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Frequently Asked Questions about MCU

General Questions

Why is a degree in midwifery important?

MCU has chosen to offer degrees as a way of helping our students obtain 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 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 with MCU, a MEAC accredited institution, assures that there are no gaps in your education. You will graduate with confidence in your ability to pass the NARM exam.

How many students graduate from MCU?

In the past twelve months, MCU has graduated 34 students; on average, twelve students receive a midwifery degree each year.

What is the percentage of students that have passed the NARM?

Over the last three 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
  • Are able to work independently in an on-line platform
  • Have access to local clinical opportunities
  • Can periodically travel to additional clinical sites

Is it possible to enroll in MCU courses without applying to a program? Yes.

MCU offers all courses in the Continuing Education Program for non-degree seeking students. In order to enroll please contact the Registrar at the number found below.

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 students? Yes. Usually. 

However, it should be noted that some coursework expires due to the nature of the coursework. So if a considerable number of years pass between taking a core 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.

Application Process

What are the semester application deadlines and enrollment deadlines?

Please see the New Student Application and Enrollment Deadline Table above

How competitive is entry into the BSM programs at MCU?

  • MCU has an approximate undergraduate acceptance rate of 50-60%
  • We receive approximately 70-90 applications per cycle
  • We accept approximately 30-45 students per cycle
  • Of those accepted, approximately 35-40 matriculate

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?

  • Complete application
  • Completion of application questions
  • Two references (if 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 or the equivalent or transcript of post-secondary education
  • Application Fee
  • Native English speaker or a TOEFEL score of at least 88

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

  • Childbirth Education Training Certification
  • Doula Training Certification
  • Lactation Consultant Certification
  • La Leche League Leadership status
  • Birth Assistant Training
  • Completion of MCU courses as a Continuing Education student at MCU
  • Birth experience in the capacity of a support person, doula, student, apprentice or assistant midwife.
  • An identified and/or committed qualified preceptor.
  • 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.

Bachelor Degree Applications 

  • Complete application
  • Completion of application questions
  • Two references (if applicant has identified having birth experience, at least one reference should be from someone who has observed the applicant in a birth setting)
  • High school diploma or official post-secondary transcripts
  • Application Fee
  • Native English speaker or a TOEFEL score of at least 88

CPM-to-BSM Applications [must be a current CPM]

  • Complete application
  • Completion of application questions
  • Two references (if 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 current CPM status
  • Official post-secondary transcripts (if applicable)
  • Transfer in the equivalent of 23 semester credits from another accredited college or university (if applicable)
  • Application Fee
  • Native English speaker or a TOEFEL score of at least 88

Master Degree Applications [must be a current CPM or CNM]

  • 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

Tell me more about the Master of Science in Midwifery program.

  • Eligibility: Must be a current CPM or CNM and hold a Bachelor’s degree in any field. SOSC 302 (Ethics & the Law) and STAT 313 (Introduction to Research) are also required, and may be taken as part of your program (or demonstrate course equivalency).
  • 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 maximum program length is three years, although the suggested program length is two years.
  • If you are interested in the MSM program please contact the Graduate Dean at: graduatedean@midwifery.edu to determine eligibility and to obtain more information about the program or visit our graduate program webpage at https://www.midwifery.edu/graduate-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 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.

Acceptance Process

Will MCU conduct an interview with all applicants? 

No. However, most applicants will be required to participate in an interview.

  • Select applicants will be invited to interview with the Admissions Director.
  • 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 the Admissions Director by email and invited to select from available dates and times.
  • The interview can be expected to last between 30-45 minutes.
  • On rare occasions, a follow-up interview may be requested.

What documents are required to complete my application?

The following documents need to be received by MCU by the application deadline. Please contact the Admissions Director at admissions@midwifery.edu to identify any delays.

  • 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: If you do not identify a college on your application or get the official transcript into the admissions department within two weeks following the application deadline, your college transcript will not be reviewed for transfer. 

