The profession of midwifery relies heavily on practicing midwives to share the skills, values and clinical knowledge to the next generation of midwives. The Midwives College of Utah approves volunteer preceptors for instructing distance education students through their clinical work. This instruction is varied and includes direct instruction, modeling, coaching, and facilitation.
MCU Preceptors and students have consistent contact throughout their entire clinical placement. Students should receive feedback and skills sign-off in a timely manner from MCU Preceptors. Ideally students are progressing through clinical skills congruent with their studies so they may link their didactic education with clinical field training.
Ultimately the student is responsible to build a relationship of trust with potential preceptors and secure placement opportunities, but MCU will recommend and support students in securing a placement with a preceptor.
The preceptor role is a challenging one; balancing professional responsibilities, instructional responsibilities and personal relationships.
Midwives College of Utah Preceptor Requirements:
ALL Preceptors must meet TWO out of the following THREE experience requirements
-An additional 50 births beyond the CPM requirements (in any capacity);
-Managed as primary midwife 10 Continuity of Care cases beyond the CPM requirement
-Minimum of 3 years in practice
Preceptors must apply and be approved by MCU prior to working with students in a clinical placement through the Field Faculty online application.
Midwives College of Utah Preceptor Application:
To be approved as an MCU preceptor we will need information about your experience as a midwife as well as your midwifery practice and clinical site (if applicable). All preceptors must submit the preceptor application and the site application to be approved. If you believe your site/facility has already been approved by MCU, please check with the clinical department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to join our MCU Preceptor Network on Facebook?
Contact our Preceptor Liaison, Jenny Schultz, at email@example.com — you must be an MCU approved preceptor to join
Social Media Policy for Midwives College of Utah Students/Faculty:
To connect with MCU on social media, please join MCU’s Facebook page. Though there are other social media groups made up of past, present and aspiring MCU students, this is the only Facebook group moderated, for accuracy, by MCU staff.
With exception is The MCU Preceptor Network, which is a closed group specifically designed to enhance the MCU preceptor experience and connection.
We expect social media posts by MCU faculty, students and staff to be in alignment with the Student Code of Conduct which provides an agreed-upon set of expectations designed to encourage and enforce responsible and respectful behavior in the larger community setting, thus serving as a mechanism by which to positively impact the entire profession of midwifery.
Additional Resources for Preceptors: See our Preceptor Toolbox here!
Questions? Contact the Clinical Department!
- Preceptor Liaison, Jenny Schultz: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Clinical Director, Maria Cranford: email@example.com
- Clinical Administrator, Kaylee Ridd: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Clinical Assessment Specialist, Sarah Carter: email@example.com