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Post-Degree BSN Option
Student Handbook 2013-2014
These polices are consistent throughout the program with minor adaptations for the Post-Degree BSN Option. As you progress through the program, you will find it helpful to keep the following policies in mind:
1. Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students for all orientations, classes, seminars, labs, and clinical experiences. A student who is consistently late and/or absent from classes, seminars, and/or labs may be unable to meet the course requirements, and may not be able to receive credit for the course.
2. If a student misses more than 10% of clinical/lab experiences in a course, he/she may be unable to meet the course requirements, and thus may not receive credit for the course.
3. If a student is unable to attend or will be late for a lab or clinical experience, he/she must notify the instructor prior to the start of the learning experience.
4. Attendance at classes, labs, and/or seminars for the particular course may be designated as mandatory. Students must attend these learning experiences in order to receive a pass in the course.
5. If an instructor deems a student unsafe or unprepared for a learning experience, the student may be excluded from the experience; thus, the student may not be able to meet the course requirements.
Student Professional Conference Attendance
- Active participation in professional nursing student conferences is very important to advancing the nursing profession, strengthening collaboration and communication, and building leadership skills.
- Nursing students in any year of the BSN program should be encouraged and facilitated to attend local, provincial, and national nursing student conferences as well as other professional conferences as appropriate to their academic and career development.
- Depending on the courses involved, academic and clinical equivalence of conference time should be considered, based on student’s progress in course work and a minimum grade attained prior to the conference (i.e. A minimum grade of 70% must be attained in all nursing courses, prior to approval for conference time being granted in lieu of clinical time).
- Students attending and involved in professional conferences should receive academic credit. In order to receive academic credit, students must report back to each course missed regarding their conference learning and overall experience.
- The following procedures must be followed:
- Submit a request to the course coordinator of the clinical courses involved
- Notify all teachers affected of your absence
Completion of Work
- Unless prior arrangements have been made with the facilitator, 5% will be deducted for each calendar day that course work is late from the earned grade of the assignment.
- All course components must be completed to receive credit for a course.
- Unless other arrangements have been made with the facilitator, the last day for acceptance of an assignment will be the final day of class in the affected course.
- It should be noted that even if assignments will receive a grade of 0% because of late penalties (see above), they must still be completed in order to fulfill course requirements.
- In the calculation of final course marks and weighted averages, failing grades resulting from absence, withdrawal, or incomplete course work will be computed with a zero for grade component(s) that were not completed and the earned mark will be submitted. This mark can range from 0-49%.
- If the failure results in a computed passing percentage grade, a final grade of 49% will be submitted along with the appropriate comment for the failure (e.g. ABF, W, or INF).
- Students will not be eligible for a supplemental exam in the above instances.
- Withdrawal prior to the period of academic penalty is not included in the calculation of averages (see institutional calendars for dates).
- Some nursing courses have an essential component that must be passed in order to pass the course. A student failing an essential component of a course will be required to withdraw. If the student withdraws before the period of academic penalty, the grade will be recorded as “W” on the transcript. If the essential component is failed after the period for withdrawal without academic penalty, the grade assigned for the course will be 30%.
- In NURS 450.9, 431.6, for a student who completes the course and receives a failing grade, a mark of 30% will be assigned.
- A student must pass each clinical component of a course in order to pass the course.
- A minimal pass grade in clinical is only allowed once throughout the program. If a student obtains a ‘minimal pass’ grade a second time, the student will be required to repeat the course and receive a minimum of a ‘satisfactory’ grade in that clinical course and in all subsequent courses.