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Learning Resources/Library/Resources for Advanced Study

Textbook requirements for NCM student and preceptors: Textbook requirements for NCM student and preceptors: NCM has all required textbooks in NCM’s library and will loan them for at cost shipping fee. Students are not required to own the texts, but may neet buy, rent or borrow the textbooks. Click Here for the NCM BooklistNCM lists the cost of the complete set of required textbooks in new or used form on the NCM Fees Page: http://midwiferycollege.org/Pay.html )

To provide ease of access to resources, NCM has set up a WorldCat library linked to the NCM website under “resources” and “Library” booklist to show where the text can be bought online in new, used, or electronic format.  It additionally shows the closest public library where the book can be found. http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/midwiferycollege/lists/3547316 

Links to Resources: http://midwiferycollege.org/Resource.html

When you buy books on Amazon.com, you can have .5% donated to National College of Midwifery:

QUICK LINKS TO RESOURCES:

Research Database Access: All students now have access to the ScienceDirect database through NCM's article choice subscription. Students can search and request articles from this academic database of millions of scholarly articles, journals and book titles dating back to 1823. Contact cassaundraj@midwiferycollege.edu with the name of the articles you wish to have sent to you.

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Advising, Counseling and Tutoring

To make an appointment for advising, please email our office at:

info@midwiferycollege.edu,

call (575) 758-8914

or email directly at:

  • Advising: annak@midwiferycollege.edu
  • Counseling: marcya@midwiferycollege.edu
  • Tutoring: cassaundraj@midwiferycollege.edu

 

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Transcript / Diploma Requests / Access to Educational Records

Requesting a Transcript or Diploma:

Complete the Transcript Order and Release form and mail it to NCM

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Transferring Credits to NCM & Advanced Standing

Click here to go to our Transfer Credit section

also see General Education Requriements below on this page

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Financial Aid Advisement

NCM is not a Title IV school, so our students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. NCM recommend approaching your local bank for a loan. NCM is happy to provide support for this.

Email: info@midwiferycollege.edu

Fundraising
Many NCM students have had great success “crowdfunding” which is asking for donations from friends, family, support groups (parenting, church, etc), businesses and the general public. This can be done with or without the use of an online website which can help facilitate donations and potentially reach a broader audience.

If you choose to try and fundraise in this way we encourage you to make an information packet or flier to help potential donors understand what you will accomplish with the help of their donations items you might considering including are:

  • Length of the Program (2-5 years) 
  • What degree, certification and/or license you will receive at the end of your education. (ASM, BSM, MSM, PhD) (CPM, LM)
  • Cost of the Program ($5,000 plus books and preceptor fees)
  • Benefits of this particular program (Flexibility, cost savings, ability to stay in your community, serve your community)
  • How being a midwife serves the world (health savings for society, increased mental and physical health of mothers, partners, infants, families)
  • Increased birth options (home, birth center)

Crowdfunding Sites:

Grand Challenge Scholarships
NCM is currently fundraising to create a scholarship program for aspiring midwives in underserved communities and will be joining in the Grand Challenge Scholarship program as soon as possible.  We recognize the value of providing opportunities for students from underserved populations to study midwifery, as they ultimately will be the best prepared to serve their communities and to help bridge stark and disturbing health disparities.  We look forward to being able to offer these scholarships so stay tuned for updates!

Scholarships
These sites help students locate private scholarships: 

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Clinical Placement & Preceptor Connection Support

Students are required to find and contract with their own preceptors.

NCM support to find clinical placements and preceptors:

Within the US there are higher volume birth centers which specialize in providing clinical opportunities for students for a fee (note this is not covered by your NCM tuition and would be an additional fee to you the student). This is not an endorsement for any of these clinical sites or preceptors but rather a resource to facilitate the student doing her/his own research and choosing a clinical site and preceptor that is right for them. All rules still apply for contracting with clinical preceptors.

