NMI's Student Policies on Satisfactory Academic and Clinical Progress, Leave of Absence, Tuition, and Suspension and Dismissal are published in the NMI Handbook. Current details are also provided below. 
 

Satisfactory Clinical Progress Policy

NMI’s Satisfactory Clinical Progress policy includes a schedule for filing experience documentation during midwifery training. Minimum timeline requirements for clinical training are also mandated. 

Clinical Experience Documentation:

  • Enrolled students must file documentation of clinical experience for each quarter of active apprenticeship with an approved preceptor. 
  • Each quarterly cycle of experience documentation is due within two weeks of the end of the quarter. If clinical experience documentation is not received by this time for a period of two quarters, student is suspended.
  • Reinstatement after suspension must occur within the next three quarters and requires a fee of $250, and completion of all delinquent paperwork, or student is dismissed from the program. 

Clinical Evaluations: 

 Precepting faculty must submit clinical evaluations of students according to the following schedule:

  • At the close of the initial three month period, and then every three months UNTIL the student has begun student-primary care under preceptor supervision.
  • Once the student has begun student-primary care under preceptor supervision, these evaluations occur after every five births.
  • Should student progress be less than satisfactory, preceptor and/or student may seek advice from the administration, or the administration may, at their discretion, make recommendations to preceptor and/or student.

Clinical Experience Timeline:

NMI enforces a minimum timeline for clinical experience requirements. Suspension occurs if a student does not meet the minimum timeline: 

  • Within 36 months (3 years) of initial enrollment, students must provide a completed work agreement with a preceptor with the intention to begin preceptorship within the next 6 months. 
  • Within 42 months (3.5 years) of initial enrollment, students must submit documentation of non-primary experience with under approved preceptor supervision. 
  • Within 60 months (5 years) of initial enrollment, students must submit documentation of primary experience under approved preceptor supervision. 

Missing the 36-42- or 60-month deadlines for initiating categories of experience documentation results in suspension without benefit of a grace period. Reinstatement from suspension for missing a 36-42-or 60-month deadline must occur within the next year and requires a Student/Preceptor Work Agreement or confirmed agreement with a clinical site/preceptor, and reinstatement fee of $250. Dismissal occurs without timely reinstatement.


Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

NMI’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy specifies minimum course work progress for each quarter of active enrollment in the program. 

  • Students must complete at least 2 modules per quarter. Without minimum academic progress for a period of two quarters, student is suspended. Students in full time apprenticeships or other clinical training (with mandatory experience filed) may waive submitting coursework for up to 2.5 years, but must then complete modules at a rate of 3 per quarter or request a formal leave of absence.
  • Reinstatement after suspension must occur within the next three quarters and requires a fee of $250 and completion of at least 3 modules, or student is dismissed from the program.  

Leave of Absence

Students have up to seven (7) years to complete the program, with leaves of absence reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Leaves of absence do not extend the seven year time frame for program completion. 

  • Students may request a formal leave of absence for health or family needs, with a maximum length of one year.
  • Requests must be in writing.
  • To be granted a leave of absence, the student must be in compliance with NMI’s Satisfactory Academic and Clinical Progress Policies, and tuition payments must be current.
  • Tuition payments and requirements for academic and clinical progress compliance resume once the student’s leave of absence expires.
  • Students may be granted multiple 1-year leaves of absence over the course of their enrollment with NMI, but multiple leaves must be separated by at least one full quarter of active program participation including compliance with tuition, academic and clinical progress policies.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to maintain contact with NMI and keep all contact information current. 

Tuition and Refund Policy

Application fee ($30 for regular students, $250 for transfer students) is non-refundable. Monthly administrative fee, charged monthly from month of enrollment through month of graduation, is non-refundable. Tuition credit for previous Heart & Hands course work is not refundable.

There is no payment plan fee. 

NMI provides the following institutional refund schedule:
Withdrawal Date (date past enrollment date)        Refund %
On or before enrollment date                                   100%
Day 2 through 7*                                                        100%
Day 8 through 14                                                         72%
Day 15 through 21                                                       58%
Day 22 through 28                                                     44%
Day 29 through 35                                                     30%
Day 36 through 42                                                     16%
Day 43 through end of first quarter of enrollment    No refund

*If a student notifies NMI of their withdrawal from the program either within three days of receiving electronic access to NMI Course Work or within seven days after completing enrollment, whichever is later, tuition is 100% refundable. After three days of receiving electronic access to NMI Course Work or after seven days, whichever is later, tuition is refundable according to the above refund schedule. 

Students who make monthly tuition payments are confirming their intent to continue in the program. Beyond 43 days of enrollment, no further tuition and fees are refundable unless paid ahead of payment schedule. If a student withdraws from the program, all fees paid ahead of payment plan schedule are refundable. Payments made according to an agreed-upon payment plan are nonrefundable. NMI will pay or credit refunds within 45 days of receiving notification of a student’s withdrawal.

NMI reserves $3400 of each student’s tuition for honorarium payment to preceptors. A Preceptor Fee Waiver results in a corresponding reduction in tuition. To receive this tuition reduction, all experience documentation of NMI's minimum experience requirements for graduation must be completed and on file with NMI, finalizing the terms for a student refund of the Preceptor Fee balance at the end of tuition payments.  If a student withdraws from the program after tuition has been paid in full, the unused portion of the preceptor fees is refunded within 60 days. If a student withdraws from the program before tuition has been paid in full, any reserved preceptor fees will first be applied toward the balance of tuition due before any refund is issued. If the balance of tuition due is greater than or equal to the amount of preceptor fees reserved on the student's account, no refund is issued. 

