MEAC Accredited Schools
Bastyr University Department of Midwifery
14500 Juanita Drive NE
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
Mary Yglesia, Midwifery Program Supervisor
Accreditation Period: 04/11 – 04/15
Originally accredited on 08/08/96
*formerly the Seattle Midwifery School(founded 1978)
*also regionally accredited by NWCCU to offer a Bachelor/ Master of Science in Midwifery.
Bastyr University, located north of Seattle, Washington, is an accredited, private, non-profit university internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. Bastyr is the largest university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., combining a multidisciplinary curriculum with leading-edge research and clinical training.
As the world's leading academic center for advancing and integrating knowledge in the natural health arts and sciences, Bastyr University will transform the health and well-being of the human community.
We educate future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences. Respecting the healing power of nature and recognizing that body, mind and spirit are intrinsically inseparable, we model an integrated approach to education, research and clinical service.
Bastyr University's direct-entry Master of Science in Midwifery program trains students in all aspects of midwifery care, preparing them to greatly improve the quality and breadth of maternity care offered to women and their families. It also qualifies graduates to become state (or provincially) licensed and nationally certified midwives. The rigorous, proven curriculum -- based on the competencies established by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and the combined expertise of Bastyr University and the former Seattle Midwifery School -- makes use of state-of-the-art technologies and an extensive network of clinical training sites around the globe.
The program is intended for entry-level midwifery students and is three years in length (11 quarters), culminating in either an articulated Bachelor/Master of Science in Midwifery or simply a Master of Science in Midwifery (depending on entry level of education). Completion of the program qualifies a graduate to sit for examinations to become licensed as a midwife in Washington or other states, registered in Canadian provinces, and nationally certified by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).
Exceptional Clinical Training
One of the most exciting aspects of midwifery training is working with a preceptor to integrate the skills learned in the classroom. Students in Bastyr’s program perform their clinical learning in a variety of clinics, homebirth settings, birth centers and hospitals in North America and overseas. Students must complete clinical rotations at a minimum of two sites. The Department of Midwifery staff works closely with students to place them in optimal clinical training sites.
How Courses are Offered - Low Residency Model
Our distinctive low-residency model uses both online learning and onsite classroom intensives lasting from one to five days each. This hybrid delivery system allows students to remain in their communities and commute to onsite classes at the beautiful Bastyr campus three times each quarter. When not physically on campus, students use the Internet classroom to correspond with classmates and instructors, post discussions, turn in homework and take tests.
The Department of Midwifery is proud of its outstanding academic and clinical adjunct faculty members, many of whom are state, national and international leaders in their area of expertise. Most of the instructors have been teaching with the former Seattle Midwifery School and now bring their years of experience to the Bastyr University classroom and clinical learning environments.
(online application available each September)
1. University application form
2. Personal statement
4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
5. Prerequisite completion plan
6. 3 letters of reference (form and letter)
7. $75 application fee
*Priority consideration deadline: February 1
*Please visit the Bastyr website for specific information about prerequisites: http://www.bastyr.edu/education/midwifery/degree/prerequisites.asp
Master of Science in Midwifery (for those who already have a Bachelor’s degree)
Academic prerequisites (grade of C or better in each): psychology, nutrition, general biology with lab, chemistry with lab, microbiology, college algebra, anatomy and physiology series
Non-academic prerequisites: Doula training, childbirth educator training
Bachelor/ Master of Science in Midwifery (for those who do not yet hold a Bachelor’s degree)
All of the prerequisites for the Master of Science PLUS English (10 quarter credits), Public Speaking course, 8 credits Natural Science courses, 15 credits social science courses, 15 credits humanities courses, a total of 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits).
Bastyr University is authorized to offer Federal Financial Student Aid to eligible students. Please visit the Financial Aid Department page for more information: http://www.bastyr.edu/admissions/info/finaid.asp.
