Course Catalog

Undergraduate Courses

BIOLOGY
BIOL 1010 Anatomy for Health Professionals, 2 cr.
This course covers the identification and basic functions of various body systems: skin, skeletal-muscular, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive. There is also discussion on how pregnancy affects body systems.

BIOL 1050 Anatomy and Physiology of Obstetrics, 3 cr.
PRE-REQUISITE: BIOL 1010 or equivalent
This course covers pelvic bones, joints, ligaments and classifications, musculature of pelvic floor and perineum, fetal skull, fetopelvic relationships, reproductive organs, the reproductive cycle, natural child spacing, fertilization and early development, fetal circulation and the female urinary tract.

BIOL 2010 Genetics, 2 cr.
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Phase One classes
Completion of Phase One classes This course covers basic genetic principles including the structure of DNA and genes, principles of inheritance and the origins of genetic malfunction. It provides the foundation by which the student can research genetic problems, explain them to a client and counsel the client or refer the client for more in-depth counseling.

BIOL 2030 Microbiology, 1 cr.
Elective (unless required by state) offered Summer/Fall terms – subject to change
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Phase One classes
Students study various pathogens and the role they play in well-woman, maternal and newborn health. Students also receive a basic overview of the fundamentals of microbiology including an understanding of the physiologic and biological basis of obstetric and gynecological infection.

BIOL 2050 Chemistry & Nutrition, 2 cr.
PRE-REQUISITES: Completion of Phase One classes or currently a CPM/RM
This course will educate students to recognize the relation between health and nutrition and promote measures to reduce morbidity and mortality derived from chronic illness linked to nutritional inadequacy. They will be able to identify nutritional deficiencies and teach ways to overcome those deficiencies through a proper diet in accordance to the needs, means, and personal and cultural preferences of the client. Students will learn the importance of birth weight and brain growth as an evaluative measurement in a newborn. They will understand the benefits and risks of supplements during pregnancy and will learn to recommend the appropriate use of vitamin and mineral supplements. Finally, they will be prepared to teach parents how to feed their children during the first year of life.

BOTANY
BOTNY 1010 Herbology for Midwives, 2 cr.
This course covers the identification and properties of herbs. Students learn to forage herbs and make their own herbal combinations. Students also start their own midwife’s herb garden

BOTNY 2010 Advanced Herbology, 2 cr.
PRE-REQUISITE: BOTNY 1010
Elective offered Summer/Fall terms – subject to change
This course covers the use of herbs for the various body systems – circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, skin, muscular, skeletal, glandular, reproductive and urinary system. Herbal preparations are discussed and formulated.

BUSINESS
BUS 3010 Small Business Fundamentals, 2 cr.
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Phase Two classes or currently a CPM/RM
Issues concerning a professional midwifery practice including business strategies, ethics, counseling, taking apprentices, teaching classes, statistics, birth certificates, informed consent, charges, billing, insurance collection, types of services, medical back-up, transport and laws affecting midwifery.

BUS 3050 Midwifery Billing, 1 cr.
Offered Fall term only–subject to change This course provides students a general understanding of midwifery billing practices to better assist them in becoming successful in business as professional midwives. Students will enhance their knowledge of the various types of billing options available, health insurance industry practices and requirements, basic terms of the billing industry and the billing process, including basic insurance coding and filing of claims. This course is a must for those wanting to bill in their practices themselves but also important understanding for midwives who will be using a professional biller.

CLINICAL
CLNC 1010 Phase One Practicum, 3 cr. Students observe at least ten births and describe in writing one case linking knowledge or skills acquired in observed birth experiences with knowledge acquired in first year of study, specifically the Midwives Model of Care. Students evaluate the learning gained from observed birth experiences.

CLNC 1050 Phase One Competencies, 1 cr. Students demonstrate practical skills and competencies necessary to begin assisting a midwife and prepare for Phase One Assessment.

CLNC 2010 Phase Two Practicum, 2 cr. PRE-REQUISITE: in clinical placement with approved preceptor. Students assist with appropriate prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care duties with an approved preceptor and describe in writing or oral presentation one case from each area (prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care), linking knowledge or skills acquired in assistant experiences with knowledge acquired in phase two of study, including current research in the field. Students evaluate learning gained from assistant clinical experiences. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 100 hours in clinical placement during the trimester (an average of about 7 hours/week).

*CLNC 2020 Phase Two Practicum, 2 cr. PRE-REQUISITE: in clinical placement with approved preceptor.
Students assist with appropriate prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care duties with an approved preceptor and describe in writing or oral presentation one case from each area (prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care), linking knowledge or skills acquired in assistant experiences with knowledge acquired in phase two of study, including current research in the field. Students evaluate learning gained from assistant clinical experiences. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 100 hours in clinical placement during the trimester (an average of about 7 hours/week).

*CLNC 2030 Phase Two Practicum, 2 cr. PRE-REQUISITE: in clinical placement with approved preceptor.
Students assist with appropriate prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care duties with an approved preceptor and describe in writing or oral presentation one case from each area (prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care), linking knowledge or skills acquired in assistant experiences with knowledge acquired in phase two of study, including current research in the field. Students evaluate learning gained from assistant clinical experiences. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 100 hours in clinical placement during the trimester (an average of about 7 hours/week).

*CLNC 2040 Phase Two Practicum, 2 cr. PRE-REQUISITE: in clinical placement with approved preceptor.
Students assist with appropriate prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care duties with an approved preceptor and describe in writing or oral presentation one case from each area (prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care), linking knowledge or skills acquired in assistant experiences with knowledge acquired in phase two of study, including current research in the field. Students evaluate learning gained from assistant clinical experiences. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 100 hours in clinical placement during the trimester (an average of about 7 hours/week), and since this practicum marks the end of Phase Two, all Phase Two required experiences should be completed by the end of the course.

CLNC 2050 Phase Two Competencies, 3 cr. Students demonstrate practical skills and competencies necessary to begin acting as a primary midwife under supervision and prepare for Phase Two Assessment

*CLNC 2090 Elective Assist Clinical Experience, 2 cr.
PRE-REQUISITE: in clinical placement with approved preceptor.
Students assist with appropriate prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care duties with an approved preceptor and describe in writing or oral presentation one case from each area (prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care), linking knowledge or skills acquired in assistant experiences with knowledge acquired in phase two of study, including current research in the field. Students evaluate learning gained from assistant clinical experiences. This course is an elective, for students who have the opportunity to spend extra time in clinical placement. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 100 hours in clinical placement during the trimester (an average of about 7 hours/week).

