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Application Process & Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to begin the application process for the BSM or MSM 

Please note: The undergraduate and graduate application deadline is July 5, 2021 for Winter 2022 Trimester.

Please be advised: We are unable to accept applications from students residing in the state of Florida (***this does not apply if you are a midwife applying for our CPM-to-BSM program or MSM program), American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. We can only accept students planning to live internationally outside the US on a case-by-case basis.  Please see below for additional information on licensure information for other states/territories. 

Application and Enrollment Deadline Table

MCU allows students to enter degree programs three times each year.  All application materials must be submitted prior to the application deadlines to be considered for acceptance. Application and enrollment deadlines for 2020-2021 are as follows:

Trimester Enrollment Dates
Application Deadline
Application Status Email Notification Date
Enrollment Agreement & Fees Deadline
Enrollment Processing & College Transfer Credit Review Deadline
Deadline for Academic Planning with the Registrar
Financial Aid Award Letter
Financial Agreement Deadline
Classes Begin
Classes End
Summer 2021
Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Summer 2022
4 months
6 wks
2 wks
4 wks
5 wks
4-6 wks
1 wk
4-5 wks
15 wks

General Questions

Why is a degree in midwifery important? MCU is a degree-granting institution in order to support students in obtaining the firmest foundation possible in a dynamically changing field. No one knows what will happen in midwifery within the next ten years, but we can be sure that many changes, both politically and professionally, can be expected. When changes come, a degree offers our students a step ahead of those without. If you would like to teach at the college level, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s degree or higher. If you ever expect to relocate from one state to another, a degree will give you additional help in meeting licensing requirements. A degree from MCU can be a symbol of credibility as you develop relationships with clients and other health care professionals throughout your career. A degree program ensures your education is robust and holistic. A degree with MCU, a MEAC-accredited institution, assures that there are no gaps in your midwifery education. You will graduate with confidence in your ability to pass the NARM exam and strive to become a Midwife of Excellence.

Does this program meet the requirements for midwifery licensure in my state? That depends. It is very important that you check the legal status of direct-entry midwifery in the state/territory where you live or may practice. The Bachelor of Science in Midwifery (BSM) program meets the licensure requirements for direct-entry midwifery licensure for 34 states and the District of Columbia (as of May 2020). Please check the status of midwifery laws in your state here

Please be aware that if you live in one of the following states, MCU may not fulfill licensure requirements – due to either the state/territory not providing a pathway to licensure for direct-entry midwifery, or laws that inhibit the practice of direct-entry midwifery: Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. Read more about the status of midwifery laws in these states here

The state of New York allows licensure for direct-entry midwives who have passed the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) examination to be licensed as Certified Midwives (CM). The BSM program at MCU does not prepare students to take the AMCB exam and therefore does not meet the requirements for state licensure in New York. Read more here

As noted at the top of this page, we cannot admit students who live in Florida (***this does not apply if you are a midwife applying for our CPM-to-BSM program or MSM program), American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

How many students graduate from MCU? For the past few years, MCU has graduated an average of 28 students a year.  

What is the percentage of students that have passed the NARM? Over the last four years, 100% of MCU graduates who sat for the NARM exam have passed. Eighty-one percent of our graduates are working as midwives and 31% are working in a birth-related field.

Am I likely to be successful at MCU? Students are most likely to be successful in the MCU distance program if they:

  • are self–directed learners,
  • engage actively in our caring and enthusiastic learning community, 
  • are able to work independently in an online learning environment,
  • have access to local clinical opportunities, and/or
  • can relocate or travel for non-local clinical placement.

Is it possible to enroll in MCU courses without applying to a program?Yes. MCU offers courses in the Continuing Education Program for non-degree seeking students. In order to enroll please, visit our Continuing Education webpage. 

Do courses that are taken in the Continuing Education Program count toward a degree if I decide to apply to MCU as a degree-seeking student? Usually. However, it should be noted that some coursework expires due to the nature of the coursework. If a considerable number of years pass between taking a course and applying to be accepted into an MCU program, there is a possibility that you may need to retake the course if this is applicable.

I have earned a Bachelor’s degree, but I’m not yet a practicing midwife. Should I apply to the Master’s program or the Bachelor’s program? If you are not yet a practicing midwife, you would apply to the Bachelor of Science in Midwifery program. This program prepares students to become Midwives of Excellence. The Master of Science in Midwifery program is only for individuals who are already practicing midwifery. 

