Evaluation and Testing Policy


It is the policy of Saint Michael School of Allied Health that formal evaluation processes are recognized as opportunities for the students to grow and develop and thereby provide a reward-challenge motivating factor in the acquisition of knowledge.

Student performance shall be evaluated by faculty using a variety of methods based on the philosophy, conceptual framework, program and course objectives, and pertinent professional standards and guidelines of the educational program. Faculty members shall use both formative and summative evaluation methods described below in determining student performance.


  • Homework, workbook/study guide/ internet assignments
  • Individual/group projects
  • Classroom participation
  • Laboratory procedure participation and return demonstrations
  • Knowledge and demonstration of nursing practice critical elements
  • Quizzes and tests
  • Unit examinations
  • Final examinations
  • SMSAH Standardized  Comprehensive Examinations


Attendance:  Student attendance [classroom and clinical] is continuously monitored throughout the entire program.

Homework, the Internet, and Workbook/Study Guide Assignments:  All homework and workbook/study guide assignments given to students in a unit of any course taught will be discussed/ reviewed before the start of the next unit.

Quizzes:  A minimum of one quiz must be given at the completion of each unit in any course.  The quiz must be graded with the raw scores given and reviewed with the students by the next class day or immediately when the instructor holds the next class.

Unit Examinations:  In all the courses, every unit shall be concluded with a unit examination. For clarification and detail, please refer to the specified course syllabus or outline. Unit examinations must be graded with raw scores given within seventy-two hours [72hrs] or three working days.

Final Examinations:  Every course shall be concluded with an end, of course, final examination.  Also, a comprehensive external examination such as the National League for Nursing, ATI, or HESI will be administered in the nursing courses. National League for Nursing, ATI, or HESI specialty exam is 10% of each nursing course grade.   Final examinations must be graded with the raw scores given and Final grades reviewed with the students within five [5] working days.

Class/Clinical Lab Component:  Each nursing course contains a class and clinical laboratory component. The student to instructor ratio in every laboratory/simulation is no greater than 10:1.  Students must pass the laboratory component to receive a passing grade in the course.  All skills must be passed in the classroom laboratory before performing them in the clinical area.  Students must meet the attendance requirement, and complete the clinical objectives in a course before moving to the next nursing course


 Excused Absences include illness, accidents, family death, court dates or immigration appointments which cannot be avoided or changed. These absences must be supported by official documentation before a make-up quiz or exam will be given. A student can only achieve a 76% or lower grade on any make-up quiz or exam.  At the end of each course, a day is assigned for makeup exams. A student who does not take the exam as scheduled will receive a zero percent (0%) grade for the exam.