Bastyr University Department of Naturopathic Midwifery
14500 Juanita Drive NE
Kenmore, WA 98028
Kat Martin, Interim Director
Accreditation Period: 04/09 – 07/14^ top
Originally accredited on 04/01/04
Birthingway College of Midwifery
12113 SE Foster Road
Portland, OR 97266
Holly Scholles, President
Accreditation Period 10/11 - 10-16
Original pre-accreditation on 8/14/96
*Founded in March 1993^ top
*Accredited by MEAC since August 1996
*Approved by Oregon State to offer Bachelors Degree since March 2001
Birthingway College of Midwifery is a non-profit MEAC accredited school for Direct-Entry Midwives. Students may complete either a 3-year midwifery certificate or choose to transfer in an additional year of general education credits to receive a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery (BSM) degree. We also offer training programs and certification in specialized midwifery fields including Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Consultant and Breastfeeding Educator.
Birthingway is located in Southeast Portland, OR. Our campus includes two buildings with classrooms, a kitchen and staff offices. Birthingway has a specialized library open to student and community members located in our main building. Currently, the college does not offer any on-campus housing.
We are a small, relationship-based community. All matriculating students form a cohort at the beginning of their academic career. Each entering cohort is currently capped at 16 students to allow for a deepening of trust amongst students, strengthening of relationships and enrichment of learning.
During the cohort's core day each week, students attend the same core courses, share a lunchtime meal with one another, and have the opportunity to check in during cohort time. Cohort time is a place for announcements, business, birth stories and can be a forum to process issues that are both practical and emotional. Outside of the classroom, our students are involved in school community in many ways: volunteering for student council, participating in committees such as admissions, curriculum and diversity, tabling at midwifery related events and more.
Our small class sizes allow for meaningful interaction between students and faculty. Birthingway's diverse teaching staff has a variety of different professional backgrounds. Our teachers are Midwives, Geneticists, Biologists, Naturopathic Doctors, Herbalists and more.
All students are educated in the biodynamic model of caring for women and families during the childbearing year and beyond. Developed by Birthingway, the biodynamic model is one in which birth is not only a natural part of human life, but a necessary part and one that is intimately connected with what it is to be human. The "bio" in biodynamic reflects the model's grounding in biological processes, while the "dynamic" describes the power of genuine relationships based on trust. Thus biodynamic care is woman-centered and individualized.
Admission to Birthingway's Midwifery Program is by application. Complete applications must be postmarked no later than the application deadline of October 15th. At this time, Birthingway is not authorized to sponsor student visas for foreign students.
Prospective students are invited to tour the college and observe a class. Birthingway also encourages potential applicants to attend the workshop So, You Want to be a Midwife? which is generally offered at the college in late summer. An information packet, including an application, will also be sent upon request at no charge.
Prerequisites to the midwifery program include:
Anatomy and Physiology Course of at least 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits which covers all of the body systems taken at an accredited post-secondary institution. Applicants must have earned a grade of at least 3.0 (B). Courses from some vocational-technical schools may meet this prerequisite. An official transcript must be provided.
Approved Labor Doula Course or Workshop. Labor Doula Certification is not a requirement.
College level expository writing course of at least 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits. Applicants must have received a grade of at least 3.0 (B). Creative writing will not be accepted as a prerequisite.
In addition to the written application, the admissions process also includes a personal interview with the Admissions Committee. Attendance at our annual Meet and Greet reception held on the third Friday in November is also highly encouraged, as this is an opportunity for the applicant to meet current students and staff.
The application includes a non-refundable fee of $50; a one-time non-refundable enrollment fee of $150 is required upon initial enrollment.
Birthingway College of Midwifery strives to foster an environment of diversity and acceptance. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic identity, national origin, religion, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
Birthingwayï¿½s academic year currently is defined as 24 semester credit hours and 40 weeks. We begin our academic year in the spring and have three terms (spring, fall, winter). Beginning with the 2010-11 academic year, Birthingway will define the academic year as 36 quarter credit hours and 36 weeks, but will continue to offer three terms that begin in the spring.
Students following the recommended course sequence can expect to finish the Midwifery Program in three years; however, Birthingwayï¿½s program is flexible, allowing students to individualize their educational path. Most students take longer than three years to complete the midwifery program for reasons such as less than full-time attendance, the availability of a desired preceptor site and personal life events.
