Student and Clinical Placement Policies

Attendance and Dress Policy

The following policies apply to all UCQ students and can also be found in your student handbook.

Attendance at lectures is not mandatory

Attendance at all scheduled labs and clinical placements is mandatory

  • Absence may result in course failure
  • Contact your instructor immediately in case of illness or unforeseen circumstances that prevent your attendance


Attendance is not mandatory for lectures, but some courses will include participation marks that can only be obtained by attending class

Non-attendance is linked to poor performance and lower grades

Sponsors receive regular attendance reports

  • Justified absences are to be discussed with your sponsor. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate supporting evidence
  • Travel/social/recreational activities will not be accepted as justified reasons for absence

General Policy:  In keeping with the culture in Qatar, students will ensure coverage of shoulders, chest, upper legs and knees at all times.

Laboratory:  Students must wear uniforms for all clinical laboratory sessions. You will be required to roll your sleeves up to just below the elbow when handling sensitive materials or engaged in some clinical procedures. You are responsible for keeping your uniforms in good repair and for ensuring that they are freshly laundered and pressed for each clinical laboratory session.

Clinical: See Clinical ID and Dress Policy

Clinical Placement Policies

Students may be required to complete clinical experience at sites other than the location of their residence including urban or rural settings. Clinical placements may be scheduled at various hours, including evenings, nights, and weekends. Nursing students are responsible for all travel, parking, and accommodation costs related to clinical practicums.

Participation in all activities that are related to clinical courses is mandatory.

Failure to fully participate in clinical and tutorial sessions will be reviewed by the instructor and may result in a failing grade.

Missing one or more lab/clinical days will put you at risk of failing the course.

Non-attendance may result in your removal from the course.

Nursing Clinical and Lab Practice Attendance Policy

Normally, students will not be permitted to withdraw from a clinical/lab course in order to avoid a failing grade.

Assessment of clinical performance is based largely on day-to-day performance.


  • are accountable for the standard of care they provide
  • are expected to have knowledge, skill and judgement to perform safely, effectively and ethically in the clinical settings
  • are expected to know and acknowledge the limits of their competence and to seek assistance, direction and supervision as necessary
  • should be familiar with the policies and procedures of the clinical area
  • must not use mobile phones in the clinical area

Faculty members have the authority to remove a student from the clinical area for unsafe clinical practice or inappropriate behaviour. The Associate Dean will be consulted or informed about any such situation or action. A student who wishes to appeal such a decision will follow the appeals process as outlined in the Academic Calendar.

The nurse to patient/client relationship places nurses and nursing students in a privileged position of accessing confidential information concerning patients, clients and classmates. Nurses and nursing students have a professional, moral and legal obligation to maintain strict confidentiality of any client/patient information or data. Students admitted to the University of Calgary in Qatar are required to sign a "Schedule B Acknowledgement and Undertaking" form.

Clinical Identification:

Your UCQ student ID must be worn at all times while in the clinical area. If you lose your UCQ Student ID Card or it needs to be replaced for any reason, contact Maha in Student Services. See the ID Cards page for more information on ordering a replacement ID card.


Clinical Placement Dress Code Policy:

Hospital, Long-Term Care, and Other In-Patient Centres:  Uniforms are required for practice in hospitals, nursing homes, and other care centres. Some clinical agencies may have unique unit-specific dress policies. specific instructions will be provided at orientation.


Home Care and community Health Practice:

Students will be conservatively and appropriately dressed for all clinical activities in any health care setting. Se course outlines or agency guidelines for specific details related to these expectations.




Must Not

Be single coloured

Be athletic shoes

Have no heel

Be canvas shoes

Be non-slip

Be open toe





Should be light weight and white

Should not be athletic socks or coloured







Not Permitted


Jewelry in your tongue, eyebrow, nose, chin, lip

Wedding band

*All jewelry no mentioned in the “permitted” section

Ring (no stone)


Plain stud earrings (max 2 per ear)


Medical alert jewelry



Personal Appearance:




Keep Short and Clean

Controlled (must not interfere with work)

Tattoos must be covered

No artificial nails

Beards and moustaches must be neat

No chewing gum

No nail polish

Beards and moustaches must be able to be contained in a mask

No fragrances/perfume/cologne


You are strongly encouraged to avoid wearing your uniform in public places and should cover the uniform before leaving the clinical setting.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certifications:

All students will be required to submit proof of current CPR Certification before they begin clinical practice courses. Students will be responsible for obtaining course training and certification. Students are responsible for re-certification every 2 years. Costs are the responsibility of the student.

Failure to provide adequate proof of CPR Certification by the add/drop deadline will prevent registration in clinical courses. Should CPR Certification lapse at some point during the clinical courses, without re-certification you will be removed from the clinical courses, which may delay graduation.


All students must complete the Appendix A – UCQ Immunization form. All listed immunizations and screening tests are necessary to work in hospitals or other health care facilities. You are expected to keep your immunizations up to date and must provide proof of such updates to UCQ.

Failure to provide adequate proof of immunization by the add/drop deadline will prevent registration in clinical courses. Should immunizations expire at some point during the clinical courses and is not updated you will be removed from the clinical courses, which may delay your graduation.

Talk to the clinical coordinator if you have any questions or concerns regarding CPR or Immunizations