  • High Volume Clinical Training Birth Centers
    Within the US there are higher volume birth centers, which specialize in providing clinical opportunities for students for a fee (note this is not covered by your NCM tuition and would be an additional fee to you the student). This is not an endorsement for any of these clinical sites or preceptors but rather a resource to facilitate the student doing her/his own research and choosing a clinical site and preceptor that is right for them. All rules still apply for contracting with clinical preceptors.
  • Better Birth http://www.betterbirth.com
  • Birthing Your Way: http://studentmidwifeprogram.com/
  • Maternidad de la Luz: http://www.maternidadlaluz.com/programs.sstg

(If you have a birth center, which accepts DEM students for clinical placements please contact NCM to be added to this list. info@midwiferycollege.edu)

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Career Placement/Credentials/Employment

Employment:

Because of the current nature of Direct Entry Midwifery in the US, most midwives are self-employed entrepreneurs. Ready-made jobs are often not available for midwives and relocation may be necessary in some cases.

NCM does not provide job placement, but does provide support for graduates seeking direction and assistance in starting their own small business or is happy to help students connect with birth centers and practices seeking new partners through our Bulletin Board

NCM provides contact for graduates seeking support in starting and managing a business:

   
SBA

the US Small Business Association

US Small Business Association videos:

https://www.sba.gov/videos?interiorpage2015

Contact NCM for more support: info@midwiferycollege.edu

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General Education Instructors & Requirements

General Education Instructors:

  • Instructors of requirements that are not core midwifery curriculum do not need to be midwives, but
  • Must hold certificates or degrees appropriate to their area of instruction or,
  • when neither certificates nor degrees are available in this subject area, have a minimum of three years’ experience in the relevant field.

Options to complete these courses:

  1. Complete the courses with one of your preceptors who has a degree.
  2. Wait for your non-degreed current preceptors to become credentialed (please ask these preceptors to contact NCM directly for this option).
  3. If none of your NCM preceptors have a degree, you are free to sign up another preceptor or Instructor. If you have any trouble finding one, please contact NCM's office
  4. Contact: cassaundraj@midwiferycollege.edu or see
  5. Postings by instructors and preceptors eligible to teach these courses on our Bulletin Board
  6. Transfer Credits completed at other accredited institutions or approved by ACE (See NCM Transfer Credit Policy)
  7. Complete online courses or tests for credit and submit them to NCM for Transfer Credit. We accept credits from accredited institutions and those that are approved by ACE. Here are some that we accept:
NCM Course Credits required

Straighterline.com

ACE Recommendations

Study.com

CLEP

NCM's CLEP code is 6162

(Must get a score of 50 or higher).

Modernstates.org

free courses prep to take CLEP exams

MOD1-BIO155G -Anatomy and Physiology 4.00 Anatomy&Physiology I OR II with Lab  Biology 105: Anatomy & Physiology    
MOD1-BIO120-Fetal Development 1.00 Introduction to Biology    biology  
MOD1-SOC102-Genetic Screening 1.00 Introduction to Biology    biology  
MOD1-HON205G-Applied Microbiology 3.00 MICROBIOLOGY Biology 103: Microbiology    
MOD1-SCI102G-Chemistry * 3.00 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I   Chemistry chemistry
MOD1-MATH112G-Fundamental Math 3.00 COLLEGE ALGEBRA or PRECALCULUS or General Calculus I or General Calculus II Any 1 of these Courses: Math 101: College Algebra
Math 102: College Mathematics
Math 103: Pre-Calculus
Math 104: Calculus
Any of the following: ~Calculus
~College Algebra
~College Mathematics
~Precalculus
algebra
MOD2-PSY224-Communication & Counseling 1.00 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION      
MOD2-HON248G-Cultural Issues 3.00 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY Psychology 104: Social Psychology    
MOD2-HON223G-Evolution of Human Sexuality 3.00     Human Growth and Development  
MOD2-SOC104-Child Growth & Development * 1.00   Psychology 103: Human Growth and Development Human Growth and Development  
MOD2-ENG200G-Analytical Writing 4.00 English Composition I (3Credits)AND English Composition II (3 Credits)   Any of the following: ~American Literature
~Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
~College Composition

~English Literature
Humanities
 
MOD8-HON222G-History of Midwifery 3.00        
MOD8-HON225G-Ethics 2.00        
MOD8-HON390G-Laws/Regulations 3.00        
MOD8-HON393G-Community Health 3.00        
MOD8-ENG202G-Bus. & Prof. Communications 3.00 BUSINESS COMMUNICATION      
MOD8-HON211G-Statistics 3.00 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS or BUSINESS STATISTICS      
MOD8-HON220G-Midwifery Literature & Art 3.00        

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Students with Disabilities

Resources for Educators and students with disabilities:

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The Center for Universal Design in Education

Helping educators apply universal design to all aspects of education. Applying universal design within the postsecondary setting ensures that all students and teachers, including those with disabilities, can fully participate in all educational offerings.