Birthingway College of Midwiferyï¿½s midwifery program includes three components:
Core courses (on site)
Supplemental and Elective courses (on site)
Clinical Training with an approved preceptor (off site)
Clinical Training Overview
Before beginning clinical training with a preceptor, students attend the Clinical Training Workshop which is offered every year during winter term. This workshop covers the clinical training process, reviews client care, clinical credit documentation and the skills assessment checklist and includes a student panel to discuss the lifestyle of a student in their preceptorship.
Birthingway assists students in locating an appropriate midwifery practice. However, because each preceptor/student relationship unique, Birthingway does not assign students to a specific preceptor site, nor do we require preceptors to work with specific students. Students who wish to have Birthingwayï¿½s assistance completes a preceptorship questionnaire. Birthingway forwards all questionnaires on file to midwives seeking a student and encourages them to contact the students in a timely manner. This is done for all students in a fair and impartial manner.
Students must spend a minimum of twelve months training with an approved preceptor.
Birthingway is authorized to offer Federal Financial Student Aid (Title IV Funds) to eligible students admitted to the midwifery program. We currently participate in the following federal aid programs:
*Federal Pell Grant
*Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
*Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
*Federal Work-Study (FWS)
*Direct Loan (including subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans, and PLUS loans)
The college also participate in the state-run Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) program. In addition, Birthingway is listed as an eligible training provider with the Oregon Department of Workforce Development. As a Title IV school, we are authorized to accept payment through Americorps as long as the student submits a valid Voucher and Payment Request Form. We are approved by the Oregon State Department of Education to train veterans.
To apply for Federal Student Aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This may be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You do not have to be admitted to Birthingway before submitting the FAFSA; however, awards will only be made to students accepted into the midwifery program.
Birthwise Midwifery School
24 S. High St.
Bridgton, ME 04009
Heidi Fillmore, Director
Accreditation Period: 6/11 - 6/16
Originally pre-accredited on 12/01/98
*Founded 1994^ top
*Accredited by MEAC in 1999
Birthwise Midwifery School a comprehensive training program for Certified Professional Midwives (CPM’s). Birthwise is accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, licensed by the State of Maine Department of Education, recognized by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service for acceptance of international students, and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV funding. Our mission is to provide quality, holistic, and comprehensive training for direct entry midwives.
The Birthwise curriculum follows the core competency document designed by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) as the standard body of knowledge necessary for the entry level direct-entry midwife. Beyond these core competencies, Birthwise offers additional instruction in Well Woman Care, Pharmacology, Botanicals, Homeopathy, Doula Care, Childbirth Preparation Classes, Research and other skill-enhancing areas of study. Birthwise employs midwives as faculty members from a full spectrum of backgrounds, training and orientation, from CNM’s to apprentice-trained midwives. This is done intentionally to expose students to a spectrum of possibilities for their own futures as midwives. We encourage students to find their place among the possible midwifery styles. Birthwise serves aspiring direct-entry midwives who want a more structured and streamlined academic course than self- study can provide, who want to learn the art of midwifery from a traditional point of view, who learn best in a community of learners, who want to experience many and diverse teachers, who like an intimate learning environment where individual attention is available, and who desire an interactive and personal classroom environment.
Birthwise offers two arrangements of its curriculum to meet the needs of our diverse student body: the Campus-based program and the Community-based program. Both programs are MEAC accredited, offer the same curriculum, and prepare students to sit for the national certification exam to become Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs).
Our Campus-based program begins each September and meets 2-3 days per week. Students begin local clinical rotations in their second and third semester. During the fourth semester, students begin transitioning into their full time preceptorship by attending 8 weeks of classes at Birthwise and then moving on to their preceptorship where the bulk of the student's clinical experience will be obtained. Students do not attend classes at Birthwise during the preceptorship. Application deadline for the Campus-based program is April 1.
The Community-based program starts in June every other year. It is designed for those who do not want to relocate to Maine. The program consists of ten 2-week intensive academic sessions in Bridgton, Maine, alternated with longer periods of clinical work with a midwife from the student’s home community. This is followed by an additional year of preceptorship. Application deadline for the Community-based program is March 1.
