NNMC COVID-19 Information   [Learn More]

NNMC Covid-19 Response

From: President Medina
Re: COVID Policy Update
Effective March 4, 2022

NNMC Community,

To help protect the health, safety and welfare of our campus and community, we ask everyone to maintain COVID-safe practices, to be mindful of the concerns of others, and to continue supporting our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.

While we recognize that the mask mandate has been lifted, we are still in a pandemic. Please note the following important updates to our COVID policies for campus building access for staff, students and the public.

For the Public:

  • Please Mask-Up. Masking simply helps us all stay safer and shows kindness to others, especially those more vulnerable to Covid-19 and the variants.
  • The vaccination mandate is still in place and we recommend continued vaccination efforts.
  • Testing: We will continue COVID testing at both campuses.
  • Thermal Check stations: Please use the temperature checking devices and sign-in sheets at campus building entrances.

NNMC Employees and students:

  • Vaccinations: The vaccination mandate is still in place, and boosters are encouraged as a best practice.
  • Thermal Check stations: Please use the temperature checking devices and sign-in sheets at campus building entrances, and complete your daily symptom checklist.
  • Staffing Campus offices: Staff assignments and remote working are still at the discretion of supervisors and dependent on job function.
  • Work Travel requests: Effective March 4, travel requests will be reviewed by your supervisor.
  • Off-campus duties: We recommend the use of masks for College personnel during off-campus college-related duties.
  • Regarding face-to-face learning or hybrid learning: The college and the Covid Response Team will continue to monitor the situation. We hope to start the summer session completely open to face to face learning.
  • Graduation: The commencement committee will begin meeting on plans for May 2022 Commencement ceremonies. Stay tuned for more to come.

As part of a culture of caring and mutual protection, please continue to do the following:

  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Wear your mask in group settings.
  • Kindly honor the concerns of those at risk.
  • If you are sick, do not come to campus. If you test positive for COVID, please notify healthandsafety@nnmc.edu. We are still reporting and contact tracing COVID-19 cases.

Thank you for your support and cooperation. For more information, please monitor our COVID-19 Response webpage (nnmc.edu/covid19/).


DATE: February 17, 2022
RE: Lifting Indoor Mask Mandate

Northern Community,

“We are turning the corner, and learning a new way to live with COVID together. Thank you for taking care of your communities, your family, and each other,” said David R. Scrase, MD, Acting Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health. “We still need to be careful, get tested, get treatment.”

Effective immediately, we are lifting the indoor mask mandate at Northern.
Please continue to do the following:

  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Wear your mask in group settings.
  • Kindly honor the concerns of those at risk.
  • Use the thermo scans at the entrances and complete your daily symptom checklist.

If you are sick, do not come to campus. If you test COVID positive, notify healthandsafety@nnmc.edu; we are still going to report and contact trace COVID-19 cases.

Vaccination is still a requirement at Northern.

Staff assignments and remote work will remain at the discretion of your immediate supervisor and according to job function.

We will monitor conditions and update our policies as needed. The COVID-19 Response Team at Northern is mindful that we have lost more than 5000 New Mexicans and many survivors continue to suffer long-term effects.

Thank you for your support and cooperation. For more information, please monitor this webpage  (nnmc.edu/covid19/).


DATE: JANUARY 28, 2022
RE: COVID UPDATE & Building Access Protocols

During the pandemic, Northern New Mexico College is following CDC and NMDOH guidelines for testing, isolation and quarantine protocols: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html

In the interest of safety during the current omicron surge, NNMC will be limiting access to the following buildings:

  • Montoya Administration Building: Please enter only via the main entrance by the Rotunda or the north entrance by Receiving.
  • Nursing Building: Enter only via the main entrance.
  • Gym: Enter only via the main entrance.

Upon entering these buildings (other entrances will be updated in the coming weeks), everyone must:

  • Record their temperature using the digital Thermal Check Station. Instructions are posted by the device. NOTE: This is NOT a COVID test.
  • Assist contact tracing by:

Please remember:

  • Everyone must show proof of vaccination or an approved exemption to access campus facilities, events, programs, services and activities in person.
  • Masks are required at all times in Northern’s buildings. We recommend that you upgrade your mask to N95 or KN95 as per CDC guidance.

For more information and NNMC's COVID protocols:

Thank you all for working together to help protect the health and safety of our campus community!

