Academic Standards

Grade Notification

Students can monitor their course grades on My Platt College.  Final grades are released by the Registrar via My Platt College at the end of each quarter.  Students may also request an official  transcript from the Registrar.

A. Student Attendance Requirements for Online Learning Courses (eCourse), Blended Learning Courses (eCombination), and Web-Enhanced/Face-To-Face (eCompanion) Courses

Online Learning Courses (eCourses)

Online Learning Courses are presented in weekly module units.  The weekly attendance period begins Mondays at 12:00 am and ends on Sundays at 11:59 am Mountain Standard Time (MST).  Absences must be reported and submitted at the end of every module to the Registrar. 

Beginning with the first course module, faculty are required to keep complete and accurate records of student attendance for all classes taught.  One module is equal to one week.  Students are allowed absences totaling no more than 20% of the total contact hours for each course.

Online courses will, at minimum, have weekly requirements for student participation.  Online attendance activity within the online (virtual) classroom, which usually includes but is not limited to, posting in a graded discussion forum, or submitting a written assignment.  Faculty must include at least one weekly participation requirement per module per course in order to track and define attendance.  Students should refer to individual course syllabi for specific attendance requirements.

Students who do not officially withdraw after the add/drop period or who are not automatically dropped at the end of the first week of the course are responsible for full tuition of the course regardless of their participation in the course.  Students who stop attending the course without appropriate notification to the College about withdrawing will receive a final grade of "WA" for administrative withdraw for the course.  

Blended Learning Courses (eCombination)

Attendance is taken in every face-to-face class or weekly online module session. Faculty are required to keep complete and accurate records of student attendance for all classes taught. One blended learning (hybrid) experience or module is equal to one week. Students are allowed absences totaling no more than 20% of the total contact hours for each course.  Absences must be reported and submitted at the end of every face-to-face class or weekly online module session to the Registrar. Blended courses will, at minimum, have weekly requirements for student participation. Faculty must include at least one weekly participation requirement per module per course in order to track and define attendance within the different learning environments. Students should refer to individual course syllabi for specific attendance and tardiness requirements.

Web-Enhanced Courses (eCompanion)

Attendance, defined as the student being physically present in the classroom, is taken in every web-enhanced (face-to-face) class session. Faculty are required to keep complete and accurate records of student attendance for all classes taught. Students are allowed absences totaling no more than 20% of the total contact hours for each course.  In the event of an absence or tardy, the ability to make up missed work will be in accordance with faculty syllabi requirements.  Minutes tardy and the amount of time missed for partial attendance will be recorded by faculty. Absences must be reported and submitted at the end of every class to the Registrar. Beginning with the first class period, faculty are required to keep complete and accurate records of student attendance for all classes taught. Absences must be reported and submitted at the end of every class and at the end of every quarter to the Registrar via My Platt College.

Attendance Discipline for eCombination and eCompanion Classes

Step-by-Step Discipline (Warning/Probation/Temporary Suspension/Termination)

Step One: The student is placed on attendance warning the subsequent quarter after a student fails to meet the attendance requirements; time period is one quarter.
Step Two: The student is placed on attendance probation the subsequent quarter after a student fails to meet the attendance requirements and is already on attendance warning; time period is one quarter.
Step Three: The student is placed on temporary suspension the subsequent quarter after a student fails to meet the attendance requirements and is already placed on attendance warning for one quarter and attendance probation for one quarter; time period is one quarter. After the student has been temporarily suspended for one quarter, he/she is eligible to return to Platt College. If a student continues to not meet the attendance requirements upon return, he/she will return to step one.
Step Four: Termination is issued when a student is placed on temporary suspension and fails to return to the College after the temporary suspension time period elapses. After a student is terminated from the College, the student must reapply for entry.

