the class schedule at the Midwest College is designed to allow adult students with full or part time employment an opportunity to complete the program. Classes are on Saturday from 9am to 6:45 pm, Bio-science classes for the first 4 quarters are scheduled on Monday in Racine and Chicago from 6 to 10pm. Herb class, beginning in the 5th quarter, could be either Tuesday or Friday evening in Racine, and Thursday evening in Chicago. Students must also register for internship, which is available during both day and evening hours.
Registration / Academic Counseling
All students can register for the next quarter’s classes by filling out the registration form on the Saturday mid-term day or by calling the Racine campus Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm beginning during the 6th week mid-terms.
Make sure you tell them which paper and clinic(s) you need. Amy Benish, Registrar, will finalize your enrollment directly into the computer and mail a one-quarter enrollment agreement which includes your class list and billing statement. Upon receipt, you should immediately review these documents and correct any errors by contact Amy.
Your registration is not complete until you have paid your tuition in full by financial aid, check, cash or credit/debit card. A late payment fee will be charged if tuition is not paid in full by the first day of classes. You are not entitled to attend classes, receive credit or take exams until after your registration is complete and paid in full.
Registration for classes ends on the Friday of the 7th week. After that, there is a late registration fee of $100. There is no registration after the first week of the new quarter, except for graduate extensions. Call Dr. Kristine LaPoint if you need academic counseling.
If you register for less than 4.5 credit hours for OM or less than 6.0 for Acupuncture, you will not be eligible for FA loans or deferment of outstanding loans.
Every student must be registered every quarter for at least one class, as a graduate extension, or must have submitted a signed request for a leave of absence; otherwise, the student will be dropped and cannot register in future quarters until after a petition to re-enter is approved. Re-enrollment will be subject to any new academic requirements in the college’s latest catalog.
To complete either program in the minimum time period, you will need to be enrolled in 5 to 7 classes during most quarters. If you wish to enroll in less than 4 classes per quarter, you must meet with an academic counselor to determine if you will be able to graduate within the maximum time frame. It is important to note that even if a student could take more classes per quarter, the accreditation standards still require a minimum of 30 months for the Acupuncture program or 36 months for Oriental Medicine program.
Leave of Absence (LOA)
Since many classes are only offered once each year, students who need time off for personal or family responsibilities need to meet with an academic counselor to determine how an LOA l will affect their future class schedules and graduation date. Generally, LOA’s are limited to all or part of two quarters. (Medical Leave of Absence which are limited to one year may be applied for. )
Students with outstanding loans should be aware that if the LOA is greater than six months, they will have to begin to repay their loans. Students MUST apply for a LOA; they are not automatically granted.
Student Files / Admission Records
The college maintains computerized and hard-copy files for all students to document admission requirements and progress toward completion of the program. During the course of study, additional documentation, including the academic progress report and internship records, is added to the file.
If a student changes his/her postal or email address or contact information, it must be reported to the Racine office so that the file information can be updated. all information sent to a student’s email address is considered the same as sent through the USPS. If you register for a quarter and do not update your contact information, the College cannot be held responsible for any information you may miss.
Withdrawal / Dropping a Class / Refunds
to receive a grad of “w”, students may give notification of withdrawal a) from a class prior to the final examination, b)for paper courses prior to the 9th week of the quarter, c) for internship prior to the 12th week of the quarter. Students who withdrawal within the permitted time period may be charged a withdrawal fee.
1. If an enrolled student decides to leave the program or drop classes before attending any classes, they will receive a 100% refund. the student should contact Amy Benish, Registrar, so that a form can be completed and a refund issued.
2. Constructive Notice of Withdrawal – If a student misses ten consecutive class days, based on the student’s scheduled days of class, without providing an explanation to the school administration regarding absences, prior to the 10th scheduled class day, the student is considered to be withdrawn after the 10th day of unexplained absence.
3. If a student leaves the program or stops attending any number of classes during the first seven weeks of the quarter, they will be issued a tuition reduction based upon the chart in the College catalog. It is not based on the date of the notification, but on attendance records. It may be several weeks before all attendance records are received and posted. The student should contact Amy Benish to initiate a withdrawal form a tuition reduction.