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Midwifery (M.S.)

Program Director: Dana Perlman, MSN, CNM

Campus Location: Search Hall, 303
The Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University offers distance-learning programs with and without on-campus requirements. The Master of Science in Midwifery requires two on-campus visits.

Mission 

The mission of the Midwifery Institute is to offer quality educational preparation of midwives who will advance the profession of midwifery for the betterment of the health of women, families and communities.

The Midwifery Institute faculty believe:

  • Midwifery care is the exemplary health care standard for all women.
  • Midwifery education models midwifery practice.
  • Distributive (distance) learning provides user-friendly access to quality midwifery education.
  • It is desirable to educate students who reflect the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of the country.
  • Learning is individualized through use of a wide variety of teaching/learning methodologies.
  • Master’s preparation for entry-level midwifery practice and research is optimum in the United States for the 21st century’s increasingly complex health care environment.
  • It is important for midwifery students and practicing midwives to pursue advanced education with a discipline-specific focus in midwifery.

Master of Science Program Goals

  1. Graduates of the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University will practice as safe beginning-level midwifery practitioners according to the Core Competencies of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). 
  2. Graduates of the Midwifery Institute will be prepared to practice effectively in a multidisciplinary health care environment according to the Core Competencies of the ACNM. 
  3. Graduates of the Midwifery Institute will have the necessary research and critical thinking skills to be lifelong learners ensuring safe practice.
  4. Graduates of the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University will provide midwifery care that demonstrates cultural humility and competence.
  5. Graduates of the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University will be prepared to practice according to the Code of Ethics and Standards of ACNM.

Program Learning Outcomes

After completion of the program, the graduates of the Midwifery Institute will be able to:

  • Integrate theory, clinical knowledge, reasoning and skills to provide high-quality midwifery care.
  • Contribute midwifery care effectively within interdisciplinary teams (clear communication, professional affect, skillful care).
  • Critically reflect on midwifery practice in a variety of healthcare environments.
  • Evaluate research to promote and engage in ongoing evidence-based clinical practice.
  • Describe diversity issues inherent in the lives of women they serve and the effects of these issues on women’s health care.
  • Understand past and present professional issues in midwifery.

Program Description

The Midwifery Institute provides an innovative and rigorous program to earn the Master of Science in Midwifery through online learning in the fundamentals of the art and science of midwifery, research, health policy, and selected advanced clinical and professional competencies. Initiated in 1997, this program prepares qualified individuals with a bachelor’s degree and qualified individuals with a Bachelor’s degree and a Registered Nurse (RN) credential in the practice of midwifery and prepares them to sit for the American Midwifery Certification Board’s (AMCB’s) national certification exam. Upon successful completion of the board exam, graduates earn the right to use the title Certified Midwife (CM) or Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM).

The Midwifery Institute offers a 62-credit, 6-semester, 2-year, graduate-level, distance-education program for midwifery. Students can be admitted with a class cohort in either the fall or spring semesters. For those who prefer, this program can also be completed over 3 years..  Students admitted with additional required health science prerequisites but without a registered nursing credential take an additional 10 credits in the first term of study and attend a week-long additional basic skills lab intensive on-campus, or with a contracted practice or hospital for supervised basic skills experiential learning prior to continuing their course of study alongside their nurse-trained classmates. Admission to the M.S in Midwifery is conditional pending successful completion of this additional semester.  This additional semester of study and basic skills intensive requirement is waived for students matriculating with a current United States registered nurse license in addition to a bachelor’s degree.

From the beginning, the Midwifery Institute’s education program was designed for distance learning and values and builds upon the student’s previous education and life experience. State-of-the-art communication technology coupled with the professional expertise of an accomplished and caring faculty maximizes the educational experience. The program model focuses on graduate-level skills of inquiry and critical thinking.

The program integrates theory and practice into six semesters (2 years) or nine semesters (3 years) of primarily asynchronous study, clinical experience, and two week-long on-campus intensives. The theoretical components of midwifery are learned through readings, seminar room discussions, problem-based learning seminars, virtual and written clinical cases, writing assignments, projects, quizzes, and examinations. The practice components are learned through digital clinical interactions, two on-campus intensives with a variety of skill workshops and clinical simulation, and four semesters of clinical practicum under the direction of a qualified preceptor. The majority of student clinical practicum must be under the direction of a CM/CNM, though some components of clinical may be completed under the direction of a qualified preceptor such as a nurse practitioner, physician, or certified professional midwife.