If a student misses two consecutive weeks of all classes enrolled in at Platt during the quarter:

The Registrar will notify the financial aid and the appropriate administrator.  The student will be contacted by the Registrar.  An absence of two weeks’ worth of all courses during a single quarter will cause the student to be terminated from his/her enrollment at Platt College.  After a student is terminated from the College, the student must reapply for entry. Students placed on attendance warning, probation, temporary suspension, or termination will be notified by the Registrar via the approved method for official communications according to Policy 07:11:00 College Communication.

B. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program Clinical Learning Experiences:

Definitions/Explanations of Clinical  and Simulated Clinical Experiences Absence Policy

Attendance for all scheduled clinical rotations is mandatory.  In the event of illness or an unusual circumstance, students are required to notify the clinical faculty member of an absence or tardy at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the clinical day. Failure to notify the clinical instructor will result in a failing grade for the day and a charge of $50 per hour will be assessed to make up the missed clinical experience or simulated clinical experience. The contact information for clinical/simulated clinical faculty members/clinical scholars/clinical preceptors  is provided to the student(s) when he/she is scheduled for a clinical learning or simulated clinical learning experience by the Clinical Placement Coordinator via email. Dismissal from the clinical or simulated clinical learning site may result if a student is more than 10 minutes late from the time designated by the clinical instructor.  The student will receive a failing grade for that clinical day or simulated clinical day and will be charged to make up the missed clinical or simulated clinical experience.

Clinical/Simulated Clinical Experience Absence

When a student is not present at the assigned/scheduled clinical facility or at the simulated clinical location on the preset date and time, or is 10 minutes or greater late to the  facility without prior notification to the faculty member, the student will be marked absent. All (excused and unexcused) clinical or simulated clinical absences are required to be made up.

Excused Clinical/Simulated Clinical Experience Absence

A student may be excused from a clinical/simulated clinical learning experience for the following two reasons:

  • Acute illness (fever of 101°F or above, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, or any other condition classified as contagious, such as conjunctivitis (pinkeye).
  • Attendance at the funeral of an immediate family member

In the case of acute, unexpected illness, the student MUST notify the clinical/simulated clinical faculty member and clinical agency (if applicable) on the day of the absence. Documentation from a medical provider stating the date and time you were seen must be provided to the clinical placement coordinator (CPC) by fax or in person within 72 hours of the missed clinical/simulated clinical. In the case of a funeral, the funeral program must be provided to the CPC within 72 hours of the missed clinical/simulated clinical. Clinical/simulated clinical learning time that is missed due to illness or funeral attendance is required to be made-up, but the student is not charged.

If the student is absent for more than 10% of the assigned clinical or simulated clinical, the student will be asked to drop the entire course and retake the entire course the following quarter. This is necessary because clinical evaluation and progress is dependent on the student attending the entire allotted clinical time.  

Unexcused Clinical/Simulated Clinical Absence

An absence in which the student does not attend a scheduled or assigned clinical/simulated clinical day or is 10 minutes or greater late to the clinical and the student does not provide the CPC with written documentation is considered unexcused. The student will be charged fifty ($50.00) per hour for each required hour of the clinical/simulated clinical make-up time. For example, if a student misses a 12-hour clinical learning experience, the student will be charged $600.00 to have the clinical rescheduled and made-up.

Clinical/Simulated Clinical Make-up  

Make-up hours are scheduled and assigned by the CPC. Make-up hours are assigned when the earliest appropriate placement slot is available. This may mean that these hours extend into successive quarters of the program. The student will receive an Incomplete on their transcript until the required clinical hours are successfully completed. Please be advised that missing (excused or unexcused) clinicals could mean that graduation dates will be delayed until the required make-up clinical learning experience is successfully completed.

