NCM Newsletter and Update Spring 2017

 

Dear NCM Students and Preceptors,
This is NCM’s Spring 2017 ongoing update including clarifications, policies, errata and changes to NCM materials.
Please contact the NCM office if you have questions, would like clarification or need help:
info@midwiferycollege.edu

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This update includes:

  • Cessation of NCM's MSM and PhD programs
  • Approved General Education Supervisors and General Education Preceptors Policy
  • Errata & changes made to NCM materials (coming soon)

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MSM and PhD programs closed:

Effective immediately (March 1, 2017), NCM has stopped offering its higher degree MSM and PhD programs.

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Approved General Education Supervisors and General Education Preceptors Policy

In order to ensure that NCM students have their learning needs met through adequate faculty the following policy has been developed for general education courses.

For all courses with prefixes other than “MW” these courses are known as General Education (GE) courses. All GE courses must be taught by a General Education preceptor/instructor, these instructors do not need to be midwives, but NCM will only accept preceptors who:

  • Hold the same or higher academic credential the student is seeking or,
  • 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.

General Education instructors will be supervised by approved faculty or can petition for exception. (All supervising faculty are pre-approved as a General Education instructor in their general or specific subject area.) Supervising faculty must have

  • A master-level degree or higher in the subject they are supervising or,
  • A bachelor-level degree with 3 years experience in the subject they are supervising.

Preapproved general and specific subject supervisor degrees are listed in Table 1 .

 

 

General education faculty is encouraged to communicate with their supervisor about any questions they have concerning material, adult learning strategies, and general mentoring of students. General education faculty members who have a student in any given trimester must communicate with their supervisor regarding their academic interactions. This communication must be documented and forwarded to the college and kept in the preceptor file. Required communication is as follows:

  1. Document of graded assignments must to be forwarded to the supervisor via email, fax, or online platform.
  2. Final grade will be approved in consultation between the general education faculty and their supervisor.
  3. Documentation of the above is completed using the Gen-Ed Final Grade Approval Worksheet (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P6J9WZ9)

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Errata & changes made to NCM materials (coming soon)

 

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NCM Newsletter and Update Fall 2016

September 19, 2016

Dear NCM Students and Preceptors,
This is NCM’s Fall 2016 ongoing update including clarifications, policies, errata and changes to NCM materials.
Please contact the NCM office if you have questions, would like clarification or need help:
info@midwiferycollege.edu

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This update includes:

  • Learning Outcome Rubrics Tool
  • Refund Policy Update
  • Clarification on Preceptor/Instructor Qualifications
  • NCM's Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter Feeds are now on our bulletin board
  • Transfer of NARM PEP Clinicals to NCM's ASM program
  • Wisconsin Joins SARA
  • Errata & changes made to NCM materials (a final listing of all changes within the trimester will be available 12/31/16)

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Learning Outcome Rubrics Tool:

This tool helps the preceptor evaluate and grade the student’s written work, completion of learning objectives, and test scores, based on accuracy, argument, clarity, research and format at the undergraduate level and these plus completeness, comprehension and professional presentation at the graduate level.

Students-this tool is great for you too! Use it to ensure that you are completing your work to the exemplary standard and competence needed by a professional midwife. Use it to understand your learning objectives in more depth and breadth, in terms of Accuracy, Argument, Clarity, Resources, and Presentation.

This tool is available for download from NCM's ASM, BSM, MSM and PhD curriculum webpages, as well as from the Preceptor webpage. OR download this tool here: Academic Evaluations: Academic Course Grading Calculator with Rubrics calculated excel spreadsheet for download, use and re-use by preceptors and students. Please note the tabs at the bottom of the tool to switch from ASM/BSM to MSM/PhD versions

http://www.midwiferycollege.org/AcademicProgram/DownloadsPreceptorOnly/GradeCalculatorWorksheet.xlsx

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Refund Policy Update:

This update is in immediate effect for all currently enrolled students, and applies to all future enrollments.

This policy can also be found on the NCM website at: http://www.midwiferycollege.org/Apply.html under the "Payment and Refund" Tab, and in NCM's Catalog&Handbook, pages 8-9.

