General Policies - Good Samaritan College of Nursing

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General Policies

Academic Year

The academic year is based on a semester system. The College operates Monday through Friday. While many classes are held during the daytime, evening courses may be offered depending on enrollment. Clinical experiences in nursing courses may offer day and evening hours based on enrollment. Clinical hours in some courses will require 12 hour shifts throughout days, evenings, nights, and/or weekends. There are scheduled breaks throughout the curriculum including Summer, Christmas and spring break.

Holidays are observed on Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Day and July 4th.

Credit Hour

One semester credit hour will be awarded for a minimum of 750 minutes of formalized instruction that typically requires students to work at out-of-class assignments an average of twice the amount of time as the amount of formalized instruction (1,500 minutes). It is acknowledged that formalized instruction may take place in a variety of modes.

While awarding semester credit hours typically occurs for instruction delivered in accordance with an institution's standard semester calendar, it may also occur for instruction that may not follow the typical pattern of an institution's standard semester calendar as long as the criteria for awarding such credit is met.


It is the intent of Good Samaritan College to treat its students in a fair and equitable manner. With appropriate, consistent, and considerate handling, student – college related problems can and should be resolved without undertaking a formal grievance. However, when desired, a grievance procedure detailed in the Student Grievance Policies may be used to resolve problems (see GSC Web Site/Student Services/Policies).

FERPA Compliance

The Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended (FERPA). FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. This law applies to all institutions that receive funds administered by the Department of Education. FERPA is administered through the Registrar’s Office and enforced by: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20202- 8520; 202-260-3887; 202-260-9001 (fax);

General Administration Policy

The College reserves the right to change without notice rules, policies, tuition and fees, curricula, courses or other administrative or educational policies. You may contact the College at (513) 862-2743 for the most up-to-date information.

Campus Security

Campus Security Policies and procedures are in place to maintain a safe and secure campus. A complete report is available to the general public online at Go to this web site. On the right side of the page, click Get Data for one Institution/Campus. Then, under Institution/Campus, follow the instructions.

View the video below for important information regarding Campus Safety.

Run,Hide,Fight - Surviving an Active Shooter Event

Nursing Uniforms

Nursing students in the Associate Nursing Degree program are required to wear the GSC nursing uniform for clinical nursing courses. BSN students are required to wear the GSC uniform lab coat. GSC uniforms can be purchased at Roberts Medical Uniforms. The order form is on the College website under Forms & Information. Download the form, complete it and fax or email to the vendor. The order can also be placed in the store located in West Chester at 7737A Cox Lane, West Chester, OH 45069. Phone: (513)755-3333. The College does not cover the cost of your uniform; payment will be required upon ordering.

The uniform consists of a scrub top and a lab jacket that has the school insignia and student nurse on it; the jacket and pants have two styles. You only need one set for this semester. You are responsible for contacting the vendor and ordering your uniforms.

Technical Requirements for GSC Courses

The College recommends all students have access to a personal computer and internet outside of classroom hours. A laptop which can be used both off and on campus is preferred. For students who do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for use on campus. These computers are located in the library, student lounges (8th, 9th, and 10th floors), and Student Success Center (9th floor) The following are the recommended system requirements:

NOTE: The College IT Staff does not provide support for personal devices.

PC Hardware

  • PC: Windows 10 64-bit Home or Professional
  • Mac: MacBook or MacBook Pro with the latest version of macOS


Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11 or Edge


Learning Management System

Students will have access to the College’s learning management system used to deliver course material to and from students.


Booklists and textbook purchase information are published on the GSC website at

Textbook information including ISBN and cost can also be found in the student’s account with the schedule and book tab upon registration. Students are encouraged to order textbooks online at the least possible cost. Early Disbursement for Books and Supply allowance funds are available and sent to students one week prior to the first day of classes for those who have a credit balance on their bill.


All students of the College are assigned an official college email address through the College’s Information Services Department. Official correspondence will be through the College email. Students are expected to check their email on a frequent, consistent, and daily basis to stay current with College-related communications. This includes any text messages from faculty and staff or Chat from online courses. Students have the responsibility to recognize that certain communication methods may be time-critical. There are NO acceptable excuses for missing official or un-official College communications via email, text, or chat.