Florida School of Traditional Midwifery
810 E University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 338-0766 Fax: (352) 338-2013
Denise Taylor, Executive Director
Accreditation Period: 10/09 - 12/14
Originally accredited on 04/01/00
Founded in 1993
FSTM is a direct-entry midwifery program that qualifies students for the widely recognized CPM credential as well as licensure in the state of Florida. Our program is designed to prepare students for independent practice in maternity care in an out-of-hospital setting. We are a pure residency program, meaning all classes except for clinical experience take place in Gainesville where students have the opportunity to interact, face-to-face, with their classmates, instructors and school staff. We have been in operation as a school for over 15 years, and our NARM pass rate is 100%.
FSTM offers two programs. By far our most popular is the Direct-Entry Midwifery Program. The Midwifery program is designed to prepare the student to practice as a Florida Licensed Midwife. The credential earned is a Diploma, not a degree, and graduates of this program are also eligible to become Certified Professional Midwives through NARM (North American Registry of Midwives).
The Licensure by Endorsement program is a prelicensure course for midwives certified to practice in other states, CNMs, and midwives from other countries who wish to become Florida Licensed Midwives. Prior to enrollment at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, applicants must apply to have their education evaluated by the Council of Licensed Midwifery. Once this evaluation has been completed, applicants must submit their letter of approval from the Council with their FSTM application and admission materials. Further information on the evaluation process can be found at the Council website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/midwifery/index.html. Click on the link for “apply for a license,” then “applications and forms” and choose the 4-month prelicensure option.
How Courses are Offered
FSTM is an on-site only program. We offer our classes here in Gainesville, which are scheduled in 2-3 full, consecutive days per week for the convenience of our commuting students. About 75% of our student body commutes 1-4 hours for school; those students drive to Gainesville for class, spend the night and the days between, and spend the remainder of their week in their home communities.
Our program is structured as a full-time, sequential curriculum. This means that with some exceptions, students attend full-time, and must complete the curriculum in the order it appears. The material covered in each semester builds on the one before, and because classes are offered only at certain times of the year, students must take advantage of them when they are offered.
The Direct-Entry Midwifery Program is set up as a three year program, with three terms per year. Students will take 6-13 semester credits per term, as dictated by the curriculum. Academic and clinical experience are obtained concurrently, with the bulk of academic material front-loaded in the program, and the greatest clinical experience occurring in the last year.
Students are placed in a variety of preceptor sites throughout the course of their training. Our clinical sites include birth center and homebirth practices, as well as doula practices, gyn clinics, STD clinics, doctor’s offices and hospitals. While students can only receive management credit while in a low volume setting (usually out-of-hospital), we feel that it is very important for students to get a wide range of clinical experiences in diverse settings. Therefore, students will get the majority of their training with out-of-hospital midwifery practices, but will experience other settings as well. Initial clinical placement occurs in the second term of the program.
Preceptorships are arranged by the Clinical Director of the school. In the state of Florida it is the school’s responsibility to set up clinical placements for students, and all preceptors must be licensed to practice in Florida. We do, however, welcome students’ suggestions and connections when it comes to preceptor sites.
Our Faculty consists of Florida Licensed Midwives, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Lactation Consultants, and other experts in their chosen fields. All core classes and practicum are taught by Licensed Midwives, and Newborn is taught by a Pediatric Nurse or Nurse Practitioner. All other courses are taught by Licensed Midwives, or other professionals with the educational credentials and experience to qualify them for instructing midwifery students. Each of our faculty is committed to our goals of training direct-entry midwives to be safe and effective clinicians.
The application deadline for the Fall semester start is May 1, and for Spring semester start is October 1. Students with special considerations (i.e. returning students or transfer students) should inquire with the office for deadlines. Any other information about deadlines can be obtained from our website.