The program is modeled on midwifery-practice principles. Our course tutors use educational approaches based on the midwifery model of care: students are treated with respect as individuals and provided a personalized approach that encompasses all aspects of the education process including advising, evaluation and supervision. Students take an active role in their own learning throughout their course of study. Students have program advisors who follow them from admission through graduation establishing continuity across the length of the program.

Course tutors focus on facilitation of learning through a process similar to the midwife’s role during labor. Both roles require the ability to empower, challenge, assess, confront, encourage, provide feedback, assist, listen, and problem-solve. This process meets the challenge of distance education and facilitates learning in an environment where students and faculty share the responsibility for lifelong learning. Online seminar rooms are full of thoughtful discussions about the art and science of midwifery practice, reflections on the role transition to midwife, midwifery research, education, and health policy. As adult learners, students are able to reach their professional goals while building relationships within their online learning communities. This national networking is an asset as graduates enter the work world. The faculty sees the midwife within each student and is able to facilitate individual growth and development into the role of midwife, assuring the vitality and vision for the future of midwifery. The midwifery program remains on the cutting edge of a rapidly changing world by weaving active learning strategies with technology.

The 21st-century midwife supports practice with research and respects both the art and science of midwifery. Changes in the healthcare environment require midwives to be advocates for health care of women and families at a policy level as well as clinically. Frequently, midwives act as administrators, teachers, and advanced clinical practitioners. This program facilitates professional development in these areas through excellent teaching, innovative technologies, interprofessional collaboration, and engaging, real world, project-based learning activities.

The program is fortunate to have a diverse, experienced faculty in midwifery education, clinical practice, research, policy, education, and international midwifery. A career in midwifery requires lifelong learning and the faculty continues to be partners in the professional growth and development of midwives, students and the profession of midwifery.

Certified Midwife Pathway

The CM pathway to our existing midwifery education programs is for qualified individuals prepared at least at the bachelor’s level who want to become midwives. After successful completion of the M.S. in Midwifery program or the Post-Master’s Certificate Program, graduates will be able to sit for the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) exam to become certified midwives (CMs).

In addition to other application requirements, students without a RN license must also submit official transcripts demonstrating the following prerequisite courses have been completed with a grade of C or higher prior to matriculation into the midwifery programs:

  • Anatomy and Physiology with labs (2 semesters)
  • Microbiology (1 course)
  • General Chemistry (1 course)
  • Pathophysiology (1 course)
  • Nutrition (1 course)
  • Sociology (1 course)
  • General or Abnormal Psychology (1 course)
  • Life Span or Developmental Psychology (1 course)
  • Statistics (1 course)

Applicants are encouraged to submit course descriptions to midwiferyinstitute@philau.edu prior to taking prerequisite courses to assure that they will meet program requirements.

Individuals who may have limited or no experience in United States health care practice have unique learning needs that are addressed during the first semester of study during the CM pathway 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) before they segue into the 62-credit midwifery course sequence. As this catalogue goes to press, the CM credential is legally recognized in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Maine. Other states are currently considering legal recognition for the CM.

Unique Program Requirements

Successful students of distance-learning programs are self-motivated and disciplined. The program requires extensive reading of primary-source materials in professional journals. Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to think and write critically. They use the written word to express themselves electronically in virtual seminar room discussions, through emails and in the preparation of learning activities.

All students must have access to a computer (either PC or Mac), a USB port headset and an Internet Service Provider, with a DSL connection recommended. Webcam transmission capability is also required. A telephone headset is strongly encouraged. As technology is continually being updated, before purchasing a computer, please contact the program director for up-to-date information on hardware and software required. A mobile device, such as a smart phone, for clinical rotations is also strongly recommended. 

At the Midwifery Institute, instruction is provided through the use of course management software that delivers the curriculum and facilitates faculty/student discussion, communication and electronic submission of assignments. Orientation to the software is provided prior to and during the online orientation to the program. Readings and frequent interaction with faculty and classmates complement online courses, which include problem-based learning in synchronous, virtual classrooms. Experienced faculty members work closely with students and are accessible by email, telephone, or web-meeting. Students can access library resources online through the Gutman Library website.

