Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
A Private, Not-for-Profit, Licensed and Nationally Accredited College of Nursing
    

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5154 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33417
Phone: (561)683-1400
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Lois M. Gackenheimer, PhD Ed, MSN, RN
Executive Director / President
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Satisfactory Progress

A completion award will be presented to each student who has completed a program having achieved Satisfactory Progress. Satisfactory Progress is defined by a passing grade in five areas: academic, to include stand alone tests, attendance/cumulative completion rate, decorum, skills and maximum time frame.

ACADEMIC 
Standard 1
An academic grade average of at least seventy-eight percent (78% or “C”) is considered Satisfactory Progress. All courses and stand alone tests within the program must be successfully passed in order to meet satisfactory progress. In order to progress into Integration, a minimum score of 78% must be achieved on all previous courses and stand alone tests. During the Integration course Integration exams must be passed.

For Associate Degree Programs: Students must successfully pass 67% of cumulative attempted credits and have a 78% grade average. All courses must be passed in order to graduate and be eligible to take licensing exams.

ATTENDANCE 
Standard 2
Attendance is extremely important in order to achieve success in the college and work environment. Therefore, students are expected to attend all classes and clinicals scheduled by their respective Instructors.

Attendance will be taken and charted daily for all clock hour programs. Excused absences cannot exceed ten percent (10%) of the scheduled hours. If 10% or less, the missed (excused) hours do not need to be made up, but the work must be mastered. The students’ verbal report of their circumstance is sufficient for determining “excused” status.

Any absences exceeding 10% must be made up according to this college’s Procedure for Making Up Missed Hours which is included in this catalogue. All coursework must be mastered. If a student does not make up missed hours, their progress will be considered unsatisfactory.

For clock and credit hour programs: In the event that a student misses two (2) consecutive calendar weeks, they will be deemed unsatisfactory and terminated from the program.

For Associate Degree Programs please see Maximum Time Frame – Standard 5

DECORUM 
Standard 3
Students must behave in a professional courteous manner demonstrating sound judgment, maturity, respectfulness, and compassion for patients, faculty and co-students, or they will be terminated from the program. There are some circumstances which are so severe that may result in automatic termination without counseling and without probation.
Examples of such infractions are:
  1. Inflicting harm, abuse, neglect, abandonment or theft affecting a patient, a Health Care Facility, the School, Students, or Faculty/Staff.
  2. Use of or under the influence of controlled substances including alcohol at any time while on or around school and/or clinical premises.
  3. Breach of Honesty, Integrity, Confidentiality or Patient Rights.
  4. Violation of the Agency for Health Care Administration conditions of acceptability for health care employment regarding Criminal and Drug Abuse offenses.
  5. Fighting, threatening, or profanity.
  6. Possession of a weapon of any kind, at any time while on or around classroom or clinical premises.
  7. Cheating, dishonesty, falsification
Anti-Hazing Policy: All student activities relating to hazing such as subjecting another student to abusstandard4e, humiliation or ridicule will be prohibited. In the event that any student is involved in such an activity, immediate disciplinary action, including termination, will ensue. This policy will be strictly enforced.

CLINICAL SKILLS/APPLICATION 
Standard 4
Students must pass the clinical portion of the course. This will be evidenced by the Instructor’s evaluation of clinical experiences/application, demonstration of skills and ability to correctly explain the steps of procedures in order to safely care for patients. Data collection, care plans, notes, medications, case studies, simulation, EHR, clinical projects and SCANS Competencies may also be evaluated as part of the clinical experience/application. Entry level skill-attainment is what is expected and used as the guideline to measure ability. Skills evaluated are those described in each course of the curriculum. Clinical facility staff evaluation of the student is also considered in the students’ grade. In the Practical Nursing Program, the Florida C.N.A. Exam must be passed prior to the end of Medical/Surgical Nursing Clinical or the student will automatically fail Medical/Surgical Clinical and all subsequent clinical experiences until the C.N.A. Exam is passed.

MAXIMUM TIME FRAME 
Standard 5
The maximum time frame for satisfactorily completing a program may not exceed one hundred fifty percent (150%) of the published length of the program (for example):
 Scheduled TimeMaximum Time 
603 Hr Program5 Mths7.5 MthsTo be measure at each payment period/term(1-301.5 hrs 301.5-603 hrs)
For Associate Degree Programs: The cumulative completion rate, the standard that must be maintained, is at or above 67% of attempted credits must be successfully completed. Any time a student withdraws or failed a class for any reason, it is counted as an attempt. Example of cumulative completion rate: If a student attempted 24 credit hours but only completed 12 cumulative credit hours, this equates to 50% cumulative completion rate which would not be satisfactory.