Northern New Mexico College
COVID Health and Safety Standards
2021-22 Academic Year

Administrative Mandate Originally Issued: August 23, 2021
Board of Regents Affirmed:  October 12, 2021
Updated:  January 2022


To protect and preserve the health, safety and welfare of the NNMC community: Until further notice, only vaccinated NNMC officials, employees, and students are allowed to access College facilities, events, and programs, as well as invited guests who are fully vaccinated with proof of vaccination.

NNMC Mask/Face Covering Policy

Research shows that transmission of COVID-19 is greatly reduced and lives are saved when all individuals wear face coverings while in public. Vaccination is also an effective tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is the shared responsibility of the entire NNMC community to protect not only their health but the health of those who are most vulnerable for serious illness and death from COVID-19.

This guidance is separate and distinct from the NNMC’s Vaccination Policy (see below). Please refer to that policy for more information about vaccination requirements at the college.

Northern New Mexico College requires masks to be worn indoors by all individuals on both campuses, as well as at any college-related off-campus activities. Masks must be worn in any indoor group setting, including classrooms.

All students, faculty, staff and visitors should wear their masks at all times in Northern’s buildings unless they are eating, drinking, or in an office alone. Please help us continue good public health practices (handwashing; staying home when ill; physical distancing, when possible; mask-wearing, etc.) so we all stay safe and healthy.

Some exceptions to the mask mandate:

  • someone who is unable to remove a face covering without assistance;
  • a person granted a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • while giving a speech for broadcast or an audience while maintaining physical distance of at least twelve feet from others (this exception does not apply to classroom instruction)
  • when asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes.

NNMC Vaccination Policy

To protect and preserve the health, safety and welfare of the College community, Northern New Mexico College requires that all faculty, staff, students and visitors accessing College facilities, events and programs be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

This mandate, effective October 15, 2021, requires all NNMC faculty, staff, students and visitors who access campus facilities, events, programs, services and activities in person to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, subject to limited exemptions as noted below.

Proof of full vaccination must be provided to the NNMC Health and Safety Officer at healthandsafety@nnmc.edu.

  • Students, faculty, and staff who complete their vaccination protocols after October 15, 2021, will be allowed access to College facilities, events, and programs once proof of full vaccination is provided to the NNMC Health and Safety Officer at healthandsafety@nnmc.edu.
  • Exemptions will be considered on a limited and narrow basis. Please see the section “Accommodations/Exemptions” below for details.
  • Off-campus Activities: If your duties to the College require you to be physically present off campus at a gathering of any kind, you are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of full vaccination status must be provided to the NMMC Health and Safety Officer at healthandsafety@nnmc.edu, unless the college grants an exemption as noted below.


  • This vaccine requirement has been implemented starting August 15, 2021 and applies to all visitors to NNMC campuses and activities. NNMC personnel and students who access NNMC facilities, programs, events, services and activities located on both the Española Campus and the El Rito Campus are required to provide proof of vaccination. This mandate remains in place until June 30, 2022, is subject to be periodically revised, and may be extended beyond June 30, 2022.
  • Campus facilities include, but are not limited to, office buildings, libraries, classrooms, research laboratories, dining facilities, residence halls, student center, athletics facilities, entertainment venues, gymnasiums, and College transportation.
  • In addition to required vaccinations, COVID-safe practices are currently in force and must be followed at all locations listed above in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH)


  • NNMC students, faculty, and staff may apply for medical or religious exemptions to this vaccination mandate. Each exemption application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Application for an exemption does not guarantee approval. Those requesting a vaccine exemption should complete either an NNMC Medical Condition Accommodation Request or an NNMC Religious Accommodation Request.
  • Prior to coming to class or work, NNMC students, faculty, and staff who are granted an exemption will only be permitted to access College facilities for educational purposes, participation as a member of an athletic team or staff, or for on-duty employment purposes. Any granted exemption does not apply to attendance of extracurricular or spectator activities or events. In order for the exemption to remain valid and still in effect, NNMC students, faculty, and staff who are granted an exemption will be required to submit proof of a negative COVID test to healthandsafety@nnmc.edu by Thursday at 5 pm each school week. The test results must be dated within 72 hours of submission to be considered valid and sufficient. If health and safety conditions warrant it, multiple negative COVID test results may be required to be submitted each week.
  • NNMC students, faculty, and staff who are granted an exemption must follow all COVID-safe practices currently in force and must follow these practices at all College locations and at all off campus locations while engaged in College activities in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) mandates.
  • Failure to comply with COVID-safe practices, as described below, during College activities may result in revocation of the granted exemption or revocation of the accommodation for a granted exemption.


