MCU Institutional Goals

Midwives College of Utah Institution Goals


The MCU distance-education curriculum and community-based clinical placement are firmly grounded in the unique and profound power of the Midwives Model of Care™ (MMoC). We believe the MMOC is a primary pathway for improving outcomes and eliminating inequities for childbearing persons and babies during the childbearing year. Midwives College of Utah fulfills its mission by meeting the following institutional goals:

  • offering a bachelor’s degree to prepare individuals for career opportunities to practice as direct-entry midwives providing primary care to childbearing persons and babies;
  • offering a master’s degree to prepare individuals to be midwifery leaders in the birthing care landscape;
  • delivering curriculum core competencies and student support services that supply opportunities to acquire knowledge, skills, and philosophical approaches. This education is organized within five broad interrelated categories:
    • Specialized Knowledge
    • Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    • Intellectual Skills
    • Applied and Collaborative Learning
    • Civic and Global Learning;
  • nurturing a culture of collaboration as we continually strive to advance equity, access, and social justice at MCU and in the midwifery profession; and
  • creating opportunities for students to effect global social change through the development and application of leadership skills.

Bachelor’s Degree Program Goals

Preamble: The MCU undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery (BSM) degree. The BSM program provides a general education and prepares graduates to become a knowledgeable, skilled and independent Certified Professional Midwife who specializes in community birth settings.  BSM graduates will have knowledge of and proficiency in MEAC’s Curriculum Checklist of Essential Competencies, which includes the internationally recognized core competencies and guiding principles set forth by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in addition to requirements for national certification of the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and the core competencies of Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA).  MEAC’s accreditation criteria for midwifery education programs reflect the unique components and philosophy of the Midwives Model of Care.

A midwife of technical expertise

Goal #1: The undergraduate program aims to prepare graduates to practice at the full scope of the Certified Professional Midwife credential through the demonstration of broad, integrative, and specialized knowledge.

A midwife of professional excellence

Goal #2:  The undergraduate program aims to advance equity and access in midwifery, as well as to prepare graduates to serve in diverse communities in culturally safe, ethical, and collaborative ways.

A midwife of personal greatness

Goal #3:  The undergraduate program aims to prepare graduates for reflective practice and a perpetual commitment to advance quality and professional direct-entry midwifery.

Master’s Degree Program Goals

Preamble: The MCU graduate program offers a Master of Science in Midwifery (MSM) degree. The MSM program prepares current midwifery practitioners for leadership, contribution, and scholastic proficiency in midwifery dimensions beyond clinical care with four areas of distinction driving pedagogical objectives: midwifery research, outreach, policy, and education. Graduates of the MSM program will have the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to influence innovative directions in the birthing care landscape as forefront contributors to best practice models, advocacy initiatives, community education, health equity, and evidence-informed care.

A midwife of technical expertise

Goal #1: The graduate program aims to advance practitioner knowledge of the research, educational, programmatic, and policy dimensions of midwifery care and perinatal health.

A midwife of professional excellence

Goal #2: The graduate program aims to prepare practitioners for leadership and expert contributions in midwifery education, research, outreach, and policy realms.

A midwife of personal greatness

Goal #3: The graduate program fosters professionalism, critical thinking, personal reflexivity, and cultural humility of practitioners in service to lifelong learning and the advancement of equity and access in midwifery education, research, outreach, and policy.

For a more detailed explanation of MCU’s learning outcomes, measures, and indicators of success, please see  Midwives College of Utah Mission, Goals, and Assessment Plan