Rules and Regulations

  1. Attire. Students must be attired in proper business clothes while at this college. Jeans and shorts are not acceptable. Once uniforms are issued, students must adhere to this college’s Dress Code Policy which is published in the Student/Faculty Handbook.

  2. Leave of Absence. Any student requesting a leave of absence from the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations must submit in writing, a Leave of Absence Request to the Dean identifying the exigent & exacerbating reason for the request. Once the written request is received, the Dean will attach the request to the Leave of Absence Notification form and formally approve or deny the request. If approved, the Leave of Absence Notification Form must be signed and dated by the student and the Dean and must contain the start and end date of the leave of absence. All Leaves of Absence must be requested prior to the start of the leave of absence unless unforeseen circumstances prevent the student from applying prior to the start of the leave of absence.

    Federal regulations allow for one approved leave of absence for enrolled students of no more than 180 days. A second leave of absence can only be considered if the first leave of absence did not exceed 180 days in the same 12-month period in which the first LOA was taken.

    AA student on a leave of absence will incur no additional charges by the college. Any student failing to return to college the day after the expiration of a leave of absence, which becomes the date of determination, will be terminated and the students’ last date of attendance will be considered the withdrawal date. The college’s Refund Policy and a Return to Title IV Calculation (for Title IV recipients) will be applied and all refunds will be due 30 days from the date of determination. Prior to a leave of absence being granted to a Title IV, HEA loan recipient, the student must see the financial aid office in order to explain the effect the leave may have on the student’s grace period for repayment of loans. A copy of the leave of absence request will be maintained in the student’s file.

  3. Make Up Exams. If a student is absent on the day of an exam, they must take the “make up” exam on the scheduled “re-take” day. There will be only one opportunity to take and pass a make-up exam. Frequently missed exams are not acceptable. All make-up exams must be completed and passed prior to the end of the payment period/term.

  4. Satisfactory Progress will be monitored at each payment period/term throughout the program and at the end of the program. For example: 603 clock hour programs have satisfactory progress review times at 301 clock hours and 603 clock hours.

  5. Student Academic Progression within clock hour programs:

    1. At the completion of Term #1, satisfactory progress will be determined.

      Those students who have a minimum of a 78% cumulative grade average, a minimum of 78% on all stand alone tests and have not exceeded the 150% maximum time frame have met satisfactory progress and will proceed into Term #2.

      Notification– Those students who have a minimum of 78% cumulative grade average but did not achieve a minimum of 78% on each stand alone test or did not pass a course within a term will be placed on notification, allowing them an opportunity to pass all prior failures of Term #1 by the end of Term #2.

      Warning– Those students who do not have a cumulative grade average of a minimum of 78% will be placed on academic warning for Term #2. These students will be expected to attend Learning Opportunities on Fridays during Term #2.

    2. At the completion of Term #2, Satisfactory Progress will be determined.

      Those students who have achieved a minimum of 78% cumulative grade average and a minimum of 78% on all stand alone tests have met satisfactory progress will proceed into Term #3. General Education and Pre-requisite courses must be passed at this time in order to progress into the Technical Terms.

      Notification– Those students who have achieved a minimum of 78% cumulative grade average but have not achieved a minimum of 78% on each stand alone test or did not pass a course within Term #2 will be placed on notification allowing an opportunity to pass all prior failures of Term #2 prior to beginning Integration.

      Warning– Those students who were on a Warning at the end of Term #1 and who have not achieved a minimum of 78% on all prior courses and stand alone tests of Term #1 by the end of Term #2, will be terminated from the Program.

      Also – Those students who do not have a cumulative grade average of a minimum of 78% at the end of Term #2 will be placed on warning for Term #3.

      Students on warning for Term #3 will be expected to attend Learning Opportunities on Fridays during Term #3.

      Students placed on warning for Term #2 must achieve a minimum of 78% on all courses and stand alone tests previously failed in Term 1 and must achieve satisfactory progress in Term #2 prior to the end of Term #2. Failure to do so will result in termination from the Program. If terminated from the Program, students may apply for a one-time audit opportunity.

    3. At the completion of Term #3, satisfactory progress will be determined.
      Those students who have achieved a minimum of 78% on all courses of Terms #1, #2 and #3 and have achieved a minimum of 78% on all stand alone tests of Terms #1, and Term #2, and #3 have met satisfactory progress and will proceed into the next term. Failure to do so will result in termination from the Program.

