Nebraska Methodist College
Josah Powers, Advisement and Outreach Coordinator
Erika Pritchard, Coordinator of Leadership Development
The New Student Transition Team aims to facilitate your transition to Nebraska Methodist College. Our goal is to make your experience pleasant and enriching. You will be responsible for completing all three categories of theorientation: Academic Policies, Student Accountability and Student Services. The categories covered in the online orientation are areas that you have likely encountered at other institutions, however, every institution is different. The online orientation is a student-centered way to let you know about our unique policies and procedures. You are responsible for all content in this online orientation and will need to comlete a quiz at the end.
Lisa Flairty, Academic Advisor & Retention Specialist
Because the NMC certificate programs have a lock-step schedule, the program coordinators will meet with the class as a group to explain the courses that are required for each subsequent term. Registration forms are filled out and returned to the program coordinator during the group advising. Students may make individual advising appointments with the program coordinator to discuss issues that are particular to that student such as transfer of credit and future educational opportunities including the associate degree.
Traditional BSN students will work with an academic advisor within Student Developmental Services for their entire curriculum. This person will help students register for courses that meet their degree requirements, and design a long-range plan for their entire education. After the first year, undergraduate students will be assigned a nursing advisor and will work closely with their nursing advisor to achieve their academic goals. NMC offers a freshman/sophomore advisor to help transition students into the educational climate as well as a junior/senior advisor to help students in their transition through graduation.
All undergraduate allied health students will work with a program faculty member in their major area of study for their academic advising. Students will meet with their advisor on a regular basis to design and update long-range plans for their entire education at NMC and register for courses.
Allied Health students continuing on for a bachelor's degree will be assigned an advisor within Student Developmental Services.
All RN to BSN students will have a specific BSN nursing program advisor who will aid in their orientation to the college and the online program. The nursing program advisor will work with each student individually to develop a full time or part time schedule to allow flexibility with the student's professional career goals.
All LPN to BSN students will be assigned an advisor within Student Developmental Services when they are accepted into the BSN program. This advisor will help the students in their progression through the BSN program.
Registration for summer and fall courses occurs in March and April. Registration for spring courses occurs in October and November. Students will receive a letter from the registrar's office indicating the deadline for registration dependent upon class level (i.e. sophomore, junior).
What if I haven't registred yet?
Once you have made your deposit, you should have received a packet explaining Registration Day and the assessments included. It is essential that you complete this process in a timely fashion. If you have not attended Registration Day, please contact Lisa Flairty, firstname.lastname@example.org , to make plans for the next available date.
All NMC students get a copy of our Position Paper on Higher Education during the Orientation process. This includes not only where we stand on academic honesty, but also classroom behavior. We take great pride in providing an environment where faculty, staff and students are respected and take stock in quality education. In order to ensure that our health care students become safe clinicians, their record must reflect knowledge and skill gained through honest efforts. Any student whose actions are inconsistent with the NMC's academic expectations will receive disciplinary action.
What are some examples of academic dishonesty?
Plagiarism from any source, cheating in any exam or outside assignment, alteration of grades, submitting work that is not your own, falsification of participation or documentation in clinical are all considered a form of academic dishonesty. In this age of technology, be especially careful of how you cite sources found on the Internet.
Who can I speak with if I have questions about whether or not something is in accordance with NMC's academic honesty policy?
If you question about something you have done or what to do, you should go to anyone you are comfortable with and ask for guidance — instructors, advisors, program directors, counselors, etc. If you believe you witnessed an instance of academic dishonesty, we urge you to report it. Both your safety as a healthcare practitioner and the safety of patients may be seriously affected. You can report academic dishonesty confidentially. Go to any faculty or staff with whom you are comfortable or the dean of students and they can help you figure out the best way to approach the situation and offer you support.
Molly Atherton, Counselor
Most programs of study require that you take courses in a specific sequence, with each course building upon the previous course. This means that students must be successful in each semester in order to be ready for the one that follows. Certificate students must receive a "C" or better in each course in order to move on to the next. Undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of 2.0 or better in order to have a satisfactory academic status.
What if I fall below the grade/GPA needed for progression?
Certificate students will be placed on academic probation or suspension depending on their program. Undergraduate students will be placed on probation when their GPA is under 2.0. Academic suspension and dismissal are possible if a student fails to demonstrate adequate progression.
Who should I talk to if I have concerns about my grades/GPA?
Your advisor or program director is available to speak with you if you have questions or concerns about whether or not you will be able to progress. There is also an array of student services available for you as well.
Counselor, Molly Atherton, email@example.com or (402) 354-7213
Academic Skills Specialist, Carol Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 354-7214
Matt Stockfeld, Director of Education Technology
How do I get access to the computers on campus?
Students can use their student ID to enter the computer lab. The computer lab & individual study rooms are available to students during regular building hours.
The computer lab is located on the second floor of the Clark Center. Students also have access to eight individual study rooms, and twelve computers in the library, all located on the second floor of the Clark Center. In addition to these, we also have four computers in the student center next to the bookstore. Otherwise you are free to use your laptop and connect to our open wireless network, GUESTCARE. Each NMC student has a login and password that will give you access to the systems on campus as well as your College email address, IQ Web and access to ANGEL (the online learning management system).
Who can I contact if I have problems?
Technical questions can be directed to the NMC Help line at (402) 354-7008 or email@example.com . If you are unable to login to the network, ANGEL or Outlook you'll need to contact the Health System Help Desk at (402)354-2280 and ask them to reset your NETWORK password.
When will I get my login and password so I can use the computers?
You will receive your login and password at new student orientation.
How do I print from a computer on campus?
NMC has implemented a print solution on campus called GoPrint. The goal is to prevent the unnecessary wasting of paper as part of our Going Green initiative. When a student prints from any of the public computers, they will have to log in to the go print pop up window with their network ID and password. They are then able to check the documents they want to print. The fee is 5 cents per side of paper and each student is given a minimum of 150 free prints a semester. These prints do carry over if unused.