Program prerequisites for the Direct-Entry program and the Midwife Assistant program are as follows:
•Be 18 years of age or older
•Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent (such as a GED)
•Have taken and received a passing grade in three (3) college level credits each of Math and English (in other words, a college level Math class worth 3 credits and English class worth 3 credits)
OR pass the College Level Equivalent Proficiency (CLEP) with scores of 50 or higher in College Mathematics and College Composition.
•Doula training within the last two (2) years or current doula certification (DONA, CAPPA, ICEA, please inquire for other accepted training programs).
•Childbirth Educator training within the last two (2) years or current Childbirth Educator certification (ICEA, Lamaze, FOCEP, Birthing from Within, CAPPA, Bradley, please inquire for other accepted training programs).
Describe tuition and fees (All prices subject to change)
*Application Fee $75.00
*Advanced Standing Fee $15.00 per credit
*Enrollment Fee $200.00
Direct-Entry Midwifery Program
*Cost per credit is $279.00. Total 3-year cost is $25,389.00 (91 credits) (2011)
Licensure by Endorsement Program
*Cost per credit is $279.00. Total 4-Month LBE Program is $4,185.00 (15 credits) (2011)
*Books/Materials throughout Three-Year Program $5,500.00
Financial Aid Available
Title IV financial aid is available for students who qualify. FSTM students may also be eligible for Florida Works or WIA (Title I), the Veterans’ Administration funding, Vocational Rehabilitation, Bright Futures, Florida Prepaid, and other grants, scholarships, and loans. Please contact our Financial Aid Coordinator for further information.
FSTM operates on a traditional academic calendar, with three terms per year. Fall, Spring, and Summer terms run on the typical college schedule, and there is one week of break during each term. Fall runs from late August through December with a break at Thanksgiving. Spring runs from early January to the end of April with a week at Spring Break. Summer term runs from mid-May through the beginning of August, with a break at the Fourth of July. Between terms are 2-3 weeks free of scheduled classes, although most Juniors and Seniors are on call for most of those periods.
Students are responsible for finding their own housing while in school. For those students who relocate or already live in Gainesville, there is a wealth of student housing available, in the form of rental apartments, houses, or condos. Those students who commute to Gainesville live in their own homes.
Students who plan to relocate from out of state should contact FSTM to discuss potential clinical sites, as we have preceptors all over the state of Florida, and students may benefit from relocating to another location besides Gainesville.
Maternidad La Luz
1308 Magoffin St.
El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 532-5895 Fax: (915) 532-7127
Deborah Kaley, Director
Accreditation Period: 5/10 - 9/15^ top
Originally accredited on 11/11/95
Midwives College of Utah
(Formerly Utah College of Midwifery)
1174 E. Graystone Way, STE 2
Salt Lake City, UT 84106-2671
(866) 680-2756 Fax (866) 207-2024
Kristi Ridd-Young, Director
Accreditation Period: 7/09 - 7/14
Originally Accredited: 08/08/96
Founding Date: 1980
MCU affirms that traditional midwives fill an important and unique position within the health care spectrum. Traditional midwifery care emphasizes facilitation and enhancement of natural processes throughout all aspects of pregnancy, delivery, postpartum, and well-woman care. It considers emotional and spiritual factors as it utilizes a variety of methods, techniques, modalities and technologies. MCU believes that excellent core midwifery training must be accompanied by entrepreneurial business and life development skills in order to create a holistic midwifery education. MCU provides curriculum in all of these areas, MCU's mission is to build midwives of technical expertise, professional excellence and personal greatness.
The Midwives College of Utah offers a unique distance education program that allows students to complete the academic portion of their degree at their own pace and schedule, and without having to travel to a campus location. This is done through a customized website built especially for MCU faculty and students that allows interactive learning, assignment submission and on-line chat sessions.
Clinical Training & Preceptorships
Students most often complete the hands-on clinical portion of their program while working with an approved preceptor (midwife) in their local area. MCU supports students in developing and maintaining relationships with possible preceptors and provides opportunities for students who do not have a local midwife to work with. We have an affiliate relationship with an apprenticeship program in Utah which provides the opportunity for students to gain experience in both the home and birth center settings under the tutelage of several outstanding midwives. Student conferences are held three times a year for students who wish to obtain clinical training while on-site at MCU.
