General Information

Vision

Platt College is dedicated to academic excellence, personal and professional ethics, integrity, and growth in an environment of mutual respect and diversity that meets the needs of a changing global environment.  

Core Values

At Platt College, we place high value on:

Diversity

  • Platt College embraces diversity in cultural backgrounds, personal characteristics and recognizes the free expression of ideas, opinions, and differences in people, and respects the rights of students, faculty, and staff.

Excellence in the Learning Process

  • Platt College values the role that faculty play in individualizing instruction, encouraging critical thinking, stimulating creativity, and in establishing high academic instruction.

Ethics and Integrity

  • Platt College fosters a strong work ethic and places fairness, objectivity, honesty, and accountability at the forefront of its policies and procedures in all aspects of the College.

Personal Development

  • Platt College is committed to intellectual and personal growth.

Community

  • Platt College is committed to being a caring campus community of students, faculty, and staff to work collaboratively to foster leadership and development.We endeavor to provide a highly educated, employment-ready, diverse professional workforce to meet the needs of our service area.

Statement of Mission

Platt College offers quality undergraduate education and provides graduates with competencies, skills and levels of education for employment and continued success in higher education. 

While fostering life-long higher learning for individuals and communities, we pledge to support and encourage intellectual growth by offering small, interactive classes taught by highly educated professionals, by providing student and alumni support and career services to assist in instruction and employment opportunities, and by offering technological and creative endeavors that enhance student-centered learning opportunities. In fulfilling its mission, Platt College pursues engagement in teaching, learning, scholarship and service for faculty, staff, and students. Platt College, a degree granting institution, provides baccalaureate degrees with an emphasis in educating individuals in the College’s service area of metro Denver.  The College fosters an environment conducive to learning and personal growth.   Platt College supports the professional development of faculty and staff and is committed to maintaining a work environment that promotes diversity without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. 

Class Schedules

Classes are scheduled between 7:30 am and 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Classes may also be scheduled between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm on Saturdays.  Nursing clinical experiences may be scheduled at anytime Monday through Sunday, depending on the individual clinical availability. Online courses may be accessed 24/7 during the normal academic calendar dates. 

Breaks and Scheduling

I. Breaks during class

Students will receive 10 minutes of break time per 50 minutes of classroom instruction.

The following conditions apply to the in-class breaks:

  • In-class break times are determined by instructors.
  • Instructors will adhere to the 10 minutes of break time per 50 minutes of classroom instruction.
  • Flexibility with the timing of breaks is given to instructors due to testing, exams, quizzes, in-class presentations, guest speakers, in-class activities, and other activities which may require instructors’ discretion for break intervals, so as not to interrupt class activities.
  • In-class breaks cannot be “banked” to let students out of class early and/or to start class later than the scheduled time (i.e., not taking any breaks during a four-hour class so students may leave 40 minutes early).

II. Breaks in between classes

  • Students will receive a minimum of 30 minutes of break time in between classes which are more than two hours in length.
  • The 30 minutes of break time will be in addition to 30 or 60 minute breaks built into longer classes, if students are required to take a second class or lab after a longer class.
  • Instructors will receive a minimum of 60 minutes of break time in between classes and/or labs greater than 2 hours, should they teach more than one class in single day.

If students are required to take a second class, SIM lab, or Nursing Lab, in one day, after a class lasting longer than 3 hours, then a 60 minute break time is required between the scheduled classes.
Students picking up classes ahead of sequence should check their schedule before adding a class to make sure they are receiving a break each class day which is appropriate to their needs.

III. Time limit on students’ hours at Platt in a single day.

  • Students’ time at Platt each day, including classroom time and breaks, is not to be scheduled to exceed ten (10) consecutive hours per day during class days.  Should scheduling issues arise due to lab space, instructor availability, or other issues, the schedule for a certain day may exceed ten hours with approval from the Dean of Nursing.
  • Should a student choose to take an extra class ahead of time out of sequence, their schedule may exceed ten (10) hours in a single day. 
  • Should a student fall out of sequence due to failing a class, withdrawing from a class, or other reasons, and need to make the course up during a quarter which one or more of their classroom days would exceed ten hours, the student will need to obtain approval to take the course from the Dean of Nursing.

