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The Health Science Curriculum is designed so that each semester’s requirements must be met before proceeding into the next. With extenuating circumstances, one exception may be allowed with written permission from the respiratory therapy program director and the respiratory therapy director of clinical education. One grade of C- in any one pre-requisite math, science, health science, or major course (RET) may be considered for this exception. These circumstances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.
A student receiving an incomplete in a prerequisite course will be allowed only two weeks into the following semester to remove the incomplete. If this is not done, the student will automatically be dropped from the course(s) in which he/she is currently enrolled. A grade of F will also replace the incomplete per University policy. This may require the student to sit out or take a “stop out” option until the courses are offered again the following semester, or following academic year. Health science students who receive less than a C (2.0 GPA on 4.0 scale) in any pre-requisite course or in any respiratory therapy major course (RET) will not be allowed to continue in the program until the course is taken again and at least a grade of C is earned. Respiratory therapy students are only allowed to re-take Respiratory Therapy or related science courses in which a grade of C-, D, or F was earned. A student may repeat a pre-requisite course or any course within the professional phase (RET,CLS) only once. If a second C-, D, or F is earned or if a C-, D, F is earned in another professional course the student will be immediately withdrawn from the program.
Respiratory therapy students who get a grade of C- in a respiratory therapy major course (RET,CLS) will not be permitted to progress within the program due to not being able to register for the following semester’s course sequence. The student will be withdrawn from or not permitted to register for any respiratory therapy courses sequenced after that class. Exceptions to this rule can be made on a case-by-case basis and will require written permission from the Respiratory Therapy Program Director and Director of Clinical Education.
Physical and emotional health is assessed upon admission to the Respiratory Care Program. (See Respiratory Therapy Professional Program Admission Procedure) Health records must be completed and updated annually for a student to progress, re-enter, or graduate. After admission, any student who presents physical or emotional health problems which do not respond to appropriate treatment or counseling within a specified time frame may be evaluated for dismissal (or withdrawal) from the program. At any time, a faculty member may remove a student from clinical practice if the faculty member feels that the student is demonstrating: behavior that is in conflict with safe respiratory care practices, lack of preparation in relation to skill performance or knowledge base, or lack of professional attitude and manner. (See clinical evaluation)
Students who are accepted under conditional acceptance will be required to fulfill all criteria deemed necessary by the program’s faculty to progress within the program. All students will be evaluated each semester for fulfillment of required criteria, and change of status to full acceptance. Students who do not obtain full acceptance into the program will not be allowed to register or attend senior level clinical experiences.
At any time the Respiratory Therapy Program Director and Director of Clinical Education may place a student on “contract”. This is a probationary step designed to help students fulfill any personal, academic, or professional/social issues that the faculty feel may be hindering the student’s academic or clinical performance. Students who are placed on contract are required to complete all criteria in the contract set forth by the Program Director and Director of Clinical Education. A student may not progress in the program until the contract criteria have been fulfilled. Each contract will state specific criteria that are required, along with deadlines and needed documentation that the student may need to provide. The student will receive ongoing written notification informing the student of fulfillment of the contract, renewal of the contract, or incompletion of the contract and new criteria. Students who do not fulfill their contracts by the given deadlines, or fail to provide the required proof of completion stated by the contract will be evaluated for dismissal from the program. (See also: 5.4 Clinical Probation/Suspension and 3.2-Dismissal for Unsafe Clinical Practice)
Progression for Senior Level Clinical Rotations
Should a student fail to progress academically, or in the clinical setting the student must choose between three options.
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