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Nursing Program Policies

Fall 2019/Spring 2020

(Formerly called the Registration, Progression, Grading and Testing
Policies for Nursing Process Courses
.)

Nursing Program Policies (PDF)

All nursing students enrolled in courses at Rockland Community College are required to comply with College policies, Nursing policies and individual faculty policies. This document contains Nursing policies. Each semester nursing students must review these policies and sign a Nursing Student Agreement which acknowledges the student has read the policies and sought clarification as needed. Failure to sign the Student Agreement in each Nursing Process course each semester will result in the student being barred from taking scheduled written Nursing Process examinations.

Any student who violates the Nursing Academic Integrity Contract (on the Student Agreement) or the Nursing Honor Code (appended to each written Nursing Process examination), may receive a failing grade (F) for the course, may no longer attend the nursing lecture or clinical sessions related to that course and may be dismissed from the Nursing Program. Any student who violates the College Student Code of Conduct may be dismissed from the Nursing Program after having been provided due process. Appeals to these sanctions may be submitted through the process outlined in the Student Handbook.

This policy supercedes all prior Nursing policies.
(All forms referred to in this document are available in the Nursing Office, Suite 8210.)

Registration Policy

Advisement

Nursing students enrolled in Nursing Process courses must receive academic advisement from their assigned nursing faculty adviser each semester. Students will be permitted to register for classes only after they have been advised and cleared by their nursing faculty adviser. To find their assigned adviser, students should log into WebAdvisor and select “Am I Ready to Register?” In addition, a list of faculty advisement assignments is posted in the display case outside the Nursing Office.

Students are responsible for contacting their assigned nursing faculty adviser via email, phone or in person to discuss program planning and to be cleared to register. To be eligible for online registration, students must have completed advisement by the date established by their assigned nursing faculty adviser. Students who have not been advised will be required to attend an in-person advisement and registration session at a date and time set by Nursing. Students are responsible for registering for the courses identified during their advisement session. Completion of advisement does not guarantee admission into a course. The nursing faculty adviser may be consulted for issues other than the registration/clearance process.

Pre/Co-Requisites

Students must register for and take the pre/co-requisite courses for the Nursing Process course in which they are enrolling. Student records are reviewed each semester by Nursing to determine if pre-and co-requisite course requirements are met. If they are not met, the student will be withdrawn from the Nursing Process course and be prohibited from registering for future Nursing Process courses until the pre-and/or co-requisite requirements are met. Students who are withdrawn from Nursing Process courses for this reason will not be eligible for a tuition refund. Students are responsible for knowing which pre- and co-requisite courses they should have completed or be enrolled in. This information can be found on the Nursing website and the Nursing degree sheet.

Evening Clinical Students

Students designated as Evening Clinical Students (ECS) may register only for evening lecture and evening and/or weekend clinical sections. These students may switch to a day lecture during Drop/Add registration for nursing students on a space-available basis. ECS students who are unsuccessful in a Nursing Process course and repeat the course cannot be guaranteed ECS designation for that and all future courses.

LPN Students

Students in the LPN Pathway to RN must successfully complete NUR 115 (LPN Pathway to RN course) prior to enrolling in the first Nursing Process course. NUR 115 can only be taken after acceptance into the Nursing Program. After successful completion of NUR 115 and the required fundamental skills, LPNs will have 7 transfer credits applied for NUR 111 (Nursing Process IA) and NUR 113 (Nursing Process IB). Students in the LPN Pathway must complete a pink form, Intent to Start Nursing Process Courses for LPN Pathway to RN Students the semester before they plan to start Nursing Process courses. The form must be submitted by October 1 for the spring semester or April 1 for the fall semester.

Repeating Students

Students repeating a Nursing Process course register on a space-available basis and are not guaranteed a seat in any given semester. Students must register for the course they need to repeat during “Repeat Registration Day,” however, students can register for the corresponding level course on “Progressing Registration Day.” See Progression Policy- Repeating a Nursing Process Course.

Audit

Students may audit a course with permission from the course instructor. Students who are auditing may attend lecture only. They may not attend clinical and are not eligible to take written examinations or attend post examination reviews.

Progression Policy

General Progression

Admitted students are expected to progress through the Nursing Program in sequence and without interruption. Students who do not progress in sequence will not be guaranteed placement into a particular Nursing Process course. A minimum grade of 75% (C+) in lecture plus a clinical grade of S (Satisfactory) are required to successfully complete each Nursing Process course. Nursing Process courses include NUR 111, 113, 141, 142, 231, 232, 241, 242.

