The Direct Entry Midwifery program provides students the ability to earn an Associate Degree in Direct Entry Midwifery. For students who live at least 3 hours from campus, the Midwifery Program provides access to classroom learning virtually. The Direct Entry Midwife student gains practical experience along side NARM-approved clinical preceptors.
Students who live further than three hours from campus 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
Microsoft® Word and PowerPoint
All virtual students are required to physically be on the Southwest Tech campus in Fennimore, Wisconsin for three to five days twice each semester – once at midterm and once at the end of the semester. This is required for skills, other testing, and activities essential to student learning.
Clinical courses are designed to meet both NARM requirements and MANA core competencies.
Students located in Wisconsin, Florida, and Indiana will be placed with preceptors. Students from other states will need to obtain and verify a clinical preceptor prior to starting the program. (See Out of State Students Section for more information)
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.
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.
Students from states other than Wisconsin, Florida, and Indiana who use the virtual option for access to the program are required to find at least three preceptors for their clinical work/class components. Preceptor midwives must have legal licensure and be recognized in his/her jurisdiction and state. Contracts must be signed prior to the start of the first semester.
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.