Massage Certification Academic Policies
Academic policies are detailed in the Five Branches University Student Handbook. A summary of policies pertinent to the Asian Bodywork and Qigong Program (ABQ) follows below.
Academic and Clinical Class Attendance
ABQ students are required to attend all scheduled classes, including the clinical training in the program. If a student must miss a class due to an emergency situation, the student is responsible for obtaining all information for the missed class and must meet with the instructor to arrange make-up assignments. Students may miss no more than two class sessions per course. More than two absences require that the student repeat the course at half tuition. In the event of a foreseen absence, the student is responsible for contacting the course instructor ahead of the absence.
Grading System and Assessment Method
Grades are an assessment of student progress relative to achieving the educational goals and objectives listed in course syllabi and in accordance with the policies of the University. Five Branches University uses the letter grading system (A, B, C, F) for all didactic courses and the grades of credit/no credit (CR/NC) for all clinic hours. The methods of assessing a student’s academic achievement include: 1) written quizzes and exams, 2) participation and attendance in class and clinic, and 3) homework projects.
Academic Probation and Dismissal
ABQ students must maintain a Semester GPA of 2.50 or better to be in good academic standing. If they do not meet these requirements, students are placed on academic probation. Failure to achieve good academic standing in the following 6-month period results in academic suspension. The ABQ advisor supervises this process. ABQ students who do not maintain good academic standing are required to meet with the ABQ advisor and devise a plan to improve academic performance.
Time Limit for Certificate Completion
Each level of certification in the ABQ Program must be completed within two years. ABQ students will normally not be able to complete the Level III certificate program in less than one year, except in transfer credit cases. After completion of one level of certification, students may return for a higher level of certification and apply the cumulative hours of the previous level within ten years. After ten years, the coursework is considered outdated and must be repeated in order to apply it towards the next level of certification.
The Five Branches Handbook and Clinic Manual contain specific regulations regarding professionalism in the University and clinic. Students need to maintain appropriate professional standards and appearance. Violations of professionalism may result in disciplinary action, including counseling from the advisor, academic probation, temporary academic suspension pending corrective action, and final termination from the program.
Students who wish to share concerns or grievances with academic policy are first encouraged to resolve the situation with individual course instructors. Unresolved grievances with academic and administrative policy should be submitted in writing to the Academic Dean for resolution.
Five Branches University is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation in the administration of admission, educational policies or employment. The University abides by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against any “qualified individual with a disability.”
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