NNMC COVID-19 Information   [Learn More]

NNMC Covid-19 Response

NNMC Updated Health and Safety Standards,
August 23, 2021

On-Campus COVID Protocols, effective immediately.

  • All students, faculty and staff present on either campus must provide proof of full vaccination to the NNMC Health and Safety Officer at healthandsafety@nnmc.edu by October 15.
  • In addition, if your college duties or activities require you to be physically present off campus at a gathering of any kind — whether they be meetings, classes, research, labs or projects — you must provide proof of vaccination by October 15.
  • Only Northern students and employees are allowed on campus. Visitors and other non-college persons are prohibited from campus until further notice.  Exceptions will only be made on a case-by-case basis after consultation with the college president.
  • Exemptions to the vaccination policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and only for medical or religious reasons. Those exempted who want to be on campus will have to test three times per week, and submit test results to healthandsafety@nnmc.edu.
  • Masks are required everywhere indoors, except in your office alone with the door closed.
  • If anyone begins to feel ill, please leave campus immediately. If your symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. — please immediately get tested for COVID-19 and notify  healthandsafety@nnmc.edu.
  • If you've been on campus and test positive for COVID-19, please email healthandsafety@nnmc.edu so the college can conduct contact tracing to warn others who may be at risk of contracting the virus.
  • If you see someone on campus who is violating the mask rules stated above, or who appears to be ill, please notify healthandsafety@nnmc.edu.


Since March 2020, Northern New Mexico College has served as a role model for the thoughtful and thorough way we have endured the pandemic. Because of your teamwork, commitment to each other, and steadfast resolve, we can be proud of the fact that not a single positive COVID case ever originated from either campus. Put simply, all of us have kept our team, and our families, as safe as possible.

The proliferation of variants and the re-emergence of increased case numbers means we cannot ease up now. We must continue to be aggressive, not only for the health and safety of our own teammates, but for our families and the community we serve.  Remember, many outside our college are looking to us to define the standards.  These standards mean a little more sacrifice on our part, but it will be well worth the effort.

Please know that these standards and protocols, effective immediately, are being implemented with one simple, unchanging focus – to keep us all safe and healthy.  Thanks in advance for your understanding and your commitment.

Ultimately, the decision to implement these standards is bigger than the College.  We all need to count on each other, now more than ever. Team Northern, thank you for everything you have done so far to help us endure the crisis.  We are doing a great job – let's keep up the effort, and keep each other safe and healthy.  I have no doubt that we will come out of this stronger than ever.

Very Respectfully,
Richard J. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D.
President, Northern New Mexico College
Office: (505) 747-2140  Fax: (505) 747-2170

FALL 2021
Effective Immediately

From: Kendall Berrian, BS, MPHC
NNMC Health & Safety Officer
July 22, 2021

Northern Community,

For us to continue to have a safe and healthy campus, all faculty, staff, and students will need to follow all protocols set in place by the College’s executive administration and myself. This includes the NNMC Campus Reintegration Guidelines for Summer/Fall 2021. Since Monday, July 12, 2021, we have allowed unrestricted campus access for the college community. This will allow you to freely come to campus to work and study.

To ensure the continued safety for the college community the following guidelines will be in place effective immediately. This guidance is subject to change as the situation continues to evolve, so please be flexible and responsive, and please stay actively tuned in to the latest updates. To return to campus please follow the guidelines below:

