Academic or Clinical Difficulties in Master’s Program

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Students who are having academic or clinical difficulties are encouraged to contact the course instructor, clinical faculty, and clinical preceptor, if applicable, as early as possible in the semester. It is also recommended that students appraise their academic advisor and advanced practice area coordinator of academic or clinical difficulties.

At mid-semester, the Director of the Master’s Programs requests from course coordinators the names of students who may be experiencing academic or clinical difficulties. This list will be shared with the Director of Admissions and Student Services, the student’s academic advisor and advanced practice area coordinator. Course coordinators will be instructed to ask for a meeting with each student who is experiencing academic or clinical difficulties, informing them of their academic standing, and setting up a plan to facilitate their ability to meet course objectives. The course coordinator will refer the student back to their faculty advisor and advanced practice area coordinator for further guidance and assistance.

Students who are not making satisfactory progress in a course will set a time to meet with the course coordinator and develop a formal learning contract with the course coordinator or a designated course faculty member. The contract should identify the areas of deficiency and specify corrective actions to satisfactorily meet course and/or program objectives.

The academic and clinical performance of master’s students is reviewed at mid-semester and at the end of each semester. In programs of study where course work is sequential or clinical performance is unsatisfactory or marginal, the student may not progress in the program until improvement is made and course objectives are met. These situations will be reviewed at the end of each semester (see Progression Review Process).