Our computer environment is intuitive and easy to use. However, students must have basic computer skills, including familiarity with Windows-based applications, word processing and Internet use. During orientation, students learn how they will use the computer during their program of study and how they will communicate with both their faculty and classmates. Students with minimal computer skills are encouraged to enroll in a computer course prior to orientation.

All matriculated students are provided a Midwifery Institute Handbook describing program specific policies and procedures.  Students have an opportunity to review this handbook prior to the first day of class and during online orientation. The program can provide a copy of the current Midwifery Institute handbook to you.

Technical and Professional Standards

For admission to the program, candidates must:

  • Be self-motivated learners, have good study habits and be able to organize life commitments to set aside sufficient time for study and learning. We estimate this requires at least 40 hours per week for full-time students, in an environment conducive to study. 
  • Possess the emotional maturity and stability to approach stressful clinical situations in a calm and rational manner. 
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively with women and families from a wide diversity of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in an empathetic and sensitive way. 
  • Have well-developed oral and written communication skills. 
  • Have the ability to make independent clinical decisions within the scope of midwifery practice and within the guidelines for relationships established with collaborating health care providers. 
  • Display strong ethical integrity consistent with academic expectations and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Code of Ethics. 
  • Have sufficient mental abilities and physical capabilities, including but not limited to sensory function (vision, hearing and touch sensation), hand-eye coordination, neurologic and muscular coordination and control to competently perform physical assessments, and the technical procedures necessary for midwifery practice.

Clinical Preceptorship

Initial clinical experiences occur in the office setting where students provide prenatal, well-woman and primary care under preceptor supervision approximately two days per week for two semesters. During the student’s final two semesters, clinical experience is full scope and adds all phases of labor, birth, postpartum and newborn care. A student may spend up to 40 hours per week in clinical during the final semester. Only part-time employment should be considered while undertaking this full-time program. Professional expectations include arriving at clinical rotations rested.

Clinical Requirements

Students are required to meet and document the following practicum requirements during their clinical experience: 10 preconception care visits; 40 new antepartum visits; 130 return antepartum visits; 40 labor management experiences; 40 births; 20 postpartum visits (0-5 days); 40 newborn assessments; 10 breast-feeding support visits; 20 postpartum visits (4-8 weeks); 40 primary care visits; 30 family planning visits; 30 gynecologic care visits; 20 peri/postmenopausal visits. Students document clinical outcomes in a web-based tracking system.  Students must develop their critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical skills to a safe, beginning level of competency during their clinical practicum. A Declaration of Safety, indicating a student has achieved beginning level of competency necessary for entry into practice, must be signed by the clinical preceptor prior to program completion and in order to sit for the national certification exam given by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

Insurance Coverage and Student Clinical Credentialing

Students must show proof of coverage for malpractice liability prior to starting clinical rotations. This insurance is readily available to student midwives and information to apply for coverage is provided to students in the term prior to clinical start. Cost varies year to year and by location. Applicants should ask for current costs during the admission process and know these may change by the time of purchase. Students typically purchase two years of coverage. Students are responsible for their own medical and dental care while enrolled in the program, and for informing the University they have coverage; otherwise they will be automatically placed on the University student health plan. Students may need to submit to, and be financially responsible for, any reasonable health screening that is required by a clinical agency beyond that required by the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University. Students are required to have a background check, drug screen, and health clearance on admission and prior to beginning clinical rotations. Health clearance requires up-to-date vaccinations. Additional competencies, such as patient privacy, infection control, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, are also required prior to beginning clinical rotations.  Please check with the program for a complete list and associated costs.

Accreditation and Certification

The Master’s in Midwifery program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Their mailing address is: ACME, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Springs, MD 20910-6374, (240) 485-1800, www.midwife.org/acme.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive an M.S. in Midwifery and will be eligible to take the national certification examination for midwives offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). Completion of the program prepares graduates to work in all practice settings.