*CLNC 3010 Phase Three Practicum, 2 cr. PRE-REQUISITE: in clinical placement with approved preceptor. Students act as primary midwife under supervision for appropriate prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care duties with an approved preceptor and describe in writing, oral presentation or other appropriate demonstration, one case from each area (prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care), linking knowledge or skills acquired in primary experiences with knowledge acquired in phase three of study, including current research in the field and composing at least one tool per case (such as a diagnosis flowchart, practice guideline or client education outline) that can be shared with peers. Students evaluate learning gained from total clinical experiences. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 100 hours in clinical placement during the trimester (an average of about 7 hours/week).

*CLNC 3020 Phase Three Practicum, 2 cr.
PRE-REQUISITE: in clinical placement with approved preceptor.
Students act as primary midwife under supervision for appropriate prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care duties with an approved preceptor and describe in writing, oral presentation or other appropriate demonstration, one case from each area (prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care), linking knowledge or skills acquired in primary experiences with knowledge acquired in phase three of study, including current research in the field and composing at least one tool per case (such as a diagnosis flowchart, practice guideline or client education outline) that can be shared with peers. Students evaluate learning gained from total clinical experiences. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 100 hours in clinical placement during the trimester (an average of about 7 hours/week).

*CLNC 3030 Phase Three Practicum, 2 cr.
PRE-REQUISITE: in clinical placement with approved preceptor.
Students act as primary midwife under supervision for appropriate prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care duties with an approved preceptor and describe in writing, oral presentation or other appropriate demonstration, one case from each area (prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care), linking knowledge or skills acquired in primary experiences with knowledge acquired in phase three of study, including current research in the field and composing at least one tool per case (such as a diagnosis flowchart, practice guideline or client education outline) that can be shared with peers. Students evaluate learning gained from total clinical experiences. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 100 hours in clinical placement during the trimester (an average of about 7 hours/week).

*CLNC 3040 Phase Three Practicum, 2 cr. PRE-REQUISITE: in clinical placement with approved preceptor. Students act as primary midwife under supervision for appropriate prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care duties with an approved preceptor and describe in writing, oral presentation or other appropriate demonstration, one case from each area (prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care), linking knowledge or skills acquired in primary experiences with knowledge acquired in phase three of study, including current research in the field and composing at least one tool per case (such as a diagnosis flowchart, practice guideline or client education outline) that can be shared with peers. Students evaluate learning gained from total clinical experiences. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 100 hours in clinical placement during the trimester (an average of about 7 hours/week).

CLNC 3050 Phase Three Competencies, 3 cr.
Students demonstrate practical skills and competencies necessary to begin acting as an entry-level midwife and prepare for Phase Three Assessment.

*CLNC 3060 Phase Three Practicum, 2 cr.
PRE-REQUISITE: in clinical placement with approved preceptor.
Students act as primary midwife under supervision for appropriate prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care duties with an approved preceptor and describe in writing, oral presentation or other appropriate demonstration, one case from each area (prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care), linking knowledge or skills acquired in primary experiences with knowledge acquired in phase three of study, including current research in the field and composing at least one tool per case (such as a diagnosis flowchart, practice guideline or client education outline) that can be shared with peers. Students evaluate learning gained from total clinical experiences. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 100 hours in clinical placement during the trimester (an average of about 7 hours/week), and since this practicum marks the end of Phase Three, all required clinical experiences should be complete by the end of the course.

*CLNC 3090 Elective Primary Clinical Experience, 2 cr.
PRE-REQUISITE: in clinical placement with approved preceptor.
Students act as primary midwife under supervision for appropriate prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care duties with an approved preceptor and describe in writing, oral presentation or other appropriate demonstration, one case from each area (prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care), linking knowledge or skills acquired in primary experiences with knowledge acquired in phase three of study, including current research in the field and composing at least one tool per case (such as a diagnosis flowchart, practice guideline or client education outline) that can be shared with peers. Students evaluate learning gained from total clinical experiences. This course is an elective, for students who have the opportunity to spend extra time in clinical placement. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 100 hours in clinical placement during the trimester (an average of about 7 hours/week).

CLNC 4780 & 4788 Advanced Clinical Practicum, 2 cr./2 cr.
PRE-REQUISTE: Student must be a CPM
This course allows the CPM to acquire clinical credit for clinical experiences beyond those acquired to be eligible to take the NARM exam.

COMMUNICATIONS
COMM 1010 Mindset & Dialogue in Relationship, Organization, and Community Transformation, 1 cr.
COMM 1010 explores the way in which we think about and see others (mindset), and our ability to develop and maintain the free-flow of information (dialogue) is fundamental to effectiveness, productivity, and satisfaction in our work environments, the communities we live and serve in, and our intimate relationships. Students will learn the models, tools, and skills to engage in an “Outward Mindset,” and successfully navigate “Crucial Conversations” in work and private life.

COMM 2010 Providing Trauma Informed Care, 2 cr.
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Phase One classes or currently a CPM/RM
This course will train the learner to confidently understand and facilitate healing for women who are survivors of abuse and have or are experiencing the loss of a child through death or miscarriage. Challenges in the client-caregiver relationship are thoroughly examined, with much practical advice for improving trust and communication as well as self-help techniques to handle abuse and grief-related distress.

COMM 3010 Transfers & Transports: Communication, Protocols, & Best Practices, 1 cr.
Elective – offered in Winter term only– subject to change
This course will introduce midwives to the fundamentals of navigating transports and transfers in community birth settings. We will emphasize three main areas that lead to successful collaboration during transfer: 1) Effective Communication; 2) Protocol Development; and 3) Best Practices for smooth transitions. Our focus will be on intrapartum and postpartum transfers and transports—critical moments where time is often of the essence, emotions run high, and client-centered care must be optimized. We will couch transfers and transports within the frameworks of interprofessional collaboration and interprofessional education for integrative health care. Upon completion of this course, students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience necessary to engage with other providers and to create integrated care teams as Midwives of Excellence™.