IV. Time limit on instructors’ hours at Platt in a single day.

  • Instructors’ classroom teaching time at Platt each day, not including breaks, is not to be scheduled to exceed eight (8) total hours per day during class days.  Should scheduling issues arise due to lab space, instructor availability, or other issues, the schedule for a certain day may exceed eight hours with approval from the Dean of Nursing.
  • This policy does not apply to clinical days.

Limitations and Reservations

Platt College reserves the right to make changes as required in course offerings, curricula, academic policies, and other rules and regulations affecting students.  These changes will govern current and formerly enrolled students and will become effective whenever determined by the College.  Enrollment of all students is subject to these conditions. 

The course offerings and requirements of the College are continually under examination and revision.  This catalog presents course offerings and requirements in effect at the time of publication but does not guarantee that they will not be changed or revoked.  However, adequate and reasonable notice will be given to students affected by any changes.  This catalog is not intended to state contractual terms and does not constitute a contract between the student and the College. 

Platt College provides the opportunity for students to increase their knowledge by providing programs of instruction through faculty who meet the academic and professional preparation criteria required by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and appropriate programmatic accrediting body (where applicable) at the college level.  However, the acquisition of knowledge by any student is contingent upon the student’s desire to learn and his or her application of appropriate study techniques to any course or program.  The College does not warrant or represent that any student who completes a course or program of study will necessarily acquire any specific skills or knowledge, or will be able to successfully sit for, pass, or complete any specific examination for any course, degree, or licensure. 

Every effort is made to provide excellence in education.  In order to be current with technology, Platt College maintains the right to revise, at any time, and without prior notice, the programs of study, courses, hours, academic calendars, policies, faculty, regulations, or tuition and fees as circumstances may require.  In no case will the tuition and fees be greater than the contract amount. 

Students will be notified in an addendum as changes, additions, or deletions occur to the current catalog, college policies, and curricula.  Current information about offerings and requirements are available in the Admissions Office. 

Misrepresentation of Academic Credentials

It is a Class A misdemeanor to misrepresent academic credentials.  A person commits the offense of misrepresentation of academic credentials who, knowing that the statement is false, and with the intent to secure employment at or admission to an institution of higher education, represents, orally or in writing that such a person:

  • Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas from an accredited institution of higher education; or
  • Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas from a particular institution of higher education; or
  • Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas in a particular field or specialty from an accredited institution of higher education. 

Nondiscrimination

Platt College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services in educational and employment opportunities, and is committed to the education of a non-racially identifiable student body. 

Diversity Mission Statement

Our pledge at Platt College is to foster an environment free from discrimination.  We aspire to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, staff ,and students from varied backgrounds and viewpoints.  We are committed to encouraging faculty, staff, and students to cultivate an environment of civility and tolerance. 

Civility Statement

At Platt College we cultivate an environment of civility to all faculty, staff, and students.  We understand people differ by nature which encourages growth, inclusion, and learning.  Civil interaction with people requires respect, integrity, and honesty.  Conflict and difference of opinion exist within any community and values find expression in many different ways.  We value meaningful human connections through interactions that are collaborative, respectful, and involve a free and open exchange of ideas, perspectives, and opinions.  We value creative expression as a hallmark of learning and we encourage individuality. 

Platt College complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, related Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and all civil rights laws of the State of Colorado.  Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment and admission shall be extended to all persons, and the institution shall promote equal opportunity and treatment through a positive and continuing Affirmative Action Program. 

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for assuring compliance with Platt College's Policies 03:22:00 Non Discrimination Policy for Students and 05:16:00 Non Discrimination Policy for Employees.

ADA Accommodations

Platt College recognizes and supports the standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitations Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which are designed to prevent discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, students are encouraged to contact the designated Platt College ADA Coordinator located in the Academic Support and Career Services Department at the beginning of their program for possible assistance with accommodations. Individuals are responsible for voluntarily and confidentially disclosing a disability and providing appropriate documentation regarding the nature and extent of a disability and the individual’s functional limitations. Documentation need only discuss a disability or limitation that pertains to the reasonable modification(s) being requested. Platt College cannot make reasonable modifications that are unduly burdensome or that fundamentally alter the nature of the College’s programs. Medical documentation of disabilities and requested reasonable modifications must be presented in writing according to Policy 03:05:00 ADA.

