Midwives College of Utah (MCU), formerly the Utah School of Midwifery, was founded in 1980 and is the largest and longest-standing direct-entry midwifery program in the nation. The Midwives College of Utah was founded by Dianne Bjarnson in response to the rising need for accessible, quality education for community midwives. MCU graduates are pivotal to the necessary “tipping” revolution of maternity care and birth culture throughout North America in the 21st century.
MCU operates as a non-profit, distance education institution with a Board of Directors, a President, Dean, Directors, administrative staff, academic faculty, and clinical faculty. Administrative offices are located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Students are assigned instructors for all academic courses and work one-on-one with an approved midwife for their community based clinical placement. At the successful completion of the program, students obtain an Associate, Bachelor, and/or Master of Science degree in midwifery and the national credential of Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives.
Midwives College of Utah has an average enrollment of 225 students who reside throughout the United States and Canada. Since its inception, over 340 people have graduated with a certificate or degree and are practicing both nationally and internationally.
MCU is accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) which is approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is approved to offer federal financial aid. The College is registered under the Utah Postsecondary Proprietary School Act and is an institutional participant in the SARA initiative which is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education. Registration under the Utah Post-secondary Proprietary School Act does not mean that the State of Utah supervises, recommends, nor accredits the institution.
It is the student’s responsibility to determine whether credits, degrees, or certificates from the institution will transfer to other institutions or meet employers’ training requirements. This may be done by calling the prospective school and employer. Students living outside of the US, who wish to register or license as a midwife, may have to complete a bridging program for the midwifery designation specific to their province or jurisdiction.