The following key factors govern whether a student may progress to higher Nursing Process courses:

  1. A student may repeat a maximum of three (3) Nursing Process courses. Nursing students, who have repeated three Nursing Process courses and are unsuccessful on the first opportunity in any fourth Nursing Process course, cannot repeat that course and will be dismissed from the Nursing Program.
  2. Each Nursing Process course may only be repeated once. Students who do not successfully complete a Nursing Process course on the second attempt will be dismissed from the Nursing Program.
  3. An opportunity to take or retake a Nursing Process course is considered used whenever a student:
    • Achieves a final course grade of less than 75% (C+).
    • After having taken at least one lecture examination in the course, withdraws for any reason (including medical withdrawals), stops attending, switches to Audit status, or is administratively dropped.

Students who withdraw from a Nursing Process course must do so by the College’s official withdrawal date. The Nursing Program does not permit late withdrawals.

Students who have failed out of the Nursing Program are not eligible to reapply. They may, however, apply to the LPN Pathway to RN Program after obtaining licensure as a LPN.


Unless students can provide documented evidence of extreme extenuating circumstances, limited to death, major illness, catastrophic event or other unforeseen emergency, they cannot appeal Nursing Program Policies or procedures.


NUR 103 Calculations for Pharmacology

Students entering the Nursing Process sequence in NUR 111 and LPN Pathway to RN students must demonstrate competency in Calculations for Pharmacology (NUR 103) either by successfully completing the NUR 103 course, or by achieving a grade of 75% or greater on the competency examination administered by Nursing. The competency examination may only be taken once and may not be taken once a student has been enrolled in NUR 103.

NUR 103 must be taken prior to, or with, the first Nursing Process course if competency is not demonstrated by examination. However, no more than four (4) semesters can elapse between successful completion of NUR 103 and the first Nursing Process course. If the student does not achieve a minimum satisfactory grade of 75% (C+) in NUR 103, the course must be repeated with the next Nursing Process course. Students may not enroll in NUR 142 or higher if competency in NUR 103 has not been demonstrated.

Grades Required for Course Progression

In order to progress in the Nursing Process sequence, students must achieve the following minimal grades in pre- and co-requisite courses:

  • Nursing Process courses: C+
  • NUR 103: C+ or demonstrate competency by achieving a grade of 75% or greater on the competency examination administered by Nursing
  • NUR 115 (LPNs only): C+
  • Sciences: C and taken within 5 years of the first Nursing Process course
  • All other pre-and co-requisites: C


Students who are experiencing difficulty in the Nursing Program are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from their lecture and/or clinical instructors, faculty adviser, the Academic Success Center, the Student Development Center or Accessibility Services.

Repeating a Nursing Process Course

Currently enrolled students who need to repeat a Nursing Process course the following semester must complete a yellow form, Application to Repeat a Nursing Process Course. This form must also be completed by students who withdrew from a Nursing Process course after taking an examination in the course and have used their first opportunity. Applications will only be accepted when delivered in person during regular business hours to the Nursing Office within 7 business days after the last day of the current semester. Repeating students register on a space-available basis and will have a designated registration period. Students will be informed of the date and time to register upon submission of the application. Students who register outside of the designated registration period for the course they want to repeat will be withdrawn from the course they have registered for.

Students who repeat a Nursing Process course may take course Level A and/or B. An exception is NUR 111 students. NUR 111 must be successfully completed before, or taken with, NUR 113. Students who request to repeat NUR 111 and/or NUR 113 will be seated on a competitive, space-available basis. Students not seated for two consecutive semesters must reapply to the Nursing Program.

Students who are repeating a Nursing Process course must also register for, and adhere to, all class policies of the Nursing Support Module (NUR 100) that corresponds to the course. Students who do not register for, or who withdraw from, the required Support Module will be withdrawn from the corresponding Nursing Process course.

During academic advisement, the student who has previously failed a Nursing Process course and plans to repeat the course must notify their adviser. The adviser will document that the student has been advised but will not clear the student for registration. The Nursing Office will clear the student to register during “Repeating Student Registration.”

Leave of Absence

Students who plan to take a leave of absence of one or more semesters from the Nursing Process sequence must complete a white form, Leave of Absence Request from Nursing Process Sequence and submit it to the Nursing Office for approval from the Nursing Chair.