Platt College is committed to equal access and participation for all persons, including those with disabilities, in employment, academics and other programs sponsored by Platt College. The Academic Support and Career Services Coordinator currently serves as the designated Platt College ADA Coordinator, and assists the College community to create and maintain a welcoming, accessible environment for perspective students, students and employees with disabilities.

Services provided through the Office of the Academic Support and Career Services:

  • Accommodation/Modification consultations for employees, supervisors, potential students, current students, and external constituents with disabilities
  • Consultation with Platt College Administration regarding adapted technology
  • Training for faculty, supervisors, and staff
  • Classroom presentations about the ADA or other disability related issues
  • Community referrals for students and employees
  • Information about legislation that impacts persons with disabilities

What is considered a disability?

The ADA defines an individual with a disability as:

  • Any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the person’s major life activities (such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working).
  • Any person who has a record of, a history of, or who has been classified as having a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more of the person’s major life activities.
  • Any person regarded or perceived as having such impairment. This may encompass:  (1) any person who is regarded as having such an impairment that may not substantially limit major life activities, but that is treated by others as constituting such a limitation, or (2) any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activities only as a result of the attitudes of others toward such an impairment.

Procedures for Prospective Students and Enrolled Students

To arrange reasonable accommodations for a disability, a prospective student or enrolled student must complete the following steps:

Step 1: Students, during the admissions process, must inform the Admissions Representative that there is a need to speak with the designated Platt College ADA Coordinator, Darla Dolph, for ADA reasonable modifications that is neither a fundamental alteration nor an undue burden to the college to be made during admissions and enrollment processes.

Step 2: Students should review Policy 03:05:00 ADA in its entirety, as well as the Procedures for Request of ADA Accommodations document. In order to qualify for accommodations, students must complete and submit the following three completed forms to the designated Platt College ADA Coordinator describing specific reasonable modifications that would assist in the application processes:

  • Form 1: Accommodations Request;
  • Form 2: Permission for Release of Information; and
  • Form 3: Documentation of Disability-Related Need for an Accommodation  

Step 3: Upon request of the designated Platt College ADA Coordinator, students may be required to submit additional comprehensive diagnostic reports documenting their disability from a qualified and licensed medical professional. A comprehensive diagnostic report should include a diagnosis, all standardized assessment scores, a narrative/interpretation of the scores, a description of the educational impact on the individual (based on diagnosis and assessment results) and recommendations. The diagnostic report must be on letterhead, typed, dated, and signed, and otherwise legible. The name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator must be clearly stated. Professional credentials refer to an appropriately licensed professional qualified to administer and interpret diagnostic testing. Diagnoses written on prescription pads and/or parent’s notes indicating a disability are NOT considered appropriate document. 

Step 4: Once the designated Platt College ADA Coordinator has received all required forms and documentation, an intake meeting is scheduled with the student to discuss appropriate accommodations.

Step 5: After the appropriate documentation has been received and approved, the designated Platt College ADA Coordinator will send confidential letters to applicable College employees outlining needed accommodations.

Documentation on file should:

  • Be completed within the last 3 years
  • State clearly the diagnosed disability and educational or medical documentation.
  • Describe the functional limitations resulting from the disability.
  • If medication is prescribed, list relevant medication and side effects that the individual may experience.
  • Describe the specific accommodations requested and explanation of why each accommodation is recommended.
  • For learning disabilities, provide all psychological and educational testing instruments used in the evaluation report and relevant subtest scores used to document the stated disability.
  • Privacy for Students

Students have privacy and confidentiality protections. College employees, by law cannot talk with parents, guardians or other individuals about an applicant's enrollment process, unless granted written permission to do so. 

*Accommodations that are deemed to be “unduly burdensome”, are usually decided by policy, curriculum, or finances. However, Platt College will work towards reasonably accommodating each individual.