Thomas Jefferson University

Midwifery & Women's Health

The Midwifery Institute at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is on the cutting edge of a changing world, by weaving tradition with technology, to bring education for the betterment of the health of women and their families.

  • Our faculty exemplify the midwifery beliefs of caring, self-determination and involvement.
  • Our active learning strategies support a rigorous graduate education based on depth of discussion in live seminars and on-line forums.
  • As an adult learner you take charge of your education through distance learning, with our guidance and support.
  • We invite you to explore the website or speak with an admissions representative by calling 215-951-2943 to learn more about our programs.

2-Year Full-Time & 3-Year Part-Time Option

The MS in Midwifery is a distance education program in midwifery for Registered Nurses (RN) and CM Pathway applicants who want to become midwives. There is a 2-year, full-time progression and 3-year, part-time progression available. The 3-year option follows the same curriculum, except that clinical courses are delayed until the third and final year, which is full-time.   

The MS in Midwifery program integrates online study with hands-on clinical practice. You will learn the science of Midwifery through online components including readings, seminar discussions, problem-based learning tutorials, writing assignments, simulated clinical, project-based service learning, quizzes, case studies, peer review, and examinations. You will learn the art of Midwifery through hands-on practice during clinical placements under the direction of a qualified midwife preceptor. Additionally, students have the option to undertake an interprofessional global health experience.

Though primarily a distance learning program, you will attend two on-campus sessions for intensive learning of hand skills, critical reflection and time to bond with classmates and faculty. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the national examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board to earn the credential CNM or CM.

Problem Based Learning

A major component of the program is our approach through Problem Based Learning. This approach organizes small groups to discuss specific, real-world clinical scenarios that can be faced in practice. Students “meet” in computer seminar rooms to have thoughtful discussions about the art and science of midwifery practice, case presentations and reflections of role transition to midwifery. Throughout the program, Midwife Tutors follow each class to bring their real-world expertise and insight to students. The primarily asynchronous system allows this exchange to happen, day and night, seven days a week, when the individual is ready to focus on school, from the comfort of their own home.

Problem Based Learning methods are used in medical, midwifery and nursing schools around the world.

Due to VISA restrictions, we are only able to accept U.S. citizens and permanent residents into our program at this time. Foreign-educated Midwives, who are also U.S. permanent residents, are encouraged to apply.