ENGLISH
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing, 2 cr.
This course covers basic grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation, writing skills, and research tools, preparing students to communicate effectively: researching, organizing, writing, and editing various written materials. Student is oriented toward writing for both general and professional publication, with a strong emphasis on APA format and style, and will hone skills of summarizing and comparing in preparation for next level course (ENGL 1050). Student will also begin creating midwifery-specific documents such as CV/resume and professional presentations

ENGL 1050 Technical Writing for Midwives, 1 cr.
PRE-REQUISITE: ENGL 1010 or equivalent
The student will review the writing skills necessary for midwives including creating research papers, practice guidelines, client educational materials, business letters, as well as writing for both general and professional publication. There is a strong emphasis on APA format and style. Students will begin ongoing creation of their ePortfolio.

HEALTH
This course is a deeper look into the philosophy and use of homeopathy. Students will be reading and learning from the Organon of the Medical Art by Samuel Hahnemann. This text covers every aspect of homeopathy from understanding disease to how to research homeopathic medicines. In depth study and conversation about these topics will be discussed, as well as case taking, storytelling and current researchHLTH 1010 Medical Terminology & Charting, 3 cr.
This course covers basic word structure; suffixes, prefixes and terminology associated with the prenatal period, labor and birth, postpartum and the newborn.

HLTH 1030 Foundations in Public Health and Health Education for Midwives, 2 cr.
PREREQUISITE: ENGL 1010 or equivalent This course will introduce students to foundational concepts in Public Health and taught to apply Public Health theory to midwifery practice. Maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality will be discussed from a Public Health perspective and students will identify interventions in the intersection of the fields of Midwifery and Public Health. Students will learn about health inequities and will have the opportunity to perform in-depth analysis of a selected health inequities. The health care and public health system, resources for mothers and babies, and the role of midwives in the broader system will be analyzed. Students will learn techniques in shared decision making and health education and will gain competency in these areas through case studies and an oral presentation.

HLTH 1050 Holistic Health, 2 cr.
Elective – offered limited terms
This course covers the fundamentals of health, how diet affects health and different types of diets; the role of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the diet and their impact on health and disease; vitamins and minerals and their impact on health; nutritional and cleansing herbs, environmental toxins, exercise, and hydrotherapy.

HLTH 2010 Homeopathy, 2 cr.
Elective offered limited terms
This course gives students an understanding of the origins of homeopathy, how disease is manifested, how to take a case, how to prioritize the signs and symptoms, and how to prepare and administer homeopathic remedies. It will also introduce many remedies useful in the practice of midwifery.

HLTH 2030 Fertility Awareness, 1 cr.
Elective offered limited terms– subject to change
Students learn how to instruct women regarding their fertility as it applies to their menstrual cycles, basal body temperature and cervical changes.

HLTH 3010 Advanced Homeopathy, 3 cr.
PREREQUISITE: HLTH 2010
Elective offered limited terms
This course is a deeper look into the philosophy and use of homeopathy. Students will be reading and learning from the Organon of the Medical Art by Samuel Hahnemann. This text covers every aspect of homeopathy from understanding disease to how to research homeopathic medicines. In depth study and conversation about these topics will be discussed, as well as case taking, storytelling and current research.

HISTORY
HIST 1010 History of Midwifery, 1 cr.
The purpose of this course is to give students an overview of the history of midwifery, from ancient times through the present.
MATH
MATH 1010 Introductory Math, 2 cr.
This course teaches basic math skills to enable the midwife to make correct calculations and interpret data.
MIDWIFERY
MDWF 1010 Introduction to Midwifery, 1 cr.
This course will provide the learner with a foundational understanding of childbirth as a human right. Students will examine models of care that work, diving deeply into understanding the Medical Model and the four tenets of the Midwifery Model of Care. The current care system will be examined for its flaws with an eye toward effective change with a focus on the safety of out-of-hospital birth. Students will interact with local midwives and OB/Dr.’s and begin to build relationships within their community. Disparities in childbirth will be explored and students will emerge from this course understanding the power, value and importance of access to midwifery care for all who choose this maternity care option.

MDWF 1030 Human Lactation, 1 cr.
Students will learn about the historical and cultural background of human lactation, anatomy and physiology of lactation, human milk and the infant, the infant feeding process, and possible problems.

MDWF 1040 IV Skills, 1.5 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Must be in a clinical placement or have an MCU-approved limited preceptor or currently a CPM/RM
This course covers the basics of IVs, both academic and hands-on. Objectives include indication for IV therapy in childbirth, types of fluids, and proper technique in starting, administering, and discontinuing IVs, as well as proper charting.

MDWF 1050 Midwife’s Assistant Orientation, 3.5 cr. (2.5 academic credits/1 clinical credit) PREREQUISITE: MDWF 1010, BIOL 1010 This course helps student midwives prepare to become efficient, trustworthy, and competent assistants. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the requirements and duties of a midwife’s assistant. After having completed this course, students will be prepared with the theoretical background necessary for her clinical practicum. Students will understand the scope and principles of general skills used in a prenatal setting and will explore the role of the assistant through case studies.

MDWF 2010: Prenatal Care I: Foundations of Prenatal Care, 3.5 cr. (3 academic credits/.5 clinical credit)
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Phase one classes or special permission from Registrar or currently a CPM/RM
This course focuses on the basics of prenatal care: from establishing initial contact, taking a thorough client history, initiating ongoing prenatal care, evaluation of the pregnant person and the fetus, addressing common discomforts and physiological changes of pregnancy, and recognizing when referral is indicated. With the midwifery model of care and an individualized approach, students will develop a portfolio of chart forms for routine prenatal care, client handouts, several practice guidelines, and the NARM Informed Disclosure of Midwifery Practice. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate the application of clinical judgment and management within the scope of practice of the Certified Professional Midwife.

