Midwives College of Utah (MCU), formerly the Utah School of Midwifery, was founded in 1980, and is one of the largest and longest standing direct-entry (out-of-hospital) midwifery programs in the nation. The Midwives College of Utah was founded by Dianne Bjarnson in response to the rising need of accessible, quality midwifery education. MCU graduates are midwives who are pivotal to the “tipping” revolution of maternity care and birth culture throughout North America in the 21st century.
MCU operates as a non-profit institution with a Board of Directors, a President, administrative staff, and both academic and clinical faculty. MCU has approximately 150 students and over 100 graduates from several certificate and degree programs. MCU offers an Associate, Bachelor, and Master of Science degree in Midwifery. MCU is a distance education institution with administrative offices located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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. Students are assigned live instructors for all academic courses, and work one-on-one with an approved midwife for their clinical component. At the successful completion of the program, students obtain a degree in midwifery and the national credential of Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives. Students living outside of the US, who wish to register or license, may have to complete a bridging program for the midwifery designation specific to their province or jurisdiction.
Midwives College of Utah is registered under the Utah Post-secondary Proprietary School Act (Title 53B, Chapter 5, Utah Code Annotated 1953). 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.