(Revised 8/2016 to conform to NM Commission of Higher Education rule 20.D)

  • "Enrollment period for which the student was obligated" means a quarter, semester, or other term of instruction followed by the institution which the student has begun and for which the student has agreed to pay tuition.
  • For the Administrative Fee, NCM considers the start date to be the date the student is notified by NCM that they are officially enrolled in their program.
  • Refunds are calculated based on 352 day year. Tuition/fee refunds must be made within 30 calendar days of the institution receiving written notice of a student's withdrawal or of the institution terminating enrollment of the student, whichever is earlier.
  • Upon request by a student or the department, the institution shall provide an accounting for such amounts retained under this standard within five workdays.

2 Year Program Refund Policy
Refund 100% ($4,900) day 0 - 3 (business days)
Refund 90% ($4,410) days 4 - 71
Refund 50% ($2,450) days 72 - 176
Refund 25% ($1,225) days 177 - 1 year anniversary date of enrollment
Refund 0% after 1 year anniversary date of enrollment

Yearly Extension Rate Refund Policy
Refund 100% ($450) day 0 - 3 (business days)
Refund 90% ($405) days 4 - 36
Refund 50% ($225) days 37 - 88
Refund 25% ($112.50) days 89 - 176
Refund 0% after 176 days of 1 year extension

Preceptor/Instructor Tuition/Fee Agreement
Students and preceptors enter into their own financial agreements.  The student pays this tuition directly to the preceptor.  
"Enrollment period for which the student was obligated" means a quarter, semester, or other term of instruction followed by the preceptor which the student has begun and for which the student has agreed to pay tuition.
The student and preceptor agree to the following refund schedule upon the commencement of study.   The student must submit a written termination of contract and request for refund to the preceptor in person or by mail.
Refunds will be made within 30 calendar days after receiving written notice of a student's withdrawal or termination of enrollment of the student.

Preceptor Remuneration Refund Policy:

Date of student withdrawal as a % of the enrollment period for which the student was obligated Portion of tuition and fees obligated and paid that are eligible to be retained by the preceptor/instructor
On 1st class day 0%
After 1st day; within 10% 10%
After 10%; within 25% 50%
After 25%; within 50% 75%
50% or thereafter 100%

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Clarification on NCM Preceptor & Instructor Qualifications:

In order to clarify NCM's policy on Preceptor & Instructor Qualifications, a new Faculty Application is now required for preceptors and instructors of all courses and levels, including more required information on preceptor qualifications. NCM has also updated some of the wording in the Preceptor / Instructor Qualifications Policy in the NCM Catalog/Handbook, PP. 51-53:

The preceptor must hold at least the academic credential sought by the midwifery student. College policy is to recognize the CPM credential or local state midwifery licensing as equivalent to the ASM degree.  Midwives practicing in states where licensure is required must provide a copy of current licensure in order to be approved.  Approved preceptors must maintain their licensure/certification as required by their state, unencumbered by holds/investigations/disciplinary action of any kind during active instruction and supervision of their NCM student(s).  All ASM, BSM, and MSM Preceptors must have at least two years experience post licensure/ certification in full scope midwifery practice.
For all courses with prefixes other than “MW” including General Education, NCM will only accept preceptors with the same or higher academic credential the student is seeking or 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:


Preceptor  & Instructor Qualifications for NCM Programs

Licensure/Cert Required: CPM, CNM, CM, or Legally recognized in a jurisdiction/state/province as a practitioner who provides women’s health & maternity care, includes midwives as well as OBGYN, MD, ND (minimum 2 years current full-scope experience in full midwifery care)

Minimum Degree Level Required

ASM Core Midwifery Courses  (courses with MW prefix only)

YES

Associates or Supervision by NCM required if no degree available

General Education Courses

NO

The degree level at which the student is learning or higher (In appropriate area of instruction- minimum 3 years experience)

BSM

YES

Bachelors

MSM

YES

Masters

PhD

NO

Doctor/Doctorate including research experience

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NCM's Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter Feeds are now up on our bulletin board:

http://www.midwiferycollege.org/BulletinBoard.html

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Wisconsin Joins SARA:

NCM will begin accepting students in Wisconsin

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Transfer of NARM PEP Clinicals to NCM's ASM program:

NCM will accept clinical work completed as part of NARM’s PEP program towards ASM clinical requirements, provided the student has all the following:

  • Passed the NARM exam,
  • been awarded CPM certification, and
  • be in current active and renewed CPM status

NCM must receive verification directly from NARM regarding student’s CPM date and status.
Further clinical requirements may be necessary in order to ensure the student meets current NCM and NARM clinical requirements.