  • Exceptions to the campus closure to public access will be on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the College President or the College President’s designee. Examples include restricted access for contractors, vendors, and pick-up and delivery services. In such instances, restricted access will be considered upon proof of vaccination.


  • Masks are required indoors per CDC guidance and NMDOH mandates.
  • If you begin to feel ill while on campus, please leave campus immediately. If your symptoms are COVID-related (i.e. fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste/smell, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) please immediately get tested for COVID-19 and notify healthandsafety@nnmc.edu.
  • If you have been on campus and test positive for COVID-19, please email healthandsafety@nnmc.edu to assist the College in performing contact tracing.
  • If you see someone on campus who is violating the Mandated On-Campus COVID Protocols, or who appears to be ill, please notify healthandsafety@nnmc.edu.
  • If you are unsure about possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or have general questions about the virus, please read the resources and watch the videos provided at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html


From the President

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.


Registration for Spring 2022 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 the Dual Credit Coordinator

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

2nd 8-week Spring'22 Class Schedule
Email: admissions@nnmc.edu
Phone: (505) 747-2111
Mail: Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM 87532


FREE COVID-19 Testing @Northern New Mexico College in Española and El Rito

Ben Lujan Library Parking area / Monday through Friday
/ 8 am to 2 pm

Please enter via N. Railroad Ave, EXIT via Paseo de Oñate  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 self-collected nasal swab. 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.”

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.


In El Rito

Regular PCR Testing is available by eMBRY Health at Northern's El Rito Campus on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Turn right just as you enter campus for the testing site. Please do not enter campus buildings if you are looking for COVID testing.



Anyone eligible for the vaccine should register at VaccineNM.org. In addition, you can register with CVS directly and the NMDOH website has other locations.

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.

Resources and FAQs

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

Registration for Spring 2022 is now open.
Find your classes here: Spring 2022 Schedule of Classes
Spring classes begin January 18, 2022.

All Student Services offices are open for both virtual assistance from  8am to 5pm, AND in-person appointments from 8:30 to 4:30 pm. For in-person appointments, be sure to call any office you need to visit prior to coming to campus, as the number of visitors allowed in each office at one time will be limited. We will do our best to accommodate all walk-ins, but please understand you may have to wait if you do not have an appointment. If you are coming to campus, be sure to bring your mask, proof of vaccination and photo id, as these will be required to enter any office on campus.
Questions? Call us at (505) 747-2111!

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.

Bookstore @Northern Update

In Fall 2020, Northern’s Bookstore transitioned to BNC Virtual (formerly MBS Direct) as our online textbook supplier. This transition to an online textbook service helped us face the operational challenges caused by the pandemic and allowed us to provide course materials directly to students at home when purchasing them in-store was not an option. At all times, the health, safety, and welfare of our campus family continued to be our number one priority.

Moving forward, the Bookstore @Northern will no longer be a physical brick-and-mortar store on campus. All course materials will continue to be purchased online, and, eventually so will general merchandise, including Eagle Spirit Gear and school supplies.

Bookstore support:

To order books directly: https://bncvirtual.com/nnmc

For Supplies & Ordering Help:
Contact: Luana Martinez, Operations Support Administrator

For Course Adoptions, Course Material Inquiries/Financial Aid Voucher Assistance:
Contact: Dalene Valdez - Director of Auxiliary Services
dalene.valdez@nnmc.edu or Auxiliary@nnmc.edu

For Returns/Tracking/Digital Support/All other inquiries regarding your online order:
Contact: BNC Customer Service: 1-800-325-3252

E-books/Digital Support: digitalsupport@bncservices.com

What’s coming up!

Summer 2022: we will be adding a new webpage for purchasing general merchandise, including spirit gear and specialty supplies.

Fall 2022: we will be migrating to a new course material management system, eliminating the need/cost for the use of Textbook Tool. This system is more user friendly and will be linked directly to our LMS (Blackboard).

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
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

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.