Course of Study: Master of Science in Midwifery (Fall and Spring starts, varies slightly) 

CM Pathway Courses (waived for applicants holding an RN license and Bachelor’s degree)
CMW-635   Basic Skills for Healthcare, 3 credits
CMW-635L Basic Skills for Healthcare Lab, 1 credit
CMW-636   Environments of Healthcare, 3 credits
CMW-637   Health & Illness in Clinical Practice, 3 credits

CM PATHWAY CREDIT TOTAL: 10

Term 1  
MMW-730 Theoretical Foundations for Midwifery (3 credits)    
CMW-642 Professional Issues  (3 credits)      
CMW-699 Advanced Physical Assessment  (3 credits)      
CMW-643 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology in Primary Care (3 credits)  

TERM 1 CREDIT TOTAL: 12
               
Term 2    
CMW-645 Health Care of Women (4 credits)    
CMW-638 Advanced Pharmacology 1 (2.5 credits)  
MMW-731 Evidenced-Based Care:  Evaluating Research (3 credits)  

TERM 2 CREDIT TOTAL: 9.5
               
Term 3  
CMW-613 Embryology and Genetics  (1 credit)    
CMW-641 Preparation for Office Based Practice  (1 credit)     
CMW-610 Antepartum Care (4 credits)    
CMW-612 Postpartum/Newborn Care  (2.5 credits)    
CMW-631 Clinical i:  Maternal and Well Woman Care I  (2 credits)

TERM 3 CREDIT TOTAL:  10.5
               
Term 4    
MMW-712 Introduction to Health Policy (3 credits)   
CMW-611 Intrapartum Care (4 credits)   
CMW-644 Advanced Pharmacology 2  (1.5 credits)    
CMW-632 Clinical ii: Maternal and Well Woman Care II (3 credits)  
CMW-640 Preparation for Full-Scope Midwifery Practice (1 credit)       

TERM 4 CREDIT TOTAL: 12.5
               
Term 5   
CMW-619 Advanced Perinatal Pathophysiology  (4 credits)
CMW-633 Clinical III:  Full-Scope Midwifery I  (4 credits)

TERM 5 CREDIT TOTAL: 8
              
Term 6
CMW-634 Clinical: IV Full-Scope Midwifery II  (5 credits)
MMW-7xx Elective (3 credits)  
CMW-646 Midwifery Nexus Project (1.5 credits)
     or MMW-726 Service Learning/ Travel        

TERM 6 CREDIT TOTAL: 9.5
               
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS: 62 (72 WITH CM PATHWAY)

DIDACTIC CREDITS: 48
CLINICAL CREDITS:   14

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:   62

Admission to the M.S. in Midwifery Program

Academic Calendar

Classes are admitted twice a year in the fall and spring. See the Midwifery Institute website for application deadlines (www.philau.edu/midwifery). The Midwifery Institute uses the Philadelphia University traditional undergraduate and graduate calendar dates with the exception of Spring break.

Requirements

Each applicant is evaluated individually. Candidates are expected to meet the following criteria for admission:

  • Submit a professional resume.
  • For the Certified Nurse-Midwife pathway, a candidate must be a registered nurse currently licensed in the state where employed. 
  • For the Certified Midwife pathway, a candidate must complete all prerequisites prior to enrollment. Students must complete the CM Pathway courses. Continuation in the program is conditional upon successful completion of these courses in the first term of study. See the Midwifery Institute website for prerequisites (www.philau.edu/midwifery). 
  • Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in any discipline with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. 
  • Have an interview and a written agreement with a midwifery preceptor at a clinical site. 
  • Own a computer and have Internet access. 
  • Submit two letters of reference. 
  • Submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate courses/institutions. 
  • Submit a brief essay, per guidelines, using a word-processing program. 
  • Submit a writing sample—a review of an evidenced-based research article in a recent Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, or take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 
  • Complete an interview (in-person/telephone/video conference) with a program faculty member. 
  • Submit evidence of completion of a three-credit undergraduate statistics course. 

Transfer of Credits
Students seeking to transfer credit from another program into the Master of Science in Midwifery course of study will have their transcripts evaluated on an individual basis. Submission of course description and/ or syllabi may be required.

Performance Expectations  
Students are evaluated on an ongoing basis as they progress through the educational program through both formative and summative evaluation processes using qualitative and quantitative methods. Input from peers, academic and clinical faculty and self-reflection are all valuable ways to receive feedback and improve performance. Students can discuss their progress with tutors during posted office hours, via e-mail or can make appointments for phone conferences.