Courses in almost any program may be dropped from or added to a student's schedule. Dropping a course may affect your progression in your program of study just as a course you wish to add may have prerequisite or co-requisite courses attached to it. Always consult your advisor or program director before either dropping or adding a course.
Deadlines Regular Semester: Courses may be dropped or added within the first week of classes.
Summer Session: Courses may be dropped or added on the first day of classes.
What paper work do I need to complete in order to drop or add a course?
You must meet with your advisor or program director and fill out a change of schedule forms.
How will dropping or adding a course affect my financial aid?
Ultimately your financial aid is determined by how many hours you are enrolled. It is always best, especially in a situation where the number of hours you will take in a given semester is going to change, that your speak with the financial aid office before you drop or add a course.
Melinda Stoner, Registrar
FERPA guidelines affect all students. FERPA is a set of regulations that were created in 1974. These regulations relate to student privacy and educational records. This involves everything from a student's right to review his/her record to the institution's right to release information.
Who can receive my information?
Certain information can be released to any third party. Any institution has the right to release information to a third party regarding a student's name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, field or program of study, dates of attendance, email address, class rosters, class schedules, advisor, academic awards and degrees, previous schools attended, achievements in campus organizations, graduation date (anticipated and official), academic class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior), enrollment status (full-time/part-time, undergraduate/graduate). This is considered to be directory information.
Can the College release information about my financial aid or academic status?
No. Financial and academic information cannot be released to anyone but the student. This includes parents, spouses, etc. Should you want your parent or spouse to have access to your financial aid information or academic record, you must give written permission to the NMC Financial Aid Office and Registrar.
Can I request that none of my information be released to anyone?
Yes. Any student can contact the NMC Registrar and request that NMC withhold the disclosure of information. There are other considerations, however, when one withholds this information. The Registrar can give you the most complete information.
Methodist Health System (MHS) maintains the computer network that supports the academic and administrative needs of Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) students, faculty, and staff. MHS Internet Access Policy states that all users are responsible for using the network in a professional, lawful, and ethical manner. MHS will monitor the use of P2P file sharing and pursue all violations in accordance to current federal laws and NMC policies.
Downloading copyrighted music and movies from the Internet to a personal computer without the permission of the copyright owner is illegal, and may result in criminal and civil penalties. Civil penalties may include actual damages and profits, statutory damages (ranging from 30,000 per work that is infringed). The court can also award attorney's fees and costs. Criminal penalties can include fines and imprisonment. Sharing copyrighted works, as is easily done with P2P programs, also violates MHS Internet Access Policy and the NMC Code of Conduct Policy. Any NMC student, employee, or other individual will be subject to disciplinary action and elimination of internet access upon violation of this policy.
Sharing digital files (such as music, movies, television shows, games, computer software, text, and photographs) under any of the following conditions constitutes copyright infringement:
Peer-to-peer file sharing connects users to a P2P client network that provides a platform for locating and sharing files. P2P users are typically required to install a software program on their own personal computers. Well known client networks include Bearshare, BitTorrent, eDonkey , Gnutella, Limewire, and Morpheus. Risks of installing P2P software include identity theft, damage to the computer and the files on it (pictures, documents, etc.), and the possibility that the computer could be used to send spam or attack other computers.
Beyond the personal risks of P2P file sharing, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) vigorously pursue infringements of copyrights owned by their individual members, as is their right under the Copyright Law of the United States . Under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) , college administrators are required to cooperate in the pursuit of alleged violators. Colleges and universities are under no obligation to accept responsibility for, or to help defend, the activities of students engaged in illegal file sharing.
The following links are used by courtesy of the Wheaton College Department of Technology:
The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires all colleges and universities to offer legal alternatives to illegal file sharing . No endorsements or evaluations are implied. To remove P2P file sharing programs from a computer, consult directions for removing P2P software .
After confirmation of intent to graduate from the Academic Advisor, the Registrar will audit the academic record to identify variances from compliance with graduation requirements for certificate- and degree-seeking students. Students and advisors will be notified of any deficiencies. If all degree requirements are not completed before the anticipated graduation date, students must wait until the next semester to graduate.
All nursing students, who are not already RNs, take a math proficiency exam as part of their initial registration. The areas of math included in this assessment are: integers, decimals, fractions, ratio & and proportions, percentages, metrics, and basic algebra. I f you are at this point, you have likely already done it. Students who do not pass all areas of the math assessment will have the opportunity to take a math course in their first semester. You will register for this at registration day, and the fee for the test is $25.00.
Why do I have to take a math test?
This assessment is necessary to ensure students' proficiency in medical math and patient safety.
What happens if I don't pass?
You will be enrolled in the specific area(s) of math as indicated by the results of your math assessment. All students enrolled in the math course are required to attend the first day of class to get information on assignments and class attendance. The number of days for class attendance for the remainder of the semester will be determined by the number of modules in which you are enrolled.
Why are students in healthcare required to have a criminal background investigation?
Clinical agencies are required to meet certain federal, state and local laws, in addition to professional accreditation criteria to remain in operation. The state and local laws vary widely across the United States. Clinical agencies now require most health care providers to undergo a criminal background investigation. This requirement is extending to all individuals who may provide patient care, such as nursing and allied health students. The purpose of the background investigation policy is assure the safety and well-being of patients, students, faculty and staff in the clinical and academic environments and to attest to clinical agencies the students' eligibility to participate in clinical activities.
Are the requirements for criminal background investigation the same everywhere?
No. States vary in their laws, as do other regulations governing the health care agencies.
Is the criminal background investigation an admission requirement or a requirement for attending clinical courses?