Re-Entering After an Absence of One or More Semesters

Students who wish to re-enter the Nursing Process sequence after non-enrollment in a Nursing Process course for the prior one to three semesters, must complete a blue form, Application for Readmission to the Nursing Process Sequence. Students who wish to re-enter after a one to three semester absence and who want to repeat a previously failed Nursing Process course(s) must complete a green form, Application for Readmission to Repeat a Nursing Process Course. Applications must be submitted to the Nursing Office by October 1st for the spring semester and April 1st for the fall semester. Students who request to re-enter the Program will register on a space-available basis and must adhere to all Nursing policies in effect at the time of their readmission, including the current admission criteria. Students who have had an absence of more than three semesters cannot re-enter the Program and must reapply to the Program.

Testing and Grading Policy

Academic Integrity

During examinations students must follow all directions of the examination proctor. If student behavior is deemed inappropriate, or if a student is suspected of cheating during an examination, the proctor may confiscate the examination and Scantron sheets or may elect to allow the student to continue with the examination and document the inappropriate behavior or supposed cheating. If it is determined that cheating has occurred, the examination will be invalidated resulting in a grade of zero for the examination and the student will receive a failing grade (F) in the course. Cheating may additionally result in a minimum of one semester suspension from the Nursing Program, with permanent documentation of the incident in the student’s file. Cheating is a breach of academic integrity and may result in permanent dismissal from the Nursing Program.

Appeals to these academic integrity sanctions may be submitted through the process outlined in the RCC Student Code of Conduct which includes the procedure the student should follow to assure their due process rights.

Examination Procedures

Examinations in each of the Nursing Process courses consist of unit examinations and a comprehensive final examination. Students may write on the examination, but answers indicated on the examination are not considered valid. Only answers marked on the Scantron will receive credit. All examinations are shredded immediately following the conclusion of the examination. If a nursing examination is scheduled at a time that conflicts with other scheduled RCC courses, it is the students’ responsibility to notify their nursing instructor by the second nursing lecture.

Nursing Program examination rules include:

  • Students must present their valid RCC photo ID to take any examination.
  • Examination pages must remain stapled.
  • All electronic communication devices must be turned OFF and stored with personal belongings during examinations and silent reviews.
  • Students must provide their own basic non-programmable calculator.
  • Questions related to test item content cannot be asked during examinations.
  • Pencils to mark the Scantron will be provided. No additional writing implements can be brought to the examination testing area.
  • Students are not permitted to wear a watch during testing.
  • Students may not bring beverages or food to the testing area.
  • Noise-sensitive students may wear only faculty-approved earplugs during testing.
  • Students who arrive late will generally not be allowed to take the examination. If an instructor does permit a student to start an examination late, no extra time will be given.
  • Students must remain in the testing area for the entire duration of the examination. They may not leave the room and return while an examination is in progress.
  • Upon leaving the examination room for any reason, the student must surrender the examination papers to the instructor. At that time the student’s examination time is terminated.
  • An examination may only be taken once.
  • Children, family members or guests are not permitted to be present in the testing area.

Missed Examinations

A grade of zero is given when an examination is not taken. In the event of illness or an extreme emergency, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor within 24 hours of the scheduled examination time and provide all requested verifiable documentation.

In the event of an emergency situation that affects a testing area during an examination, the examination will be immediately terminated. All examination papers and exam answer sheets must be submitted to the proctor in an orderly fashion. The Nursing faculty team and the Nursing Chair will confer to determine what action to take. An announcement will be posted electronically as soon as a decision is made.

Examination Review

Only unit examinations may be reviewed. The unit examination review procedure is at the discretion of the Nursing Process course faculty and will be noted in the course syllabus.

  • Examination results will be made available after a minimum of two days following exam administration.
  • Unit examinations may be reviewed once for a length of time determined by the instructor.
  • Audiotaping or recording of any type is not permitted during examination review sessions, and nothing may be written except at the direction of the instructor. All electronic devices must be turned off and stored during the examination review session. The use of any electronic device during the examination review will result in the immediate termination of the review session and a grade of zero for the examination.
  • Children, family members and/or guests are not permitted to be present during the examination review.
  • All exam materials must be returned to the instructor before leaving the review session.
  • Exams must be reviewed within two weeks of the unit examination; except for the last unit examination which must be reviewed before the comprehensive final examination.
  • Inquiries about exam questions will not be addressed after the deadline date of the examination review.
  • There are no reviews of comprehensive final examinations.