      Those students who were on notification or warning during Term #3 must have achieved a minimum of 78% on all prior courses and prior stand alone tests of Term #1, Term #2 and Term #3 by the end of Term #3. Failure to do so will result in termination from the Program. If terminated from the Program, students may apply for a one-time audit opportunity.

      Regarding Integration, all prior coursework and stand alone exams must be passed prior to the start of Integration. Integration must be passed in order to be eligible to take licensing exams. Failing the requirements for passing Integration will result in termination from the Program. If terminated from the Program, the student may apply for an audit opportunity.

      FOR CREDIT HOUR PROGRAMS: Please note that in the Program Description there are several instances where program Pre-requisite Courses must be passed before progressing to the next sequential courses. Regarding Integration, all prior coursework and stand alone exams must be passed prior to the start of Integration. Integration must be passed in order to be eligible to take licensing exams. Failing the requirements for passing Integration will result in termination from the Program. If terminated from the Program, the student may apply for an audit opportunity.




  6. Managing Clinical Skills and Decorum Success: If a student fails, he/she will be placed on notification and have until the end of the term to become satisfactory. In the event that the student is still not satisfactory at the conclusion of the term, the student will be placed on warning for the next term. If the student is not satisfactory by the end of that next term, the student must be terminated. Students may not progress into Integration unless all prior courses and stand alone exams have been passed.

  7. The Dean determines that the student has the ability to be successful when placing a student on warning status, as described above, due to academic, attendance, clinical skill development or decorum problems. During this period, the student will be treated as if they met satisfactory standards and continue to be eligible for Title IV funding.

    However, if the student doesn’t meet satisfactory progress standards at the end of the warning term he/she is terminated and is deemed ineligible to receive any further Title IV funding. If appealed, and unusual and/or extenuating circumstances such as military duty, jury duty, immediate family bereavement exist, are documented, and are approved by the Dean, probation may be extended for one more payment period.

  8. Eligibility for Federal Funds may be re-established if a student regains satisfactory progress during the subsequent payment period but not for any payment period in which a student did not meet the standards.

    Re-establishment of eligibility for Federal Funds: Students who have lost their eligibility may be reinstated by entering a new class that begins after the class from which they have been terminated and provided that Financial Aid is still available. Students who terminated with unsatisfactory progress and are now satisfactory, may re-enroll, but 1) must demonstrate that they have solved the problems causing unsatisfactory progress and 2) once re-enrolled, must meet satisfactory progress standards in effect as of their new enrollment date.

    Once terminated, students may apply to repeat a term in Audit Status with no additional cost. The entire term must be repeated. Prior to being re-enrolled, students must pass all previously failed coursework and stand alone tests as outlined in their audit plan and must meet all financial aid obligations.

  9. Current students with unsatisfactory progress may wish to repeat the term which includes all coursework, skill/competencies and stand alone tests to be compliant with this college’s satisfactory progress policy. It is the policy of this college to allow the student one audit opportunity at no additional charge to become successful. This will be accommodated as seating is available. Such students may not exceed one hundred fifty percent of the published length of the program of each payment period. During this entire process applicants must make financial arrangements with the Financial Aid staff.

  10. Appeals. Students who wish to appeal the determination that they are not maintaining satisfactory progress must meet with the Assistant/Dean and then with the Executive Director, if necessary.

  11. Students are encouraged to follow the Grievance/Complaint Procedure for Students and the policy regarding the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. The Assistant/Dean or Executive Director will document in the student file the action taken as a result of the appeal, including the date the decision was made, the official who made the decision, and any reference to applicable institutional policy.

    For any dispute that is unresolved, students are encouraged to voice their grievance with college management or the Governing Board by means of the college’s grievance policy. Students may refer their grievance if unsolved to the following address.
    Commission for Independent Education
    325 West Gaines Streets
    Suite 1414
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
    (850)245-3200 or Toll Free 1-(888)-224-6684

Grades

  1. Exam grades are calculated by dividing the total number of questions the student answered correctly by the total number of questions on the test. Rounding Rule: Decimals are rounded to the nearest whole number.

  2. A numerical score of seventy-eight percent (78% or “C”) or above is considered a passing grade.

  3. The following schedule will be used to assign grades:

NUMERICAL POINTS            PERCENTAGEGRADEGrade Point Average 
100 to 9393% to 100%A4.077 or Below=(F)ail
92 to 8484% to 92%B3.078 or Above=(P)
83 to 7878% to 83%C2.0T=Transfer Credit Given
77 to 00% to 77%F0.0 


Overall average is computed by a weighted grade average using earned grades of all courses of the program the student is enrolled in.

