Is This Program for You?
Do you have a committed interest in the midwifery model of prenatal and well-women care? Are you tolerant of different lifestyles, values, beliefs, and cultures? Are you a self-confident, independent, and self-directed learner? You may find a career in Midwifery rewarding.
Students entering the Midwife program should:
- Be tolerant of different lifestyles, values, beliefs, and cultures.
- Be able to maintain confidentiality.
- Have a committed interest in pre-natal and well women care using the midwifery model of care.
- Have effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Be able to perform delegated tasks.
- Be able to effectively delegate to others.
- Have efficient writing skills.
- Have good reading and comprehension skills.
- Be in good physical and emotional health.
- Be flexible, adaptable, and enjoy working with people.
- Be self-confident, independent, and a self-directed learner.
- Meet Wisconsin Caregiver Law requirements.
- Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
- Some online classes available.
- Financial aid available to students who qualify.
- May take some courses immediately upon program acceptance.
- Students must achieve a C or better in each course of the program curriculum to be eligible to progress.
- Bridge track available for the already Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)
- Virtual access for students who live 3 hours or more from campus.
- Program has a January start
- Completion of All Midwife program clinical work needs to be accomplished within 10 years of original program registration.
Admission and Program Requirements
- Submit Application and $30 Application Fee
- Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809
- To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Compass or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session! Send test scores and/or transcripts to the address above.
Prior to Program Start, students must:
- Complete Background Information Disclosure BID (costs paid by the student) - Students whose state of residency is not Wisconsin will need to contact their local state authorities to obtain this Disclosure and submit to the college. The Background Disclosure will need to be from your state of residence.
- Obtain and maintain current Healthcare Provider CPR certification prior to clinical placement and throughout the program.
- Obtain and maintain current Healthcare Provider NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certification prior to clinical placement and throughout the program.
- Complete a physical exam, provide documentation of a recent two-step, and meet health requirements as approved by the College Health Educator. Students are responsible for all costs associated with meeting these requirements.
NOTE: Students are responsible for all associated costs.
During Introduction to Midwife Clinic and Prior to enrollment in Midwife Clinic 1, students must:
- Complete Certificate Doula training workshop (30 Hours)
- Verified and completed attendance of Out of Hospital Childbirth Classes (minimum 6 hours) Childbirth Attendance form
- Verify and Complete attendance in series of In Hospital Childbirth Classes (minimum 6 hours) Childbirth Attendance form
- Verify and Complete attendance in series of Breastfeeding Support Meetings (minimum 6 hours) Breastfeeding Verification form
- Obtain Wisconsin Temporary Permit for Licensed Midwife
NOTE: Students are responsible for all associated costs. Students may obtain these requirements upon acceptance to the program.
Helpful Academic Background
- Previous college-level coursework
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
- Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Understand and function within the Midwives Model of Care.
- Provide holistic, competent care to women and families during the childbearing year.
- Uphold professional standards of the Certified Professional Midwife.
- Collaborate with other healthcare professionals and regional resources and services available to families in community.
- Demonstrate assessment skills of preconception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and newborn.
- Perform assistance with the natural birthing process as indicated.
- Facilitate continuity of care within the context of the midwife setting.
- Use effective communication and written skills.
- Use teaching and learning process to maintain health and nutrition of clients served.
- Make clinical decisions to assure positive outcomes for mother and newborn.
- Use a foundation of theoretical knowledge, clinical assessment, critical-thinking skills and shared decision making.
- Use critical thinking to evaluate clinical findings.
- Apply intuition as authoritative knowledge.
- Maintain an integrated understanding of the whole picture and, with the woman, identifies and creates a plan of care based on conscious analysis of challenges and goals.
Graduates of the Direct Entry Midwife program may provide care during the childbearing years and well-woman care using the midwifery model of care for women in clinics, private homes, and birthing centers. Direct Entry Midwives can work in both rural and urban settings.