Our 2 year program is a full time, graduate level, distance education program in midwifery for Registered Nurses (RN) and CM Pathway applicants who want to become midwives. The 3- year option follows the same curriculum except that clinical courses are delayed until the third and final year which is full-time.
Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and are either registered nurses or have completed the CM pathway and required pre-requisites. Upon graduation, graduates are eligible to sit for the national examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board to earn the credential CNM or CM.
The program has integrated components of theory and practice, with six terms of study integrated with four terms of clinical experience. The curriculum also includes two on-campus sessions for intensive learning of hand skills, critical reflection and time to bond with classmates and faculty. The program will begin with an online orientation held at a distance, with several sessions over several days.
The theoretical components of the program are learned through readings, seminar discussions, and problem-based learning tutorials. Mastery is demonstrated through writing assignments, return demonstrations, quizzes, case studies, peer review and proctored examinations.
The practice components are learned through a clinical practicum under the direction of a qualified midwife preceptor.
A major component of the curriculum is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). This occurs in small groups centered around discussion and inquiry. A specific, real world clinical scenario serves as the impetus for acquisition of knowledge and professional behaviors underpinning midwifery practice and interdisciplinary teams. PBL teaching methods are used in medical, midwifery and nursing schools around the world.
Our model of putting the midwife back into midwifery education has been possible at a distance by the use of computer technology. The curriculum is rich with pearls of wisdom from experienced midwifery faculty. A Midwife Tutors follow each class throughout the program, modeling the midwifery value of continuity of care. Students meet in computer Seminar Rooms that are full of thoughtful discussions about the art and science of midwifery practice, case presentations and reflections of role transition to midwifery. Our primarily asynchronous system allows this to happen, day and night, seven days a week, when the individual is ready to focus on school, and yet be in the comfort of one’s own home.