OR

  • If you have not attended college, please UPLOAD your high school diploma or high school transcripts inside of the application in .doc or .pdf format from your computer.
  • Two letters of recommendation 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.
  • Doula Training Certificate or Doula Certification Certificate, if applicable must be UPLOADED into your application before submission.
  • Childbirth Education Certification Certificate, if applicable must be UPLOADED into your application before submission.
  • Lactation Consultant Certification Certificate, if applicable must be UPLOADED into your application before submission.
  • Birth Assistant Training Certificate, if applicable must be UPLOADED into your application before submission.
  • CPM, CNM, LM, NRP, CPR certificates, if applicable must be UPLOADED into your application before submission.

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 admissions@midwifery.edu
  • 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: Educational Credit Evaluators (ECE who can be contacted by email at eval@ece.org or through the web at www.ets.org); or World Education Services WES who can be contacted by email at support@wes.org or through the web atwww.wes.org.

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 a .doc or .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
  • Fill out FAFSA (if applicable) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ [MCU school code042183]
  • 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)
  • Phone interview with MCU Admissions Director, if selected for an interview
  • Review of application file by the application committee
  • Notification via email of acceptance or rejection

If accepted:  

  • Submit Enrollment Agreement by deadline date
  • Pay annual student fee and acceptance processing fee by deadline date
  • Receive email confirming the successful completion of the enrollment process
  • Work with Registrar to complete Major Map
  • Submit your financial agreement by the deadline date
  • Work with the Financial Aid Department to complete the financial aid process (if applicable)

If rejected:

  • Consider following the suggestions identified in your letter 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 future semesters
  • Consider inviting the Admissions Director to identify areas of weakness specific to your application by emailing a request (note: a personalized evaluation may take time and may not occur for several weeks).

Clinical Placement

Does MCU assist with the location of a clinical preceptor? Yes.

  • Students should identify appropriate clinical training options prior to entering the MCU program.
  • It is strongly recommended that you research and identify potential preceptor options in the state that you expect to be doing your clinical placement.
  • MCU does not require a signed agreement with a preceptor before entering the program. However, it is strongly recommended that you locate a preceptor.
  • An alternative to locating a preceptor within 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 she still be my preceptor and will the work I’ve done so far count? Yes, no and maybe.

  • Yes, observed births done before enrollment can be used to fulfill those requirements.
  • No, primary work done before enrollment cannot be used to fulfill requirements.
  • Sometimes we can accept assistant work done before enrollment, but not always and most students find that they have time to fulfill their assistant experience requirements before they can complete the academic requirements to start their primary work.
  • NOTE: Please see specific preceptor qualifications in the MCU student handbook.

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

  • Clinical work can start as soon as you enter the program. However, we recommend that you wait until at least midway through your first year.
  • During your early semesters at MCU, you will gain a good academic foundation which will enhance your clinical experience.
  • You must be in the clinical program for a minimum of two years.
  • NRP and CPR certification are required for the clinical portion of the program. Your state may require a specific type of certification 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.

International Clinical Placements

IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE 2015/2016 CHANGES

I live outside the US and Canada–can I study at MCU and get my CPM?

Yes. We do accept international students, 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 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 Exception 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 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 help if you choose, but these experiences will not fulfill clinical requirements unless you complete the International Exception 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.

Credit Transfer & Alternative Learning Experience Credit

Can I transfer credits from an accredited institution? Yes.

  • Upon acceptance into the program, the Admissions Director 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 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 DOE recognized accrediting agency.
  • Transfer credits must have a C grade or above.
  • MCU follows a semester format and credits transferred from quarter and trimester systems will be reduced in value accordingly.
  • To be granted an MCU degree, students must complete at least 30% of total credits required for the program through MCU.
  • The student will be notified of all equivalent courses that are being transferred for credit.
  • MCU will accept equivalent courses for transfer credit from an accredited academic setting. Transfer credits cannot be guaranteed. However, some potential courses for transfer include English, Math, Communications, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, etc.

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 in an email attachment.
  • The final appeals decision rests with the Admissions Director and President.