Background investigations will be conducted as a condition of enrollment for admitted undergraduate and graduate students to participate in clinical courses. Enrollment in clinical courses and placement in clinical agencies are contingent upon successful completion of the background investigation. In addition, serious results of this investigation may affect candidacy for the licensure and certification examinations and employability in field of study.
What will the criminal background investigation include?
The investigation will include but may not be limited to, a combination of the following required screening for every state and county of residence:
Who will have access to the information provided on the criminal background investigation?
This policy is guided by the overall requirements of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that states student information is shared on a "need to know" basis. Please refer to the Background Investigation Policy and Procedure for additional information.
What if a student has completed a criminal background investigation prior to the point in time a healthcare education program requires a check; can the information obtained previously meet the current requirement?
Criminal backgrounds are not shared due to timing, content, and confidentiality of results.
What if a student does not comply with the requirements for a criminal background investigation?
If a student is to participate in a clinical education experience, and the student refuses to comply with these requirements, then the student would not be eligible to attend clinical and cannot progress in the program.
What are the potential consequences of having pending criminal charges or prior criminal convictions on my goal of becoming a practicing health care professional?
• As a nursing or allied health student . . . an individual having a criminal record (or pending charges) may either be ineligible for acceptance at a program or may be ineligible for enrollment in clinical courses.
• As a graduate of a program that requires or recommends licensure/ certification . . . a graduate who has a criminal record (or pending charges) may be ineligible for licensure or certification.
• As a health care provider seeking employment . . . As a member of a health care profession that requires or recommends licensure or certification an individual may have graduated from a program, obtained a license or certificate but may be considered ineligible for employment by individual health care agencies based upon either criminal convictions or pending criminal charges. Each employing facility will set their own policies regarding criminal backgrounds, which will be based upon the laws and regulations to which they must comply.
Is there a listing of crimes that make a student ineligible for clinical experiences?
There is no specific listing of crimes that make a student ineligible for clinical experiences. All students are reviewed on a "case by case" basis. In general, felonies or misdemeanors involving abuse, neglect, assault, battery, criminal sexual conduct, fraud or theft, and illegal drug use are convictions of concern for health care workers.
What factors are considered in reviewing criminal convictions and pending criminal actions?
Various factors are considered when reviewing individual case criminal background checks. The length of time elapsed from the activity and the current date is one such factor. For example, a criminal conviction occurring greater than 10 years ago may have much less meaning than a recent conviction. The specific type of conviction is also reviewed. Again, a felony is more serious than a misdemeanor. And the conviction is also reviewed to determine if the offense is something that has the potential to hurt others. For example, the selling of controlled substances would likely be considered a bigger problem than using controlled substances.
What should a student do if the student believes that the student's criminal background investigation includes false or inaccurate information?
If the student believes the background check contains false or inaccurate information they need to check with the program for the contact information of the agency that conducted the check. It is the student's responsibility to contact the agency and work to correct any errors that may exist in their records. Programs will have to work with the information provided to them by the criminal background check agencies, until such time as records may be formally corrected.
What if an applicant or student is charged or convicted of any criminal offense(s) subsequent to the date the student has obtained the criminal background check?
Students need to self-disclose to the appropriate individual in their program. This individual may be the Program Director. The program may have a policy that requires self-disclosure of both charges and convictions, which if not followed by the student, may result in the student's dismissal from the program.
Who do you ask if you have additional questions?
Questions regarding the program requirements should be asked of the program individually. Generally interest parties can call the Admissions Office of the particular program and ask to be referred to the appropriate individual.
Questions regarding potential licensure or certification issues and criminal backgrounds should be asked of the licensure and certification board of each individual profession.
Penny James, Director of Financial Aid
What is financial aid?
Financial Aid includes scholarships and grants - which provide free money that does not have to be repaid. It also includes loans - which do have to be repaid, usually after the student is no longer enrolled at least half-time. In addition to loans for students, there are loans available for parents of dependent undergraduate students.
Financial aid is provided by the federal and state governments, the college, and also by private organizations not affiliated with the college. We encourage students to explore all avenues of free funding for which you are eligible in order to reduce the amount you need to borrow or pay out-of-pocket. Some sources of outside assistance include: employer sponsored tuition assistance, churches, civic organizations or clubs, high schools, community foundations, veteran's or other military benefits. Several online scholarship searches are also available, and you can find links to some from our website.
Two special programs are available to employees of Methodist Health System.
How do I apply for Nebraska Methodist College scholarships?
How do I apply for Federal and Nebraska State aid?
What Happens Next?
Are there deadlines?
Funding for some grant and loan programs is limited. We do not have specific deadlines for these funds but we will award them until they are gone, which usually occurs around May 1st. Our best advice is to always apply for financial aid as soon as your taxes are completed in February. We do reserve some of the grant funds for students who start in our Spring and Summer terms.
Most loans do not have deadlines. However, we cannot certify a loan after the semester is finished. You do have to watch specific deadlines for the various scholarships. The deadline for the Methodist Scholarship for current students is January 15th.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
In order to provide NMC students with personal attention and continuity of service, each student is assigned a financial aid counselor to serve as the primary contact on all aspects of your financial aid. Your counselor is determined by the first letter of your last name and your program of study as indicated below. In the event that your assigned counselor is not available, please feel free to contact one of the other counselors for assistance.
Last names A - D, H-N and all Medical Assisting students
Mike Evert, Financial Aid Counselor
Office: Riley-Leinart 1053
Last names E-G, O - Z and all Nurse Educators
Mark Araujo, Associate Director of Financial Aid
Office: Riley-Leinart 1051
Beth Friedman, Business Office Director
The Business Office bills students each semester or term for tuition, student housing, and miscellaneous fees. Statements are mailed to incoming and transfer students following registration. You may view your statement, current balance and anticipated financial aid through MyMethodist once you have received your log-in information.