Application Process

What are the trimester application deadlines and enrollment deadlines? See Application Deadline table above.

How competitive is acceptance into BSM and MSM programs at MCU?

  • MCU has an approximate undergraduate acceptance rate of 55-85% and a graduate acceptance rate of 85%.
  • We receive approximately 50-80 undergraduate applications per cycle.

How many students attend MCU at any given time?

  • We generally have approximately 225 degree-seeking students at any given time.

What will I need for my MCU application?

Bachelor of Science in Midwifery Degree Applications

  • Complete application and essay questions;
  • Participation in pre-recorded, online Admissions Open House (see info below);
  • Contact information for two individuals who will serve as your references for the program – they will be sent a questionnaire to complete (if an applicant has identified having birth experience, at least one reference should be from someone who has observed the applicant in a birth setting);
  • Proof of high school graduation: diploma or transcript, proof of completion of GED, or homeschool transcript (waived if you have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary academic institution, evidenced by official transcripts sent directly from the school);
  • Government issued photo ID;
  • ALL transcripts for previously attended post-secondary education (college, trade schools, tech schools, universities, etc.). All transcripts MUST be submitted, even if you feel transfer credit will not apply. Official transcripts must be sent for transfer credit evaluations; however, unofficial transcripts will suffice if transfer credit evaluation is not needed/desired by the applicant. (Please note that applicants intending to utilize VA funding must submit official transcripts of all previous education/training to fulfill VA requirements.);
  • Application Fee;
  • Native English speaker or a TOEFL score of at least 88;
  • Proof of current CPM status (for CPM-to-BSM and ASM-to-BSM applicants only);
  • Engagement in the Admissions process and prompt response to communication requests from Admissions;
  • Participation in Admissions interview, if invited to an interview.

    Master Degree Applications (see eligibility requirements elsewhere)

    • Phase I: Complete application, which includes:
      • Initial application form;
      • Application questions;
      • Unofficial transcripts for all higher education institutions attended, including demonstration of a Bachelor’s degree awarded in any field. Official transcripts will be required if admitted into the program;
      • Documentation of CPM or CNM status, or letter attesting that CPM or CNM credential will be issued prior to the start of the graduate degree program;
      • Three professional references;
      • Current CV or Resume
      • Application Fee
    • Phase II: Official interview with Graduate Dean

    *Traditional or community midwives without past or current proof of certification/licensure may choose to prepare a portfolio demonstrating the experiences and training they engaged to become a midwife. Midwife status must be established by your anticipated start date in the MSM program.

    Is there anything that I could do to strengthen my BSM application? Yes, you could add any of the following to your experience resume:

    • Doula Training or Doula Certification
    • Birth or Midwife Assistant Training
    • Lactation Professional Training or Certification
    • Childbirth Education Teacher Training or Certification
    • Completion of MCU courses as a Continuing Education student at MCU with a B or higher within the trimester the course was opened
    • Birth experience in the capacity of a support person, doula, student, nurse, apprentice or assistant midwife
    • Letter of Recommendation that reflects the strengths of an applicant in the birth setting
    • Strong writing skills including proper use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation
    • Demonstrate aptitude for success in a higher academic setting, including carefully following the instructions contained in the application
    • Evidence of basic computer skills, including the ability to navigate saving and uploading a pdf file, basic knowledge of Microsoft Office, ability to conduct internet searches, etc
    • Demonstrate aptitude for self-direction and self-motivation in an online academic setting including completing all required tasks for the application process in a timely manner, communicating questions effectively, and returning all requested documents promptly
    • Active participation in the birth community and organizations that serve students, clients, and midwives
    • Awareness of local, state, province and national policies and laws impacting CPMs and birthing families

    Tell me more about the Master of Science in Midwifery program

    • Eligibility for the MSM program is as follows: 1) must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any field; 2) must be or have been recognized as a midwife by regional, national or international certification or licensure. Traditional or community midwives without past or current proof of certification/licensure may choose to prepare a portfolio demonstrating the experiences and training they engaged to become a midwife; and 3) must complete SOSC 1010 (Equity and Anti-Oppression in Midwifery Care: Understanding Difference, Power, & Privilege), SOSC 2050 (Ethics & the Law) and STAT 2010 (Principles of Evidence-Informed Practice), or demonstrate course equivalency. These three courses can be completed at part of your graduate program.
    • The MCU graduate program is a research-based program designed to nurture the next generation of midwifery leaders, educators, and advocates.
    • The MSM does not require additional clinical work once admission requirements are completed.
    • The program is 32 credits and the average program length is four years (maximum program length is four years).
    • If you are interested in the MSM program please contact the Dean of Graduate Studies at to determine eligibility and to obtain more information about the program.