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Errata & changes made to NCM materials

Changes are listed in this update, A final listing of all changes within the trimester will be available 12/31/16

End of Fall 2016 Update

Please contact the NCM office if you have questions, would like clarification or need help:
info@midwiferycollege.edu

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NCM Newsletter and Update Summer 2016

July 25, 2016

Dear NCM Students and Preceptors,
This is NCM’s Summer 2016 update including clarifications, policies, errata and changes to NCM materials.
Please contact the NCM office if you have questions, would like clarification or need help:
info@midwiferycollege.edu

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This update includes:

  • MEAC Reaccreditation
  • Clarification on NARM Clinical Requirements
  • Errata & changes made to NCM materials
  • Updated Orientation Video

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MEAC Reaccreditation:

The National College was recently granted by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) a renewal of institutional accreditation with probation. This probationary grant of accreditation covers the Associate of Science in Midwifery, Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, Master of Science in Midwifery, and PhD in Midwifery degree programs. The grant of accreditation is for a period of four years, expiring June 30, 2020, contingent upon NCM resolving the issues leading to its probationary status.

So long as NCM is able to comply with all of MEAC's requirements, NCM's probationary accreditation in no way affects the ability of current NCM students to obtain a MEAC accredited education, nor should it deter prospective students from enrolling. 

NCM is deeply committed to meeting MEAC's requirements and is confident in its ability to do so.  It is possible that this probationary status could be lifted as early as 2018. 


NCM staff is ready and available to respond to questions and concerns.  Please do not hesitate to reach out as needed.

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Clarification: NARM Clinical Requirements:

At least 10 births as primary must be completed within the US or Canada by all NCM ASM students. This is not a new change, but a clarification of NCM's policy (came into effect for all students on January 1, 2016).

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Errata & changes made to NCM materials:

Updates and corrections are, as always, ongoing. We work hard to review our materials and processes for things we can do to make our programs better. Many thanks to the students and preceptors who have made suggestions, sent us comments, and notified us if something didn't work or needed correction. To see the latest updates and changes for 2016, please click here.

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Updated Orientation Video:

NCM has made changes to our Orientation video #1: Before You Enroll:

  • Updated information on NARM clinical requirement that all NCM ASM students must complete 10 births within the US or Canada.
  • Clarified information on Direct Entry Midwives vs Nurse Midwives, particluarly regarding Certification and Licensure
  • Update on issues for foreign students

 

End of Summer 2016 Update

Please contact the NCM office if you have questions, would like clarification or need help:
info@midwiferycollege.edu

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NCM Newsletter and Update Spring 2016

Dear NCM Students and Preceptors,
This is NCM’s Spring 2016 update including new tools and tips for students and preceptors
New policies
Please contact the NCM office if you have questions, would like clarification or need help:
info@midwiferycollege.edu

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This update includes:

  • Orientation Videos
  • Student Discussion Group
  • Preceptor Training Course & access to teaching and evaluation tools
  • Access to Learning Resources
  • NEW STUDENT SERVICES PAGE on Website
  • NEW FORMS AND PROCESS: End-of-Trimester Evaluations for Students & Preceptors
  • NEW POLICIES:
    • Education Requirements for instructors of General Education Courses
    • Preceptor Counseling and Remediation Policy update

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New Videos for Students and Preceptors:

NCM has launched a set of orientation videos for students and preceptors. Required watching, even if you have been enrolled for a while, please watch these to get caught up with NCM’s methods, policies, tips and tricks:

Student Orientation videos on our website at: http://midwiferycollege.org/index.html

  • Before Enrollment
  • Getting Set up
  • Trimesterly Submissions
  • Completing Academics
  • Completing Clinicals

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Student Discussion Group:

All NCM students have been invited to join through our Facebook page. Once you accept, you can participate. Let us know if you need an invite.