Tuition & fees are due in full by the 15th of the month following the start of classes. Check your NMC e-mail or MyMethodist prior to each semester for the tuition due date . Payment arrangements, including an interest-free payment plan is available. Arrangements must be made prior to the start of classes by contacting the Business Office at the number below. If your financial aid package does not cover all charges on your account, you must pay the difference or make arrangements to pay the amount not covered by financial aid by the Friday before the first week of classes.
Please contact us with inquires or questions -- phone: (402) 354-7105 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I have a financial aid refund? How do I get that money?
When a student receives financial aid, funds are received by EFT (electronic funds transfer).
NMC must wait until the funds reach our bank before we can distribute any excess funds to students.
If I have an excess of funds applied to my student account, how soon will I receive a refund?
Refund checks for excess funds on your student account are distributed each semester once funds are disbursed from your lender. Students whose funds are received in the Business Office by 5 p.m. on Monday will receive their refund on Wednesday. You may choose a paper check available for pick up at the Leinart front desk or direct deposit into your bank account. Please contact the Business office at 402-354-7105 to sign up for an electronic refund. Refund notices will be sent to your NMC e-mail account.
I heard that I can charge books in the bookstore with my financial aid money. Is that true?
Yes. Books can be charged to your student account if you receive more financial aid than the cost of tuition, fees and student housing. There are specific guidelines with this policy so it is best to check with the Financial Aid office.
Roni Gray, Nurse Practitioner
All students enrolled in NMC programs are required to maintain complete and current health records. This requirement ensures the well being of students, clients and the NMC community.
Health services are available to all currently enrolled undergraduate and certificate students. Students who do not pay the semester/term fee (online, nursing assistant and phlebotomy students) may access student health services; however, they will be charged for the office visit and any subsequent services.
The student health fee covers many, but not all, of the services provided at the Health Center. Students may see the nurse practitioner for free and can also receive in-stock over-the-counter medication at no cost. A minimal charge will be assessed for laboratory tests, diagnostic tests, required and requested immunizations and any services delivered off of the NMC campus.
All entering undergraduate and certificate students must make an appointment with the Student Health Center or have their physician/provider perform a physical exam and complete the Student Pre-entrance Form. Charges for the pre-entrance health assessment are not included in the semester/quarterly student health fee.
Click here to print a copy of the student health form.
Proof of required immunizations must be submitted along with the Pre-entrance Health form prior to the start of classes.
The Student Health Center is located on the first floor of the Clark Center in Room 1233.
To make an appointment, call (402) 354-7211. For questions, please contact Roni Gray at (402)354-7210, email@example.com or Crystal Lush at (402) 354-7211, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Roni Gray, Nurse Practitioner
Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Summer Hours Vary
Student Health Center Exam Room
All Nebraska Methodist College Students are required to carry and show proof of health insurance throughout their enrollment at Nebraska Methodist College. Good health is essential to academic success and adequate insurance helps provide the opportunity to receive high quality health care. Unexpected medical bills can threaten your ability to complete your education should you or your family member be uninsured or have inadequate coverage.
All NMC students are required to have and show proof of some form of health insurance. This is necessary for the College to be in compliance with its clinical site contracts. Although this requirement originates from our clinical sites, the College strongly believes that adequate insurance coverage also enables students to rest assured that their educational investment is not in jeopardy of unexpected health care costs.
All registered students will be automatically enrolled in and billed for the Nebraska Methodist College Student Health Insurance Plan at the beginning of each semester. In order to avoid enrollment under the Nebraska Methodist College Plan, students covered by another insurance plan must complete an Insurance Waiver Form indicating comparable coverage. Students who do not waive out of the Nebraska Methodist College Plan will be enrolled and billed. Late waivers will be charged an administrative fee.
Please review the insurance brochure and if you have any questions about the policy, contact Crystal Lush at (402) 354-7211 or email at Crystal.Lush@methodistcollege.edu .
Carol Moore, Academic Skills Specialist
Regardless of previous college or life experiences, we all have room to improve in our study skills. NMC provides free, one-on-one academic skill building assistance. Whether you need a refresher on note-taking, text book reading, or test-taking strategies, contact Carol Moore, academic skills specialist, for assistance.
I did pretty well in college before. Why would I need academic help now?
Health care programs have a heavy science focus which requires students to build on previous knowledge. Students sometimes find it helpful to learn new study strategies that work well with these types of subjects.
How can I remember what I have studied?
NMC Academic Skill Building site: www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/stdyhlp.html
Academic Skills Specialist
Clark Center, Office 1241
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday - Friday or by appointment
Office Phone: (402) 354-7214
Molly Atherton, Counselor
College students sometimes find that life throws a few curve balls. Whether it's a shaky relationship, anxiety in class, or trying to live more independently, it can help to talk to someone who is trained to focus on you. Nebraska Methodist College offers free, confidential counseling to all currently enrolled students. These services are to assist students in making adjustments in their academic and personal life. Licensed counselors, Molly Atherton and Melissa Hoffman, are trained in a variety of issues. No issue is too small.
What would I need a counselor for?
Common counseling issues include test anxiety, relationships/codependency, stress management, time management, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, grief and loss issues, adjusting to college life, parenting/family issues, and career/vocational issues. The counselors will offer referrals when necessary.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Students can call or email the counselors to set up an appointment. Referrals can be made by faculty, staff, parents or concerned friends. All information is kept in the strictest confidence in accordance with the law.
Where is the counseling office?
The counseling office is open Monday through Friday during normal business hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Evening appointments are available upon request. The counselors offices are located on the first floor of the Clark Center in the Student Developmental Services Suite. In case of an emergency, please call 911 or proceed to the hospital emergency room.
Office Phone: (402) email@example.com
Erika Pritchard, Coordinator of Leadership Development
NMC has eleven recognized student organizations. These organizations are an excellent way to learn about current issues in your profession and the community, meet new people, improve your personal and professional skills, network with local and national professionals and develop leadership skills. During the first week of classes, there will be an Involvement Fair on campus where you can learn more about each organization and decide if you want to participate with this group.