Penalties and Reinstatement

Program fees past due 30 days will be assigned a $15 late fee for each month that payment is delayed. If fees remain unpaid an additional five months after maximum $90 late penalty is assigned, the student will be suspended from the program. Program instructors and preceptors are notified and students may not continue to submit course work or experience documentation. Transcript records reflect student work during the time in which the tuition was paid and current. Students wishing to be reinstated must make arrangements to resume regular payments, pay the accumulated $90 in penalties, and pay a reinstatement fee of $250. 

If a student wishes to remain in tuition-suspension beyond five months, NMI requires the student to sign and return a Continued Enrollment After Suspension (CEAS) Agreement and provide monthly CEAS payments of $25 each. Mandatory CEAS payments must be received within 30 days of the end of each month, or the $15 late penalty raises that month’s CEAS payment to $40. After 90 days of unpaid CEAS payments and with the additional penalties totaling $120, if fees remain unpaid the student is dismissed. Reinstating enrollment and avoiding dismissal requires payment of all unpaid fees ($90 for the initial late fees prior to suspensions, all unpaid CEAS fees, $250 reinstatement fee, and returning to regular tuition payments). 


Suspension from the Program

Without measurable progress toward graduation, NMI does not allow a student to remain in a program. Completed course work, experience documentation, student/preceptor evaluations and timely tuition payments demonstrate student progress. If a student is unable to meet the minimum requirements of the above Satisfactory Academic and Clinical Progress policies and Tuition policy, the student is suspended from the program. Program instructors and preceptors are notified, and students may no longer submit course work or experience documentation unless required for reinstatement. Transcript records reflect student work during which time the student was in compliance with the above policies.

Students wishing to be reinstated after suspension must take the following actions depending on the type of suspension: 

  1. If suspended for lack of Satisfactory Academic Progress: Reinstatement after suspension must occur within the next three quarters and requires a fee of $250 and completion of at least 3 modules, or student is dismissed from the program.  
  2. If suspended for lack of Satisfactory Clinical Progress: Reinstatement after suspension must occur within the next three quarters and requires a fee of $250, and completion of all delinquent paperwork, or student is dismissed from the program. 
  3. If suspended for failure to meet the requirements of the Clinical Experience Timeline: Reinstatement after suspension must occur within the next year and requires a Student/Preceptor Work Agreement or confirmed agreement with a clinical site/preceptor, and reinstatement fee of $250. Dismissal occurs without timely reinstatement.
  4. If suspended for lack of tuition payments: Students wishing to be reinstated must make arrangements to resume regular payments, pay the accumulated $90 in penalties, and pay a reinstatement fee of $250. If a student wishes to remain in tuition-suspension beyond five months, NMI requires the student to sign and return a Continued Enrollment After Suspension (CEAS) Agreement and provide monthly CEAS payments of $25 each. Mandatory CEAS payments must be received within 30 days of the end of each month, or the $15 late penalty raises that month’s CEAS payment to $40. After 90 days of unpaid CEAS payments and with the additional penalties totaling $120, if fees remain unpaid the student is dismissed. Reinstating enrollment and avoiding dismissal requires payment of all unpaid fees ($90 for the initial late fees prior to suspensions, all unpaid CEAS fees, $250 reinstatement fee, and returning to regular tuition payments). 

Dismissal from the Program

Beyond suspension, students may be dismissed from the program if they fail to come out of suspension according to the requirements described above.

Re-enrollment following dismissal is at the discretion of Program Directors.  Students wishing to re-enroll after a dismissal following suspension must take the following actions depending on the type of dismissal: 

  1. If dismissed for lack of Satisfactory Academic Progress: Re-enrollment requires permission from the Program Directors and reinstatement fee of $500. 
  2. If dismissed for lack of Satisfactory Clinical Progress: Re-enrollment requires permission from the Program Directors and reinstatement fee of $500. 
  3. If dismissed for failure to meet the requirements of the Clinical Experience Timeline: Re-enrollment requires permission from the Program Directors and reinstatement fee of $500. 
  4. If dismissed for lack of tuition payments: Re-enrollment is dependent on payment of all previously delinquent fees and the reinstatement fee of $500.

For all dismissed students wishing to re-enroll: MEAC policy for re-enrollment after dismissal requires NMI to count the student as “new” and student is responsible for the current tuition rate, experience documentation requirements, and completion of the current academic requirements. Re-enrollment after dismissal requires a minimum monthly payment of $250 until tuition is paid in full. If a student has remaining first year tuition payments, monthly payments of $500 are required until the tuition schedule shifts to $250 monthly. All fees and tuition must be paid in full prior to graduation. Clinical experience requirements for graduation must be current according to the terms described by NARM.


Academic Honesty Policy

All students are expected to act with civility, personal integrity, respect other students’ dignity, rights and intellectual property, and to help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their own efforts. An environment of academic integrity is requisite to respect for self and others and a civil community. In the event that a student violates this policy, program Administrators and Course Work Instructors will counsel the student and will make the Grievance Procedure available to any other student who feels that their dignity, rights, or intellectual property have been transgressed.

Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation, or deception. Such acts of dishonesty include but are not limited to cheating or copying, plagiarizing, submitting another persons’ work as one’s own, using Internet sources without citation, tampering with the work of another student, and facilitating other students’ acts of academic dishonesty. In the event that a student violates this policy, program Administrators and Course Work Instructors will counsel the student, and all course work submissions that have been copied from other students, or from websites or books without proper citation, will be returned for resubmission. 


Computer and Network Resources Acceptable Use Policy

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