Students are informed of specific course objectives, performance competencies and methods of evaluation in the syllabus of each course. Students will receive feedback on all graded learning activities and exams. Feedback related to all exams will be provided only by the course tutor. Examinations are taken through a secured on-line testing system required by the program and which is available to enrolled students through the University.

The University policies for graduate academic performance can be found in the university catalog available at http://www.philau.edu/catalog/.  Students are expected to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA each semester. Academic probation policies are available in the university catalog. Academic Policies for the Midwifery Institute are outlined below.

Communication
Students are responsible for timely, professional communication.  Students must check email three times per week at a minimum; most students check their email daily.  A majority of students find they need a mobile computing device such as a smart phone, a tablet, and/or laptop to stay on top of their coursework and to communicate in a timely fashion.  We truly welcome your emails, phone calls, and in some cases texts.  Communication and trust are key to successful distance learning.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to each other, to course tutors, to the main office, your advisor or the program director – we are here to help you learn and to support your success.  We strive to be a warm and welcoming community where challenges and successes are shared!  Remember, if you have a question, you are probably not the only one – please ask!

Grading
See individual course syllabus in Blackboard for course specific grading criteria.

Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
Students with less than an 80% average in a 600 level course fail the course and must repeat it to continue in the program. Failure in two 600 level courses will result in dismissal from the program. Students with less than a C in a 700 level course fail the course and must repeat it to continue in the program. All students must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for program completion, and those with less than 3.0 GPA at any point will have an academic review.

All students will receive feedback from the course tutor on graded learning activities and exams.  If a student earns less than 80% on an exam, the student must remediate with an assignment per the course tutor, typically a written remediation of missed concepts followed by a telephone review of the missed concepts. An appointment for an oral review is strongly recommended.  There will be no change in exam score following submission of this assignment, but feedback will be given by the course tutor.  Feedback related to all exams will be provided only by the course tutor.  Tutors may require remediation of missed concepts if a student scores less than 85%.

After submission of the written remediation assignment, the student will then have the option to:

A.  Let the initial exam score stand and attempt to get a high enough score on subsequent exam(s) to bring the cumulative test average in the course to 80% or more to pass the course.  If the final cumulative score falls below 80%, the student fails the course.  A course failure results in the need to repeat the course and may also affect program progression.  The student's individual plan of study (IPS) will need to be revisited.

B.  Take a retest of the material covered on the failed exam.  If the student scores 80% or more on the retest, a maximum score of 80% for the retest exam will be recorded on the student's grade sheet and the initial exam score will not be counted in the final cumulative exam average for the course.  The final cumulative exam score must be 80% or higher to pass the course. If the student earns less than 80% on the retest the student will be asked to identify in a written Learning Plan (see Learning Plan in this handbook) how she/he will learn and retain course knowledge. The faculty member and student will then have a follow up conference call to verify retention of content covered on the exam. Successful remediation of the learning deficit and fulfillment of the learning plan will be documented in the student's progress notes.  The student must earn a high enough score on subsequent exam(s) to bring the cumulative test average in the course to 80% or more to pass the course. If the final cumulative score falls below 80%, the student fails the course. A course failure results in the need to repeat the course and may also affect program progression.  The student's Individual Plan of Study (IPS) will need to be revisited.


After meeting with course tutors, students may seek additional help from their advisor and the Program Director for individual consultation on approach to study skills, time management and academic work. A summary of this discussion will be sent in writing to the course faculty and kept in the student’s file.  

Learning Plans
A student and/or faculty may assess that additional help is needed to learn certain concepts or skills. The first step is an email and/or telephone conversation between the student and the course tutor or clinical coordinator to discuss and implement strategies to assist the student with the identified learning challenge. This discussion and follow-up assessment is best achieved prior to a learning activity or exam failure or a clinical problem.  In some cases, a helpful tool for such remediation is a learning plan. The learning plan identifies problem area(s), identifies individual learner needs, and creates a plan for remediation that helps students become successful in meeting the course goals and objectives.

