Academy of Continuing Education

MCU is committed to “midwifing the midwife.”  Through our unique distance education platform, we are able to provide evidence based education to our students and now to any midwife with an internet connection. 

If you are interested in taking our Bachelor or Master program courses on a continuing education basis, please visit the Registrar page

Pharmacology Courses

vaccine

$80.00

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Vaccine Information for Midwives

This course will prepare midwives to confidently add vaccine administration to their practice repertoire. This course covers the following for each of the immunogenic agents authorized for use by midwives

Mechanism of pharmacological action;
Indications;
Therapeutic effects;
Side effects/adverse reactions;
Contraindications;
Incompatibilities/drug interactions; and
Administration including:
Dosage;
Product form and packaging;
Onset of action;
Peak effect;
Duration of action/half-life Storage, transport and security; and
Disposal

Midwives will learn how to

identify and respond appropriately to adverse reactions, including prevention, preparation, emergency management, documentation, and reporting protocols.
explain placental transfer of medication to the fetus and impact of immunogenic agents on fetal antibody formation.
describe and utilize best practice for drug administration including, location, injection practices, history taking and documentation, and follow all federal requirements for vaccine administration, storage, and handling.
Apply appropriate client counseling and informed consent practices.

This class qualifies for 2 MEAC contact hours or 0.2 CEU credits

Antihemorrhagic Medications

$80.00

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Antihemorrhagic Medications

MCU’s Academy of Continuing Education is proud to offer a series of pharmacology courses to help midwives receive education on critical skills and meet licensing requirements. This anti-hemorrhagic medications course covers postpartum hemorrhage, pharmacodynamics/pharmacokinetics. and multiple medications (including Tranexamic Acid).  

This class qualifies for 2 MEAC contact hours or 0.2 CEU credits
Medications for the Birthing Person

$80.00

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Medications for the Birthing Person

There are many instances where a community midwife may need to advise or guide the pregnant or birthing person regarding medication use during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods. This course will cover: common over-the-counter medications, RhoGam, IV fluids, and lidocaine for suturing.
Learners will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.
  • Explain labeling and safety considerations for over-the-counter medication use in pregnancy.
  • Identify mechanism of action for RhoGam.
  • Describe appropriate timeline for RhoGam administration.
  • Identify types of fluids appropriate for and usual indications for IV fluid administration.
  • Compare and contrast lidocaine vs. lidocaine with epinephrine for suturing anesthetic.

This course is approved by MEAC for 2 contact hours for 0.2 CEU credits

IV Therapy for Community Birth Providers

$80.00

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IV Therapy for Community Birth Providers

This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge to safely administer IV therapy during all stages of pregnancy and childbirth. You will receive resources and a plan to build and maintain your IV therapy skills. Get pro tips to keep you and your clients safe, reduce mistakes, build confidence, and improve your successful IV starts. Overcome your fear and sharpen your skills!

In this course you will learn:

  • The basic anatomy and physiology of the vasculature system that you need to know to start and use IV therapy.
  • Application of tourniquets.
  • The supplies needed to properly perform IV therapy.
  • How midwifery care and IV therapy intersect and how you can bring the midwifery model of care, that we all treasure, to the use of IV therapy.
  • Therapeutic uses of IV solutions including management of dehydration, hemorrhage, and other emergent scenarios.
  • Appropriate administration of intravenous antibiotics and antihemorrhagic drugs.
  • How to properly store supplies and intravenous medication
  • How to start and maintain an IV line.
  • This course also includes a practical skills section with thorough step-by-step instructions on the IV process for practical application.

 

This class qualifies for 2 MEAC contact hours or 0.2 CEU credits

New Mexico Courses

$80.00

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Pharmacology for New Mexico Licensed Midwives

Midwives frequently consider pharmacologic therapy as separate, or least very different, from the other aspects of care we provide, but in this course you will learn practical ways to bring the midwifery model of care to your use of pharmaceuticals in your practice. Including

  • How to deeply embed informed consent practices into your interactions with clients
  • Techniques for providing care that is gentle, holistic, and culturally appropriate
  • How to get more information when you need it
  • How to avoid making potentially deadly medication errors
  • How to appropriately store and organize your medications and reduce your on-call stress related to keeping your supplies and equipment fully stocked and in working order

You will walk away with so many resources and practical tools for bringing excellent and compassionate care to your clients as you see them though the many challenging situations you will face together.

This course will specifically cover:

  • How midwifery care and pharmacology intersect and how you can bring the midwifery model of care, that we all treasure, to the use of medications
  • You will also learn the basics of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics (don’t be intimidated if these words are unfamiliar to you, by the end of the course they will make perfect sense!). You will also learn critical information about each of the medications on the NM formulary including
    • Indications
    • Dosing
    • Administration
    • Contraindications
    • Possible adverse reactions and side effects
    • Appropriate storage and disposal
    • And how to document their use

This class qualifies for 2 MEAC contact hours or 0.2 CEU credits