    Are there any additional prerequisites or requirements to apply for the Master of Science in Midwifery program? Yes.

    • In order to enter the MCU graduate program, you must have a currently active CPM or CNM and have completed a bachelor’s degree in any field and complete MCU’s undergraduate requirements for a student seeking a Master of Science in Midwifery degree.
    • If you do not have a bachelor’s degree in any field, you will be required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Midwifery program before entering the MSM program.
    • If you are a CPM seeking a master’s degree from MCU and you do not have a bachelor’s degree in another field, you must complete the undergraduate requirements for a CPM pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
    • If you are a CPM seeking a master’s degree from MCU and you have a bachelor’s degree in another field, you can enter the master’s program upon completion of SOSC 302, Ethics and the Law and STAT 313, Research Analysis and Statistics.

    Admission Process

    Am I required to participate in the MCU Admissions Open House to be considered for admission the undergraduate program? Yes. All undergraduate applicants are required to participate in a recorded, online MCU Admissions Open House to be considered for admission. This must occur prior to the applicant interview (if applicable). If you are interested in learning more about MCU and the profession of midwifery, you are also welcome to join an Open House, as well!

    Please visit this page to view the recorded Open House videos and answer the questions. Contact ADMISSIONS@MIDWIFERY.EDU for questions regarding the Open House.

    Will MCU conduct a phone interview with all undergraduate applicants?  No. However, most applicants will be required to participate in a phone interview.

    • Select applicants will be invited to interview with Admissions by phone.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Selection for an interview is not an indication of the likelihood of acceptance into the program.
    • If an applicant is selected for an interview they will be contacted by  Admissions by email and invited to select from available dates and times.
    • On rare occasions, a follow-up interview may be requested.

    Will MCU conduct an interview with all graduate applicants? Yes.  The acceptance process for graduate applicants involves the written application, an interview with the Dean of Graduate Studies, and verification of student potential via the three professional references.

    What documents are required to complete my BSM or CPM-to-BSM application? The following documents need to be received by MCU by the application deadline. Please have the college send all electronic official transcripts to .

    • If you have achieved course credits from any accredited academic institution beyond high school, please request that official transcripts be sent directly from all accredited academic institutions including colleges, tech schools, universities, etc. (see below for more details).
    • PLEASE NOTE: You must send ALL transcripts, even if you do not anticipate having transfer credit. You may send unofficial transcripts if you do not intend to request a transfer credit evaluation. However, applicants planning to receive VA funding must submit official transcripts to fulfill VA requirements. Transcripts can be sent to (preferred) or mailed to: 1174 E Graystone Way STE 2
      Salt Lake City, UT 84106.
    • Your high school diploma or transcripts, GED documentation, or home school high school transcripts to UPLOAD in .pdf format to your application. (This is waived if you have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary academic institution, evidenced by official transcripts sent directly from the school.)
    • Two letters of recommendation in .pdf format from two independent individuals who can identify your aptitude for rigorous academic study combined with the unique challenges associated with birth work must be UPLOADED into your application before submission.
    • CPM, CNM, LM certificates, if applicable, must be UPLOADED into your application before submission .pdf format.

    What documents are required to complete my graduate application?

    1. Complete graduate student application
    2. Three professional references
    3. Transcripts with proof of bachelor’s degree awarded
    4. Proof of credentialing as a current or past midwife with recognition by regional, national, or international certification or licensure*
    5. Application Fee
    6. Current C.V. or Resume
    7. Official interview with the Dean of Graduate Studies

    *Traditional or community midwives without past or current proof of certification/licensure may choose to prepare a portfolio demonstrating the experiences and training they engaged to become a midwife. Midwife status must be established by your anticipated start date in the MSM program.