MDWF 2020: Prenatal Care II: Prenatal Care for a Healthy Pregnancy, 3.5 cr. (3 academic credits/.5 clinical)
PREREQUISITE: MDWF 2010 or currently a CPM/RM
This course focuses on various elements of promoting a healthy pregnancy and caring holistically for clients. Students will create client educational materials or prenatal care plans which address nutritional, physical, environmental, emotional, social and sexual needs, changes and risks during pregnancy. Students will develop practice guidelines for several common disorders, diseases and infections during pregnancy. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate the application of clinical judgment and management within the scope of care of the Certified Professional Midwife. The following topics are examined as they relate to pregnancy: exercise, weight gain, herbs, tobacco exposure and cessation, optimal fetal positioning, glucose metabolism, and gestational diabetes screening. The course also introduces students to some complications of pregnancy they will revisit in later courses. Other topics explored include late term and postterm pregnancy, urinary tract infections, environmental hazards and illnesses caused by environmental exposures, fifth disease, infectious disease reporting, unintended or mistimed pregnancies, abuse during pregnancy and substance use. Additional consideration is given to adolescent pregnancy, advanced parental age, grand multiparity, excess weight, and care of persons from populations on the margins such as those impacted by racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, homophobia, transphobia, sizism, classism or other differentisms. Students will explore how to help foster their client’s wellbeing and resilience through a focus on emotional health, psychosocial care, cultural humility, and structural competency.

MDWF 2030 Labor, Birth and Immediate Postpartum, 4 cr. (3 academic credits/1 clinical credit)
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Phase One classes or currently a CPM/RM
Physiology and management of first, second and third stages of Labor are taught in this class. Students also learn about the mechanism of Labor for occiput anterior, transverse, posterior, face, brow, military and breech presentations. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate the application of clinical judgment and management within the scope of care of the Certified Professional Midwife.

MDWF 2035 Complications of Lactation, 1 cr.
PREREQUISITE: MDWF 1030 Human Lactation (or corequisite) and completion of Phase One classes or currently a CPM/RM
This course covers complications of lactation in more depth than what was covered in MDWF 1030. Breastfeeding/chestfeeding problems such as low milk supply, mastitis, thrush, tongue-tie/lip-tie, Reynaud’s syndrome, and others will be covered. Case studies, class engagement, readings, reflection and practice documents are utilized to demonstrate the application of clinical judgment and management within the scope of care of the Certified Professional Midwife

MDWF 2040 Postpartum Care, 3 cr. (2 academic credits/1 clinical credit)
PREREQUISITE: MDWF 2030 Labor & Birth (or corequisite) and completion of Phase One classes or currently a CPM/RM
This course provides instruction in understanding, preparing for and meeting the normal physiological and emotional changes that may occur postpartum period. It includes what to do in the first few hours after birth as well as providing excellent care and record keeping in the subsequent postpartum care visits. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate the application of clinical judgment and management within the scope of care of the Certified Professional Midwife.

MDWF 2050 Pediatrics, 4 cr. (3 academic credits/1 clinical credit)
PREREQUISITE: MDWF 2030 or currently a CPM/RM
This course is specifically designed to explore the anatomy and physiology of the newborn from birth through eight weeks. Students will become understand normal and abnormal findings. Assessment, age-appropriate strategies and cultural differences will be discussed. Current research will be reviewed by participants to enhance the midwife’s care of the neonate and case studies will be utilized.

MDWF 2060 Clinical Testing/Childbearing Year, 3 cr. (2 academic credits/1 clinical credit)
PRE-REQUISITE: MDWF 2010 and must be in a Clinical placement or currently a CPM/RM
This course includes the physiological changes of pregnancy, disease conditions relating to pregnancy and the reproductive organs, tests to detect physical conditions (both physiological and pathological), fetal diagnosis, maternal metabolic disorders, and postpartum testing. Case studies will hone the midwives understanding of screening and diagnostic tests and appropriate management plans for the scope of the Certified Professional Midwife.

MDWF 2070 Obstetrical Pharmacology, 3 cr. (2 academic credits/1 clinical)
PREREQUISITE: MDWF 2010 or currently a CPM/RM
The purpose of this course is to teach students basic facts about the administration of drugs commonly used in the direct entry practice of midwifery. A midwife should be familiar with methods of research and client education regarding the safety of drugs in the childbearing years and educate clients about benefits and risks. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate the application of clinical judgment and management within the scope of care of the Certified Professional Midwife.

MDWF 2080 Ante/Intrapartum FHR Surveillance, 2 cr.
PREREQUISITE: MDWF 2010 and must be in Clinical Placement or currently a CPM/RM
This course offers a thorough review of fetal heart surveillance procedures while encouraging critical thinking. It discusses the physiological basis and instrumentation of antepartum and intrapartum monitoring including intermittent auscultation, electronic fetal monitoring, and ultrasound. The course teaches what AAT (Auscultated Acceleration Test) is and how we can use it prenatally and during labor. The second part of the class is about problems that can arise, like baseline changes, bradycardia, tachycardia, sinusoidal pattern and periodic and nonperiodic changes. The assignments include several case study evaluations. This course will support the learner to use various instruments for fetal heart surveillance, recognize possible causes if the heart rate is non-reassuring, confidently interpret the results and take the appropriate steps to ensure optimal fetal outcomes. Students will also discuss access to technology and testing locally and globally and examine how inequities are evident even at the level of fetal heart tones and can result in increased referral for cesarean section in labor in the absence of racially/ethnically congruent care. Charting, communication, and transfers of care are also considered.

MDWF 2090 Suturing, 3 cr. (2 academic credits/1 clinical)
PREREQUSITE: MDWF 2010 and CLCN 2010
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in checking for and identifying first through fourth degree tears, and other types of pelvic damage. Students will learn the appropriate use and repair of episiotomies, forms, and usage of anesthetic agents, how to tie off and postpartum repairs appropriate for the midwife in an out-of-hospital setting. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate the application of clinical judgment and management within the scope of care of the Certified Professional Midwife.
NOTE: There is a $10.00 charge associated with this course to supplement fees associated with the multimedia materials provided.

MDWF 2100 Well Person Care, 4 cr. (3 academic credits/1 clinical credit)
PREREQUISITE: Completion of all Phase one classes and MDWF 2010 or currently a CPM/RM This course explores the basic health of women across the lifespan. Topics covered include: the normal reproductive cycle, dysfunctions of menstruation, contraceptive devices and information, sexually transmitted infections, how to perform a well-woman examination, and PAP smear interpretation. Also included is information about the female sexual response and various mental and emotional aspects of wellness and health. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate the application of clinical judgment and management within the scope of care of the Certified Professional Midwife.