The intention of the learning plan is not punitive. It is a way in which the student and faculty can clearly communicate concerns and develop an action plan which addresses identified problems. A learning plan may be initiated by the faculty or student. The learning plan is developed by the faculty and includes input from the student.

Performance Contracts
If a problem is considered a serious impediment to learning or performance, gets worse, or is not resolved by a learning plan, the student will be referred to the Program Director and a Performance Contract may be initiated.  The Program Director, in consultation with the student’s course tutor(s), clinical coordinator, and/or clinical faculty and the advisor writes the Performance Contract. Once a Performance Contract is received and reviewed the student is expected to sign and return the Performance Contract in a timely manner. This is the first step in fulfilling the criteria of a Performance Contract.  A Performance Contract does not always have to be preceded by learning plan.  Failure to fulfill the requirements of a Performance Contract may result in dismissal from the program. A student may appeal dismissal by following the steps outlined in the Philadelphia University Graduate Catalog.

Grievance Procedure  
The faculty and staff in the Midwifery Institute are committed to fair treatment and mutual respect among all members of the learning community including students, academic and clinical faculty, staff, and administration. A grievance is an actual or alleged circumstance regarded as just cause for complaint. Often, a grievance will be in relation to a perceived misapplication or misinterpretation of university and/or program policies, although any number of situations can result in a grievance.

It is preferable to attempt direct resolution of the grievance between the parties involved by working together to understand and address concerns when they first arise, preventing the necessity for a formal grievance procedure. When that is not possible, faculty, staff, and administration are committed to a fair and reasonable resolution of issues through a formal grievance process guided by documentation of information generated during the initial attempts to reach a resolution.

Students have a right to due process and can initiate the formal grievance process by submitting a written description of a complaint and attempts to rectify it to the Program Director.  The Program Director will then exercise due diligence by gathering and confirming relevant facts and by discreetly interviewing relevant parties regarding the disputed areas.  The Program Director will then present these findings to the Academic Council, which consists of the administrative faculty, for a final resolution. If a member of Academic Council is involved in the grievance, a substitution will be made. The final resolution will be sent to the student in writing within 1 week of the Academic Council’s decision. The Dean of the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts will be kept apprised of the proceedings and the outcome.

The Academic Council’s decision may be appealed. All appeals of decisions by Academic Council must follow the procedure for appeals outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

Other Program Options

Philadelphia University also offers an ACME-accredited Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Midwifery, a M.S. in Midwifery Completion Program for applicants who completed an ACME accredited certificate program in midwifery; a re-entry to practice process for CNM/CMs who have been out of clinical practice for a number of years; an advanced placement option for experienced midwives, nurse practitioners, and health care providers.

The College of Nursing offers an accelerated second degree nursing program for highly qualified applicants wishing to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The College of Population Health offers a pre-clinical Master of Public Health degree and a graduate certificate in Healthcare, Quality and Safety. Applicants interested in these options are encouraged to speak with the Program Director regarding their individual career goals.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Midwifery

The post-master’s certificate in midwifery is for qualified individuals who have already earned a master’s degree such as a MSN, MPH, or M.S. in a health related field.  Program goals are the same as the Master of Science in Midwifery. Program learning outcomes are the same, but students will build on competencies already achieved in their prior master’s degree. The post-master’s certificate is a 50 credit program.  Students take the identical course of study as full MS students, with the exception of the four MMW prefix courses.  Please see the Advanced Placement Option for information on advanced standing in this program.

Program Goals  

  1. Graduates of the Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University will practice as safe beginning level midwifery practitioners according to the Core Competencies of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
  2. Graduates of the Midwifery Institute will be prepared to practice effectively in a multidisciplinary health care environment according to the Core Competencies of the ACNM.
  3. Graduates of the Midwifery Institute will have the necessary research and critical thinking skills to be lifelong learners ensuring safe practice.
  4. After completion of the midwifery program graduates will provide midwifery care that demonstrates cultural humility and competence.
  5. After completion of the midwifery program graduates will be prepared to practice according to the Code of Ethics and Standards of ACNM.

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 care effectively within interdisciplinary teams (clear communication, professional affect, skillful care)
  3. Students critically reflect on midwifery practice in a variety of healthcare environments.
  4. Using graduate level skills already attained, 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
  7. Students understand past and present professional issues in Midwifery