NCM can assist in making reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. The prospective student must provide a formal statement of diagnosis from a qualified practicing primary care provider including the student’s projected needs regarding necessary accommodations.  Please note that as students hire their own preceptors, the student will need to make arrangement for accommodations for disabilities directly with the preceptor for any activities they agree to complete together. NCM is happy to provide support to facilitate this:

Please email NCM at info@midwiferycollege.org or call 575-758-8914

Physical attributes that all students must have:

In order to be able to effectively perform the functions of a midwife include, but are not limited to, the ability to:
1. Hear soft sounds, e.g., fetal heart tones, cardiac murmurs, and breath sounds
2. Lift and/or turn patients who may be of greater size and/or weight
3. Concentrate and focus for long periods of time on complex tasks and/or on material that may be difficult to understand
4. Visualize objects that are close at hand, either with the naked eye or with corrective lenses
5. Use cognitive skills, fine motor skill dexterity, and hand-eye coordination to perform complex tasks such as palpation, phlebotomy, suturing, adult and neonatal resuscitation, insertion of IV lines, and basic and complex obstetrical maneuvers
6. Maneuver quickly in small or cramped spaces
7. Change physical positions quickly in response to the needs of a pregnant or laboring woman
8. Communicate in such a way as to be understood by others
9. Write legibly or type
10. Read and comprehend technical materials written at college and professional levels of comprehension.

NCM materials are in English at a college level of writing, speaking, and comprehension. Materials, services and classes in other languages are not currently available.

Canvas Features that Support Accessibility

Canvas is committed to ongoing accessibility enhancements, and is constantly striving to innovate and improve our products. Some of the measures that Canvas takes to ensure the highest level of compliance are:
  • The Rich Content Editor enables users to easily create alt text when embedding external images, and was recently updated for improved accessibility
  • Moderation of quizzes for individuals requiring more time or multiple attempts
  • Users may easily embed closed captions for videos they upload
  • Agenda View calendar, which is optimized for screen readers
  • Screen-reader optimized gradebooks: Gradebook & Learning Mastery
  • The files feature was recently updated with accessibility in mind
  • Move-To dialogs exist wherever Drag & Drop is used
  • High Contrast user setting
Assistive Technologies that Canvas Supports Canvas officially supports the following browser/screenreader software combinations:
  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer 11; we currently do not support accessibility items with the Edge browser)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)

Complaints

Complaint or Grievance against a student or a preceptor

In the case of a conflict between a student and a preceptor, the College encourages both parties to make attempts to resolve their grievances informally and will offer mediation.    If these attempts fail, the complaint must be made in writing.   

The written complaint must include the following:

  1. A statement clearly stating the complaint with supporting documentation
  2. A description of the steps already taken to resolve the problem
  3. The name and contact information of the person making the complaint
  4. A statement of the desired resolution

Once the complaint is received:

  • The College will respond within 30 days.  The complaint is logged into the mail log, a Grievance tracking sheet is started.  This will track the grievance to ensure timely response.
  • Each individual will be asked if they would like counseling and/or mediation.  All communication will be kept confidential.   The student and/or preceptor are free to accept or reject counseling and/or mediation. Individuals will not be discriminated against as a consequence of making a complaint, or rejecting counseling or mediation, or choosing another mediator.
  • The Staff will take notes on all conversations relating to the matter, keeping confidentiality for all individuals.  The report will include both points of view, any actions taken by the College, and the resolution reached.  This report will be placed in the student’s and preceptor’s files, as well as in the grievance file for easy reference during accreditation reviews. 
  • If the Staff is unable to resolve the conflict to the satisfaction of both parties, and both parties desire to continue the process, the matter will be referred to the President of NCM.    The request to continue the process must be made in writing.
  • The President will respond within 30 days and provide mediation by phone. If the student and/or preceptor are dissatisfied with this resolution, they may request mediation from the Board of Directors.    The request to continue must be made in writing.   The Board of Directors will have 60 days to respond to a written request from the student and preceptor. 

