POLICIES AND FAQ

 
How do I register for a course?
After a student has completed the application process and has been cleared to begin registration, they can register for any course by clicking on the Registration link.  Students complete the online registration form and payment at the time of registration.  Students are not registered for the course until payment is made. 
 
Registration opens approximately 4 weeks before the start date of the quarter and is open for 2 weeks only.   
Current registration information is always available on the website.
 
 
What is the refund policy?
The ASOM refund policy is as follows:
 
A partial refund of 50% tuition will ONLY be given if a student submits a withdrawal form to the administrator before the first class meets.  Refunds will not be given after the first class. 
 
Full refunds will ONLY be given if the course is cancelled for low enrollment.
 
 
What are the attendance requirements?
ASOM functions under a “no absence” attendance expectation. Students should have the same expectation of class attendance that they have of being present at Sunday services in which they have platform responsibility. ASOM instructors keep roll and record the number of class absences, including absences for part of a class meeting. A student is absent when he or she is not physically present in an a ASOM-approved classroom during the scheduled meeting time of the class. Viewing a recorded session does not count as being present, but is an expectation of students who miss a class. Minimum student attendance requirements are an accreditation standard and are not negotiable. There is no official distinction between excused and unexcused absences in these standards. A grade of “F” will be assigned to any student misses more than 30% of scheduled class time. In the case of conflicts with important events on a district or inclement weather that closes schools at a remote classroom site, the instructor may provide for makeup class sessions. If a class is cancelled, the instructor will reschedule it.
 
 
How much time will I need to invest?
The Sourcebook on Ordination (Church of the Nazarene, USA version) paragraph 437.2 advises, “The course of study is a significant educational experience. Each course of study curriculum, however it is delivered, must be equivalent to three years of full-time, college-level study. It will take time and effort to complete.” The guideline for each course at ASOM is a minimum of 107.5 hours of engaged student learning, including time spent in and out of class. Students should consider classwork a life priority in preparation for ministry and ordination.
 
 
How will I be evaluated?
The grading scale is derived from Nazarene Bible College policy and appears in each course syllabus. The syllabus also specifies the format of the student portfolio, containing all the student’s coursework, that must be submitted at course end for credit. Grades will be issued to the student and the appropriate district ministerial studies board by ASOM after all assignments have been graded.
 
A student may opt for pass-fail grade only if his or her the district ministerial board of education has notified the director in writing that it will accept pass-fail grades and only if the student makes request for a pass-fail grade to the director in writing prior to the second class session. A student may submit a written request for the grade “I” (incomplete) when unforeseeable, catastrophic circumstances have prevented the completion of all coursework. This must be communicated in writing to the professor and director before the final due date of class materials. On the approval of the professor and director, the student may receive one extension up to two weeks. If the student fails to submit all course work by the agreed extension deadline, the student will receive a failing mark for the class.
 
 
Can I audit a course?
The cost to audit a class will be $100. A student who is registered for course credit may opt to audit the class prior to the halfway point of the class by notifying the director in writing. No credit toward ordination will be granted for auditing a course.
 
 
Can I receive an extension?
In general, NO. A student may, however, submit a written request for the grade “I” (incomplete) when unforeseeable, catastrophic circumstances have prevented the completion of all coursework. This must be communicated in writing to the professor and director before the final due date of class materials, On the approval of the professor and director, the student may receive one extension up to two weeks. If the student fails to submit all course work by the agreed extension deadline, the student will receive a failing mark for the class.
 
 
How do I withdraw from a course?
A student may withdraw from a course by discussing the issue with the professor and notifying the registrar of intent to drop the class by filling out the withdrawal form. Click here for the withdrawal form.  See refund policy for financial information regarding course withdrawal.   
 
 
Can I get college credit for a course?
Awakening School of Ministry is affiliated with Nazarene Bible College through the Alliance for Ministry Education. Students who are accepted at NBC and who satisfactorily complete ASOM courses may submit their course portfolios to NBC. The portfolio evaluation process allows a student to earn up to 72 hours of 120-128 credit hours needed to earn a BA at NBC. For information about portfolio evaluation and posting fees or admission requirements, contact Cheryl Graves, director for the Alliance for Ministry Education (cagraves@nbc.edu). http://www.nbc.edu
 
 
Are students accepted at ASOM from another denomination? 
Yes! We welcome students from other denominations to train for ministry at ASOM.