    Where should I have my previous school send my official college transcripts?  IMPORTANT NOTE: OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED VIA FAX. Your official transcripts from an accredited college must be sent directly from the college and may be sent (in order of preference) to:

    • Electronically emailed to
    • or they may be mailed to:

    Midwives College of Utah, 1174 East Graystone Way, STE 2, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106

    INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS PLEASE NOTE: Transcripts of college coursework completed outside of the US must be submitted for evaluation by one of the following organizations: World Education Services. WES can be contacted by email at or through the web at

    Where should I send my letters of recommendation, high school diploma/GED/homeschool transcript, and any other documents required to complete the application process?  These documents must be uploaded with your application before submission. Please assure that you have them in .pdf format for upload available on your computer when you complete the application.

    Can you explain the steps in the application process? Yes.

    • Submit all required application materials in advance of the application deadline (we welcome early applications!).
    • Participate in a recorded online Open House (details above).
    • Fill out FAFSA (if applicable) at [MCU school code042183].
    • Receive notification by email that your application was received (if you do not receive this within five business days, please return to the application to assure that it was properly submitted or contact for assistance).
    • Phone interview with Admissions, if selected for an interview.
    • Review of application file by the application committee.
    • Notification via email of acceptance, waitlist, or decline.

    If accepted:  

    • Submit Enrollment Agreement and enrollment packet by the deadline date.
    • Pay acceptance fee by the deadline date (PLEASE NOTE: initial fees are approximately $225.00 and will need to be paid in full within two weeks of notification of acceptance to MCU and before Financial Aid is available. Please plan accordingly.).
    • Receive an email confirming the successful completion of the enrollment process.
    • Work with Registrar to complete Major Map and enroll in classes.
    • Submit your financial agreement by the deadline date.
    • Work with the Financial Aid Department to complete the financial aid process (if applicable).

    If declined:

    • Consider following the suggestions above to strengthen your application for future cycles.
    • PLEASE NOTE: MCU programs are competitive and the successful completion of these suggestions does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
    • Consider reapplying for a future semester.

    Within the admissions application, why does MCU request certain personal information from applicants?

    MCU Admissions uses a holistic admissions process to get to know applicants and foster an environment for the applicant to get to know MCU. MCU is committed to non-discrimination and engaged in fostering access, equity, social justice, diversity, and representation within the MCU community and within the broader midwifery profession.

    Information provided in admissions applications by you about your race, ethnicity, legal sex designation, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, language, residency status, veteran status, disability, age, pregnancy, marital status, first generation college student status, or any other protected class will NOT be used to discriminate against you in the Admissions process.

    How does MCU use this personal information from the admissions application?

    We’re glad you asked! MCU is required to collect some of this data in order to comply with federal reporting, including IPEDS reporting, international student status, and the granting of federal financial aid.

    MCU also uses the data to:
    ~ Ensure that our admissions processes are supporting our commitment to increasing representation within the midwifery profession;
    ~Provide tailored info and support to applicants and students;
    ~Analyze important info related to student success and retention/graduation rates for specific communities of students. This allows us to advocate for policies, programs, resources, scholarships, and provide appropriate services to our students.

    Who will access the information on the admissions application?

    Your individual responses will not be viewable by general college departments. Aggregate information (percentages and category totals) will be available to administrative departments at the institution and in required federal and accreditation reporting.

    Individual responses will only be available to limited staff in offices that are responsible for conducing the admissions process and for data collection at MCU — primarily Admissions, the Admissions Committee, institutional researchers, the Registrar, and the Director of Student Life, Equity, and Access.

    Clinical Placement

    How does the clinical portion of the program work?

    • The MCU BSM program is divided into three phases: Phase 1- Observe, Phase 2- Assist, Phase 3- Primary Under Supervision.
    • During each of the three phases, students will complete clinical work and academic coursework that will be complimentary for that phase of the student experience.
    • At the conclusion of each phase of the program, the student will be required to travel to the Salt Lake City area to complete the Integrated Skills Assessment for the phase that they completed (three trips over the course of the entire program).
    • MCU requires observe births to be completed before and/or during Phase 1, assist births to be completed during Phase 2, and primary under supervision births to be completed during Phase 3.
    • The BSM phases are designed to meet the expectations of NARM, assure that competency is achieved, and to build self-efficacy as didactic and clinical goals are met.
    • NOTE: Please see specific clinical details in the MCU Student Handbook.

