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Clinical Attendance/Lab Policy

Attendance at clinical and lab is required.  If a student anticipates having to miss clinical or lab, the student must personally notify the clinical/lab instructor and course coordinator of absence prior to the start of a clinical experience. Depending on the course, students may be required to notify the agency as well.


Clinical/lab Instructor and Course Coordinator will follow policy to determine if the absence is excused or unexcused.


Failure to notify the clinical/lab instructor of absence in advance of the clinical/lab experience is an unexcused absence.


To maintain patient safety, the clinical instructor may dismiss the student from the clinical area if the student is not prepared for the clinical experience or if the clinical instructor determines that the student is not safe to provide care.  Such dismissal is an unexcused absence.


Absences, whether excused or unexcused, will have an impact on student’s success in the course, up to and including failure of the course.  Opportunities for making up missed clinical days or laboratory sessions may not be available.


If a student has two [2] unexcused clinical absences they will fail clinical for that course.


Students must attend all clinical orientations for their assigned agency.  Students, who are not present for clinical orientation or the first clinical, whether their absence is excused or unexcused, might not be allowed to continue in the course.  See General Attendance Policy.


Clinical instructors will follow up with course coordinators to discuss the student’s performance in the clinical setting.  Specifically, if the student needs to attend an alternative experience to make up for the experience missed and whether or not the clinical outcomes are still possible to achieve.  Clinical absences will be documented and the student may, at the discretion of the course coordinator, be required to make up the clinical hours missed.


If available and determined necessary by the course coordinator, clinical hours will be made up by simulation or demonstrating skills in the lab.  The course coordinator will notify the lab coordinator when a student is required to make up the clinical experience.


First Day of Clinical/Lab/Clinical Orientation

Students who miss the first day of clinical, lab, or clinical orientation may be immediately dropped from the course(s).  Students who are unable to attend the first day must have prior approval from the Dean of Nursing and Course Coordinator.

Refer to withdrawal policy.

Check with your clinical instructor if these symptoms apply: (a doctor's note may be required)

  • Fever > 100.4
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Diarrhea or Vomiting - lasting more than 12 hours
  • Group A Strep-culture confirmed or physician diagnosed
  • Jaundice - yellowing of the skin which might suggest viral hepatitis
  • Cold sores (herpes)
  • Active measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella or chicken pox
  • Upper respiratory infection (cold) if accompanied by fever and productive cough
  • Tuberculosis and/or positive TB skin test
  • Head lice, scabies (mites that burrow under the skin causing a rash)
  • Scabies (mites that burrow under the skin causing a rash)
  • Any draining wound such as Impetigo, Abscess or Boil must be covered
  • Mononucleosis