  1. All faculty, staff, and students are asked to email proof of vaccination to myself, the Health and Safety Officer, to healthandsafety@nnmc.edu. In the email, please provide a photo of your vaccine card, along with your full name, NNMC ID number, NNMC email address, and gender. At this point, it is not required for you to be vaccinated to return to campus but it is HIGHLY encouraged. By providing your proof of vaccination, it will help me to understand the vaccination levels on campus. Please know that the list of vaccinated individuals will be kept confidential and treated like any other private medical information.
  2. Once back on campus, if anyone begins to feel ill, please immediately leave campus, especially if your symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. We ask that you immediately get tested for COVID-19 if you experience any of those symptoms, and notify me via email at kendall.berrian@nnmc.edu. If your COVID-19 test results are positive, please contact me via email at Kendall.berrian@nnmc.edu. I will then report that health status to NNMC’s senior leadership and will conduct contact tracing to warn any faculty, staff, or student that may be at risk of contracting the virus. If you are unsure about possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or have any general questions about the virus, please read the resources and watch the videos provided on the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. You can also feel free to contact me via email or by phone.
  3. If at any time the number of COVID cases reaches 3% of the college population, then college administration and myself will consider an immediate shut down for our campuses until conditions improve.
  4. A large number of the Fall courses starting in August will be held online. However, some 8-week courses starting in October will likely be held in-person.
  5. At the present time, masks are required for ALL people on both campuses, with two exceptions:
    a. Outdoors when properly socially distanced;
    b. Within the confines of an individual office or classroom with no other person present;
    If you see someone who you know is violating the mask rules stated above, I request that you please notify me via email.  I will then reach out to that individual to correct the issue.  Please know these procedures are not meant to be a hassle, but only to ensure that we are doing everything we can to keep each other healthy and safe.

FOR FACULTY AND STAFF, OR STUDENTS WHO WILL BE TAKING ANY IN-PERSON CLASSES ON THE ESPAÑOLA OR EL RITO CAMPUSES THIS FALL: If you are not on the roster of those who completed vaccinations, you will now be required to participate in COVID testing every 14 days and report the results to me within 24 hours of receiving the results at healthandsafety@nnmc.edu.  The College still offers free testing on our Española campus, and there are many other places in our community to receive testing.  This is not an effort to make things more difficult for everyone, but simply to make every effort to keep each other healthy and safe.  For those employees who have been approved to work fully remotely, please ask your supervisor for specific guidelines to adhere to this section.

Again, PLEASE, follow the above guidelines to help us to continue to have a healthy and safe campus. Individuals who are in violation of any of these guidelines may be asked to leave campus, either temporarily or in extreme cases, permanently.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me at anytime at Kendall.berrian@nnmc.edu. Thank you for your cooperation.

Best Regards,
Kendall Berrian, BS, MPHC
Northern New Mexico College
Health and Safety Officer
(229) 488-4280


Registration for Fall 2021 Full and Short Term classes is now open!

Applying to Northern New Mexico College is as easy as 1-2-3!
Questions? New to college? Not sure you have everything you need?
No worries! We are here to help you through the process!

Contact the NNMC Admissions Office
Email: Admissions@nnmc.edu
Mailing address: Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM 87532

To begin our simplified application process:

1.  Fill out our online application.

2. Submit any of the following documents that you may have to the Admissions Office.

  • High School Transcripts
  • Transcripts for dual-credit and college courses taken
  • Any college entrance or placement exam scores you may have (SAT, ACT, Accuplacer, and the HiSet).
  • If you are missing any of the above, please still apply and we'll help you through the process.

3. Meet with a First-Year Academic Advisor

  • Email the Advisement Center at advisement@nnmc.edu, or call 505 747.2150.
  • An advisor will help you develop your academic plans and schedule.

Northern New Mexico College Admissions Office

EMAIL: Admission@nnmc.edu / Phone: (505) 747-2111

Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM  87532

Admissions Staff

Your are a Transfer student if you have attended college elsewhere and are seeking a degree or certificate at Northern.

  • Complete a Certificate/Degree Application for Admission online
  • Request that each college you’ve previously attended send an official transcript to:
    Office of Admissions
    Northern New Mexico College
    921 Paseo de Oñate
    Española, NM 87532
  • If you have not yet completed courses equivalent to Northern’s ENG 111 and MATH 130 (or higher), contact Advisement at advisement@nnmc.edu

The following list details the requirements for admission to Northern as an International Student.
Questions, please contact Sara McCormick at sara.mccormick@nnmc.edu

To expedite the admissions process, please submit all your documents as a complete packet and keep a copy for yourself.

