To advance through the programs offered at the Academy, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Academic progress is monitored by quizzes, practical work, papers, projects, attendance and intersession homework assignments.
Attendance is mandatory in all classes. We understand that this expectation may differ from your previous educational experiences where absences could be “excused” for medical or family reasons. However, your presence is essential to making the intensive structure possible.
During intensive sessions students must be present for no less than 85% of class hours (Acupuncture program) and 75% of class hours (Herbal Studies program). Credit for any intensive session when two or more days are missed will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Factors to be weighed include: attendance history, class participation and academic standing. During the residential clinical year, students must be present for no less than 85% of all didactic and clinical training classes per clinic level (all programs). Failure to meet attendance guidelines per clinical level may result in a grade of “Incomplete” for that portion of the program. An “Incomplete” grade in any clinical level may mean waiting as much as a year to re-take that level.
Attendance requirements in all other courses such as western clinical sciences, adjunctive studies, practice management and national exam preparation, are specified in the course syllabi.
Students who miss instructional time in any program may be given make-up work assigned by the instructor in consultation with the academic dean. Such work may include additional reading, writing assignments, testing, or meetings with tutors/faculty members. Students are responsible for any additional costs associated with make-up requirements. Poor attendance is grounds for probation or dismissal from the program. Reinstatement shall be at the discretion of the Academy.