Attendance, Conduct, Behavior & Appearence

Students are expected to be pleasant and on their best behavior. Each student shall:

  • Conduct themselves in a dignified and respectful manner.
  • Dress appropriately for a classroom and/or clinical environment.
  • Respect and protect the rights, privileges, and beliefs of others.
  • Abide by the rules and regulations of the Institute and the training program.
  • Participate in academic assignments, clinical instruction, and group activities.
  • Refrain from making public statements that disparage any person or the work of colleagues.
  • Neither engage in, assist in, nor condone cheating, plagiarism, or other similar activities.

Behavior that is deemed disruptive, unprofessional, or inappropriate will not be tolerated. Disruptive, unprofessional, and/or inappropriate behavior is defined as student initiated acts that range from tardiness to violence. It may consist of behavior that is disrespectful, unethical, offensive, or threatening and may present itself physically, verbally, or psychologically. Therefore, students who engage in behavior such as rudeness, horseplay, or fighting will be asked to leave immediately. Because such behavior negatively impacts the classroom environment and interferes with learning activities, the perpetrator of such behavior may be expelled from the academic program.


No clothing that is provocative or revealing will be allowed at any time. If a student is deemed inappropriately dressed by our staff, the student will be asked to leave immediately. Repeated offenses will lead to dismissal. Tattoos, body piercing, and unusual jewelry will be reviewed on case by case bases when visible. Long hair must be pulled back away from the face. Facial hair must be neatly trimmed and must not interfere with HEPA-respirator use. Uniforms are encouraged. For safety reasons open toed shoes such as sandals are prohibited. Smoking is prohibited inside campus buildings, classrooms, and clinical sites.

Attendance Policy


Continuing Education

Absent continuing education students will not be awarded credit for missed coursework. Due to the short nature of continuing education courses, no extensions or incomplete grades will be given; all course work must be completed on the scheduled dates and in the allotted time.


Academic Students

EMT, Paramedic and other academic students must maintain 90% attendance or better to meet NIEMS curriculum standards; therefore, if you know in advance that you cannot regularly attend class do not register. Due to the life-and-death nature of emergency healthcare, your education must be completed in its entirety. Seriously ill or injured patients will expect your knowledge to be thorough and complete without any missing gaps that could affect their health and safety. Therefore, when we say that 90% attendance is required we mean it. Academic program students that miss more than 10% of class time will be dropped from the program. (Clinical time must be completed and will be rescheduled.)


NOTE: If an EMT or Paramedic academic program student is absent for a lecture, the missed educational content may be obtained through alternative study methods. If a student chooses to make-up the missed material, the student will no longer be considered absent. Student’s may:


  • Complete specific homework or a detailed book report to be graded.
  • Prepare and give an oral PowerPoint presentation to be graded.
  • Take an essay exam over the missed material with a score of 80% or higher.
  • Request one-on-one instruction by a NIEMS instructor at an additional student cost of $25/hour.



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