MDWF 3010 Complications of the Prenatal Period, 3.5 cr. (3 academic credits/.5 clinical credits)
PREREQUISITE: Completion of all Phase Two classes or special permission from Registrar or currently a CPM/RM
This course covers complications during the prenatal period, including etiology, identification, management, and discussion with clients. Students will prepare midwifery practice directive documents that guide management for complications during the prenatal period, develop shared decision-making documents, and evaluate procedures for transfer of care. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate the application of clinical judgment and management within the scope of practice of the Certified Professional Midwife.

MDWF 3030 Complications of Labor, Birth, and Immediate Postpartum, 3.5 cr. (3 academic credits/.5 clinical credits)
PREREQUISITE: Completion of all Phase Two classes or currently a CPM/RM This course covers complications in more depth for labor, birth and immediate postpartum. Focus is directed towards writing midwifery-practice documents for emergency care and variations of normal delivery. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate the application of clinical judgment and management within the scope of care of the Certified Professional Midwife.

MDWF 3050 Complications of the Postpartum Period, 3.5 credits (3 academic credits/.5 clinical credits) PREREQUISITE: Completion of all Phase Two classes or currently a CPM/RM This course covers physical and psychological complications that may arise during the postpartum period. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate the application of clinical judgment and management within the scope of care of the Certified Professional Midwife.

MDWF 3060 Fundamentals of Waterbirth, 2 cr.
Elective offered limited terms
PREREQUISITE: MDWF 2030 or CPM This course presents the latest research and model practices regarding hydrotherapy for labor and birth. Waterbirth benefits, risks, and contraindications are addressed. Students will create practice documents, including care and cleaning protocols, client handouts, informed consent documents, and practice guidelines for use in practice. Practical considerations for a smooth waterbirth experience for client and midwife will be addressed. A variety of learning methods are used to address course objectives, including professional videos, student-conducted research, in-depth study of latest publications on waterbirth, online discussions, and interactive sessions.

MDWF 3070 NARM Preparation, .5 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Completion of all Phase Two classes and MDWF 3010, MDWF 3030, MDWF 3050 Students collect and extract study materials from previous class assignments and readings, outline study plan and prepare for NARM written examination. Students analyze multiple choice questions and apply test-taking strategies on practice tests.

MDWF 3080 Advanced Issues in Midwifery I, 3 cr.
PREREQUISITE: STAT 2010 or permission from Registrar This course is designed for CPMs and explores the new competencies outlined by the MEAC Curriculum Checklist of Essential Competencies as they relate to the prenatal period and labor, birth and the immediate postpartum.

MDWF 3090 Advanced Issues in Midwifery II, 3 cr.
PREREQUISITE: STAT 2010 or permission from Registrar This course is designed for CPMs and explores the new competencies outlined by the MEAC Curriculum Checklist of Essential Competencies as they relate to the postpartum period, well person care and newborn care through the first six weeks of life. Students will prepare midwifery practice directive documents that guide management for prenatal, postpartum, and newborn complications, develop client education materials, and develop shared decision-making documents for newborn screening procedures. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate the application of clinical judgment and management within the scope of practice of the Certified Professional Midwife. Students research a specific health disparity and strategies for mitigation and present their findings to the class. Students will also develop a comprehensive community resource guide that they can utilize in clinical practice.

PHYSICAL THERAPY
PHYT 1010 Aromatherapy, 1 cr.
Elective offered limited terms
This course will support the learner primarily to understand risks and benefits of aromatherapy for childbearing clients, support clients who wish to use aromatherapy in childbearing, and support awareness of the safety and professional aspects as the basis in understanding the education needed should they choose to implement aromatherapy in their practice or collaborate with therapists wishing to work with pregnant clients.

PHYT 2030 Complementary and Alternative Health Disciplines, 1 cr.
Elective offered limited terms
This course will introduce the learner to alternative and complementary health therapies in the childbearing year. The concept of health paradigms is introduced as a foundation to understanding how to apply alternative and complementary therapies for midwives.

PHYT 2050: Advanced Comfort Measures, 2 cr.
Elective offered limited terms
A midwife’s ability to provide support in labor is a clinical skill that is, in fact, no less important than auscultating heart tones or reliably evaluating cervical dilation. The scientific evidence is clear: respectful, sensitive, individualized support allows normal, physiologic birth to unfold safely. Using research and the student’s own personal experiences, this course will examine practical, specific approaches and advanced techniques that promote safe and satisfying birth. The physiology of pain, research on the importance of relationship and storytelling, and research on mothers’ experiences will be explored, as will practical skills such as the use of nitrous oxide, TENS, sterile water injections, water immersion.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PROD 1000 New Student Orientation, .5 cr.
Students will be oriented for studies at Midwives College of Utah, providing them with the tools and skills they need to be successful. All students are required to complete PROD 100 during their first trimester.
SOCIAL SCIENCES
SOSC 100: Midwifery Student Success Course, .5 cr.
This course provides tools and tips to ensure success throughout a student’s midwifery education. It is a required course if the student is taking a timeout and does not count toward credits required for degree completion.

SOSC 1010: Equity and Anti-Oppression in Midwifery Care: Understanding Difference, Power, & Privilege, 2 cr.
COREQUISITE: COMM 1010 The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the foundational concepts of equity, anti-oppression, and cultural humility in midwifery care, and to engage critical learning of how difference, power, discrimination, and privilege intersect to produce documented disparities in perinatal health outcomes and practices in the United States. Students will have the opportunity to study and explore three broad areas of cultural humility, equity and (anti)oppression practices, and their impact on maternity care through historical and current sociopolitical frameworks: 1) Social identities, racism, and privilege; 2) Health disparities, inequities, and inequalities; and 3) Cultural humility and equity care models. Collectively, students will acquire foundational skills necessary for the provision of culturally safe care and the actualization of anti-oppression midwifery professional practices—in commitment to access and equity in perinatal health for all childbearing persons. NOTE: There is a $10.00 charge associated with this course to supplement fees associated with the multimedia materials provided.

