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Midwifery Completion Program (M.S.)

The Master of Science Completion Program is for qualified individuals who are already midwives certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and who have already earned a Certificate in Midwifery or Nurse-Midwifery from an Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education accredited midwifery program. Additionally, we have a dual-enrollment agreement with Baystate Midwifery Education Program. Students currently earning their certificate at Baystate can concurrently complete their Master of Science in midwifery at Philadelphia University.

Program Goals

  1. Graduates of the Midwifery Institute will be prepared to practice effectively in a multidisciplinary health care environment.
  2. Graduates of the Midwifery Institute will have the necessary research and critical thinking skills to be lifelong learners ensuring safe practice.
  3. After completion of the midwifery program graduates will provide midwifery care that demonstrates cultural humility and competence.
  4. After completion of the midwifery program graduates will be prepared to practice according to the Code of Ethics and Standards of ACNM.5

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to integrate theory, clinical knowledge, reasoning and skills to provide high quality midwifery care
  2. Students will be able to contribute midwifery expertise effectively within interdisciplinary teams (clear communication, professional affect, evidence-based care)
  3. Students critically reflect on midwifery practice in a variety of healthcare environments.
  4. Students of the Midwifery Institute will be able to evaluate research to engage in ongoing evidence based clinical practice.
  5. Students will describe diversity issues inherent in the lives of women they serve and the effects of these issues on women’s health care.
  6. Students will practice midwifery in an ethical, empathetic and humanistic manner.


Certified Midwives Pathway (CM pathway)

The CM pathway to our existing midwifery education program is for qualified individuals prepared at the bachelor’s level who want to become midwives. After successful completion of the M.S. in Midwifery program, graduates will be able to sit for the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) exam to become certified midwives (CMs).
Individuals who may have limited or no experience in health care practice have unique learning needs that are addressed before beginning the M.S. in Midwifery course sequence. Students entering through the CM pathway must complete all prerequisite courses required for admission and pass 4 courses (CMW 635 plus lab, CMW 636, CMW 637) as prerequisites before they segue into our existing 62-credit midwifery education program. As this catalogue goes to press, the CM credential is legally recognized in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Rhode Island and Missouri. Other states are currently considering legal recognition for the CM.

Advanced Placement Option

The Advanced Placement Option (APO) is an individualized program of study (IPS) for qualified candidates with previous, formal, related health professional preparation, for example, in advanced practice nursing or in midwifery. APO students may challenge selected portions of the midwifery program by demonstrating competency. The purpose of the APO is to assure sound preparation in midwifery, while minimizing repetition of learning activities for knowledge and skills already attained. Part-time study or accelerated options may be planned according to class schedules, availability, and learner preferences. APO status requires submission of an APO portfolio at the time of application for admission. The Office of Graduate Admissions or the program can provide a portfolio template to you.

Refresher Process

The refresher process is for CM/CNMs who are nationally certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and have graduated from an Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education accredited program, but have been out of some or all areas of clinical practice and want to follow the American College of Nurse-Midwives guidelines for re-entry to clinical practice. Interested midwives apply for post-professional education with non-matriculated status. An individualized plan of study is created for each refresher student to review current content and take exams for areas of full-scope midwifery practice in which s/he is not current in practice. The refresher midwife completes all required pre-clinical credentialing and purchases liability insurance. Subsequently, the refresher midwife completes a supervised refresher clinical to demonstrate currency in all areas of midwifery practice. For example, a refresher midwife who is currently providing prenatal care, care of common health concerns and gynecology, would complete a clinical refresher in intrapartum and newborn care. All exam and clinical refresher studies are undertaken as credit-by-exam and clinical demonstration. At the conclusion of a successful refresher process, the midwife receives a letter on letterhead reflecting successful completion of the process and can order an official transcript documenting all credit-by-exam work. Midwives interested in the refresher process are encouraged to speak with the Office of Graduate Admissions or with the Program to learn more. Refresher midwives are strongly encouraged to check with their state board and potential employers to learn about any specific requirements for re-entry to practice.