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Course Registration

Students apply only once, but they register for courses each semester. NCMC publishes a course schedule for each term which details registration dates and procedures, course offerings, costs, payment deadlines and more. Copies are available from the Admissions Office (phone: 660-359-3948, ext. 1410 or This information is also available through the NCMC website.

Important dates pertaining to registration, withdrawal, and semester dates may be found in the back of the NCMC college catalog and on the website under Academic Calendar.

To register, students will:
1. Complete all admissions requirements
2. Review course offerings in the current course schedule
3. Speak with a counselor or advisor to complete a tentative course schedule
4. Pay tuition and fees in the Student Accounts Office by published deadline

After enrolling for their first semester at NCMC, degree-seeking students will be assigned a faculty advisor who is best equipped to assist them with career guidance and enrollment in future terms.

Students who change their minds or for whom circumstances interfere with attendance may drop classes prior to the published add/drop date for the term (normally one week into the fall and spring terms; two days into a summer term) with no financial penalty. The Registrar’s Office must receive a drop request, signed by the student, by the deadline. After the published deadline, students may still withdraw from a class with a grade of “W” but full tuition and fees are due. A grade of “W” does not affect the student’s grade point average.

Course Load

Each course offered for college credit is assigned a specific credit hour value. The credit hours usually correspond to the number of class meeting hours per week. For example, a standard three credit hour lecture course offered for the full 15 week semester will usually meet three hours per week. Classes with laboratory, clinical or applied skills components will have additional meeting time.

The minimum requirement to be considered a full-time student is 12 credit hours in a fall or spring term. Enrollment in more than 17 hours per semester is considered an overload and should be considered very carefully. A general “rule of thumb” is that successful students spend two hours studying outside of class for every one hour spent in the classroom. For example, a student taking a 12 credit hour course load should spend approximately 24 hours studying and preparing for classes.