SOSC 2010 Culturally Safe Care, 2 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Completion of all Phase One classes or currently a CPM/RM.
Building off a foundation of equity, anti-oppression, and culturally safe care from SOSC 1010, students will further explore difference, power, and privilege as it relates specifically to midwifery care provided in the childbearing year. Students will strengthen the skills necessary to provide non-discriminatory, equitable, and safe care to all clients. This course will do a deep dive into the impact to clients in the clinical setting associated with racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, ageism, and discrimination associated with relationship status and immigration status. The course will explore systems of impact in midwifery and how to engage within those systems to facilitate change that increases safety. Throughout the course, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ midwives who are doing the work of serving clients on the ground, and the organizations serving these midwives will be highlighted to demonstrate the effectiveness of evidence based culturally concordant care.

SOSC 2020 Birth Justice, 2 cr.
Elective offered limited terms only
This course will introduce students to birth justice movements. Through an experiential and service-learning framework, this course aims to bridge theory with practice, bringing together MCU students with applied birth justice activists across the nation in a collective learning environment. The transformation that arises in and through our collective learning environment will lead students to further understand and engage in birth justice movements as Midwives of Excellence™.

SOSC 2030 Childbirth Education, 2 cr.
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 1050 and CLCN 1010
Elective Offered limited terms
This course covers the information needed to teach childbirth classes. It includes the development of course outlines, handouts, and teaching materials. Basic teaching skills and theory are covered.

SOSC 2050 Ethics and the Law in Midwifery, 1 cr.
PREREQUISITE: : Completion of all Phase One classes and MDWF 2020 and 2030 or currently a CPM/RM
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the myriad of ethical considerations that govern and influence the Midwives Model of Care™ and the practice of midwifery. Students will have the opportunity to learn and explore four broad areas of ethical considerations in midwifery care: 1) Professional ethics in midwifery; 2) Ethics in clientele selection and service; 3) The ethics of privacy and confidentiality; and 4) State/Province legislation, regulation, and the ethics of “choice.” Students will examine these issues through a combination of interactive discussion sessions, case studies, reflection papers, critical thought exercises, and advocacy projects in their community.

SOSC 2060 Providing Safe & Respectful Care to LGBTQIA+ Families, 2 cr.
Elective offered limited terms
This course will delve deeper into providing high quality exceptional care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and a-sexual individuals. We will spend time addressing the inequities and unique stressors that each of these populations may face in their day to day lives including during the pre-pregnancy planning, conception process, pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum period. We will invite a commitment to authenticity, openness, humility, and inspire a dedication to personal growth and deeper learning. Topics will include: conception obstacles and options, IVI and IUI methods and selecting a donor, surrogacy and working with surrogates and gay individuals and couples, gender identity and the specific needs of transgender clients, testosterone needs during conception and pregnancy, chest feeding and potential SNS needs, developing language that is safe for the client, utilizing language on forms that is safe for all clients, systemic oppression and what is our role in advocating for change, and developing skills to become the best care provider we can be for LGBTQIA+ clients

SOSC 2090 – Prenatal and Postpartum Mental Health Adjustment & Perinatal Mood Disorders, 1 cr.
Elective offered limited terms only
The Mental Health course will delve deeper into the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and management of prenatal and postpartum mental health conditions. The course will explore issues of complex childhood trauma and attachment and the potential impact on parental mental health. Mental health conditions explored in depth will include underlying chronic mental health conditions such as PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and personality disorders, major depressive disorder, and anxiety disorders. Prenatal and postpartum conditions addressed will include prenatal depression, prenatal anxiety, postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, and postpartum psychosis. This course will implore students to identify inequities for marginalized populations and how systemic isms may impact mental health. The student will develop the skills to practice effectively with clients who present with mental health disorders and to identify when to refer and when to transfer care

SOSC 3010 Independent Midwifery Studies I, 1 cr.
Elective offered limited terms
PREREQUISITE: Completion of all Phase Two classes Advanced Midwifery Studies (AMS) is a dynamic student-led independent course that provides MCU students the opportunity to pursue their unique interests while still receiving MCU credit. AMS allows a student to enroll in approved seminars, symposiums, trainings, and courses outside of MCU. Through a series of papers, students will summarize and critique their experiences and ultimately connect them to courses being taught at MCU. The student will make a final proposal for further action. Community action and service are vital aspects of a midwife’s role, and the goal of the project is to support the individual’s transition from student to midwife. The actualization of the project is the subject of Advanced Midwifery Studies II

SOSC 3010.2 Independent Midwifery Studies I Teaching Practicum,, 1 cr.
Elective offered limited terms
PREREQUISITE: Completion of all Phase Two classes
This section of Advanced Midwifery Studies is designed for students who plan to include teaching in their future. Students will serve as a teacher’s assistant and support grading, peer to peer interaction and live section delivery.

SOSC 3030 Independent Midwifery Studies II, 1 cr.
Elective offered limited terms
PREREQUISITE: Completion of all Phase Two classes and SOSC 3010
Advanced Midwifery Studies II is a student-led, independent course that provides an MCU student with the support to put the project proposed in AMS I into action. The only limits with this project are the student’s imagination! The purpose of this course is to follow a project through to its fruition. Community service and interaction are vital roles in a midwife’s job, and this course is designed to give the student real-life experience in activism of their choosing.

SOSC 3030.2 Independent Midwifery Studies II Teaching Practicum, 1 cr.
Elective Offered limited terms
PREREQUISITE:
Completion of all Phase Two classes and SOSC 3010.1
This course is the second section of Advanced Midwifery Studies is designed for students who plan to include teaching in their future. Students will serve as a teacher’s assistant and support grading, peer to peer interaction and live section delivery.

