Prior Education & Licensure
Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent. Additionally, applicants must:
- Be currently licensed as an RN in the United States, or
- Complete the second degree accelerated BSN prior to admission, or
- Live in one of the states where the Certified Midwife is licensed and complete science and health coursework prior to admission and 10 additional credits in the first semester of study at Jefferson. See Certified Midwife Pathway.
Our computer environment is intuitive and easy to use. The program starts with a mandatory 3-day online orientation to our learning platforms. Students need to have basic knowledge of file organization, basic proficiency in MS Office applications, and a stable internet connection capable of video conferencing. Dual monitors are recommended but not required. A Mac or PC desktop or laptop that is no more than two to three years old will be sufficient; Chromebook will not work. Students also need an iOS or Android mobile device.
Students must show proof of health insurance or purchase health insurance from the University. Students are responsible for their own medical and dental care while enrolled in the program. Students may need to submit to, and be financially responsible for, any reasonable health screening that is required by a clinical agency beyond that required by The Midwifery Institute at Jefferson. The University provides professional liability and general commercial liability insurance for all students. Students pay a professional liability insurance fee associated with the course Preparation for Full-Scope Practice that covers additional insurance for births.
The final four semesters of any progression include clinical rotations. The first two of these clinical rotations require 12-16 hours per week of ambulatory clinical only – no births. Clinical may occur during the week, on a weekend, or in the evening. During the final two semesters, didactic work continues and the clinical experience includes all phases of labor, birth, postpartum, newborn, primary, reproductive and sexual healthcare (“full-scope”) and requires up to 40 hours per week. These final full-scope rotations include nights, weekends, and an irregular schedule.
Students are required to be "safe beginner-level practitioners" before graduation. Evaluation of clinical progress is competency-based. Midwifery does not use clinical hours as a proxy for competency.