Failed Exams: Students may repeat a failed exam once. This exam must be taken on the date scheduled by the Instructor. Only one opportunity will be provided for this repeat exam. If the student misses the scheduled exam, or repeat exam, or fails the repeated exam, no further accommodations will be made.

The most recent grade will be counted for the student’s grade average and satisfactory progress. It will replace the previous grade.


STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS

Student progress reports will be distributed individually, confidentially, and timely according to this college’s Progress Report Policy and Procedure.
Policies

Policy on Transfer Students Between Programs within ANHO
  1. Students wishing to transfer within ANHO (i.e., day class to an evening class, evening class to day class, from one program to another will be accommodated with the following considerations:
    1. If there are seats available
    2. If the student will not exceed 150% of the hours and/or weeks to complete the term
    3. If the requested class has not progressed beyond the student’s current class.
    4. Students who are on warning must terminate before transferring and must audit the term for which they were placed on warning and follow the rules and policies of Audit.


  2. Students must meet all admission criteria and after acceptance must secure the available position by completing the enrollment agreement and paying the required fees or agreeing to the conditions of the financial assistance available.

  3. Once enrolled into a class at ANHO all standards and policies in effect as of the new enrollment date will apply and must be met.


Policy on the Transfer of Credits Earned at Other Colleges of Higher Education for Application toward the Completion Requirements of Programs at ANHO
  1. All students wishing to apply credit earned from other colleges must furnish a transcript from the conferring college to ANHO in enough detail to establish that the coursework and clinical work is comparable to the program they wish to attend at ANHO or provide their State of Florida License. Courses must be passed at the conferring college in order to be considered.
  2. After all current admission criteria are met, competency testing will take place.
  3. Students will be granted credit consistent with the level of mastered competencies of this College’s program.

Requirements:

  1. Meet all current admission criteria.
  2. Supply a transcript in enough detail to establish that coursework and clinical work is comparable to the program they wish to attend at ANHO.
  3. In order to confirm competencies, all applicants will be required to be tested prior to credit being accepted. (This also applies to students who were previously enrolled at ANHO and who terminated for any reason.)
  4. Students will only be admitted at the beginning of Term 1, 2, or 3 as applicable by testing results and will be accommodated as seats are available. These terms will be credited as earned from another college if the student passes the competency testing. All remaining terms must be taken at ANHO with no credit applied from another college.
  5. Health Occupation students will only be admitted at the beginning of Term 1 or Term 2 as applicable by testing results. Successful completion of competency testing for Term 1 is equivalent to 301 clock hours. These hours will be credited as earned from another college if the student passes the competency testing. Term 2 must be taken at ANHO with no credit applied from another college
  6. After all paperwork, transcripts, references and other required documents are received and completely reviewed, the applicant may be interviewed and considered for admission.
  7. Selections will be made and applicants will be notified by phone that they have been selected.
  8. After acceptance, the applicant must secure the available position by completing the enrollment agreement and paying the required fees or agreeing to the conditions of the financial assistance.
  9. Once enrolled at ANHO, all standards and policies in effect as of the enrollment date will apply and must be met
  10. Advanced Placement and transfer of Nursing courses does not apply to applicants who have been out of college for more than five years unless they hold a valid Florida license to practice Nursing.

olicy on ANHO Students Wishing to Transfer to Another School/College

Upon written request, this college will furnish the final official sealed transcript directly to the requested insitution in order for the student to resume similar studies without having to repeat competencies mastered. Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the accepting college and it is the students’ responsibility to confirm whether or not credits will be accepted by another college of the students’ choice.

Please note that all of the student’s financial obligations must be taken care of before transcripts will be issued.

PROMOTION
Since programs are competency based, students will be allowed to move on to more advanced competencies as they demonstrate mastery, thereby allowing for accelerating at a faster pace and allowing for more advanced experiences within the unit currently being studied. Students will move to the next unit of study at the prescribed planned time. Additional learning opportunities will be available for students on Fridays.

RETENTION
Students will be offered the necessary supplements and support needed for successful achievement and competency attainment in order to remain enrolled and achieving satisfactory progress. In keeping with the college's philosophy and belief that every student can succeed, varied methodologies and teaching techniques will be offered in an effort to assist the student to progress toward successful achievement.

DISMISSAL POLICIES
The college’s satisfactory progress policy will be followed to evaluate and measure progress unless a student has jeopardized the safety and security of a patient or other person or has violated a condition for automatic dismissal.

  1. If the situation does not involve automatic dismissal, the student will receive a written report notifying the student of the problem and offering the student a chance to satisfactorily correct the problem.