Semesters begin in January, May and September. Our central office is located in Salt Lake City, with classroom space available for student conferences.
January semester deadline is mid-November
May semester deadline is mid-March
September semester deadline is mid-July
*High school diploma for associate degree
*At least 24.5 credits of secondary education or life experience education for bachelor degree transfer credit.
*Bachelor of Science in Midwifery (can be obtained from MCU) to complete Master of Science in Midwifery.
Application Requirements Include
*Two letters of reference
*Completion of application essay questions
*Completion of official interview
Native speaker of English or score of 500 on TOFEL
The current MCU tuition rate is $250 per academic credit and $150 per clinical credit.
We do not offer government financial aide because we are not a Title IV funded school. We do have a monthly payment plan that allows students to pay tuition in monthly installments.
If a student chooses to participate in clinical programs in Utah, housing is available.
National College of Midwifery
#209 State Road 240
Taos, NM 87571
(575) 758-8914 Fax: (575) 758-0302
Jenny West, Acting President
National College of Midwifery
Accreditation Period: 07/09 - 07/14
Originally accredited on 03/24/01
*Founded in 1985^ top
*Accredited by MEAC in 2001
The National College of Midwifery is a college without walls supporting the apprenticeship model of midwifery education. In the Associate of Science in Midwifery (ASM) program, Direct Entry Midwifery students earn a degree and are prepared to sit for state or national licensing/certification. The program is flexible enough to suit most educational settings, supplies an accredited comprehensive academic and clinical curriculum to ensure the education of a competent, confident midwife. Our program is adult-learner centered, self-paced, allows students to study in their own community or to travel, and is affordable. The National College of Midwifery also offers advanced degrees in Midwifery with our Bachelors, Masters, and PhD programs.
Associate of Science in Midwifery (ASM)
Our entry-level midwifery program, 1-5 years, Apprenticeship-based. Includes academic and clinical training. Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED. Results in ASM Degree upon passing of external midwifery licensing or certifying exam such as the NARM or state-licensing exam.
Bachelor of Science in Midwifery (BSM)
1-5 years, Post Midwifery-Licensure/Certification Research-based. Elements: Academic courses, Research Project, Requires at least 1 year of experience beyond first certification or licensure, including at least 10 births. Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED and Midwifery Certification / Licensure / ASM.
Master of Science in Midwifery (MSM)
1-5 years, Post Midwifery-Licensure/Certification Research-based. Elements: Academic Courses and Published Research Project. Requires submission of 100 MANA Statistics Births. Prerequisites: Bachelor’s-level degree in any subject and Midwifery Certification / Licensure / ASM degree.
PhD in Midwifery
1-5 years, Post Midwifery-Licensure/Certification Research-based. Elements: Academic Courses and Research Project with Dissertation. Prerequisites: Master’s-level degree in any subject and Midwifery Certification / Licensure / ASM degree
All students are provided with course syllabi and work directly with their preceptor(s) to complete the requirements.
Students work directly with their preceptors in clinical settings of their choice.
As with a traditional apprenticeship, students find their own preceptors.
Students of The National College of Midwifery work at their own pace, and submit completed coursework at the end of each trimester.
The National College of Midwifery’s school year is divided into three trimesters. At the end of each trimester, students and preceptors send in an evaluation, completed coursework grades, and clinical records forms.
The National College of Midwifery has an open enrollment.
All students must have either a high school diploma or a GED Certification. Students in our BSM, MSM and PhD programs must provide proof of current midwifery licensure /certification and appropriate academic achievements.
The National College of Midwifery accepts all students who meet our enrollment qualifications. Since students study in their own community, there are no travel requirements or visas needed.
The National College of Midwifery charges a $100 non-refundable application fee. Our administrative fee of $4,900 is payable at time of enrollment.
Students pay their preceptors directly.
The National College of Midwifery students work at their own pace and submit completed coursework at the end of each trimester. (Jan – May, June – Aug, Sept – Dec.)
