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Welcome to the ASM Orientation!

Although this is the ASM Orientation, the section on organization and Keeping Track of your work may be useful for all NCM programs.

Setting up your program of study:

1. Open and explore your disc or this website (information on the disc is also available and updated here on the website)- Carefully review the instructions and program requirements in the NCM Handbook.

2. Meet with your preceptor/student to finalize scheduling and time-line for instruction and completion of the program. You may find the “Sample Course of Study” and “Blank Course of StudyPlan of Completion form , and ASM Workload Calculation Form

Worksheets useful. Please remember that you will need at least 2 preceptors in order to complete your program.

3. Student sets-up a binder in which to keep records of course work.


Keeping Track of Your Work

NCM Disc

NCM's Disc or Website

Print out the record-keeping forms from e NCM website:

~Student Record (for academic grades)
~Clinical Record Forms
~NARM Skills Form
~Student-Preceptor Evaluation Forms

NCM Student Binder

Create a Student Binder to keep track of all your important paperwork.

Include all the record-keeping forms above. It is also recommended to keep all College-related and backup paperwork such as Contracts with NCM and Preceptors, Correspondence with NCM and Preceptors, copies of any required client charts, NCM Instructions, etc.

Keep your forms up to date as you work throughout the trimester.

At the end of the trimester, fill in your Student-Preceptor Evaluations.


Send copies of the Student Record with Academic Grades, Clinical Record Forms, NARM Skills Form and the Evaluations. The student retains the originals in her/his binder and continues to fill the forms in during the next trimester.



End-of-Trimester Submissions:

The student sends an End-of-Trimester Submission to NCM
at the end of each trimester the student was active.

NCM Trimesters:
Spring (SP): January 1 - April 30th 
Summer (SU): May 1 - August 31.
Fall (FA): September 1 - December 31

Submissions should be made in one packet by regular mail (faxes and emails are not accepted) to:
National College of Midwifery
1041 Reed St, Suite C, Taos, NM 87571

Student should submit photocopies, and keep the originals for her/his files and to continue to update as he/she proceeds through the program.
Student Name should appear on every page submitted.
Preceptor Verification signatures with current date must appear on all official forms.
Work done prior to enrollment, or with someone who is not the student’s official NCM preceptor at the time the work was done will not be eligible to satisfy program requirements.

For more in-depth information, please refer to the NCM Handbook or call or email NCM:
Tel: (575) 758-8914

Always use the most updated versions of all program materials. These are available for download from the NCM website:

Items to include in End-of-Trimester Submissions:

1. Student-Preceptor Evaluations:

NCM Student-Preceptor Evaluation form

This form is required at the end of each trimester in which the student was active. An evaluation form must be completed with each preceptor with whom the student worked during that trimester and must accompany any other work the student turns in.

The completion of Evaluation Forms by the student & preceptor together provides the opportunity to:
1. Articulate accomplishments and problems in your teaching or learning.
2. Voice satisfactions and challenges with one another.
3. Review your goals and develop plans for the coming trimester.

Additional optional forms allow for student and preceptor input into periodic and ongoing:
~Credit Value Assessment
~Evaluation of Services and Policies such as student admissions criteria, program resources, facilities, and services.
~Participation in comprehensive Curriculum review, development, implementation and evaluation.
~Other suggestions and comments.
~Notification to the College of changes in student /preceptor contact information.

2. Academic Grades:

1. Read the Course Syllabus on the NCM Disc or NCM website
2. Complete the Learning Objectives
3. Preceptor Grades Course(grade must be 80% B- or higher)
4. Preceptor fills in the grade and date of evaluation
for the academic courses completed on the Student Record.
5.The Preceptor verifies the accuracy of the student record and grades with a dated verification signature at the bottom of the page.
6. NCM requires letter or number grades, not Pass/Fail


Preceptor verification signature and date here-or anywhere on the bottom of the form (must be re-signed and dated by preceptor every time it is submitted to NCM)
NCM Student Record Form