All grievances, written notes from phone calls and mediations, the NCM Board, detailing the outcome of these processes, will be maintained in the College’s complaint file for a minimum of seven years.

Complaints against the College or a staff member: In the case of a complaint against the College or staff member, a written complaint will be sent to the President of the College.

The written complaint must include the following:

  1. A statement clearly stating the complaint with supporting documentation
  2. A description of the steps already taken to resolve the problem
  3. The name and contact information of the person making the complaint
  4. A statement of the desired resolution

Once the complaint is received:

  • The President of the College will respond within 30 days.  The complaint is logged into the mail log, a Grievance tracking sheet is started.  This will track the grievance to ensure timely response.
  • If the President’s response is unsatisfactory, the complaint will be forwarded to the Board of Directors.   This request must be made in writing.  The Board of Directors will respond within 60 days of receipt of the complaint. Written evidence of the outcome of the complaint and the NCM Board will be maintained in the College’s complaint file for a minimum of seven years.
  • If the complaint is made against the President of the College, the complaint will go directly to the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors will respond within 60 days of receipt of the complaint. Written evidence of the outcome of the complaint and the NCM Board will be maintained in the College’s complaint file for a minimum of seven years.

New Mexico Complaint Registration
If you are unable to resolve your complaints through the National College of Midwifery’s internal complaint process, you can file a complaint through the New Mexico Higher Education Department complaint process.

In accordance with the new Federal Program Integrity rules effective July 1, 2011, the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) will review complaints regarding public and private postsecondary institutions in New Mexico as well as New Mexico resident students attending out-of-state institutions. 

NMHED will receive complaints that were unable to be resolved through the institution’s internal complaint process.  Generally, in order to file a complaint with NMHED, you must have already filed with and received a response from the institution which you are complaining against.  If you have legitimate reasons preventing you from filing a complaint with the institution, you must provide supporting documentation to that regard. 

All submitted complaints must include:
·           Complaint Form;
·           FERPA Release Form;
·           A copy of the complaint that was filed with the institution; and
·           A copy of the response/ruling received from the institution; or
·           Supporting documentation why a complaint could not be filed with the institution.
The following form is only to be submitted if the complaint is medical in nature (i. e. it involves disability, injury, illness, etc):
·           HIPAA Release Form

Please use this link to go to New Mexico Higher Education Department complaints webpage: http://hed.state.nm.us/Complaint.aspx

NOTE: All Forms must be notarized.

 

MEAC Complaint Policy
If you are unable to resolve your complaints through the National College of Midwifery’s internal complaint process and the New Mexico Higher Education Department complaint process, please follow the MEAC Complaint Policy below:

MEAC encourages parties to pursue informal grievance mediation attempts with each other, or with MEAC staff or Board members, to attempt to resolve grievances informally before commencing a formal written complaint process with MEAC. If those attempts fail, MEAC will review complaints received against an institution or program if it is in writing and complies with the guidelines set forth in the Accreditation Handbook:
http://meacschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2014-Section-G_Policies-and-Procedures_Accrediation-Handbook.pdf


Midwifery Education Accreditation Council

1935 Pauline Blvd., Ste. 100B
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: (360) 466-2080
Fax: (480) 907-2936
info@meacschools.org

Complaints regarding NCM’s ONLINE programs taken outside of NM:

SARA Policies and Standards, including those for consumer protection and the resolution of complaints, apply to interstate distance education offered by participating SARA institutions to students in other SARA states.
Only those complaints resulting from distance education courses offered by participating institutions to students in other SARA states come under the terms of the agreement.
Complaints about a SARA institution’s in-state operations are to be resolved under the state’s provisions, not those of SARA.