National Midwifery Institute
P. O. Box 128
Bristol, VT 05443-0128
Shannon Anton, Administrator and Co-Director
Elizabeth Davis, Co-Director^ top
Accreditation Period: 4/09 - 9/13
Originally pre-accredited on 03/16/02
Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery
4135 54th Place
San Diego, CA 92105
Marla Hicks and Gerri Ryan Co-Directors
Accreditation period 10/25/12 - 10/25/16
*Founded November 23, 2004^ top
*Accredited by MEAC in 2009
Nizhoni is a Navajo word which conveys the spirit and practice of ï¿½the beauty wayï¿½ as experienced and expressed through living in balance and harmony with the world. As midwives and students we seek that balance as we honor both our valued birthing traditions and contemporary midwifery and medical knowledge. Graduates of the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery are prepared to function as primary care providers for women throughout the childbearing cycle. As midwives, we bring harmony and balance to the work of labor and assist each woman to discover the transformative nature and experience of giving birth. As an institution providing midwifery education, we create and foster a strong commitment to excellence in midwifery practice in any given place or circumstance, honoring the practice of nizhoni.
Diploma in Holistic Midwifery Studies
Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery offers coursework leading to a diploma in Holistic Midwifery Studies. The program consists of 37 modules with provision for an Integration Phase for completion of clinical midwifery skills following completion of the didactic program. Nizhoni offers clinical experience through approved preceptors so that students may obtain formal midwifery education while preserving the advantages of the midwifery preceptorship model. By combining independent and group study, online discussion and classroom training with supervised clinical experience, midwifery students develop the necessary knowledge and skills essential for safe, entry-level midwifery practice. The format allows the student to integrate midwifery theory with practice and develop the analytical skills that provide the foundation for clinical problem-solving. Course objectives are met through guided study, discussion, practice of clinical skills, and the use of multi-media materials and computer-based education. Learning activities are evidence-based and oriented toward the synthesis of didactic information with midwifery practice. Each student develops an individualized set of midwifery practice guidelines based on information gained from personal study and observation of clinical methodology during preceptorships
Courses are residential (on site).
Clinical Training & Preceptorships
At this time clinical training is offered primarily in homebirth practices. Students receive clinical experience in the full range of well-woman and maternal-newborn care. With the advent of new freestanding birth centers opening in San Diego County, it is anticipated that Nizhoni students will also obtain clinical experience in these settings.
All preceptors must meet the qualifications specified by the North American Registry of Midwives, the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery. Nizhoni has several clinical faculty members who have been approved according to these standards. Students may also request other qualified preceptors.
The program consists of 37 modules, each designed to be completed in one month. Students in each midwifery class move through their program as a cohort.
The educational program is generally considered full-time once students begin their preceptorship training.
Nizhoni has the use of a modern, well-appointed classroom site at the William Herrick Community Health Library in La Mesa, California. The school has applied to MEAC for approval of a new classroom site at the Osteopathic Center for Children and Families in San Diego. This is a spacious, world-renown facility for the osteopathic treatment of children. On-site clinical experience will be available at the San Diego classroom.
The deadline for application is two months prior to the start date of the new class.
To be considered for admission, students must submit the following items prior to application deadlines:
*High school graduation or the equivalent.
*Official transcripts from any post-secondary programs attended. The transcripts should be sent directly from the school or program to the Administrative Office of Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.
*Personal interview (by telephone or in person) with a member of the selection committee.
*A completed application form with required essays.
*Three completed references. One reference should be from a supervisor or instructor familiar with the applicantï¿½s recent quality of work or study. Please do not use family members as references.
*Current certification as an American Heart Association approved Basic Life Support (BLS) provider. BLS classes are available through local fire departments, hospitals, the American Red Cross and professional certifying organizations. Costs for BLS training vary but average $60.00.
Students are required to maintain current BLS certification over the entire course of the midwifery education program.
*Thirty-five dollar ($35.00) non-refundable application fee.
It is recommended that students complete college-level introductory courses in anatomy and physiology or their equivalent either before entering the program or during the first year. Proficiency in a second language is also encouraged.
An at-a-glance spreadsheet is available for you, to assist in comparing the various schools and programs accredited by MEAC.
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