Prerequisites to the Midwifery Programs
Prerequisites do not have to be complete at time of application. However, acceptance into the program is final pending successful completion of prerequisites, with documentation submitted to Birthingway, by December 31st.
Birthingway is not able to offer financial aid for midwifery program prerequisites.
The following prerequisites are required for admission into either the Bachelor of Science in Midwifery or Certificate of Midwifery program:
- Hold a high school diploma or equivalency
- Meet Technical Standards for Candidates for Admission
- Human Anatomy and Physiology Course
- Applicants must have completed an Anatomy and Physiology course of at least 4 quarter credits or 3 semester credits that covers all of the body systems. This course must have been taken at an accredited post-secondary institution, with a final grade of at least 3.0 (B).
- If you are transferring credits using other systems (units, clock hours, etc.), please contact the Student Affairs Coordinator for assistance in planning your program.
- If more than one section is taken in order to cover the entire human body, the grade earned in each section must be a B/3.0 or better.
- Courses from some vocational-technical schools (such as Massage Therapy, Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, and Naturopathy) may meet this prerequisite. An official transcript must be provided.
- Birthingway offers the course Human Anatomy and Physiology – Overview for Midwives every fall, that fulfills this prerequisite.
- Labor Doula Workshop
- Applicants must have completed an approved Labor Doula course or workshop.
- Birthingway offers an intensive Labor Doula Workshop entitled Assisting Women with Birth which will fulfills this prerequisite.
- Other approved Labor Doula programs include ALACE, DONA, ICEA, Birthworks, and Birth Arts Doula Program. We will not accept distance courses for our Labor Doula prerequisite. For approval of additional programs, please contact the Student Affairs Coordinator.
- Labor Doula Certification is not a requirement.
- Writing Course. Birthingway does not currently offer a college-level expository writing course that fulfills this prerequisite. Applicants must have done at least one of the following:
- Completed a 4 quarter credit or 3 semester credit college-level expository writing course at an accredited post-secondary institution and received a grade of at least 3.0 (B). Creative writing will not be accepted as a prerequisite.
- Taken proficiency testing and received at least 4 quarter credits or 3 semester credits in English Composition at an accredited post-secondary institution.
- Received Advance Placement (AP) credit for English Composition that transferred to an accredited post-secondary institution and in which at least 4 quarter credits or 3 semester credits was received.
- Submitted a written letter from a college professor to the Student Affairs Coordinator stating that a completed course had a heavy writing component and that the applicant's writing ability in the course demonstrated at least a B. This fulfills the prerequisite only and will not count toward general education requirements.
Technical Standards for Midwifery Integration
A midwifery diploma from Birthingway signifies that the holder is a midwife prepared for entry into active practice. Therefore, candidates for graduation must have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgment to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of client care. Therefore, the following abilities and expectations must be met, and maintained, from matriculation through graduation, by all students. Failure to maintain Technical Standards may result in dismissal from the program. Students or applicants who have questions regarding these standards are encouraged to contact the Student Affairs Coordinator.
- You must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences.
- You must be able to learn to conduct basic office lab procedures.
- You must have sufficient use of the sensory, visual, hearing, and motor systems, and the somatic sensation necessary to perform a physical examination.
- You must be able to perform clinical care activities such as palpation, auscultation, percussion, the administration of intravenous medication, the application of pressure to stop bleeding, the opening of obstructed airways and the movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch, hearing and vision. A complete list of required skills can be found in our Skills Assessment Checklist. Please contact our Student Affairs Coordinator.
- You must be able to learn to respond with precise, quick, and appropriate action in emergency situations.
- You must be able to communicate in English with accuracy, clarity, efficiency, and sensitivity both verbally and in writing.
- You must have the skills to analyze and synthesize information, solve problems, and reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments.
- You must be able to acknowledge evaluation and respond appropriately.
- You must possess the interpersonal skills to develop rapport and positive relationships with clients, midwives, other care providers and colleagues.
- You must have the perseverance, diligence and consistency to complete the midwifery school curriculum. Therefore, you must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads; to function effectively under stress; to adapt to changing environments; to display flexibility and to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems and needs of many clients.