Emerging Leaders is an interactive learning experience intended to introduce students to leadership and new opportunities at Nebraska Methodist College. The program's focus is to develop successful student leaders who have the desire to become involved in campus and community life. To earn the certificate, students are required to attend a series of guest lectures and participate in leadership development activities. The leadership series schedule is emailed to students at the start of each fall semester. For more information about the program please contact Erika Pritchard at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Josah Powers, Advisement and Outreach Coordinator
Nebraska Methodist College holistically educates students by encouraging integrated teaching strategies. Community based learning is a well-researched teaching strategy that incorporates community service into academic coursework. You will very likely participate in community based learning throughout your education at NMC. Community based learning allows students to provide services that enhance understanding of course concepts and meet course objectives while simultaneously meeting community-identified needs.
How will participating in community based learning really help me?
Where will I go for community based learning experiences?
Faculty members have collaborative experiences established throughout the metropolitan Omaha area. One benefit of community based learning is that students become more familiar with their community and the contributions of various parts of the city.
What other opportunities are available for community based learning?
Students who are required to take a non-clinical elective throughout the course of their education have the opportunity to participate in a service immersion trip experience instead of taking one of the non-clinical elective courses. Such trips have included work at the hospital on Rosebud reservation, Habitat for Humanity builds, hurricane relief trips, and other immersions focused around a health related topics. While there is a fee to attend these trips, students successfully fundraise the majority of the cost of the trip. This is a unique opportunity to travel the world, engage in meaningful service and work on a team. For additional information please check The Center for Health Partnerships website , or contact the College's Outreach Coordinator, Josah Powers at email@example.com .
NMC celebrates exceptional students making an exceptional difference. Student Awards Night is held in early April to recognize those students who achieve academic excellence, contribute their leadership skills, and provide service to the NMC and wider communities. Graduations are held three times per year; May, August and December. Graduates look forward to a "Graduate Breakfast" held in their honor by College faculty and staff. The commencement ceremony celebrates the graduates' accomplishments with a short statement written by each graduate that is read as they cross the stage.
Watch for Application for Graduation deadlines on the NMC website. Student Awards Night invitations will be sent out to student in March and will include an RSVP form.
Why would I get invited to Student Awards Night?
Students are invited if they hold an officers' role in a student organization, have received a scholarship, made the Dean's List, or achieved other recognition while at NMC.
Dr. Ginny Curley, Coordinator of Core Curriculum/Integrated Learning
All students in undergraduate degree programs participate in the NMC Portfolio Project. The NMC Portfolio is focused on student reflection as well as demonstrating your competency in specific areas. We want this to be a showcase for your "a-ha" moments. It is a chance for you to focus on what has been the most significant in your education, be it work, personal, or academic.
I have heard of portfolios before, but what does it mean at NMC?
Our portfolio is a way for you to document your mastery of the three components of the Educated Citizen. The three areas are the Reflective Individual, the Effective Communicator, and the Change Agent. In specific courses you will demonstrate your ability in the goals and objectives of the Educated Citizen. You will place this material in your portfolio as a record of your accomplishment. You are responsible for maintaining your portfolio throughout your time at NMC.
How long have students been keeping portfolios at NMC?
Students have been keeping portfolios as a graduation requirement since 1998.
What do I "do" with the portfolio?
Many things. You can design résumés, send portions of the portfolio to a prospective employer or graduate school, share parts with family and friends and many other things.
Can I add my own things to the portfolio?
Absolutely. We want this to be a student-driven process that allows you to add anything of meaning to you so you have a record of significant experiences during your time at NMC.
What if I still have questions about this?
Transfer students will be introduced to the portfolio in your first semester of coursework. ACE students will compile modified portfolios in the final semester of coursework. If you still have questions, you can contact Ginny Curley, Coordinator of Core Curriculum/Integrated Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ginny Curley, PhD
Coordinator of Core Curriculum/Integrated Learning
Office Phone: (402) 354-7220
One reason you probably chose NMC is because of the positive environment and knowing you will not be a number. We offer an exceptional education and services that support student success. We also want you to be an active participant in the community. That can mean anything from attending special lectures and workshops to providing input at a Student Government meeting. It is all about staying "In the Know."
The NMC website and NMC Facebook page provides information on upcoming events and deadlines. Every student will be given a College email address which is the primary mode of communication on campus.
Will the College mail things to my home address?
Students living on-campus will have mailboxes and receive your address during check-in. Generally, any school related information will be sent via your methodistcollege.edu email account, which will be provided to you before classes begin.
NMC enjoys a safe environment. Regardless of where you are, however, you should always take common sense steps toward assuring your safety. We encourage students to take normal precautions when parking and with their personal belongings. Security officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At the Josie Harper Campus and at Josie's Village, you will find blue emergency lights with phones in all parking lots. The phones ring directly to Methodist Hospital Security dispatch. These are to be used in case of an emergency only.
NMC provides a campus safety report each October that details safety incidents on campus. You can find our report on the website.
If you are ever a victim in a situation that violates campus policy or city laws, please report it immediately to Campus Security at 354-7006. Students living on-campus should report safety concerns to their Resident Advisors.
What if my car battery dies?
Security is available to provide a jump-start for your car. Call 354-7006 for assistance.
Dr. Melissa Hoffman, Dean of Students
The purpose of the resolution process is to provide a process for an impartial review and to ensure that the rights of all undergraduate and graduate students are properly recognized and protected. Such review will be accomplished in a collegial, non-judicial atmosphere rather than an adversarial one, and shall allow the parties involved to participate. All parties will be expected to act in a professional and civil manner.