  2. If correction does not occur, the student will be terminated with no audit opportunity.

STANDARDS TO BE MET BY STUDENTS

In order to successfully complete the program, students must pass all courses within each program as evidenced by an academic grade of seventy-eight percent (78% or “C”) or better, must pass all stand alone tests, clinical skills, and decorum, and must have satisfactory attendance.

This Satisfactory Progress Policy applies to all students regardless of the method they will be using to pay for their education (i.e., Workforce Alliance, Inc., WTP., Title IV, private pay, scholarship, grant program or any other method of payment or program). This Satisfactory Progress Policy applies to all students regardless of whether they are full-time or part-time, attend day classes or evening classes, attend Nursing or Health Occupation classes.





POLICY FOR REPEATING COURSEWORK IN AUDIT STATUS


Definition: Audit Status: A one time opportunity to allow current students to repeat coursework after they have not met satisfactory progress standards.

A student who elects to apply for Audit Status in order to become satisfactory must follow the below listed rules related to Repeating Coursework in Audit Status which is a one-time opportunity:

  1. A student must complete the “one-time” audit application form and accept the Audit Plan as approved by the Dean. Students will be given a two week period following the date termination has occurred to accept this audit plan. Failure to accept the terms of the Audit Plan within the two-week period forfeits this one-time audit opportunity.
  2. Meet financial obligations. Students are not charged for terms that ANHO has been paid for in full, however all outstanding obligations must be satisfied.
  3. The application must be approved by the Dean and the audit class will be assigned as seats are available. While in “Audit Status” students will not be permitted to transfer to another class/shift.
  4. All auditing students are required to attend, repeat, and complete all theoretical work within the entire audit term. This includes class activities, homework assignments, quizzes, exams, and stand alone tests of the audit term. Attendance at all Learning Opportunity sessions on Fridays is expected. If a student has failed clinical, he/she must participate in and be responsible for completing drug cards, drug quizzes, patient care assignments, care planning, and skill demonstrations as assigned.
  5. Prior to being re-enrolled, students must pass all previously failed courses, stand alone exams, and/or clinical skills of their Audit Plan with a minimum of 78% in order to be eligible to apply for re-enrollment. When computing grades for previously failed courses, all exams of that course in audit status will count regardless of whether or not they were previously passed. Regarding Integration, Integration exam(s) must be re-taken and passed regardless of what was passed in a previous enrollment period.
  6. All grades achieved in the audit term will be recorded on the student’s audit report card. When the student resumes satisfactory progress status, passing grades will replace previously failed grades, when the student is re-enrolled
  7. Students in audit status who fail to comply with the standards for attendance, academics, clinical and/or decorum, or who do not pass all audit requirements, will be terminated from audit status preventing further progression. If a student has two consecutive weeks of absences during the audit period, he/she will be terminated preventing any further progression. Students who never begin their one-time audit period, forfeit this opportunity.
  8. Once the student has passed all requirements, financial aid must be re-established and financial obligations met before the student may re-enroll and progress. Re-enrollment will be on a space available basis.


POLICY: RE-APPLICATION AUDIT STATUS


All Previously Enrolled ANHO Students

All previously enrolled ANHO students including students who terminated voluntarily, as well as students who were terminated from ANHO from either enrolled status or audit status, must re-apply for admission following the below guidelines:

  1. Re-apply to ANHO
  2. Meet all current admission standards at the time of re-application.
  3. Take competency exams to determine placement.
  4. Enter only at the beginning of Term #1, Term #2, or Term #3 depending upon the result of competency exam(s).
  5. Meet financial obligations. Students are not charged for terms that ANHO has been paid for in full, however all outstanding obligations must be satisfied.
  6. Re-admission acceptance will be on a space available basis.
  7. In the event that an audit period is required, students must
    1. Complete the “Re-Application Audit Status” paperwork and agree to terms of “Re-Application Audit” within a two week period of the plan being offered.
    2. Prior to being re-enrolled, students must pass all courses and all stand alone exams of the audit term(s) regardless of what was passed in a previous enrollment.
    3. One term at a time must be audited and passed. If any course or stand alone exam is failed, the student will be terminated without any further audit opportunity and without any further re-application opportunity.
    4. Attendance at all Learning Opportunity sessions on Friday is expected.
    5. If a student has two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences during their “Re-Application Audit Status”, he/she will be terminated preventing any further progression. Students who never begin their one-time “Re-Application Audit Status” period, forfeit this opportunity.
    6. While a student is in “Re-Application Audit Status” he/she will not be permitted to transfer to another class/shift.