Program Policies and Procedures

Students are responsible for compliance with policies of Barry University and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Since these policies are under constant scrutiny the College of Nursing and Health Sciences reserves the right to change any provisions or requirement in this document at any time within a student’s term of enrollment.

Information technology resources are integral to the education of the graduate student. Barry University provides a number of information technology resources to students, including email, Internet and intranet services, Web Advisor, library services and access to computer laboratories (see catalog section for Division of Information Technology). Many course instructors provide student access to course materials on the Blackboard Learning System and communicate with students through email.

Email is considered the standard and official means of communication between the faculty, staff, and students of the Allied Health Professions Program. For that reason, students must monitor and maintain their Barry University (mymail.barry.edu) email accounts. Due to identity and privacy concerns, administration, faculty and staff of the Allied Health Professions Program may refuse to respond to email messages from students who use external email providers.

Participation In The Clinical Experience

Participation in the Clinical Experience is contingent upon successful completion of all didactic coursework. Students may be required to relocate during the clinical session. Students must be financially prepared to enter into and complete the program. Students must be able to provide their own transportation during the Clinical Experience. Every student in the Clinical Experience must secure and retain primary care health insurance coverage that meets the Barry University requirements. Coverage must remain in effect at all times while registered in the school.

Criminal Background Checks And Drug Screening

Clinical rotation sites may require a criminal background check and may refuse to accept students with documented criminal histories. In the event of a reported incident, a determination about the applicant’s/student’s continued progress in the academic program will be made by Barry University in accordance with the program’s and university procedures.

Many clinical sites also require drug screening of students prior to, and, in some cases, during the course of clinical training. The Allied Health Professions Program may therefore require students to undergo background checks and drug screening and exclude or dismiss students who are unwilling to comply with these policies.

Immunization And Physical Examination

Before attending the Clinical Experience, the student must present proof of medical insurance, a physical examination and current immunizations to include annual TB screening (PPD), Diphtheria Inoculation Tetanus (DTP), MMRx2, and Hepatitis B. These documents must be presented before the student will be allowed to progress to Clinical Experience status.

Academic Policies And Procedures

Students are responsible for all material and assignments covered in every course and all examinations, including all unannounced quizzes. Attendance at scheduled exams is mandatory. Examinations may be given outside of normal class hours due to space or time limitations. Acceptance of excuses for absences and administration of make-up examinations are solely at the discretion of the instructor.

Academic Standing

To be in good academic standing the student must maintain both a semester average and a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

A student will be placed on academic probation if he/she:

  • earns a cumulative or semester GPA below a 3.0, but at least a 2.0.
  • earns at least one D or F grade in any semester

A student will be suspended if he/she:

  • fails, after two consecutive semesters, to bring his/her GPA up to a 3.0, following the probationary period
  • earns a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or lower in any given semester

A student who has been suspended for academic reasons may petition for readmission. The suspended student must petition the Program Director at least one month before the beginning of the semester in which the student intends to resume the coursework. The student may be declined readmission; the decision of the Program Director is final.

Academic Appeals And Grievance

Students have the right to appeal any grade which they feel was inappropriately assigned. Students will be allowed a maximum of 10 business days after the grade for a quiz or examination is made available to challenge that grade with the course instructor, unless otherwise specified in the course syllabus. If informal discussions with the faculy member do not resolve the appeal, the student must present, within 15 business days of receipt of the grade in question, an appeal in writing to the Associate Acadmic Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, who will respond within 5 business days. If the response of the Associate Academic Dean does not satisfy the student, the student may appeal in writing, within 2 business days of receipt of the Associate Academic Dean’s response, to the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The Dean will respond within 5 business days of receipt of the appeal. The decision of the Dean regarding the appeal is final. Students who do not challenge or appeal a particular grade within the appropriate time periods as described waive all future rights to appeal/challenge of that grade. Nonacademic grievance and appeal procedures are outlined in the Barry University Student Handbook.

Academic Integrity And Behavior

Promotion of academic integrity and ethical professional academic behavior are objectives of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Cheating or plagiarism will not be tolerated. Refer to the policies and procedures section of this catalog and the Barry University Student Handbook for definitions of cheating and plagiarism.

Academic Advising

Every student matriculating into the Allied Health Professions Program is assigned an academic advisor by the associate dean. Students are required to make their own acadmic decisions after consultation with the advisor. The advisor’s role is to advise the student but the final decision is the responsibility of the student.

Readmission

Students who have been academically inactive for at least one calendar year and who wish to be readmitted must complete an application for readmission. Readmission is contingent upon approval by the Dean of each school involved, and by the Vice President of Student Services.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of 36 or 34 graduate credits, respectively, with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 B and no more than 6 semester hours of C grade. Courses with D or F grades must be repeated and replaced with grades of B or better. Successful completion of the Capstone Project is a requirement for graduation.

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