Grade Calculation

In all Nursing Process courses, unit examinations account for 50% of the grade and the comprehensive final examination accounts for the remaining 50%. Each item on unit examinations given during the course of the semester carries equal weight. Therefore, at the end of the semester the total number of valid unit examination questions answered correctly is divided by the total number of valid questions and then multiplied by 100 for the unit percentage. The resulting score is multiplied by 50% to determine the unit score; i.e., the unit portion of the final grade. The comprehensive final examination score is determined by dividing the number of valid comprehensive final examination questions answered correctly by the total number of valid questions on the examination and then multiplying by 100 for the unit percentage. The resulting score is then multiplied by 50% to determine the comprehensive final examination score of the final grade.

The final course percentage (%) grade is determined by adding the unit examination score to the comprehensive final examination score. In calculating the unit and comprehensive final examination percentages, the computation will be carried out to the third decimal place and rounded back to the second. The final course percentage (%) will be rounded to a whole number final grade by looking at the two numbers to the right of the decimal point. If these numbers are 50 or higher, the whole number is rounded up by one number.

For student convenience some faculty may choose to post examination grades on Blackboard. Students should be aware that grades posted on Blackboard may not accurately reflect the calculation and rounding procedures outlined in this policy and, therefore, may give different results from official posted grades. It is the responsibility of the student to review and confirm examination and final course grades during examination review opportunities with the instructor. Official final course grades are posted on WebAdvisor.

Determination of Letter Grades

Students who have achieved a Satisfactory (S) grade in clinical will receive a course grade based on their examination results. This grade will be converted to a letter grade according to the following table:

Numerical grade
Equivalent letter grade
92-100 A  
89-91 A-
85-88 B+
82-84
78-81 B-
75-77 C+
71-74
68-70 C-
65-67 D
Less than 65 F


Students who have received an Unsatisfactory (U) grade in clinical will receive a failing course grade (F) in the corresponding Nursing Process course regardless of their lecture examination grade.

Nursing Clinical Policies

Health Clearances

Students must submit their health forms/documentation (including tuberculin skin test) each year by the deadline date set by Nursing. Updates must be submitted to the Records Office each semester for health clearance which must be valid for the entire semester. Students who have not maintained valid health clearance by the deadline date set each semester will be withdrawn from their Nursing Process courses.

Students are required to submit documentation of influenza vaccination every flu season to the Records Office by the established deadline date. Nursing and/or clinical agencies may prevent students without influenza vaccination access to patients and patient care units.

Note: Students who have not complied with the deadline dates for background checks, drug screen, AHA-BLS certification, health clearance and/or influenza vaccines will be withdrawn from their Nursing Process courses.

Change in Health Status

Students who experience a change in health status such as pregnancy, illness, surgery or trauma must notify the Records Office, the Nursing Office and their clinical instructors. Students must also submit a note from their licensed health care provider, as per the Nursing Student Agreement, stating that the student is able to return to class and clinical and is able to carry out the activities required of nursing students including, but not limited to, the safe lifting and turning of patients with no limitations. A copy must be submitted to the Records Office, the Nursing Office and the clinical instructor prior to the next clinical session following the change in health status. Students who are on medical disability from their place of employment are responsible for contacting the Nursing Chair and their clinical instructors as soon as the disability leave begins.

AHA-BLS Certification

Students must submit valid certification for American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers prior to beginning their first Nursing Process course. The card must be emailed to Nursing at nursing@sunyrockland.edu. Please put “AHA BLS Certification” in the subject line. AHA certification must remain current throughout the Nursing Program. Proof of current certification must be presented to the clinical instructor each semester.

Background Check/Drug Screening

RCC Nursing students who participate in a clinical experience are required by clinical sites to undergo a criminal background check and drug screening. Students who test positive on the drug screening will be dismissed from the RCC Nursing Program. Additionally, students who are not cleared for the criminal background check will be dismissed from the Program. Students who test positive on the drug screen and/or students who are not cleared for the criminal background check are eligible to reapply once they are able to successfully complete the drug screening and/or have cleared up the issues on their criminal record. Students are solely responsible for the costs for the criminal background check and drug screening. Students must utilize the services of Castle Branch (www.castlebranch.com). The drug screening follows the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) guidelines and screens for ten (10) substances as designated in the Substance Abuse Panel 10 (SAP 10). The substances are: Amphetamines, Opiates, Marijuana, Barbiturates, Metabolites, Methadone, Phencyclidine-Propoxyphene, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine metabolites, Methaqualone.

