Academic Policies-Registration


The Office of the Registrar will notify students regarding registration details. All continuing students are registered for the upcoming academic year’s fall classes by the end of spring quarter. Students may attend only the specific course sections for which they are registered. Non-adherence to this policy will result in no credit for the course. Students will not be registered for courses, labs or clinic shifts that occur at overlapping times. Credit will be earned for only one course during any given segment of time. All changes in courses and sections must be made through the Office of the Registrar.

Students who wish to be registered for less than the full-time curriculum must receive written approval from the program dean. No student may add or begin classes after the end of the second week of any quarter.

Credit Hour Policy

Credits will be awarded based upon hours of instruction. NUNM is on a quarter system. A quarter is defined as 12 weeks (summer quarter is 11 weeks). Credits for coursework are awarded according to the following:

  • 1 Lecture credit = 12 hours instruction per quarter + 24 hours per quarter outside of class time
  • 1 Laboratory credit = 24 hours instruction per quarter + 12 hours per quarter outside of class time
  • 1 Clinical credit  = 24 hours instruction per quarter+ 12 hours per quarter outside of class time

Eligibility to Register

A non-degree seeking student is someone who is not a matriculated NUNM student or is matriculated into the School of Research & Graduate Studies (SoRG). Non-degree seeking students may request permission to attend a course either for credit or as an audit. Persons who wish to attend a course as a non-degree seeking student must complete a non-degree seeking application available through the admissions office. Once approved, the non-degree student must obtain signatures from the program dean and faculty member, as well as meet the prerequisites for the course. Approval is based upon space availability and meeting of prerequisite requirements. Graduates of accredited NUNM programs may apply for entry into certificate programs offered at NUNM, provided they meet the specific requirements. Practitioners seeking continuing education units (CEUs) should contact the Office of Advancement.

Challenge Examinations

NUNM policy allows an individual to challenge by examination the content of a required course. Applicants who have been accepted may request to challenge a course prior to matriculation. This option is only available to students who have appropriately documented prior graduate coursework and there is a question as to whether or not the information covered sufficiently meets NUNM requirements. Transfer credit policies and course descriptions are outlined in the university catalog and are available from the Office of Admissions. There must be a difference in hours between a transfer course and the university’s course and/or a question of equivalency of material covered in order for a challenge exam to be given. After the challenge exam has been administered, the grade is recorded and the student is notified of the results. If the student fails the exam, he/she must register for the course and pay the appropriate tuition.

To be considered for a challenge exam, the student must:

  • Complete transfer credit review during the admissions process to identify which courses may be eligible for challenge. Students who are applying for transfer credit reviews must sign the “NUNM Transfer of Credit Agreement” form upon admission to the university. Transfer credits will not be considered after matriculation.
  • Obtain a “Transfer/Challenge Exam” form from the registrar, and submit this to the associate dean of academic progress and the instructor (to which the challenge exam is related) for approval. Once permission is obtained, the associate dean of academic progress will facilitate arrangements for the student to take the challenge exam.
  • Pay the appropriate fees and submit an “Exam” form, located in the testing center, to the instructor before taking the exam.
  • Take the challenge exam prior to the offering of the course that is being challenged, with the exam taken, graded, and the grade submitted to the registrar no fewer than two weeks prior to the start of the quarter in which the course is offered.

The following statement is for veteran students inquiring about prior credit: “Any veteran receiving GI Bill benefits while attending NUNM is required to obtain transcripts from all previously attended schools and submit them to the VA School Official for review of prior credit.” Students who have questions regarding transfer credit should review the NUNM catalog for policies.

Transfer Credits

Outside Institutions (SoRG)

Up to six (6) credits from regionally accredited, graduate-level programs may be transferred to count towards core courses in the School of Research & Graduate Studies. All transfer credits are evaluated for relevance and are subject to approval by the program chair or dean.

NUNM Programs

Some course credits may be eligible for transfer among NUNM programs to satisfy program requirements. For more information regarding which courses might be transferable between programs, contact the Academic Advising Office and/or program dean. All transfer credits are evaluated for relevance and are subject to approval by the program chair or dean.


Students may audit a lecture course, space allowing, if they have met the prerequisites, have obtained the instructor’s consent, and have registered for the course. The course will appear on the student’s official transcript as an audit, even though auditing means that a student will not be evaluated or receive credit. Classes taken as an audit must be declared by the end of the quarter’s second week. Audited courses are not eligible for challenge exams. See the Financial Policies section for information on fees.

Educational Enhancement Registration

Current students who wish to repeat a course they have previously passed at NUNM may do so, space allowing, with the permission of the instructor and program dean. The charge is 30% of the regular tuition, plus full payment of any course fees. The “Education Enhancement Registration” form must be filed by the end of the quarter’s second week. No credits or grades will be given.