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 for three days each spring and fall semester. This on-campus time is typically scheduled 3 days in early May for spring semester labs, and 3 days in mid-October for fall semester labs. On-campus time is required for hands-on learning, demonstration of skills, and activities essential to student learning.
  • 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.
    • Licensure Requirements By State
  • 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 CPM to ASM Pathway 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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