Accreditation

Philadelphia University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University M.S. in Midwifery and Post-Master’s Certificate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240-485-1802, www.midwife.org/acme.

The most recent program accreditation runs from July, 2015 through July, 2025.

For information about requirements or to apply to our program please contact us directly at midwiferyinstitute@philau.edu or contact the office of graduate admissions at 215-951-2943

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) to earn the credential CNM or CM. Completion of the program prepares graduates to work in all practice settings.

For further information on the CM Pathway please refer to:


Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. (2005). The Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviors Prerequisite to Midwifery Clinical Coursework. Retrieved from:
www.midwife.org/ACME-documents

Fullerton, J. T., Shah, M. A., Schecter, S., & Muller, J. H. (2000). Integrating qualified nurses and non-nurses in midwifery education: The two-year experience of an ACNM DOA accredited program. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 45(1), 45-54.

Washington State Notice: Philadelphia University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act.  This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Philadelphia University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs.  The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs.  Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs.  Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Program Statistics:

Retention:

2015 Retention - 83% 4 students not retained for personal reasons.

2014 Retention - 90% 2 students not retained for personal reasons.

2013 Retention - 71% 3 students not retained for academic reasons; 4 for personal reasons.

2012 Retention - 74% 2 students not retained for academic reasons; 2 for personal reasons.

2011 Retention - 90% 3 students not retained for personal reasons.

Graduation:

The program is a two to three year progression.  88% graduation rate for retained students first enrolling in 2013.  Of the 3 students not persisting to graduation, 1 left for personal reasons, 2 were dismissed.

Employment:

2014 - 2015 graduates (n=21); 86% (n=18) employed as a midwife.  Those not employed are looking for a position (1), a fellowship (1) or awaiting board retake (1).

2013 93% of graduates employed in midwifery.  One student seeking a fellowship position.

2012 100% of graduates are employed in midwifery

2011 96% of graduate are employed in midwifery; 1 student not employed as a midwife is pursuing additional nursing education

Diversity:

In our most recent academic year, our students identify as:

22% Hispanic

17% African American

4% Asian

70% White

(exceeds 100% because several students identify in >1 category)

Attrition 2006-2011:
  • Academic or Disciplinary Dismissal:  9
  • Withdrawal or Leave of Absence (personal reasons such as family or health crisis):  26
  • Withdrawal (academic):  6
  • Decelerated during education, but in good standing: 6

American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) Pass Rate Information

Year    All Takers #    First Time Pass    Repeat Pass    Total Pass Rate
2015    19    18/19  (95%)    2/3 (66%)    90%
2014    16     9/16   (56%)**    3/3  (100%)    63%
2013    17    14/15  (93%)    2/2  (100%)    94%
2012    17     8/10   (80%)    5/7   (71%)    76%

**Of our 19 graduates in 2014, 18 are now AMCB Certified.

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