3. NARM Skills:

1. All 151 skills must be completed on one single 4-page form.
The student reads how to complete each skill in the
“Practical Skills Guide for Midwifery” by Weaver and Evans.
2. The preceptor demonstrates the skill.
3. The student practices the skill.
4. Once the student has achieved Mastery of the skill the
preceptor signs and dates each individual skill on the form
(arrows, quotes, lines, initials are NOT acceptable).
5. Several skills require separate evaluations by two different
NCM preceptors.
NCM NARM Skills Form

4. Clinical Records:

NCM Clinical Record Forms

1. Read the instructions on the bottom of each clinical page
2. Fill in all clinicals completed to “Mastery” as soon as complete in chronological order.
3. If you have more than the minimum required number of clinicals of any one type, finish one form before starting another (NCM lists all contact hours for clinical experience on the student record, but gives credit only for requirements).
3. Preceptor signs each entry (arrows, quotes, lines, initials are NOT acceptable).
4. Student and Preceptor initial client charts (see Guidelines for Verifying Documentation of
Clinical Experience in NCM Handbook)

5. Other Program Requirements:

There are several other requirements that will have to be sent to NCM to complete the program. Among these are:

Photocopies of student CPR and NRP certifications,
Practice Guidelines (must be submitted on CD)
Emergency Transfer Form
Informed Consent Form
Other- see graduation requirements

Ensuring that the work you do will count towards NCM program requirements

(Information subject to change-please always refer to the updated NCM Handbook online)

Contacting the Office: Call or Email our office. We are happy to answer questions about your program. Our office hours are 10am-3pm Monday-Thursday MST.
Keeping in touch with NCM:

The College sends out regular updates via email. It is the student's responsibility to keep updated contact information with the college. This includes a working email address as well as current contact information on file with the College.

Student-Preceptor-NCM Relationships: Work done prior to enrollment, or with someone who is not the student’s official NCM preceptor at the time the work was done will not be eligible to satisfy program requirements. In order for NCM to accept work done towards completion of any NCM program all of the following must be true when the work was done:
1. The student must be a Current Student with NCM.
2. The preceptor must be a Current Preceptor for NCM.
3. The student and preceptor must have a current approved and complete Contract between Student, Preceptor and the National College of Midwifery on file with NCM.
4. The student and preceptor must each have received notification from NCM acknowledging their relationship.
Program Length & Completion: The ASM program is a 3 year equivalent, which the student can complete between 1-5 years. Students who have not completed their programs after 3 years of enrollment are required to submit a plan of completion signed by both student and preceptor demonstrating how the student will complete the program in the remaining time. After 3 years the student will also be responsible for paying the annual MEAC accreditation fee until graduation
Textbooks: Textbooks on our reading list are not included in our package.
North American Registry of Midwives (NARM): Always use the most up-to-date NARM Information and Materials. Check the NARM Website ( for updates or contact them directly.
1. NCM students must request a permission letter from NCM to take the NARM exam at least 3 months in advance of exam date.
2. NARM Exam and certification fees are paid by the student.
3. Graduates must apply for their CPM certification within three years of graduation.
Graduation: The Associate of Science in Midwifery Degree will be awarded only when all of the following are completed and documentation of all is on file at the College administrative headquarters:
1. Skills, Clinicals, and Academic course requirements are successfully completed.
2. The student successfully completes outside examination such as NARM or ACNM.
3. The student has paid all college fees in full.
Certificate of Midwifery will be awarded when a student successfully completes all course requirements and pays in full, but does not satisfy #2 above.
Student Licensure after Graduation: Graduation does not guarantee midwifery licensure. It is each student's responsibility to keep current with the laws of the state or country in which they are studying and to fulfill the licensure requirements in the jurisdiction in which they plan to apply for licensure and practice.
Additional Requirements for Students in California: To satisfy the standards of the California Medical Board there are several additions to the regular course work for students planning to be practicing in California. The additional Learning Objectives are included in the pre-existing courses and can be completed using the regular texts.
NCM Accreditation: NCM is accredited by MEAC, The Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, a small, private accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Our course credits and degrees may not transfer to a state university or community college. Students anticipating the possibility of applying to any other college after NCM should check whether NCM credits will transfer to that institution.
NCM Licensure: NCM is licensed as a Postsecondary Institution by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.