    Does MCU assist with the location of a clinical preceptor? Yes. With suggestions as follows:

    • Students should begin the process of identifying potential preceptor options prior to entering the BSM program. Involvement as a birth professional (doula, midwife assistant, childbirth educator) and participation in local or state midwifery, student, or birth organizations are an excellent way to make these connections.
    • The advantage of making connections with local midwives early is that preceptors often know when current students will be finishing their clinicals, when the potential preceptor might have an opening for a new student, and equally important, the preceptor will have the opportunity to learn more about you and your future goals.
    • MCU does not require or expect you to have a planned agreement with a preceptor before entering the program. (If you are already working with a preceptor, please see the next Q&A.)
    • An alternative to locating a preceptor within a reasonable call range is being willing to relocate (temporarily or permanently) in order to successfully complete the clinical portion of the program.
    • CPMs who are qualified to be preceptors can generally be located by conducting a Google search, connecting with other birth professionals and students in the region, and locating CPMs through search sites designed for this purpose.
    • MCU will assist with locating a preceptor; however, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to find one.

    I’ve been working with a preceptor for a while–can they still be my preceptor and will the work I’ve done so far count? The answer to this question varies depending upon circumstances.

    • If your preceptor is already an approved MCU preceptor, then they are likely to continue to be qualified as an MCU preceptor.
    • If your preceptor is not already an approved MCU preceptor, we welcome them to apply to become an MCU preceptor. Most midwives qualified to be a preceptor with MCU will be approved.
    • Observed births completed before enrollment can be used to fulfill the requirements for observed births in Phase 1. Students will be required to log and reflect on those experiences in their Phase 1 practicum class.
    • Assistant or primary work (Phase 2 and 3) done before enrollment and during Phase 1 cannot be used to fulfill requirements for Phases 2 and 3.

    When should I expect to begin the clinical portion of the program?

    • Clinical work proceeds in phases along with your academic classes. During Phase 1 (1000-level classes), you will complete your observed birth experiences. After completing your Phase 1 Integrative Assessment, you will be ready to start Phase 2 assist experiences with a preceptor.
    • It is common for students to focus primarily on their didactic work for the first 2-3 trimesters in the program.
    • NRP and CPR certifications are required for clinical placement in Phases 2 and 3 of the program. Your state may require additional specific certifications or registration and that should be determined by contacting your licensing body (if there is licensure in your state of residence or intended practice state).

    Does the CPM-to-BSM Program require a preceptor?  No.  The CPM-to-BSM Program does not require a clinical placement.

    Does the MSM Program require a preceptor?  No.  The MSM program does not require a preceptor or clinical placement.

    International Clinical Placements

    I live outside the US and Canada-can I study at MCU and get my CPM? Yes. We do accept international students on a case-by-case basis, but it’s important for you to know that: 1) we are very selective about international sites we can accept and it may be difficult or even impossible to find a placement where you live, and 2) in order to get your CPM, you will have to attend at least 10 of your primary under supervision births in the US or Canada. If you choose not to get your CPM credential, but simply graduate with a degree in midwifery, you will not be required to do births in the US or Canada, but there will still be additional requirements to help you bridge from a North American midwifery program to the way midwifery is practiced in the country you live in. We encourage all prospective international midwifery students to search out local options first–distance education may seem like a convenient option, but it’s critical that midwives be prepared to work within the healthcare system where they reside.

    I live in the US or Canada, but I want to do some of my clinical practicum in another country. Is this possible? It may be possible, but you will need to complete the International Clinical Placement Process, which includes a written project proposal, significant preparation before leaving and periodic reports during and after the placement to be considered for international clinical placement. Some, but not all, of a student’s clinical work can be done out of the country, and there are limited clinical sites approved for visiting students.

    Yes, but I don’t have any preceptors or opportunities for clinical placement near me. International work is definitely not a “quick fix” for students who have limited clinical opportunities where they are. For these students, we recommend relocating temporarily near a preceptor or completing short term placements at approved birth centers in the US. Also, keep in mind that we approve new preceptors every month and there may be opportunities near you that you aren’t aware of yet.

