Academics :: School of Health Professions

Student Responsibilities

Attending college implies that the student has accepted adult responsibilities regarding their chosen course of study. It is the opinion of the faculty that this means the student is responsible for the following:

  • After receiving a course syllabus and Program Handbook, adhere to attendance policies, grading policies, absence policies, and all program policies, rules and regulations for the course.
  • After receiving a unit outline, being responsible for all unit learning activities and reading assignments.
  • Keeping a record of all grades earned in the course and knowing the progress you are making in the course.
  • Completing assigned work by stated deadlines or accepting the consequences for work completed late/not completed.

Attending public primary and secondary schools is a right in the United States. Attending college is a privilege earned by academic performance at the secondary level and maintaining acceptable performance necessary to complete a course of study. Community colleges in Virginia have an “open door” admission practice; however, selected programs such as nursing have restricted admissions policies. Your admission to the program is a privilege extended to you by the faculty comprising the Nursing Admission and Retention Committee and was based upon your academic performance and your overall potential for succeeding in the program and becoming a competent practitioner. The nursing faculty has a responsibility to the Commonwealth of Virginia; i.e., the public, to insure the following:

  • That academic standards are identified and maintained
  • That standards of clinical performance, in accordance with the Virginia Board of Nursing, be maintained
  • Those students completing the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)

The role of the faculty is to facilitate student learning. Faculty has the responsibility to protect the public and assure competency of program graduates.

When you accepted admission into the program, you accepted the responsibility to fulfill the academic and clinical requirements established by the faculty. It was the assumption of the Nursing Admission and Retention Committee that your goal was to become a registered nurse. In order to do so, you must complete a minimum of two (2) years of formalized education in the program. The nursing curriculum is challenging. If you wish to attain your goal, then you must do the work necessary to achieve it and accept the fact that only you can determine how much effort you wish to extend toward meeting that goal. Be assured that the only way to accomplish your goal is by doing the work assigned.

Communication is essential in health care delivery, and communication with other professionals involved in client care is a daily occurrence. Students in the nursing program will be expected to utilize professional communication in all interactions with clients, faculty, and other professionals who may be contacted through clinical or didactic experiences. All email communication associated with the nursing program and nursing courses should be through VWCC email only.

All full time and adjunct faculty are to be addressed respectfully by last name and title.

Students should not call a faculty member at home unless given prior permission by the faculty member. This also applies to calling adjunct faculty at home or at their primary place of employment.
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