Midwifery Program Requirements

Certificate in Midwifery

Certificate in Midwifery consists of:

54 quarter credit hours in Midwifery Core Courses
56 quarter credit hours in Midwifery Supplemental Courses
4-6 quarter credit hours in Elective Courses (3 courses or a minimum of 4 quarter credit hours)
30 quarter credit hours in Clinical Training Credit
144-146 quarter credit hours of coursework

To graduate with a Birthingway Certificate in Midwifery, you must meet the following graduation requirements:

  • Completion of all required coursework. For complete course listing.
  • Completion of independent learning requirements, including cohort attendance.
  • All financial obligations to Birthingway are paid in full.
  • Documentation of midwifery skills, practice and assessment are completed on college approved forms.
  • Successful completion of Midwifery Integration oral exam.
  • Successful completion of written comprehensive exam; you may substitute the NARM exam for the in-house exam.
  • Clinical Requirements
    • Observer Role – 10 births
    • Assistant/Active Participant Role
      • 25 out-of-hospital births            
      • 25 prenatal exams
      • 20 newborn exams
      • 10 postpartum exams    
    • Primary Role under supervision
      • 25 births        
      • 75 prenatal exams, including 20 initials
      • 25 newborn exams    
      • 40 postpartum exams
      • Continuity of Care -- 15 supervised primary clients

If you graduate with the certificate and later wish to receive the Bachelor of Science in Midwifery (BSM) degree, you have an additional three years after graduation to transfer the General Education credits required for the degree to Birthingway. This option is not available beyond three years after graduation. To have a BSM degree issued with no additional curricular requirements, you must submit an official transcript to the Midwifery Program Coordinator within the three year time frame. If you qualify for the degree, you must submit a Convert Certificate to Degree form with the $100 graduation fee.

Bachelor of Science in Midwifery

Bachelor of Science in Midwifery consists of:

54 quarter credit hours in Midwifery Core Courses
56 quarter credit hours in Midwifery Supplemental Courses
4-6 quarter credit hours in Elective Courses (3 courses or a minimum of 4 quarter credit hours)
30 quarter credit hours in Clinical Training Credit
45 quarter credit hours General Education
189-191 quarter credit hours of coursework

To graduate with a Birthingway Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, you must meet all the graduation requirements for the Certificate in Midwifery, as well as additional General Education requirements.

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General Education Requirements

An official transcript from an approved college must be submitted to document the following coursework in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a grade of at least C/2.0. The Midwifery Program Coordinator reviews the transcripts for appropriate transferable courses.

  • 9 quarter credit hours of English composition
  • 9 quarter credit hours of Humanities: language, literature, philosophy, religious thought, fine arts (not emphasizing performance skills)
  • 9 quarter credit hours of Social Studies or Sciences: anthropology, cultural geography, general history, religious history and culture, economics, political science, general psychology, sociology
  • 9 quarter credit hours of Natural Sciences: biology, biological physiology, chemistry, physics, geology and physical geography, mathematics
  • 9 additional quarter credit hours in any Humanities, Social Studies or Natural Sciences coursework

The above requirements are in quarter credit hours. Students transferring credits from schools using semester credit hours should divide the above requirements by 1.5. Students transferring credits using other systems (units, clock hours, etc.) should contact the Midwifery Program Coordinator for assistance in planning their program.

According to State of Oregon standards, liberal arts and sciences do not include “professional and vocational courses” such as

  • agriculture and forestry
  • wildlife management
  • architecture and design
  • business and public administration
  • communication (journalism)
  • computer technology
  • education
  • engineering and related technologies
  • health professions
  • home economics
  • law
  • library science
  • military science
  • parks and leisure studies
  • physical education and recreation
  • protective services
  • religious services

Also excluded are artistic performance or physical activity courses, nor practical and general information courses such as personal health, career planning, human relations, public speaking, writing, elementary mathematics, and computer fundamentals.

Length of the Midwifery Program

There is no time limit to complete the midwifery program, although your matriculation catalog and course credits may expire. Please see our Student Handbook for more details. Students must be continuously registered as a core or extension student from the date of matriculation to completion. The classroom portion of the program is designed to be completed in three years, by registering for the core, supplemental, and elective courses in the recommended sequence.

Clinical hours are acquired in a hands-on clinical training under the direction of an approved preceptor. Birthingway recommends that students begin clinical trainings in the first term of the second year. Students who begin clinical training at that time, register for clinical training credit, and attend an average of two births per month, would be able to complete their clinical training requirement within the three year time frame.

While designed to be complete in three years, most students take longer to complete the midwifery program. Birthingway’s program is flexible, allowing students to individualize their educational path and take as long as necessary to graduate. The length of time it takes to complete depends on many factors including:

  • whether the student attends full time or less;
  • the size and availability of the type of midwifery practice desired as a preceptor site;
  • personal life events, such as having a baby, getting married, etc.