Students who return to the Program after a leave of absence must redo the drug screen and background check. Students who return after an extended absence may also be required to undergo drug screening and background check.

Clinical Lateness/Absence

It is the student’s professional responsibility to be on time for clinical experiences. Students with a clinical absence or lateness will receive a Clinical Performance Improvement Plan. If the student is late or absent more than once, they will receive a Notification of at Risk for Clinical Failure Contract. Students who are absent or late for clinical may not be able to meet course objectives and are in jeopardy of failing the course.

Compliance with Agency Policies

It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to all clinical agency and Nursing policies. Failure to do so may result in suspension from, and consequential failure of, the Nursing Process course and/or dismissal from the Nursing Program. Violations will be reviewed by the Nursing Chair, in consultation with Nursing faculty, and decisions made on a case-by-case basis. No cell phones are allowed in the clinical agency unless otherwise directed by the clinical instructor.

Clinical Calculation Testing

Clinical Calculation examinations are administered in NUR 142, NUR 232 and NUR 242. Students have two opportunities to pass each of these examinations. The minimum passing grade for the Clinical Calculation examination in NUR 142 is 80%; in NUR 232 is 85%; and in NUR 242 is 90%. A basic non-programmable calculator may be used during calculation testing and Nursing Process exams. No other calculation devices may be used in the examination setting.

Clinical Calculation examination opportunity #1 is given in the clinical area. Students who are unsuccessful on the first opportunity are advised to review sample calculations and seek assistance from the Academic Success Center (ASC) prior to taking the second test opportunity. Clinical Calculation examination opportunity #2 will be scheduled by the clinical instructor before or after clinical hours or in the Testing Center. Students will be notified by the clinical instructor as to the location, date and time of the exam. Clinical Calculation examinations must be taken no later than April 1st in the spring semester and November 1st in the fall semester. Students who take their second exam in the Testing Center are responsible for notifying the clinical instructor upon completion of the examination. Individual instructors may not change deadline dates for completion of Clinical Calculation examinations.

If the required Clinical Calculation examination is not successfully completed with a minimum passing score by the deadline date, the clinical grade for that rotation, and hence for the course, is ‘I’ (Incomplete). In this situation the student has two options:

  1. The student may choose to take NUR 103 the following semester. After completion of NUR 103 with a minimum grade of 75% (C+), the student will then have one opportunity to successfully complete a Clinical Calculation examination for the course in which they have received an ‘I’ (Incomplete) grade. The student must complete these requirements by the end of the following semester. If the requirements are not successfully completed in that timeframe, the Nursing Process course grade will convert to a “F.” The student will have one opportunity to successfully complete NUR 103. If the student fails NUR 103, the Nursing Process course grade will convert to an “F.”
  2. The second option available to the student is to accept an “F” in the Nursing Process course and repeat the course on a space-available basis. This option is available only to students taking the Nursing Process course for the first time. Students who choose this option are strongly encouraged to self-remediate and take NUR 103 along with the Nursing Process course.

Students with an ‘I’ (Incomplete) in a Nursing Process course may not progress to the next Nursing Process level. Since successful completion of calculations is required for a satisfactory grade in clinical for NUR 142, NUR 232 and NUR 242, failure to successfully complete the Clinical Calculation examination after having taken NUR 103 is considered a failed Nursing Process course opportunity. If this was the second unsuccessful attempt at completion of the Nursing Process course, the student may not repeat the course and will be dismissed from the Nursing Program.

Dress Code

Nursing students need to project a professional image and must comply with the Nursing Dress Code for clinical experiences and when in uniform. The student nurse uniform cannot be worn in a health agency in any other capacity than during the student’s scheduled clinical time as an RCC student. Students being tested in the Nursing Simulation Lab do not have to wear uniforms, however, will be held to hair, nail and jewelry standards. Students needing special cultural considerations should contact their clinical instructor.

Nursing Simulation Laboratory Policies

Skills Practice

Students are encouraged to come into the Lab and practice their skills as much and as often as possible. Students must sign in and out for practice times and these logs are available for Instructor review. Only registered nursing students are permitted in the Lab for practice times. The professional standards regarding the Nursing Dress Code and conduct apply.