Nebraska Methodist College is required to share with its accreditor information about written complaints received from students. However, the information shared relates to the nature of the complaint and does not include the identity of the student(s) who submitted the complaint. Therefore, the identities of students who submit written complaints remain anonymous to the accreditor.
The Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for the administration of the Student Code of Conduct and the Resolution Process. Changes to the resolution processes due to unforeseen obstacles (e.g. unavailability of an involved party, legitimate need for waiver of time constraints, etc.) must be approved by both the appropriate Academic Dean and the Dean of Students. Academic and nonacademic decisions made by any officer of the College (the President or a Vice President) are final and are not subject to the resolution processes.
The student must initiate step one of the resolution process no later than one month from the occurrence of the action being appealed.
The student will discuss the concern with the involved faculty or staff member to find a solution. If a resolution is not reached, the student will initiate step two. In the attempt to resolve the matter with the involved faculty or staff member, the student may consult the Program Director or Dean of Students.
Failing to resolve the concern at step one, within five working days of the meeting outlined in step one, the student shall submit a notification letter to the appropriate Academic Dean for academic issues and to the Dean of Students for nonacademic issues:
The notification letter will be presented to the Dean's Council within three working days, comprised of the Dean of Students and the Academic Deans, in order to determine if a formal appeal is warranted. A formal appeal is warranted if it is determined that the involved party has acted arbitrarily, capriciously or applied unequal application of written policies or procedures. Examples of situations that do not warrant a formal appeal include situations that are applied equally and fairly to all students, such as course policies, teaching and/or learning styles, differing personalities, and physical or psychological environment. Note: Sexual harassment/misconduct complaints are handled under a separate process.
If a formal appeal is warranted, a meeting/mediation with the student, the Dean of Students, the involved faculty, and the appropriate Academic Dean or designee will be scheduled by the Dean of Students to take place no later than ten working days after the submission of the notification letter. The Academic Dean or designee will communicate a decision to the student within three working days of the meeting. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of step two of the resolution process, the student has the option of initiating step three.
If it is determined that a formal hearing is not warranted, the student's only remaining option is to file a formal complaint with the appropriate Vice President. After the filing of this complaint, no further judicial action is available.
Within five working days of the communication from the Academic Dean or designee, the student will inform the Dean of Students if he or she intends to pursue step three of the resolution process. The student shall provide as part of the appeal complete copies of all materials associated with steps one and two. If the student decides to pursue step three, a meeting with the Dean of Students will initially be scheduled so the Dean of Students can advise the student on the application process to initiate a Judicial Review Board meeting.
The decision of Judicial Review Board will be communicated in writing to the student and other appropriate individuals within five working days of the Judicial Review Board meeting. The decision of the Judicial Review Board is final and not subject to further appeal.
Students can enjoy the convenience of campus living at Josie's Village, located at 588 North 88th Plaza. There are 32 one-bedroom units and 34 two-bedroom units within five buildings on the southwest half of the Josie Harper Campus.
All units are apartment style with private bedrooms and are fully furnished. The dining rooms are equipped with a dining room table and chairs. The living room includes a couch, lounge chairs, a coffee table and an end table. Each bedroom contains a twin size bed, a dresser, night stand, desk and chair. Each of the buildings within Josie's Village has secured access, laundry facilities and wireless internet access.
Being a resident of Josie's Village will facilitate your growth and development. It will assist you in the recognition of your self-responsibility and accountability in a community and an awareness and appreciation for the world around you. Living on-campus will also provide you with an exciting source of new relationships, learning opportunities, and memories that will last a lifetime.
For additional information about student housing at Nebraska Methodist College, please contact Melissa Hoffman at (402) 354-7212 or email@example.com
Students are assigned housing on a first-come, first-reserved basis. Housing fees are added to the student's NMC account and must be paid by those deadlines.
What does it cost to live on-campus?
There are 10-month and 12-month contracts available. The 10-month contract is available only to students graduating in May or to freshman students. The rate includes utilities and wireless internet service. Students are responsible for cable and phone service. Financial aid does not cover the charges for summer housing unless the student is given an award letter specific for summer enrollment.
From the Student Handbook: "Nebraska Methodist College encourages all members of the college community to maintain civic and social responsibility when making decisions regarding the use of alcoholic beverages." In other words, we want you to be smart and be safe.
"If a student demonstrates unsafe and/or unprofessional behavior and fails to achieve the standard of care, violates professional standards or state practice acts of each academic program, or calls into question the professional accountability of the student, corrective action will follow. Students are expected to adhere to the standards of behavior required of healthcare professionals." In other words, because you will someday have people's lives in your hands, we take this issue very seriously and will respond accordingly.
"Depending upon the degree of actual or potential harm a client may suffer, a one-time deviation from safe practice may be sufficient to judge a student unsafe." In other words, there isn't a "three strike rule" at NM
It sounds like a dry campus — is that true?
Yes. This is for two reasons. 1) In accordance with United Methodist Church's position on alcoholic beverages or drugs (illegal or prescribed), we maintain an alcohol-free campus. 2) As a health care institution, we recognize the significant increase in risk of health care professionals to be alcohol- or drug-dependent.
What happens if a student is suspected of coming to class or clinical under the influence?
The college may require a student to submit to a blood, breath and/or urine test for drugs or alcohol for reasonable cause.
What about drug use?
The College will cooperate fully with state and federal laws. Section 5301 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 states in part, "if a student is convicted of drug distribution or possession, the court may suspend eligibility of Title IV financial aid. If a student is convicted three or more times for drug distribution, he/she may become permanently ineligible to receive Title IV financial aid."
It's good to hear that you take this seriously, but what if I have concerns about my own use or the use of a friend?
A student may request assistance with a drug or alcohol-related use/abuse problem without risk of penalty, provided the request is not the result of a violation. All such requests will protect the student's confidentiality. Free, confidential counseling is available.