Returning to Clinical/Simulated Clinical After Illness or Injury

  • A physician or mid-level provider's medical clearance may be required before a student returns to the clinical/simulated clinical area following illness or injury. Major illness, injury, surgery, communicable diseases, and pregnancy require a physician or mid-level provider's documented medical clearance.
  • In order to attend clinical, the student must be able to perform all competencies and performance standards for nursing students that are essential for safe nursing practice.  In addition to the medical clearance, the provider must complete a Physical Form for The School of Nursing and attest with their signature that the student can perform ALL of the physical requirements of nursing WITHOUT limitation. ANY limitation will result in the student being placed on an LOA until the physical competencies can be performed. (See Physical Form School of Nursing)
  • A pregnant student must present a physician or mid-level provider's statement to continue in clinical experiences.
  • Students with a fever of 101°F or above, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, or any other condition classified as contagious, such as conjunctivitis (pinkeye), may not attend clinical. The excused absence policy will apply.
  • Illnesses occurring at the College or clinical site may require transport by emergency medical services (EMS). Students are financially responsible for their own medical care, including emergency transportation from the College or clinical site.
  • Students with casts, splints, or a condition that inhibits movement also need a physician or mid-level provider's clearance.  Individual clinical agencies may not all the student to provide direct patient care in certain instances necessitating a course withdrawal. Students not meeting the physical and/or emotional requirements of agencies may request a leave of absence.

Clinical/simulated experiences are an important component of the nursing program. Every effort is made to provide clinical experiences that enhance the integration of theory content to nursing practice and prepare students for the professional nursing role.Students receive safety education during new student orientation and again in NRS 232L, Basic Principles of Patient-Centered Care on how to minimize environmental risks to themselves and others.  Students are expected to follow these procedures throughout the nursing program. Any behaviors that place a student, patient/client, or others at risk for injury because of failure to follow safety regulations, or that jeopardize the present and continued use of a clinical facility may result in dismissal from the program.

Students may not be enrolled in two courses with practicums at the same time except during quarter eleven. In some rare instances this may be required to ensure the concurrency of practicum learning with didactic learning experiences and will be determined by the Clinical Placement Coordinator, the Dean, School of Nursing, and the Registrar in conjunction with the clinical agencies. Students will not be permitted to take more than one nursing core course with a practicum in order to attempt to progress through the nursing program faster than the established program length of 36 months.

Pre-Clinical/Simulated Clinical Assignments

When reporting to a clinical/simulated site for pre-clinical assignments/preparation, you must arrive appropriately attired. Unless directed otherwise, business casual professional dress with a white lab coat, the School of Nursing patch on the left upper sleeve, and a visible Platt College photo identification name tag clearly displayed is required. Denim clothing is not acceptable attire. Clinical preparation includes, but is not limited to, having a plan of care for the patient/client, being able to discuss the disease process and pharmacologic treatments, and review of potential nursing care skills to be performed.

Definition of a Unit of Credit

Platt College measures student progress in quarter credit hours. Credit hours are comprised of contact hours. Each contact hour is 50 minutes of instruction in a 60 minute period of time. A credit hour is defined as an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement for academic activities as comprised of the following units: didactic learning environment; supervised laboratory setting of instruction; externship; and/or out-of-class work/preparation.  The following are the measures of these units for establishing credit hour awards:

One quarter credit hour equals 30 units comprised of the following academic activities:

  • one clock hour in a didactic learning environment = 2 units
  • one clock hour in a supervised laboratory setting of instruction = 1.5 units
  • one hour of externship = 1 unit
  • one hour of out-of-class and/or preparation for the didactic learning environment or supervised laboratory setting of instruction that are designed to measure the student's achieved competency relative to the required subject matter objectives =0.5 unit

Glossary of Credit Hour Terms

  • A didactic learning environment is one which is led by a qualified faculty member for the intention of teaching and learning and can be in a classroom or laboratory setting of instruction.
  • A supervised laboratory setting of instruction is one where students engage in discussion and/or the practical application of information presented in the didactic portion of the program or discovered through the out-of-class work/preparation under the supervision of a qualified faculty member.
  • Out-of-class work/preparation is that which students engage in as a means to prepare for the didactic learning environment or supervised laboratory setting of instruction and must be articulated through a course syllabus. 
  • An externship is a component of a program that is offered in a bona fide occupational setting for which education is provided, the externship component may occur throughout the course of a program or as a capstone requirement.