1. DOWNLOAD AN International Admissions Application
Be sure your application name exactly matches your name of record (the name on your passport or other official documents). Complete all sections and submit the application by mail to:

Frank Orona, Director of Admissions
Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Oñate, Española, New Mexico
USA 87532

You will also need the following.
For complete details on the steps below, please go to International Student page:

  • AFTER THE ABOVE IS COMPLETED, Please register at study.eshipglobal.com

Admissions Office

Phone: 505.747.2111
Fax: 505.747.5449
Email: forona@nnmc.edu
Mon-Fri, 8am–5pm, MST

Get a jump start on college while you are still in high school!

Dual Credit is a statewide program allowing high school students to earn college credit tuition free. Here’s your chance to explore your interests and begin your future now!

You can apply online here!
Or download a print application.

Questions? Contact Deanne Brown, Dual Credit Coordinator
(505) 747.5454, deanne.brown@nnmc.edu

Benefits of the Dual Credit program

Dual Credit provides an opportunity for significant tuition savings. It gives students an opportunity to work towards a degree while in high school, and fulfills the requirement that all high school students must take one of the following courses to be eligible to graduate: honors, advanced placement, dual credit, or distance learning.

Remedial, developmental and fitness classes may not be taken for dual credit. Dual credit students are not eligible for scholarships or financial aid.

What type of Courses are offered?

If you have taken a college entrance or placement exam (such as ACT, SAT, Accuplacer), submit those test scores when you apply. Scores help college advisors place students in courses that align with their career plans and academic preparation.

Courses are offered:

  • At the high school with an instructor who has been certified to offer the course
  • Through online distance learning with other high school and dual credit students
  • At a college campus with college and dual credit students
How to enroll in a dual credit course
  • First meet with your high school counselor to complete the online application process.
  • If you have taken a college entrance or placement exam, submit those test scores when you apply.
  • Northern recruiters and advisors visit each high school to register students. Parent/guardian consent is required to complete the registration process.
  • Order required text books online at bncvirtual.com/nnmc
  • Tuition, general fees, and course specific fees are waived for dual credit students. Books are paid for by the high school.

Click here to learn more about Dual Credit @Northern.

This is you if you are a high school graduate or GED completer, but do not wish to pursue
a degree or certificate:

  • Complete a Non-degree Application for Admission form.
  • Register online for classes.
  • If you have trouble signing up for a course that has a pre-requisite, see an advisor for assistance.
  • Email the Advisement Center or call (505) 747-2150, Mon.-Fri., 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Submit any college entrance or placement exam scores (including Accuplacer or HiSet) you may have.

Community Rates

For Art Classes @Northern

3 Credits for $300
The same Northern art classes you've always loved at a special low price.*

See the full list in the Schedule of Classes
For more information, call 505.747.2295
*for non-degree seeking students taking 6 credits or less


FREE COVID-19 Testing @Northern New Mexico College
Ben Lujan Library Parking area / Monday through Friday
/ 8 am to 2 pm

Please enter via N. Railroad Ave, EXIT via Paseo de Oñate

Those wanting to test must ENTER on the N. RAILROAD AVENUE entrance to the NNMC campus. Please stay in your car and follow directions from testing personnel to the library parking lot testing site. After testing, please exit campus via Paseo de Oñate.The test is a simple, painless, self-collected saliva test. You will first cough several times (to keep the volunteers safe, please cough into your sleeve) and then swab several places inside your mouth. Results are available as quickly as 72 hours from test date.

To register for a test date and time: Please visit https://curative.com. Click on “Get Tested Now.”

IMPORTANT: Please do not eat or drink for 1/2 hour before testing.

To provide this community COVID-19 testing service, Northern New Mexico College has partnered with Rio Arriba County, NM DOH, NM Department of Workforce Solutions, NM National Guard, the City of Española, Presbyterian Health Services and El Centro Family Health.

Northern New Mexico College’s Española campus is located at 921 Paseo de Oñate, Espanola, NM, 87532.

Vaccinations are happening 2x per week at Northern's Eagle Gymnasium.
These are not walk-in events; you still have to register with the NM DOH.

Sign up/register to be notified when the COVID-19 vaccine is available to you:
Please use this tool to create an account and register with the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH): https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/

Users who have questions or would like support with the registration process – including New Mexicans who do not have internet access – can call 1-855-600-3453, press option 0 for vaccine questions, and then option 4 for tech support.