SARA Policies and Standards
SARA consumer protection provisions require the home state, through its SARA “portal” entity or agency, to investigate and resolve allegations of dishonest or fraudulent activity by a provider, including the provision of false or misleading information.
Consumer protection within SARA, in addition to dealing with alleged fraudulent activity, also provides for the investigation and resolution of complaints that an institution is operating a course or program contrary to practices set forth in the C-RAC Guidelines (see below) in such a way that a student is harmed.
Examples of issues that may arise in regard to alleged fraudulent activity or more general complaints include, but are not limited to:
a. Veracity of recruitment and marketing materials;
b. Accuracy of job placement data;
c. Accuracy of information about tuition, fees and financial aid;
d. Complete and accurate admission requirements for courses and programs;
e. Accuracy of information about the institution’s accreditation and/or any programmatic/specialized accreditation held by the institution’s programs;
f. Accuracy of information about whether course work meets any relevant professional licensing requirements or the requirements of specialized accrediting bodies;
g. Accuracy of information about whether the institution’s course work will transfer to other institutions; and
h. Operation of distance education programs consistent with practices expected by institutional accreditors (and, if applicable, programmatic/specialized accreditors) and/or the C-RAC Guidelines for distance education.

1. Responsibilities for resolving complaints Initial responsibility for the investigation and resolution of complaints resides with the institution against which the complaint is made. Further consideration and resolution, if necessary, is the responsibility of the SARA portal agency, and other responsible agencies of the institution’s home state (see the following section: Complaint Resolution Processes). The portal agency is responsible for staffing the investigation and resolution of complaints that are not resolved at the institutional level. (The portal agency may enlist the assistance of other responsible entities in the state in carrying out the work of complaint resolution.) Institutions operating under SARA shall make their and SARA’s complaint resolution policies and procedures readily available to students taking courses under SARA provisions.

2. Complaint Resolution Processes
a. Complaints against an institution operating under SARA go first through the institution’s own procedures for resolution of grievances.
b. Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed entirely by institutional policy and the laws of the SARA institution’s home state.
c. If a person bringing a complaint is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process for handling complaints, the complaint (except for complaints about grades or student conduct violations) may be appealed, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to the SARA portal agency in the home state of the institution against which the complaint has been lodged. That agency shall notify the SARA portal agency for SARA Policies and Standards May 5, 2016 – Page 13 the state in which the student is located of receipt of that appealed complaint. The resolution of the complaint by the institution’s home state SARA portal agency, through its SARA complaint resolution process, will be final, except for complaints that fall under the provisions of (g), below.
d. While the final resolution of the complaint rests with the SARA portal agency in the home state of the institution against which the complaint has been lodged, nothing precludes the state in which the complaining person is located from also working to resolve the complaint, preferably through that state’s SARA portal agency. Indeed, it is expected that SARA states will facilitate the resolution of any complaints brought to their attention.
e. While final resolution of complaints (for purposes of adjudication of the complaint and enforcement of any resultant remedies or redress) resides in certain cases with institutions (complaints about grades or student conduct violations), or more generally with the relevant institution’s home state SARA portal agency (all other complaints), the regional compact(s) administering SARA may consider a disputed complaint as a “case file” if concerns are raised against a participating state with regard to whether that state is abiding by SARA Policies and Standards. The regional compact may review such complaints in determining whether a state under its purview is abiding by the SARA standards. Similarly, a complaint “case file” may also be reviewed by NC-SARA in considering whether a regional compact is ensuring that its member states are abiding by the SARA standards required for their participation in the agreement.
f. SARA shall develop policies and procedures for reporting the number and disposition of complaints that are not resolved at the institutional level. Such data will create transparency and can be used in determining whether a regional compact is ensuring that its SARA member states and those states’ institutions are abiding by the standards required for participation in the agreement.
g. Nothing in SARA Policies and Standards precludes a state from using its laws of general application to pursue action against an institution that violates those laws.

3. Oversight of complaint investigation
Investigation of a SARA-related complaint against an institution requires that a board or agency outside the institution’s immediate management be available to handle complaints that are not resolved within the institution. A system board responsible for more than one separately accredited institution may serve this role under SARA provisions. A board responsible for only one accredited institution, or which lacks enforcement authority over an institution, cannot serve as the SARA external oversight agency for such an institution. In such circumstances, the institution’s home-state SARA portal agency may serve that function.

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