit of Fieldwork Absences

Absences from Level I fieldwork should be made up first with the site’s Fieldwork Educator on a day-for-day basis for each absence, and the student must notify the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator of the absence. If days cannot be made-up at the site, then additional fieldwork assignments will be assigned on a day-for-day basis for each absence.  A maximum of two days of Fieldwork Level I absence may be made up via additional fieldwork assignments in a single term. Students are responsible for obtaining their additional fieldwork assignments from the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.

In order to be eligible for graduation from the MSOT program and to take the NBCOT® exam, students are required to complete two, full-time, minimum 12-week fieldwork experiences for a total of 480 hours of Level II fieldwork each. Circumstances requiring prolonged absences jeopardize the attendance requirement, and students may need to remain at the facility until the required number of weeks has been completed. This is determined by the fieldwork site supervisor and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator. Students are limited to making up only 3 days of Level II fieldwork via additional assignments.

Absences from Level II fieldwork should be made up first with the site’s Fieldwork Educator on a day-for-day basis for each absence, and the student must notify the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator of the absence.  If days cannot be made up, then additional fieldwork assignments will be assigned on a day-for-day basis for each absence. Students are responsible for obtaining their additional fieldwork assignments from the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.  Additional assignments for all absences incurred in the first Level II fieldwork must be completed prior to beginning the second Level II fieldwork.  Additional assignments for all second Level II fieldwork absences must be completed prior to graduation and recommendation to NBCOT® for the student to be allowed to take the certification examination