SOSC 3050 Self Care in Midwifery Practice, 1 cr.
Elective Offered Summer term only– subject to change
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Phase One or currently a CPM/RM

Midwives are notoriously focused on others in their day-today lives and work. “Self-care” can become an annoying buzz word that we roll our eyes at. When we strip away the images of self-care as simply long vacations, pedicures, bubble baths, and massages (all valuable sources of self-care), what areas of self-care remain for the busy midwife who has a myriad of responsibilities that are unfathomable to the average person? We will explore all forms of self-care for the average midwife and student. in this course. Through this course, you will develop an individualized long-term plan that reduces the risk of burnout and focuses on specific needs

STATISTICS
STAT 2010: Principles of Evidence-informed Practice, 2 cr.
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of research literacy and evidence-informed practice. An evidence-informed practice framework facilitates shared decision making, advances informed choice, and improves client-centered midwifery care. Also called “evidence-based practice” or “evidence-based care or medicine”, an evidence informed practice (EIP) framework rests in the triad intersection between the best available research with your professional expertise as the midwife alongside the client’s individual values, needs, and context. Upon completion of this course, students will be equipped with the basic conceptual and practical skills necessary to enact evidence-informed practice frameworks as Midwives of Excellence™.

STAT 2050 Epidemiology, 1 cr.
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of all Phase One classes and STAT 2010 or currently a CPM/RM
Students will study factors affecting the health and illness of populations. Using evidence-based research, students will identify risk factors for disease and determine optimal treatment approaches to clinical practice.

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Masters Courses

ENGLISH
ENGL 513/5013 Scholarly Research & Writing, 3 cr.

This course focuses on scholarly research and writing. You will learn how to prepare a plan for a scholarly journal article or a master’s-level research-based thesis or applied project. You will gain expertise in analyzing evidence-based, peer-reviewed literature. You will practice writing different sections of a scholarly paper including a literature review, research problem, purpose statement, and research questions. You will also complete a CITI Program training course on the basic ethical principles of human subject research and explore ethical dilemmas in midwifery research.

FIELDWORK
FLDW 571/5071 to 573/5073 Fieldwork, 3 cr.
Graduate fieldwork gives students an opportunity to gain real life experience in an area of interest to them and pertinent to midwifery while working with an experienced mentor. Fieldwork is done through an advanced residency or internship. Graduate students are required to earn 3 fieldwork credits. One credit requires 50 hours of logged fieldwork. One of the three credits must be enrolled in the Graduate House Program (FLDW 574/5074).

FLDW 574/5074
The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students the opportunity for professional development and community engaged support via the Graduate House Program. The Graduate House (GH) program is the “go to” place for support services and professional development for graduate students and graduate faculty. In this course, you will engage in three focused activities per trimester: 1) Mentoring sessions with the Graduate House Mentor; 2) Graduate Journal Club; 3) Professional development workshops.

MIDWIFERY
MDWF 553/5053 Midwifery Issues in Prenatal Care, 4 cr.
Students will have the opportunity to select an area of interest within the scope of prenatal care to research and examine indepth. Evidence-informed practices, actual practice styles, care provider attitudes, client perceptions, and mass media discourses will be examined. Students will collect original data using a variety of methods and engage existing scholarly literature to inform recommendations for midwives and other care providers to improve service to families in their chosen communities. This class focuses on Interviews a research design and analysis techniques.

MDWF 554/5054 Midwifery Issues in Labor and Birth, 4 cr.
Students will have the opportunity to select an area of interest within the scope of labor and birth care to research and examine in-depth. Evidence-informed practices, actual practice styles, care provider attitudes, client perceptions, and mass media discourses will be examined. Students will collect original data using a variety of methods and engage existing scholarly literature to inform recommendations for midwives and other care providers in an effort to improve service to families in their chosen communities. This class focuses on Focus group research design and analysis techniques.

MDWF 555/5055 Midwifery Issues in Postpartum Care, 4 cr.
Students will have the opportunity to select an area of interest within the scope of postpartum care to research and examine in-depth. Evidence-informed practices, actual practice styles, care provider attitudes, client perceptions, and mass media discourses will be examined. Students will collect original data using a variety of methods and engage existing scholarly literature to inform recommendations for midwives and other care providers in an effort to improve service to families in in their chosen communities.

MDWF 556/5056 Midwifery Issues in Newborn Period, 4 cr.
Students will have the opportunity to select an area of interest within the scope of newborn care to research and examine in-depth. Evidence-informed practices, actual practice styles, care provider attitudes, client perceptions, and mass media discourses will be examined. Students will collect original data using a variety of methods and engage existing scholarly literature to inform recommendations for midwives and other care providers to improve service to families in their chosen communities. This class focuses on Online Source research design and analysis.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PROD 510/5010 Professional Growth & Leadership, 1 cr.
The purpose of this course is to provide students a primer to professional growth and leadership in the midwifery and perinatal health fields. This course infuses best practices in leadership, learning, and self-actualization theory, and rests on the MCU Graduate Program’s commitment to meaningful education, socially just leadership, and professional growth of midwives and the midwifery profession. This course is divided into four broad sections: 1) Learning Styles, Personality Type, & Leadership Capacity; 2) The Imposter Syndrome; 3) Writing & Work Efficiency; and 4) Developing Your Passion. The Social Change Model of Leadership (SCM) is infused throughout the course. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with the conceptual and practical tools necessary to develop as leaders in the midwifery field. In addition, this course provides current and aspiring graduate students the opportunity to explore graduate education and employ strategies for success in graduate school.

PROD 526/5026 Midwives and Publishing, 2 cr.*
The purpose of this course is to introduce midwives to the process of publishing and the publication world. Through experiential learning and guided pedagogy, students will have the opportunity to explore the basics of publishing and learn how to prepare a practice manuscript for publication in an academic journal.

PROD 527/5027 Community Maternal & Child Health, 2 cr.
This course will explore concepts of public health as they specifically apply to childbearing families and community health. The learner will research, investigate, and theorize specific areas of concern in the field of community maternal child health (MCH). Course content includes theoretical foundations, issues in community maternal-child health, and practical programming considerations. Student will develop their writing, planning, and critical thinking skills in becoming midwives of technical expertise and personal greatness. Students will engage in a culminating project of direct relevance to the communities they serve in becoming midwives of professional excellence. NOTE: There is a $10.00 charge associated with this course to supplement fees associated with the multimedia materials provided.

PROD 528/5028Policy & Advocacy in Midwifery, 2 cr.
This course will examine policy and advocacy issues, strategies, and structures in midwifery on local and national scales. Students will analyze successful grassroots organizations and policy frameworks that advance midwifery and perinatal health. Students will have the opportunity to review and critique current midwifery legislation and work with various midwifery political and advocacy organizations on local and national levels.