Register Now for Fall Short Term Classes 2021!
Email: admissions@nnmc.edu
Phone: (505) 747-2111
Mail: Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM 87532

Resources and FAQs

QUESTIONS? We are here to help. Email us at covid19@nnmc.edu.

Spring classes begin January 19, 2021, delivered in an online format.

Registration for Fall 2021 is now open. All courses are being delivered in an online format.
Find your classes here: Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes

All on-campus events have been canceled or postponed until further notice.

All Tutoring Resources are now online!
Click here to access Peer Tutoring, Math Learning Center and the Writing Center.

Tech Support for Online Classes & Meetings / Zoom or Blackboard
For questions, support, and troubleshooting for Staff, Faculty & Students

Concerns about access to internet or technology? Please complete the Student Technology Access form (or contact your instructor if you are unable to access the form).
Chromebooks are available for students who meet certain thresholds of need.

Stay informed. Stay connected! Please check your email and the college website often for updates. Stay in virtual contact with your supervisors or professors and classmates.

Questions? We are here to help. Email us at covid19@nnmc.edu. Students with specific concerns, please contact Don Appiarius, Assistant Provost at don.appiarius@nnmc.edu.

Distance Learning and Digital Course Materials for Summer/Fall Semesters in response to COVID-19
(Download full instructions here: Transition to Digital Course Materials)
Need help? Check out our FAQs. Call our Customer Contact Center 24/7 toll-free at (800) 325-3252 or email us

While our campus buildings are closed and classes are being delivered in an online format for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, all course materials will be digital/instant access. Hard-copy course materials will still be available for purchase as a supplement in the event that students would prefer hard-copy format instead.

Instant Access to Course Materials

The majority of course materials will be offered in an instant access format. That means that upon purchasing the materials, students will be able to access the course material immediately.

Accessing Materials Off-line

  • We realize that not all students have access to internet at home.
  • All instant access materials can be accessed through a perpetual off-line format as most materials are offered through VitalSource Bookshelf. Once the material is purchased, the material may be downloaded to VitalSource Bookshelf and accessed from anywhere on any mobile device. That means once the course material has been downloaded students can access the material with or without internet. Download the step-by-document for full instructions.

Purchasing Course Materials

  • All course materials will continue to be purchased through MBS Direct/Barnes and Noble College.
  • You can access our website from the Northern website, under the Bookstore @ Northern tab or by clicking here , or copying the following link into your browser: https://bncvirtual.com/nnmc

Support for Online Orders/Virtual Materials

  • Northern's Bookstore is still here to help you whenever you need us, even when we're not physically in the store.
  • If you need help placing your book orders, a step-by-step ordering guide can be found here.
  • If you are using Financial Aid (finaid@nnmc.edu) to purchase your course materials and you require assistance, please see the step-by-step ordering video here.
  • Questions? please send an email to auxiliary@nnmc.edu. You may also call 505-310-1755.
  • Any questions or concerns regarding online orders, please contact MBS Direct/Barnes and Noble College as they can quickly assist you with any questions regarding your pending orders or access to online materials.

Watch our Step-By-Step Ordering Guide below

ZOOM & Blackboard Resources

IT Services
IT staff are working to ensure that students, faculty and staff  have access and support for web-based communication, emails and Banner.

You can reach us by calling 505 747-5000, by email,  or IT Helpdesk support. If this is an emergency, please contact us directly.

Community WiFi Hot Spots

Business Address WiFi Name
Northern New Mexico College 921 N Paseo de Onate NNMC
Lowe's 407 Lowdermilk St Lowes-Guest-WiFi
Angelina's Restaurant 1226 N Railroad Ave linksys
Presbyterian Hospital 1010 Spruce St Pres FreeWiFi
Lucero Center 313 N Paseo de Onate CoE Guest
T-Mobile 1404 N Riverside Dr Magenta
La Cocina Restaurant 415 S Santa Clara Bridge Rd LACOCINA_5G
The Delta 233 N Paseo de Onate Delta_Guest
Santa Claran Hotel & Casino 460 N Riverside Dr GUEST WIFI
Burger King 701 N Riverside Dr WHOPPERWIFI
McDonalds 1401 N Riverside Dr McDonalds Free WiFi
Starbucks 1404 N Riverside Dr Starbucks
Ohkay Casino Resort Hotel 68 NM 291 GUEST
Denny's 1317 N Riverside Dr Dennys_Guest_WIFI
Domino's Pizza 931 N Riverside Dr Dominos
Del Taco 1321 N Riverside Dr Del Taco Free WIFI

