School Policies

Student Privileges and Responsibilities

For a complete and most up-to-date list, check the student handbook, Steeple.

Policies relating to student privileges and responsibilities are addressed in the student handbook, Steeple, which is distributed to all students annually. This informative handbook is available to any applicant who requests it prior to entrance into the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing.

The polices listed below are applicable to ADMITTED STUDENTS to the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing, NOT APPLICANTS.

Attendance

The faculty of Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing believe that in order to ensure excellence and professionalism in nursing, attendance and punctuality for class and clinical experiences are essential. Students are expected to attend all planned educational activities and must meet all course objectives. In the event of absences, the student’s ability to meet course objectives may be in jeopardy and may result in course failure. Further clarification is available in the student’s handbook, Steeple.

Certifications and Insurance

An American Heart Association Healthcare Provider approved cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification (BLS/CPR) must be maintained while enrolled.

Code of Conduct

Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing follows a code of professional conduct. Click here to download the school’s policy.

Health Forms and Examinations

Prior to entrance into the clinical nursing courses, students must obtain a physical examination, including drug and alcohol screenings, and have completed all required immunizations. Students are responsible for obtaining and maintaining their own medical insurance and for meeting medical costs should they occur. Pre-entrance physical examinations are performed through the Employee Health Department. The Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing reserves the right to request additional health screening if deemed appropriate.

Student Achievement

Evaluation of the student’s progress is based on the theoretical and clinical grades achieved at Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing.

Exceptions to the Grading System:

  • Courses which students challenge will be indicated on the transcript by the letter grade (CE).
Theory Grade

Numerical Equivalent: 94-100%

Pass or Fail: Passing

Quality Points: 4.0

Numerical Equivalent: 90-93%

Pass or Fail: Passing

Quality Points: 3.67

Numerical Equivalent: 87-89%

Pass or Fail: Passing

Quality Points: 3.33

Numerical Equivalent: 83-86%

Pass or Fail: Passing

Quality Points: 3.00

Numerical Equivalent: 80-82%

Pass or Fail: Passing

Quality Points: 2.67

Numerical Equivalent: 77-79%

Pass or Fail: Passing

Quality Points: 2.33

Numerical Equivalent: 75-76%

Pass or Fail: Passing

Quality Points: 2.0

Numerical Equivalent: 68-74%

Pass or Fail: Failure

Quality Points: 1.0

Numerical Equivalent: Below 60%

Pass or Fail: Failure

Quality Points: 0

Clinical Grade

 

Explanation of Performance

 

Letter Grade S = Satisfactory

Explanation of Performance

 

Letter Grade U = Unsatisfactory

Please Note: If a nursing course includes theory and clinical content, the student must pass both the theory and clinical components in order to complete the course satisfactorily.

Status in the School

A student maintains satisfactory status in the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing by:
  1. Maintaining a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  2. Meeting the current course objectives.
  3. Maintaining satisfactory (S) clinical performance.
  • Recognition of honor students or those who have exhibited clinical excellence will be made at graduation.
  • Students must meet the course requirements of a course level before progressing to the next course level.
  • Students must meet all financial and other obligations to the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing before progressing to next level.

Graduation and Licensure

To be eligible for graduation, the student must:
  1. Successfully complete all curriculum course requirements, including satisfactory clinical performance.
  2. Meet all financial and other obligations to the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing.
  • Students will be permitted three years from the start of N199 to satisfactorily complete all requirements within the curriculum.
  • Awards will be presented at graduation recognizing students for academic, clinical and professional excellence.
  • Graduates of the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing are eligible to take the NCLEX exam for licensure as a registered nurse. The State Board of Nursing determines this eligibility. Convicted felons may be denied the opportunity for licensure. For more information visit www.dos.state.pa.us for further clarification.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment) whereby students have the right to review their records that meet the Act’s definition of education records. Upon written request to the Chairman, Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing, students may review their records. No personally identifiable information from the student will be disclosed without prior written consent of the student except under certain defined conditions by the Act. Only school officials and authorized governmental and accrediting agencies may have access to student records. Requests to disclose information from the student’s records must be submitted in writing by the student to the Chairman, Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing.

Campus Security Information

The “Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act,” P.L. #101-542, requires all post-secondary institutions to collect, publish and distribute information on campus safety. The Abington Memorial Hospital Security Department/designee during student orientation addresses campus security information and law enforcement on campus. Campus security information is published in the student handbook, Steeple. You can also access this information on the hospital’s Web site:
Click here to review the Annual Security Report for the AMH Dixon School of Nursing

ReadyNotifyPA is a system that helps local officials in Southeastern Pennsylvania send emergency text alerts and other important notifications to you quickly. ReadyNotifyPA can send these to your cell phone, pager, BlackBerry, PDA and/or E-mail account. This is not mandatory, it is just a helpful suggestion.

Click here to read the article from 11/8/10: The Jeanne Clery Act, Twenty Years Later: From Admitting to Addressing Campus Crime. Now What? By Jonathan Kassa, Executive Director, Security On Campus, Inc.

Substance Abuse

The administration of Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing believes that it is the professional responsibility of its students and employees to read and be knowledgeable about substance abuse, its consequences, and to be in compliance with the AMH Substance Abuse Policy # 804. The faculty at student orientation addresses substance abuse prevention. It is also addressed in the student handbook, Steeple.

Student Grievance

The objective of the Student Grievance Committee is to provide a means of handling complaints, disputes, or questions whatsoever which affect, directly or indirectly, the terms, or conditions of student education or student life. The Student Grievance Policy and Procedure is published in the student handbook, Steeple.

The School reserves the right to change its curriculum, educational policies, and expenses at any time. Reasonable notice will be given. These changes will be communicated verbally and in writing.

If you have questions about Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing, please call 215-481-5500 or email AMH-dixonson@abingtonhealth.org