Full procedures are outlined in your Student Handbook for reasonable cause testing.
As a health professions institution, we provide educational experiences for the development of individuals so that they may positively influence the health and well being of the community. Through formal degree offerings, certificate programs, continuing education and community outreach efforts, the College demonstrates its commitment to the following core values:
College personnel strive to integrate these core values in the way we work and the interactions we have with students and one another. We invite you to consider these core values as your career at NMC unfolds.
One of the first tests of adulthood is managing money. It seems as if college students, even the best and the brightest, are failing the test year after year. According to the American Council on Education, the average college student's debt of students attending a private college was $29,000 at the time of graduation. They also report that undergraduates have an average credit card balance of $2,700, with close to a quarter of student owing more than $3,000. About 10 percent owed more than $7,000.
Use these six simple solutions to help you avoid the pain and humiliation of credit card debt:
One student once said that she actually thought credit cards took the place of money, but what she later realized is that eventually you have to pay for all that stuff. Sadly, as we face debt, it's too late to go back and change what we did and didn't do. Try to find out everything you need to know about credit cards before applying for or using one. In fact, you should treat a credit card like a gun. Because if you don't learn how to use it properly, somebody can end up getting hurt, and usually, it's the owner of the weapon. If you already own one of these "lethal weapons," and you have found yourself in debt, there are many sources available to help you. Just remember, you are in college to get a degree, not to create debt! Courtesy : www.rwuniversity.com
If you owe the ABC Credit Card, $2,000 and they charge you 19.8% APR on your unpaid balance,
If you pay a minimum
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32 years, 3 months
12 years, 7 months
8 years, 7 months
6 years, 9 months
Even if you do not charge anything more!
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Here's a sobering thought: Everything you are right now is a result of the decisions you've made in the past. And if that is true, that means that everything you will be will consequently be a result of the decisions you make in the future.
Why is that such a sobering thought? Well, think about it. . .what if you could go back in time and "change" some of the decisions that you've made about money, friends, school, studying, jobs, majors, or whatever? Would your life be any different today?
Let's face it, YOU ARE YOUR DECISIONS! That means that if you're happy where you are financially, socially, academically, physically, professionally, personally and spiritually, then give yourself a pat on the back -- you've made some great decisions! However, if you're unhappy or dissatisfied with where you are in the areas mentioned above, it just means you've made some poor decisions. And that's okay, you're only human. In some way, we could all be a little "better off" financially, smarter academically, in a better relationship, more spiritually grounded, a little more focused, and a little thinner physically if we made better decisions.
Since we are our decisions, and we will continue to make decisions until the day we die, that means we have some control over our future and our ultimate destiny. Unfortunately, no one has ever taught us how to make better decisions. We tend to learn by trial and error, which is not always the best way to learn when it comes to serious matters concerning sex, relationships, and money.
Spencer Johnson, author of "Yes or No" (a great book!), provides a sequential map to better decision making. Basically, he suggests that we use our head and consult our hearts when we're faced with tough decisions. I've never seen anyone suggest a logical sequence to decision making, but Johnson's "road map" seems to make a lot of sense. Try it and see what you think.
In using your head, ask yourself the following questions:
Am I meeting the REAL need, informing myself of options, and thinking it through? YES or NO Is it a mere want or a REAL need? What information do I need? Have I created options? If I did "__________," then what would happen? Then what?
In consulting your heart, ask yourself the following questions:
Does my decision show that I am honest with myself, trust my intuition and deserve better? Am I telling myself the truth? Does this feel right? What would I do if I deserved better? If the answer is "YES," then proceed with the decision. If the answer is "NO," then you must rethink the decision. Ask yourself, what is my better decision? Then choose it. I hope this little decision road map helps you in making the "tough ones."
If you need additional advice or resources, please contact Molly Atherton (402) 354-7213 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Molly can provide free, confidential sessions to help you make the best decisions possible.
Harassment is defined as verbal or physical conduct that has the intent or effect of negatively influencing or interfering with an individual's or group's personal, educational, and/or work experience at the College.
It is the policy of the College to operate in an environment free from conduct that can be construed as abrasive, offensive, intimidating, or minimizing to any individual's self-esteem. Harassment of any kind is not acceptable, is in conflict with the philosophy and policies of NMC, and will not be tolerated.
NMC has a diverse student body and is openly striving for increased cultural competence. It is against the policy of this College that any student, staff or faculty member be subjected to attacks or comments related to any aspect of diversity.
It is essential that any incidents be reported to a College administrator so an investigation and corrective action can be taken. Any student, employee, or other individual will be subject to disciplinary action upon violation of this policy.
What if I have tried to talk to the person involved, but we didn't get anywhere?
If the complaint has not been handled effectively through discussion with the offending party, then it should be discussed immediately with a College administrator. The Dean of Students is the best place to begin.
What if I'm not really sure it was harassment?
It is common for victims of harassment to question themselves before accusing the offending party of harassment. If you want to confidentially bounce the situation off someone first, talk to an NMC counselor or another trusted adult.
Nebraska Methodist College is a Platinum Well-Workplace. This means that the College takes seriously its role in supporting healthy behaviors by students, faculty and staff. Smoking and tobacco use is not permitted on any property of the College. Students are asked to NOT smoke in front of our neighbors homes, rather students are encouraged to get into their cars and drive off campus.
I can see how being a tobacco-free campus makes sense for an organization promoting health, but you've got to understand that some of us have been smoking for years. What are we supposed to do?
We do understand. We know that smoking is a difficult habit to break and takes multiple supports to be successful. That's why our President's Council on Wellness is ready to help. They will link you with smoking cessation groups in Omaha, provide one-on-one mentoring, and link you to the resources necessary for you to be successful. Obviously, they are only a small part of the equation - you have to be ready to quit.