 

Please also check out our social media pages:
https://www.facebook.com/NationalCollegeMidwifery         
https://www.pinterest.com/NCMorg/    
https://twitter.com/MidwifeCollege

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Required Preceptor Training:

Participate in the additional Preceptor training: Midwife to Midwifery Instructor:
http://midwiferycollege.org/AcademicProgram/Pages/Preceptor.html
NCM Preceptors now have access to instructional tools including

  • Grading Rubrics and Blank templates for
  • Academic Lesson Form
  • Clinical Lesson Form
  • Syllabus

Available for download through M2Mi.org. You will need to make an account to login (it's free and there's no spam)

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Access to NCM Learning Resources:

We are so excited to share with you a new resource available to you through our College library. NCM students can now gain access to ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/) and access millions of medical journals, articles, and textbook chapters. Through the college account articles are available for free download and printing to support your research and inquiry needs. We encourage you to go to the Sciencedirect website and explore the wealth of resources available on this research database. To login or for more information on how to use this tool please contact the college directly by phone or email cassaundraj@midwiferycollege.org.

Links to our booklists can be found on the “Resources” tab on the main menu on the top of every page of our website: under “Resources” and “Library” and “Booklist”

Links to journals and other useful Resources for advanced study:  http://midwiferycollege.org/Resource.html 

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NEW Student Services Page on NCM Website:

http://midwiferycollege.org/StudentServices.html

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NEW FORMS & PROCESS - End of Trimester Evaluations for Students Preceptors:

NEW ONLINE FORMS can be accessed through our website at ASM Evaluations:
http://midwiferycollege.org/AcademicProgram/Pages/ASMEvaluations.html
REQUIRED after each trimester in which the student completed program requirements.

      • Must be completed during End of Trimester Paperwork for all program requirements completed within this trimester: (Academic Grade Sheet, Clinical Record Sheets, Updated NARM Skills Form, etc)
      • Student must submit evaluation forms for each preceptor she/he worked with during the trimester.
      • Preceptor must submit evaluations for each student she/he worked with during the trimester
      • These forms are to be completed by the student & preceptor separately

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NEW POLICY - Education Requirements for Instructors of General Education Courses:

Effective May 30, 2016
For all courses with prefixes other than “MW” including General Education, NCM will only accept preceptors with the same or higher academic credential the student is seeking or 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.
NCM now accepts 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.

Please contact NCM if you have a question or need assistance getting your general education requirement done

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UPDATED POLICY - Preceptor Counseling and Remediation:

Preceptor counseling and remediation is meant to ensure that the preceptor understands and follows NCM’s policies and procedures, and is meant to help resolve issues in the preceptor’s training methods, skills or student-preceptor interactions that could be improved.
Items that initiate a counseling session between NCM President or her designee and the preceptor:

  • The preceptor has had a disagreement with a student or has had any complaints or incident reports that fell within the period reviewed in the annual preceptor evaluation by NCM, (Question 9 on Annual Report Form).
  • The preceptor has a current disagreement, complaint against her/him or incident report.
  • On NCM  Student Evaluation of Preceptor:
    • A score of 1 or more questions answered as “Poor”
    • A score of 3 or more questions answered as below “Satisfactory”
    • An official complaint against the preceptor by the student

Steps:

  • NCM President or her designee will contact the student to discuss the issue or poor performance of the preceptor. 
  • Preceptor counseling session between the preceptor and NCM’s President or her designee. This is meant to identify the issue, and ensure that the preceptor knows how and has tools to correct the issue.
  • If the next trimester’s evaluation indicates:
    • The issue is resolved; the preceptor is removed from counseling and remediation status. 
    • A continuing problem; a second counseling session is undertaken. for 1 more trimester.
      • At the end of the 2nd trimester. If the evaluation shows the issue is resolved, then the preceptor is removed from counseling and remediation status.

If there is no improvement, the preceptor will be put on administrative hold and not be allowed to teach or take on any new students for a period of 1 year.
To reenroll the preceptor must:

      • The preceptor writes a statement to NCM explaining what steps she/he has taken to resolve the issue, will include any retraining or CEU’s completed, and will state that she/he clearly understands NCM’s policies and promises to follow them.
      • It is at the President’s discretion whether to re-accept the preceptor or not.

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Please contact the NCM office if you have questions or need assistance