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, Communications, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, etc.

Could I receive credit for alternative learning gained outside the traditional academic environment? 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 on the home page of the website. 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 semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.”
  • Please note that there are fees associated with course waivers through the 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.
  • The final appeals decision rests with the Admissions Director and President.

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

  • Some colleges and universities have taken direct-entry midwifery program credits in the past, but this is not guaranteed.
  • 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 very often accept credits from other MEAC accredited schools.

Travel

Will attendance onsite in Utah ever be required? Yes. 

  • You will be required to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah (or potentially a regional site nearer to you, if one is available) three times over the course of your time as a student at MCU for an Integrated Skills Assessment. The assessments are designed to occur at the end of each of the three phases of the program to provide us assurance that you have attained the clinical skills required to move into the next phase of the program.
  • MCU conferences are held twice a year in April and August in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conferences are designed to coincide with the Integrated Skills Assessments. You are not required to attend the conference but if you would like to attend while you are already in Salt Lake City for one of your three Integrated Skills Assessments, this will enable you to participate.
  • Conferences are and will remain optional and not required.
  • Students, who are able to attend student conferences, will benefit greatly from the experience of being with other students in this vibrant learning environment.

Cost of Attendance & Financial Aid

What is the cost of attendance?

Cost of Program (tuition) is $2,000 for each trimester you are enrolled at MCU with a maximum total cost (tuition) of $36,000. Your cost of program is dependent upon the length of time that you spend in the program.   

Example:

4 Years- $24,000.00 *

5 Years- $30,000.00 *

6-7.5 Years- $36,000.00 *

*Additional costs for textbooks and fees not included. Detailed description of 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: https://www.midwifery.edu/federal-financial-aid/
  • 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: https://fafsa.ed.gov/ [MCU school code042183]
  • Keep a look out 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 studentloans.gov once your FAFSA is complete

Degree Completion Time-frame

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

  • The program deadline for students enrolled in the bachelor’s degree is seven and a half (7.5) years and could be completed in as little as four (4) years.
  • The program deadline for students enrolled in the master’s degree is three (3) years and could be completed in as little as two (2) 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 who enroll in distance education programs tend to do so because they are unable to receive their education in the traditional post-secondary format because of life circumstances, 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 for them to complete their clinical placement within the designed time frame.

May I change my major map if I want more classes? Yes.

  • However, we suggest you finish at least two semesters before you adjust your major map.

Canadian Students

Do I need to speak to the Canadian Coordinator before making my application? Yes.

  • It is required for all potential Canadian students to have a conversation with the Canadian Coordinator. The Canadian Coordinator may be reached at 403-795-9263.

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 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? No.

  • Financial aid is not available for Canadian students.

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 US 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.

  • You may enroll in our Continuing Education Program by contacting the MCU Registrar at: office@midwifery.edu.

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.

Contacts

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

  • The most comprehensive information available is found in the MCU Student Handbook and Course Catalog found here:https://www.midwifery.edu/student-handbook-course-catalog/
  • Any questions about undergraduate admissions not answered through these FAQ or in the MCU Student Handbook and catalog should be directed to the Admissions Director at admissions@midwifery.edu. Any questions about graduate admissions should be directed to the Graduate Dean at graduatedean@midwifery.edu.
  • Email is generally the most efficient way to reach the Admissions Director.

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

  • The Admissions Director admissions@midwifery.edu will continue to be your point person for communication after you are accepted into the program and up until the time that your enrollment fees are paid in full and your enrollment form is completed and mailed in.
  • The Registrar office@midwifery.edu will be your point person thereafter, for everything related to your financial agreement, major maps, cost of program documents and enrollment.
  • Financial Aid financialaid@midwifery.edu will be your point person for all things related to financial aid funding.
  • The Clinical Dean clinicaldean@midwifery.edu will be your point person for all things related to the clinical portion of the programs.
  • The Graduate Dean graduatedean@midwifery.edu will be your point person for the MSM program.
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