The Midwives College of Utah is designed for the midwifery students that need the freedom of location and time flexibility that distance education offers. As valuable as this freedom is to the needs of many women, many students find that they need certain elements of structure in order to be successful in their programs.
Freedom of Location
Students are able to complete their academic studies wherever they live in the world. Students must have access to the internet (high speed options highly recommended), and have word processing, scanning and printing capabilities. Students complete their clinical training with an MCU-approved preceptor. Ideally, students have identified appropriate clinical training options prior to entering the MCU program.
Using high-volume clinical sites to obtain all or a majority of clinical numbers is not appropriate for the MCU program. However, in some cases, students may have to leave their local area or country to receive a portion of their clinical training.
Students are able to complete academic and clinical work on their own timetable within the 15 week semester. MCU is on a semester schedule beginning in January, May and September.
Major Maps are course completion schedules that students develop with the MCU Registrar. Major Maps allow students to see what course work must be completed within each semester to meet the student’s graduation deadline. Major Maps give structure to the flexibility of MCU course work; if necessary, they can be revised during the student’s tenure.
Financial Options and Incentives
MCU students do not need to worry about gathering a large sum of tuition all at once in order to finance their education. MCU offers students reasonable monthly payment plans based on the number of months they plan to complete their program. A tuition discount is extended to all students who demonstrate after each year of active enrollment, that they have stayed on their Major Map (course completion schedule). The discount will reduce the monthly payments by 6% for the following year.
The MCU academic year is divided into semesters.
Winter—January through mid-April
Summer—May through mid-August
Fall—September through mid-December
Students enroll in courses at the beginning of each semester. All courses should be completed within 15 weeks (one semester) of activation. A student may apply for one ten-week extension without penalty. A second ten-week extension can be purchased for 1/3 of the original price of the course. A third ten-week extension may be purchased at ½ the original price of the course, but will result in academic probation. The semester system also allows students to begin new courses with other students, making student study groups and interactive sessions more effective.
Personal Coaching is a unique service offered by MCU. Working with an MCU coach can help students identify and overcome progress challenges, define necessary Major Map changes, and provide accountability and support through the student’s program. The Office of Student Life and Leadership will assign a coach (student advisor) to each student enrolled in a degree program.
Distance education students may find it challenging to complete courses in a timely manner. Isolation can also pose a problem. A Sisters’ Circle is a student-driven program intended to help students overcome some common challenges of distance education.
A Sisters’ Circle is designed to be a small, intimate group where the members create relationships and a natural culture of accountability to each other. The circle is designed to help members become more productive and consistent in their midwifery studies, help them meet their Major Map goals, and build a community of support.
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