    Yes, but I really, really want to serve the people of [X] International region as part of my midwifery training! You are welcome to go and serve if you choose, but these experiences will not fulfill clinical requirements unless you complete the International Clinical Placement Process. Preceptors and site directors at international sites have told us repeatedly that they find midwives who have completed their training to be FAR more helpful as aid workers than students. It may seem like “something is better than nothing,” but in many cases, clinics are staffed by local midwives and need funding for their salaries and supplies more than temporary staff. Local midwives can provide more culturally appropriate care and grow sustainable health systems when they are able to spend their limited resources, including clinical experiences, on training their own students instead of students from the US or other countries.

    College Credit Transfer & Life Experience Credit

    Can I transfer credits from an accredited institution? Yes.

    • Upon acceptance into the undergraduate program, the student will submit a form requesting transfer credit equivalency to Admissions for review and evaluation to determine if the student has any courses that might be accepted as transfer credit.
    • Upon acceptance into the graduate program, the Dean of Graduate Studies will evaluate the student’s post-secondary transcripts carefully to determine which courses, if any, might be equivalent to MCU courses.
    • The evaluation of credit for transfer is based upon a thorough assessment of course equivalency, evaluation of transcripts, and the accreditation status of the awarding institution.
    • MCU will accept credits from other institutions accredited by a US Department of Education recognized accrediting agency.
    • Transfer credits must have a C grade or above and/or meet grades required for midwifery core courses.
    • MCU follows a trimester format and credits transferred from quarter systems will be reduced in value accordingly.
    • To be granted an MCU degree, students must complete at least 50% of the total credits required for the program through MCU.
    • The student will be notified of all equivalent courses that are being transferred for credit.

    If I disagree with a decision regarding credit transfer how should I proceed?

    • The student may appeal credit transfers that were denied due to inadequate evidence of equivalency by sending the course syllabus and a cover letter identifying how the courses are equivalent to the Admissions Director (undergraduates) or Dean of Graduate Studies (graduate students) in an email attachment.
    • The final appeals decision rests with the Admissions Director and President (undergraduates) or Dean of Graduate Studies and President (graduate students).

    Are there any equivalent courses taken in an accredited academic setting that are more likely to transfer in at MCU? Yes.

    • MCU will accept equivalent courses for transfer credit from an accredited academic setting. Common courses for transfer include English, Math, Chemistry and Nutrition, Anatomy, Microbiology, Medical Terminology, etc.

    Could I receive credit for alternative learning gained outside the traditional academic environment through professional and life experience? Yes.

    • MCU accepts credits for other types of learning gained outside the traditional academic environment.
    • Students who wish to receive credit for prior learning must fill out MCU’s Portfolio Evaluation Application which can be found in the “Forms” section of your account. PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept applications for review of alternative learning credit until after you are enrolled at MCU.
    • MCU awards a credit hour as defined by US Department of Education as “an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that is not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class work for each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one trimester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.”
    • Please note that there are fees associated with course waivers through the MCU Portfolio Evaluation for life experience and alternative learning credit process.

    If I disagree with a decision regarding alternative learning credit how should I proceed?

    • The student may appeal the MCU decision to deny credit for alternative learning gained outside the traditional academic environment by sending an email detailing how the alternative learning reflects the US Department of Education’s statement noted above and is applicable to the MCU learning environment by sending an email to the Admissions Director (undergraduates) or Dean of Graduate Studies (graduate students).
    • The final appeals decision rests with the Admissions Director and President (undergraduates) or the Dean of Graduate Studies and President (graduate students).

    Will I be able to transfer my MCU credits to another school?

    • Some colleges and universities may accept direct-entry midwifery program credits, but this is not guaranteed. Transfer credit policies are the discretion of the institution to which you are applying.
    • MCU is nationally accredited, but is not regionally accredited.
    • If you anticipate transferring credits or a degree to another institution, you should contact that institution directly regarding credit transferability.
    • Direct-entry midwifery programs that are accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) will often accept credits from other MEAC accredited schools.


    Will attendance onsite in Utah ever be required? Yes. 

