The Office of the Registrar will notify students regarding registration details. All continuing students are registered for the upcoming academic year’s fall classes by the end of spring quarter. Students may attend only the specific course sections for which they are registered. Non-adherence to this policy will result in no credit for the course. Students will not be registered for courses, labs or clinic shifts that occur at overlapping times. Credit will be earned for only one course during any given segment of time. All changes in courses and sections must be made through the Office of the Registrar. Students who wish to register for less than the full-time curriculum must receive written approval from the program dean. No student may add or begin classes after the end of the second week of any quarter.
Eligibility to Register
A non-degree seeking student is someone who is not a matriculated NCNM student or is matriculated into the School of Research & Graduate Studies. Persons who wish to attend a course as a non-degree seeking student must make application through the Admissions Office. Approval is based upon space availability and meeting of prerequisite requirements. Graduates of accredited NCNM programs may apply for entry into certificate programs offered at NCNM, provided they meet the specific requirements. Practitioners seeking continuing education units (CEUs) should contact the Office of Advancement.
NCNM policy allows an individual to challenge by examination the content of a required course. Applicants who have been accepted may request to challenge a course prior to matriculation. This option is only available to students who have appropriately documented prior graduate coursework and there is a question as to whether or not the information covered sufficiently meets NCNM requirements. Transfer credit policies and course descriptions are outlined in the college catalog and from the Office of Admissions. There must be a difference in hours between a transfer course and the college’s course and/or a question of equivalency of material covered in order for a challenge exam to be given. After the challenge exam has been administered, the grade is recorded and the student is notified of the results. If the student fails the exam, he/she must register for the course and pay the appropriate tuition.
To be considered for a challenge exam, the student must:
- Complete transfer credit review during the admissions process to identify which courses may be eligible for challenge. Students who are applying for transfer credit reviews must sign the “NCNM Transfer of Credit Agreement” form upon admission to the college. Transfer credits will not be considered after matriculation.
- Submit a “Transfer/Challenge Exam” form obtained from the registrar, and submit this to the associate dean of academic progress and the instructor (to which the challenge exam is related) for approval. Once permission is obtained, the associate dean of academic progress will facilitate arrangements for the student to take the challenge exam.
- Pay the appropriate fees and submit an “Exam” form, located in the Faculty Support Office, to the instructor before taking the exam. See the Financial section for information on fees.
- Take the challenge exam prior to the offering of the course that is being challenged, with the exam taken, graded, and the grade submitted to the registrar no fewer than two weeks prior to the start of the quarter in which the course is offered.
Students may audit a lecture course, space allowing, if they have met the prerequisites, have obtained the instructor’s consent, and have registered for the course. The course will appear on the student’s official transcript as an audit. Classes taken as an audit must be declared by the end of the quarter’s second week. Audited courses are not eligible for challenge exams. See the Financial Policies section for information on fees.