The Direct Entry Midwifery program provides students the ability to earn an Associate Degree in Direct Entry Midwifery and provides access to classroom learning virtually. The Direct Entry Midwife student gains practical experience along side NARM-approved clinical preceptors. Note that all students enrolled in “lab” classes will be required to be present on campus for two weeks per semester.

  • Virtual Access
  • Virtual Access

    • Students are permitted to access core Midwifery program courses virtually.
      • Virtual access creates a collaborative learning environment that allows students and instructors to work together from different locations, similar to being in a face-to-face classroom.
      • The virtual student is expected to be logged in and present during all scheduled class times.
      • Classes are generally held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time with an hour break for lunch.
      • First semester classes are held two days per week. Subsequent semesters are held one day per week.
      • It is expected that students accessing the program virtually treat class time as though they were physically in the classroom and eliminate all distractions.
    • The general education courses required for this degree are available online. Expectations for these classes will vary depending on course and instructor. Learn about online classes.

    Additional Required Equipment for Students Using Virtual Access

    In order to be successful in this program the following items are necessary:

    • Wired Broadband Internet
    • Computer or Laptop with a hard drive
    • Portable Flash Drive or External Hard Drive
    • Computer Headphones
    • Computer Scanner
    • Microsoft® Word and PowerPoint

    On-Campus Component

    • All students are required to be physically present on the Southwest Tech campus during two weeks per each spring and fall semester. This on-campus time is scheduled during the first semester of the program as one week in the second month of classes and one week toward the end of the semester. The on-campus requirement is two consecutive weeks during the subsequent three semesters. On-campus time is required for hands-on learning, demonstration of skills, and activities essential to student learning.
  • Preceptor/Clinical
  • Preceptor/Clinical Component

    • Clinical courses are designed to meet both NARM requirements and MANA core competencies.
    • Every effort is made to place students with preceptors within their home region. The program maintains a list of potential preceptors in a number of states, with a focus on Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota. Students from other states may be asked to assist in identifying appropriate clinical preceptors in their local region; if none are available, students may be asked to travel and/or temporarily relocate to obtain clinical experience.
    • Clinical placement may be up to three hours from a student's home.
    • Preceptors will inform students of expected clinical hours and days and the student will be expected to match the preceptor's schedule.
    • Students are expected to be on call 24/7 throughout the program, including summers. Absences will only be permitted on a very limited basis.
    • Students are responsible for all costs associated with clinicals including transportation, housing, gas, food etc.

    Delineation between clinical time and clinical site employment

    While enrolled in and attending the midwife program there must remain a clear distinction between the student and employee roles; and to that end:

    • Students may not be employed or utilized at their assigned clinical sites as administrative staff. This does not include training/mentorship in business aspects of practice.
    • Students may not complete clinical coursework while working in an employee status, whether in a midwifery practice, a clinic, hospital or other facility.
    • Students may not receive/accept remuneration in exchange for work performed at their assigned clinical site.

    Delineation between role as student and role as employee in any birth-related profession

    While enrolled in and attending the midwife program there must remain a clear distinction between the student and employee roles; and to that end:

    • Students may only work in any birth-related or healthcare-related capacity providing direct patient/client care within a practice, clinic or facility which has a minimum $1million/$3million liability coverage.
  • Out of State Students
  • Out of State Students

    • The Direct Entry Midwife program incorporates the rules and regulations for Wisconsin Licensed Midwives (LM). The program does not teach to any other state requirements/rules.
    • Students who don't reside in Wisconsin are responsible for understanding their state licensing requirements and whether or not this program meets those requirements.
    • All students will need to have at least three preceptors during the two years of the program in order to meet the clinical course requirements. Preceptors must be located in a state/jurisdiction where the CPM is a legally recognized credential. They must also meet the requirements for approval as a NARM-Registered Preceptor. Students from out of state may be asked to assist with securing preceptors in their home communities.
  • Apprentices/CPMs
  • Apprentices and Certified Practicing Midwives

    Students Who Have Been Apprenticing

    • Apply to Southwest Tech
    • Clinical Competency Evaluation: Submit signed clinical work (PEP paperwork) from a NARM approved clinical preceptor. The Midwifery Program Director will review this paperwork and determine if you qualify for advanced placement. You will be notified once the evaluation has been completed.

    Option for Current Certified Practicing Midwives

    An online bridge track for CPMs interested in obtaining a MEAC approved Associate Degree that meets NARM requirements is available at Southwest Tech.

    • Apply to Southwest Tech
    • Submit a copy of your current NARM certification to verify your CPM credential
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
  • Accreditation
  • The Midwifery program is accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC).

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