2-Year Full-Time and 3-Year Part-Time Option
The M.S. in Midwifery is a distance education program in midwifery for Registered Nurses (RN) and CM Pathway applicants who want to become midwives. There is a 2-year, part-time progression and 3-year, part-time progression available. The 3-year option follows the same curriculum, except that clinical courses are delayed until the third and final year, which is full-time.
The M.S. in Midwifery program integrates six terms studying theory with four terms of hands-on clinical practice. Theoretical components include readings, seminar discussions, problem-based learning tutorials, writing assignments, return demonstrations, quizzes, case studies, peer review and proctored examinations. The hands-on practice components are learned through clinical placements under the direction of a qualified midwife preceptor.
Though primarily a distance learning program, you will attend two on-campus sessions for intensive learning of hand skills, critical reflection and time to bond with classmates and faculty. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the national examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board to earn the credential CNM or CM.
Problem Based Learning
A major component of the program is our approach through Problem Based Learning. This approach organizes small groups to discuss specific, real-world clinical scenarios that can be faced in practice. Students “meet” in computer seminar rooms to have thoughtful discussions about the art and science of midwifery practice, case presentations and reflections of role transition to midwifery. Throughout the program, Midwife Tutors follow each class to bring their real-world expertise and insight to students. The primarily asynchronous system allows this exchange to happen, day and night, seven days a week, when the individual is ready to focus on school, from the comfort of their own home.
Problem Based Learning methods are used in medical, midwifery and nursing schools around the world.
*Due to VISA restrictions, we are only able to accept U.S. citizens and permanent residents into our program at this time. Foreign-educated Midwives, who are also U.S. permanent residents, are encouraged to apply.