    • Three times during the BSM program students will need to attend Integrated Skills Assessments – this is not three times per year, but three times during the course of the Bachelor’s program.
    • Integrated Skills Assessments will be held three times a year in April, August, and December in Salt Lake City, Utah. April Integrated Assessments will be held as part of the MCU Conference.
    • Students who are able to attend student conferences will benefit greatly from the experience of being with other students in this vibrant learning environment. Students are encouraged to attend whenever possible.

    Cost of Attendance & Financial Aid

    What is the cost of attendance? 

    MCU is a non-profit educational institution and we strive to provide affordable tuition for a high-quality educational experience for our students.

    Please reference the following webpages for information on the Cost of Program (tuition) and Fees

    *Please note: this information is subject to change. Additional costs for textbooks, fees, travel and living expenses, and expenses associated with clinicals are not included. A detailed description of the costs and fees available noted above.

    Is Federal Financial Aid (Title IV Funding) available to MCU students? Yes.

    • For more information about applying for financial aid please visit:
    • Federal Pell Grant Program
    • Federal Direct Student Loan Program
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program
    • To submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) please visit: [MCU school code042183]
    • Keep a lookout for announcements regarding upcoming financial aid informational webinars offered by our department throughout the semester.
    • Please complete entrance counseling and sign your Master Promissory Note at once your FAFSA is complete.

    Are there any additional funding sources that MCU will work with? Yes.

    • For qualified students, MCU is able to accept funding from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).
    • For qualified students, MCU is able to accept funding from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
    • MCU will accept any outside scholarship funding available to the student.
    • MCU will accept private student loan funds.

    Degree Completion Time-Frame

    What is the anticipated time frame for the completion of each program?

    • The program deadline for students enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree is 7.33 years and could be completed in as little as 3.33 years.
    • The average time for completion of the BSM program is 4.33 years.
    • The program deadline for students enrolled in the Master’s degree is four years and is, on average, completed in as little as two years.

    May I complete a degree less than the designed time frame?

    • You may complete your degree as quickly as you are able to successfully complete the coursework; however, your clinical experience must span at least two (2) years.
    • Our statistics show that students rarely complete a program earlier than the designed time frame. There are a number of reasons for this:
      • Students may have other life obligations that require a steady academic pace e.g. unable to move, young children, work obligations.
      • These life circumstances will tend to slow students down to a more “part-time” speed or less. Our program time frames are designed with these life circumstances in mind.
      • Students may find themselves in a clinical placement that does not have the birth volume necessary.

    May I change my Major Map if I want more classes? Yes.

    • However, we require you to finish at least two trimesters before you request a major map adjustment.

    Canadian Students

    Can I work in Canada after graduation?

    • Following graduation from MCU, you will be required to gain additional primary birth experience and attend a Canadian bridging program before being eligible to write the Canadian licensing exam and work in Canada.

    Where are the bridging programs?

    • Presently there are bridging programs at Ryerson University (IMPP) and at the University of British Columbia (IEMPB).

    Is there financial aid available for Canadian students? Maybe.

    • Please review this link to learn more about federal aid eligibility for non-US citizens.

    Can I do my clinical placement in Canada?

    • Your clinical placements will likely need to be done outside of Canada.
    • Canada has insurance regulations that do not allow for U.S. midwifery students to work uninsured.

    Have other MCU students been able to register in Canada?

    • There are MCU graduates currently practicing in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.

    Non-Degree Seeking Students

    Do I have the option of enrolling in MCU courses as a non-degree seeking student? Yes.

    If I took classes in the Continuing Education Program and was accepted into a degree-seeking program in the future would these courses be transferrable?

    • Usually, with some exceptions; some MCU courses, especially those in the core midwifery department, may expire due to updated evidence-informed practices. We review each situation on a case-by-case basis and determine if the past syllabus covered the current NARM standards as evidenced by current MEAC accreditation standards. Typically, if the course was completed within 3 years, it will remain adequate.


    Who do I contact if I have questions that are not answered here?

    Who will be my contact point person once I am accepted?

    • Undergraduate Applicants: Admissions will continue to be your main contact for communication after you are accepted into the program and until you have completed your enrollment packet.
    • Graduate Applicants: Graduate Dean will be your point person for the MSM program.
    • The Registrar will be your point person upon enrollment, for everything related to your Major Map and enrollment steps.
    • Financial Aid will be your point person for all things related to financial aid funding.
    • The Clinical Dean will be your point person for all things related to the clinical portion of the programs.

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