The NMC bookstore, located on the main floor of the Clark Center, strives to offer textbooks at a cost-conscious rate. The bookstore offers:
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
Orders received on weekends or holidays will be processed on the next business day. Phone orders received after 3 p.m. (CST) will be processed the next business day. Shipping charges will be added to each order. Express mail and next day service is available. No shipping charge for orders picked up at the bookstore.
The NMC bookstore also will cash personal checks up to $10.
If you are coming from off-campus specifically for the bookstore, please call ahead to be sure the bookstore is open. If you cannot come during regular business hours, we can make arrangements for you to pick up purchases. Call (402) 354-7241.
When can I purchase my books?
Usually books are available one week before classes begin.
Can I cash a check at the bookstore?
Yes, you can cash a check for up to $10.
Will there be used books available?
Yes, used books will be available if we are able to obtain them.
Some are more readily available than others.
What about buyback?
Buyback is in both fall and spring semesters.
How long do I have to return a book if I don't need it?
To receive a full refund:
You must pay the shipping charges in order to return your phone order.
Weather-related class cancellations are rare, but do occur. Because our students drive from as far as an hour away, it is important that each student assess the driving conditions in his/her area. If you are not comfortable with the road conditions, please take the appropriate steps to ensure your safety.
In the event of a campus closure, announcements will:
How do I sign up for the emergency text messaging service?
To sign up for e2campus emergency text message service (*You must have your cell phone with you when you register.)
What number do I call to find out if there are class cancellations due to weather?
Remember this jingle, "If the weather is bad and I don't know what to do, just dial 3-5-4-7-2-2-2" (354-7222).
What is the process to inform faculty I will be absent for class?
Make sure you email or leave a message informing the faculty you will be absent. Each faculty member communicates his/her attendance policy in the course syllabus. NMC faculty are concerned about each student so it is important you communicate with the faculty.
A well-equipped Fitness Center is available on the first floor of the Clark Center. The Fitness Center is equipped with weights, treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, and stair steppers. In order to become a member of the NMC Fitness Center, students must complete a liability form. It will take a few days to process, and then it can be accessed by usage of their student ID card at anytime the college is open.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to the Nebraska Methodist College campus. All students are required to register their vehicles with the Clark Center Information Desk and receive a parking sticker, which must be displayed on the vehicle. Vehicle registration forms and parking stickers for all campuses are available at the Clark Center Information Desk and are completed as part of on-campus orientation.
All students residing in Omaha and driving a vehicle with license plates registered in a county other than Douglas need to apply for a City of Omaha wheel tax student exemption sticker. Vehicle exemption stickers may be purchased at the Clark Center Information Desk and there is a $5 charge for the sticker. Students failing to apply for an automobile identification tag may be subject to a fine as well as towing and storage charges.
All students who have clinicals at either Methodist or Children's hospital must park at the Crossroads Mall, located at 72nd and Dodge, in the parking garage and ride teh shuttle to Methodist and Chidren's hospitals. There will not be parking available at Methodist Hospital until furtner notice due to the construction on the Methodist employee parking garage. The shuttles will begin at 5 a.m. and run continuously through 9 p.m.
The drop-off and pick-up for Methodist/Children's will be at the south end of the lower drive. YOu can then enter through the southeast corner of the hospital between the Cancer Center and Methodist Hospital. Park on the 4th, 5th, & 6th floors of the Crossroads parking garage and use the stairs or elevator tower to the lower level to catch the Methodist shuttle under the awning on the southwest corner of the parking garage. Enter the 4th floor of the parking garage from Cass Street. Shuttle participants will receive a $1.50 cafeteria credit each day that they ride the shuttle from offsite parking.
Check your college email regarding updates to this project.
Parking at Methodist Hospital for students is located on the top level of the Employee Parking Lot, which is located south of the Hospital. There is access to this level off 84th Street via the service drive or by entering from Farnam Drive and driving up the parking ramps to the upper level. A student ID card is needed to enter through the entrance gate. To exit this level, slowly drive down the exit ramp to the 2nd level and exit on the south end of the garage onto Farnam Drive. No card is needed to exit.
The Learning Commons is comproside of the recently renovated study rooms and John Moritz Library on the 2nd floor of the Clark Center. There are eight study rooms available. Four of these rooms have a television with a VHS and DVD player. All eight study rooms are equipped with a computer and access to the printer in the study area lounge. The John Moritz Library has expanded space for quite study and is occupied by over 640 periodical titles, a collection of over 6,000 texts focused on Health Sciences, and a collection of audiovisual materials. Library resources can also be found through the NMC web site. Library staff encourage students to ask questions and seek assistance at any time.
How do I check out books?
The first time you check out books or journals, you will be asked for your address and phone number. Then you may check out books and journals for two weeks and videos for one week.
How do I access the online databases?
You will be notified of the user ID and password during one of your first courses.
What do I do if I have problems or would like help?
You are always welcome to visit the library, call (402) 354-7245, or email Bev.Sedlacek@methodistcollege.edu .
The Learning Commons also consists of the newly renovated Student Center and the Clark Center Commons on the first floor of the Clark Center. Additional computers, group study space and a kitchen were added to the Student Center. Students may store sack lunches in the kitchen refirgerator, and warm up lunces in the microwaves. The most drastic changes can be seen in the Clark Commons where popuar booth seating with electrical outlets, and a coffee bar/cafe', "Deja' Brew," were added. Deja' Brew is open Monday-Friday, serving a variety of coffees, and breakfast, lunch and dinner items.
If Deja' Brew does not suit your appetite, there are outside lunch vendors set up in the Dining Area, Monday - Wednesday. Additionally, there are vending machines and a microwave available in the dining area of the Clark Center. There are also numerous restaurants within minutes of the Josie Harper Campus.
Also located in the commons is the Information Desk. The Information Desk is an excellent resource for students. Front desk staff are eager to share information regarding upcoming events and activities on campus.
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