Skills Performance Contracts

Each student and the clinical instructor will sign a Nursing Skills Contract at the beginning of each semester that specifies the deadline date and time allowed for each skill. Every student must successfully demonstrate minimum competence in all assigned skills by the deadline date for skill performance. Failure to satisfactorily complete the required skills by the deadline date will result in an Unsatisfactory (U) clinical grade.

Clinical Skills

Students enrolled in a Nursing Process course have two (2) opportunities to successfully perform the required skills by the deadline date. Students who have not successfully demonstrated minimum competence in skills performance within the allowed opportunities, or who have not successfully completed all skills by the deadline date, will receive an Unsatisfactory grade in clinical due to failure to meet criteria of Clinical Competency #4 in the Level Based Clinical Evaluation. Students who are repeating a Nursing Process course must repeat all required skills.

Skill Performance Criteria

Minimal competence for a satisfactory skill performance requires the student to:

  • Correctly state nursing actions performed prior to and upon completion of the skill (Pre-and Post-Skill Protocols).
  • Demonstrate ability to complete the skill as specified.
  • Complete the skill within the assigned timeframe.
  • Correctly respond to verbal questions pertaining to the purpose of the procedure, rationale for nursing actions, physical assessment related to the skill and accurate documentation.

Students must satisfactorily perform each skill in the Nursing Simulation Laboratory to receive a satisfactory evaluation in the clinical component of each Nursing Process course.

Appointments

All nursing students have two (2) opportunities to complete required skills. The first opportunity for students in NUR 111/113 is scheduled during a regular clinical laboratory day (exceptions are Bed Bath in NUR 111 and Isolation in NUR 113- students must make appointments on Accudemia for these skills). If a student is unprepared, absent, or unsatisfactory in performing the skill on the clinical laboratory day, the first opportunity is used and the student must make an appointment on Accudemia for their second opportunity. In the event of absence due to illness or emergency, the student is responsible for providing requested, verifiable documentation. Students cannot retest an unsuccessful skill performance on the same day as the original attempt.

Students in NUR 111 and NUR 113 who make more than one appointment per skill for skill performance will receive a Notification of at Risk for Clinical Failure and all appointments related to the skill will be cancelled. Students in NUR 141, 142, 231, 232, 241 and 242 must make appointments for all required skills performance on Accudemia prior to their skill contract deadline dates. Students can only make one appointment per skill. Students who make more than one appointment per skill for skill performance will be considered to have used an opportunity. In addition, the student will receive a Notification of at Risk for Clinical Failure and all appointments related to the skill will be cancelled.

Appointments must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the scheduled appointment time. An opportunity has been used if a student does not keep a scheduled appointment for a skill performance. If a student arrives less than 10 minutes late for an appointment, the time is deducted from the skill time allowance. If the student is more than 10 minutes late, the appointment is forfeited and an opportunity is used.

Intersession Skills

Limited appointments will be available for students to schedule and complete required skills for their Nursing Process course(s) during the winter and summer intersessions. Students may use one of the two opportunities granted for their skills during this intersession. Appointments for this opportunity will be on a space-available basis. There will be a fee, per course, which is required to register for testing. Students who make appointments for skills testing during the winter and summer intersessions will be held to the same level of accountability regarding appointments as outlined above. Once registered, failure to make an appointment and be tested will result in the use of the first opportunity for the skill. Skills that are successfully completed during intersession are only valid for the following semester.

Academic Appeal

Students requesting an exception to a Nursing policy or procedure, or to any deadline in this policy, must submit a formal typed letter of appeal sent as an email attachment or via the U.S. Postal Service to the Nursing Chair. The appeal must be submitted within 14 calendar days after the occurrence and include all of the following:

  • Student’s name, RCC ID #, contact information
  • Course number and section number
  • Names of the lecture and clinical instructors
  • Statement of the request of the exception
  • Rationale for the warrant of the exception
  • Verifiable documentation supporting the request


Unless students can provide documented evidence of extreme extenuating circumstances, such as death, major illness, catastrophic event or other unforeseen emergency, they cannot appeal Nursing Program Policies or Procedures. If the appeal is denied by the Nursing Chair, the student can appeal to the Dean of the School of Nursing, Health and Wellness.

Grade Appeal

Students, who wish to appeal a grade received in a Nursing course, must follow the current College Grade Appeal/Change Policy.

Any modifications to this policy must be in writing and approved by the Nursing Department.