What is the consequence of being late or falling behind with assignments?
The assignment schedule is provided as a guideline and is flexible. We expect students to honor the due dates however, there is no penalty for being late. You should try to complete your final assignment by the due date, as all assignments have to be returned before the final examination is taken. Plan to work through the course on a regular basis. Sporadic study habits are not good for effective learning. The final examination is sent to your invigilator as soon as we receive your final assignment. The examination is not sent to your invigilator if you have not returned all assignments even though you may have provided us with invigilator details.
Do I have to take the final course examination?
No. If you are taking the course for continuing education credits, you do not have to take the final examination. To qualify for continuing education credits you must complete the course assignments. To receive a course certificate from The Burwin Institute, you must complete all assignments, take the final examination, and obtain a minimum passing grade of 70%. For two‐ part courses (Abdomen, Neurosonology), you must get a passing grade in both parts. To receive a Burwin course certificate for Obstetrics & Gynecology, you must get a passing grade in both courses.
If I enrol in more than one course, do I take the final course examinations on the same day?
Usually not. A student must make arrangements with an invigilator as to the time and place to write the exams on the scheduled day. Procedures and details for the invigilator are outlined in the course registration package.
What is an invigilator?
An invigilator is a person who accepts the responsibility of supervising the final examination in a course. The examination may be taken online or on paper. An internet ready computer in a quiet room is required for the online examination. The invigilator for an online examination is given a password for the examination site and administers the examination on the prearranged day, time, and location. The invigilator for the paper version of the examination receives the examination paper by mail and administers the examination on the prearranged day, time, and location.
Who may serve as my invigilator?
This person may be a supervisor, department head, physician, hospital or public librarian, instructor etc. An invigilator may not be a peer, e.g. nurse, x‐ray tech, or sonographer in an non‐authoritative position over you; a close relative, e.g. spouse, uncle; or a non professional, e.g. secretary.
What are my invigilator's responsibilities?
When must I find an invigilator if I decide to take the final examination?
You should complete and send your invigilator information with submission of your first assignment. The invigilator information may be completed and submitted online, fax, or mail.
What happens if I chose to do the printed examination, change my mind, and my invigilator has already received the examination?
You must instruct your invigilator to return the examination unopened to The Burwin Institute. The student is responsible for the cost of returning the examination.
Do I complete a separate invigilator form for each course if I'm enrolled in more than one course?
Yes. An invigilator form is included in each course and must be completed for each course even if the same person is the invigilator for all the courses you are enrolled in.
May I take the final examination on a date other than the date indicated on the Assignment Schedule?
Yes. You may take the final examination on an alternate date only if personal illness or unavoidable circumstances prevent you from taking the examination on the scheduled date or if the invigilator of choice is unavailable on the scheduled examination date. If necessary, the alternate examination date should be within five calendar days of the scheduled examination date (before or after). For example, if the scheduled examination date is December 7th, an alternate examination date between December 2 and December 12 is acceptable. Please notify us by email, phone or fax if circumstances require you to take the examination on an alternate date. We ask that all students make a sincere effort to take the final examination on the scheduled date.
When can I expect to receive my course results?
For an online examination you will see your examination result immediately when the examination is completed and submitted. For a printed examination, your mark will be posted and you can expect to receive your course results by mail approximately two weeks after we receive your final examination answer sheet.
What happens to the final examination?
If you take the online examination it can be viewed in your Burwin online course record (BOSS) for one year from your course registration date. You keep the examination paper if you take the paper version of the examination. The completed answer sheet is returned to Burwin by the invigilator immediately after it is taken. You are able to determine from the returned examination answer sheet which questions you answered incorrectly. Direct your attention to question topics which you answered incorrectly. However, for effective registry preparation, all topics should be studied as broadly as possible. Many different questions can be asked about any topic. If you understand a topic well, you should be able to answer any question on the topic. You should not study a topic by memorizing test or examination questions. Some individuals are so dependent on studying this way, they end up with tunnel vision and cannot answer a question correctly about the topic unless the question is identical to the question they memorized. The chance that a registry question be identical is, of course, very remote. If you get a question wrong on the examination, review the topic related to that question, and test yourself with the assignment questions relating to the topic.