Attention NNMC Students,

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Northern is allowing students to change their course grade from a standard grade to a credit/non credit option. Please carefully review the information below to determine if this option is right for you.

What is Credit/Non Credit? 

Standard final grades are letter grades (A,B,C, D, F) and are weighed against a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA). Credit/Non Credit means that a student receives credit for taking the course if they “pass” (see the next question), but is not assigned a letter grade, and GPA is not impacted.

How do I know if my letter grade will translate to Credit or Non Credit?

Final grades of A+, A, A-, B, B-, C+, C, and C- can be converted to Credit. In the case of nursing courses, a grade of C or better is required in order for credit to be given.  Final grades of D+, D, D-, or F will be converted to Non Credit. Incomplete “I” grades can be converted only after pending assignments have been finalized and a standard grade has been issued.

What should I consider when deciding whether to change my grade to Credit/Non Credit?

We recognize that the COVID-19 crisis and the transition to online instruction have presented difficulties for some students that may have significantly impacted their academic performance. Changing from a letter grade to Credit/Non Credit means that the course will not weigh against your GPA. However, it is important to consider that there could be long-term consequences to your decision, including transferability of credits to other institutions, scholarship eligibility, graduate program eligibility,  tuition reimbursement, etc. Also keep in mind that prerequisite courses required to apply to the associate degree nursing program require a standard letter grade. You should discuss all options with your academic advisor prior to making a decision.

What courses are eligible to convert grades to Credit/Non Credit?

All full-term courses offered during the Spring 2020 semester and short-term courses offered after March 17, 2020 are eligible for Credit/Non Credit grade conversion. Short-term courses that concluded by March 17, 2020 are not eligible.

How do I request a change of grade to Credit/Non Credit?

Once standard final grades are issued, students have the option to request a change to a Credit/Non Credit option by completing the attached Change of Grade Form and submitting it to the Registrar’s Office at registar@nnmc.edu no later than July 15th by 5:00 pm. The change of grade form needs to be signed by the student’s Academic Advisor.

Resources for Faculty/Staff

Guidelines for Faculty During the Transition

ZOOM & Blackboard Resources

Mental Health Counselor for Northern Students

Adam Baca, MA, LPCC, Behavioral Health Counselor
505-747-5064, adam.baca@nnmc.edu
M: 8am-Noon, Tu/Th 8am-4:30 pm / Office: TEC 213

Confidential and free for students. Referrals can be made by contacting Adam Baca directly.

Other Mental Health & Crisis Resources

CDC - Mental Health & Coping During COVID-19
Complete Mental Health Guide during COVID-19

Virus Anxiety Support
• NM Crisis Line 855-662-7474 / Counseling 855-227-5485 (TTY)
• Warm Line 1-855-466-7100 to access peer support.
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
• AGORA Crisis Center 1-855-505-4505, Chat Online www.AgoraCares.org
• For support regarding rape or sexual assault, contact Solace Crisis Treatment Center 800-721-7273
• For domestic violence, contact Esperanza Shelter 800-473-5220
or Crisis Center of Northern NM 800-206-1656.
• PeaceKeepers 505-753-4790

• Immigration support, Santa Fe Dreamers, 505-490-2789
• Rental and utility assistance, The Life Link, 505-395-2531 or 505-819-9901
• Emergency food and supplies, HELP NM, 505-753-7181.
• 12 Step meetings: nm-aa.org and riograndena.org

Community Resources

Office of the Governor &
State/National Health Information

Other COVID-19 Statewide Websites

 Other Education and Child Care Questions

  • K-12 Public Education: 1-833-415-0567
  • Early Childhood Education and Care: 1-800-691-9067

Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.