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Nursing Program Attendance Policy

The purpose of the Nursing Program Attendance Policy is to guide students as to the requirements of the Nursing Program to enhance the opportunity for successful completion of required course objectives and support success in the Nursing Program.  

Cape Cod Community College nursing faculty believe that attendance is the responsibility of the student and thus a matter of professional accountability. Students are encouraged to meet with their nursing advisor immediately regarding any concerns that may hinder their attendance and thus their potential for academic success and completion of the Nursing Program.

Attendance Requirements

  • It is expected that students will be punctual and attend all regularly scheduled classes, clinical, and labs (including Information Literacy sessions and ATI testing).
  • Attendance is recorded at the beginning of each class, clinical, and lab as directed by nursing faculty.
  • Students are expected to ensure that their attendance is recorded.
  • Students are responsible for all content and assignments, regardless of the reason for missing class, clinical, or lab.

Class Absence(s)

  • Class absences are reviewed by the classroom instructor after each lecture and reported at team meetings.
  • Students with absences more than 10% of scheduled classes as identified in each Instructor Course Outline will receive a Program Academic Warning from course faculty. (For example, if a course has 20 scheduled classes in a semester, absences exceeding two classes would be in violation of the attendance policy.)
  • Students with absences more than 15% of scheduled classes will receive a 2nd Program Academic Warning and be required to meet with the Nursing Program Director.
  • Students with absences more than 20% of scheduled classes will be required to meet with the Nursing Program Director and will be dismissed from the Nursing Program.

Clinical Absence(s)

  • Students with an absence in clinical will be required to complete a written assignment.
  • Students with a second absence in clinical will be required to complete a written assignment, receive a Program Academic Warning and be required to meet with the Nursing Program Director.
  • Students with a third absence in clinical will be required to meet with the Nursing Program Director and complete a clinical make-up for a fee.
  • Each clinical absence after the third occurrence will require a meeting with the Nursing Program Director and completion of a clinical make-up for a fee.
  • Failure to make-up missed clinical experiences will result in a clinical failure.

Lab Absence(s)

  • All lab absences are required to be made up.
  • Failure to make-up missed labs will result in failure to meet the course requirements.

Clinical Tardiness

  • Clinical tardiness is defined as arriving after the designated start time for any clinical experience.
  • A student who anticipates being late to clinical must directly contact their clinical instructor.
  • The first tardy occurrence will result in a verbal warning.
  • The second tardy occurrence will result in a written clinical warning.
  • A student who is tardy for the third time for any clinical experience will be sent home and a clinical absence will be recorded.
  • All tardiness after the third occurrence results in a clinical absence.

Lab Tardiness

  • Lab tardiness is defined as arriving after the designated start time for any lab.
  • A student who anticipates being late to lab must directly contact their lab instructor.
  • The first tardy occurrence will result in a verbal warning.
  • The second tardy occurrence will result in a written clinical warning.
  • A student who is tardy for the third time for any lab experience will be sent home and a lab absence will be recorded.
  • All tardiness after the third occurrence results in a lab absence.