PROD 529/5029 Field Instructor Preparation, 2 cr.
This course will train the learner to become a quality preceptor and to understand the needs of midwifery students during clinical instruction, to know NARM’s requirements for preceptors, and to confidently oversee the clinical instruction of midwifery students.

PROD 530/5030 Global Maternal and Child Health, 2 cr.
This course will critically examine trends, achievements, goals, policies, and challenges pertaining to maternal and child health on a global and cross-cultural level. Students will have the opportunity to research, investigate, and theorize specifics areas of perinatal health through six broad sections. Upon completion of this course, students will be equipped with advanced theories, content expertise, tools, and approaches to integrate midwifery care in global settings and advance global health equity.

PROD 531/5031 Holistic Midwifery, 2 cr.
The purpose of this course is to explore holistic care modalities during midwifery care. Topics covered include brain functioning, stress, hormonal systems, natural medicine, and therapies as well as allopathic familiarity. Through a combination of readings, research, and discussion, this course encourages students to deepen their understanding of current trends in the holistic health fields. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills necessary to create holistic and comprehensive care plans during the childbearing year for varying ailments and health occurrences.

PROD 532/5032 Midwifery Education, 2 cr.
This course examines current issues in midwifery education and introduces students to best pedagogical practices for midwifery education preparing them to advance their contributions and abilities as educators of excellence. The course culminates in completion of a teaching portfolio.

The purpose of this course is to survey the landscape of techniques, topics, trends and approaches in higher education, broadly, and midwifery education, specifically. This course is divided into five sections: Section 1) Foundations of Midwifery Education in the United States; 2) Theories & Approaches to Midwifery Education; 3) Pedagogical Innovations; 4) Assessment; and 5) Teaching Portfolios (culminating project).

STATISTICS
STAT 550/5050 Qualitative Methodology, 3 cr.
This course will introduce participants to the various approaches and components of qualitative health research inquiries. Students will learn the key principles of qualitative research design, including data collection, analysis and writeup. The course will survey common approaches to qualitative research and will provide students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in qualitative research methods through a research project related to their area of interest. Specifically, the hands-on project will utilize the grounded theory approach for qualitative inquiries – a mainstay qualitative methodology that guides students from project conception through data collection, analysis, interpretation and conclusive results writing. Students will learn to identify the kinds of research problems for which qualitative methods are appropriate, and to critique qualitative research in terms of design, technique, analysis and interpretation. The course will also emphasize concept development and theory building as related to qualitative research inquiries. Course material and related activities focus heavily on qualitative research methods as applied to community health and midwifery models of care. The goal of this course is to provide students the foundational knowledge, skills and tools necessary to develop high-quality qualitative health research projects, and evaluate published qualitative research in terms of validity, reliability and methodology.
THESIS AND/OR PROJECT
PROD 511/5011 Prospectus, 3 cr. total (Three course sections)
The purpose of this course is to guide you in the development of a prospectus for your thesis or project work. The prospectus is a hallmark of the graduate education process and is intended to communicate your applied project or research-based thesis proposal to selected audiences. The primary audience, here, is your MSM advisory committee. The prospectus allows you the opportunity to think through, in detail, your proposed topic, design, and deliverables. Your committee will provide substantive, critical feedback on the development of this prospectus, as well as final approval. Upon successfully passing your prospectus oral defense and making any revisions required by the committee, you will be ready to commence your original thesis research or project work. Your thesis or project work will be conducted, written, and defended in MDWF 560/5060 (for research-based theses) or MDWF 584/5084 (for non-thesis projects).

MDWF 560/5060 Research-based Thesis, 5 cr. total (Three course sections)
The purpose of this course is to guide you in the enactment of your research-based thesis study. The culminating hallmark of graduate education is an original scholarly or creative contribution of significance. In the MSM program, there are two options to enact this goal: a non-thesis applied project or a research-based thesis. This course is for those choosing the research-based thesis. Your thesis will be based on an original research study that integrates leading theories, methodologies, and techniques in midwifery and maternal-child health, as well as make a significant, original contribution to the scholarly literature. Your primary advisor will guide you in this work, and your entire committee will provide substantive, critical feedback on the thesis development, as well as final approval. The successful passing of the final oral defense and submission of the final, approved thesis is the last step in your graduate studies journey! This course is delivered over three trimesters.

MDWF 584/5084 Applied Project, 5 cr. total (Three course sections)
The purpose of this course is to guide you in the enactment of your applied project of significance. The culminating hallmark of graduate education is an original scholarly or creative contribution of significance. In the MSM program, there are two options to enact this goal: a non-thesis applied project or a research-based thesis. This course is for those choosing an applied project. Your applied project will integrate leading theories, methods, and techniques in midwifery and maternal-child health, as well as make a significant, original contribution to the field. Your primary advisor will guide you in this work, and your entire committee will provide substantive, critical feedback on the project development, as well as final approval. The successful passing of the final oral defense and submission of the final, approved project is the last step in your graduate studies journey! This course is delivered over three trimesters.

Continuing Education

MCU offers continuing education courses in multiple ways!  We offer courses for college credit as well as on demand courses for professional licensure continuing education.   To take courses on your time at your own pace and earn MEAC CEUs, visit our Academy of Continuing Education (ACE).   Our ACE program has offerings on a variety of topics including pharmacology courses.

To enroll in continuing education classes for college credit, contact our registrar to register during the open enrollment period for the term in which you are applying.

Trimester course registration for non-matriculating students will be available during weeks four (4) through the end of the term BEFORE the trimester you wish to enroll.  (For example:  If you wish to enroll in Summer Trimester courses, you must register during weeks four (4) through the end of Winter Trimester). To view available courses, please review the course descriptions above.

On the first day of the trimester, you will receive an invitation to Canvas (MCU’s learning management system) via the email you used to create your MCU Student Account.  Please accept the Canvas invitation in order to assure that you can begin your class(es) the first day of the trimester.

To purchase any available courses, login to your MCU student account during the enrollment period and complete the following steps:

  1. Click the “Purchase Cont. Ed Classes” link, located in the Student menu in the sidebar and choose your desired course.
  2. Complete the payment process.  The cost is $325 per credit.
  3. Your course will automatically be activated for you on the first day of the trimester.
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