ASM-Associate of Science in Midwifery
Become a Direct-Entry Midwife! The ASM Program is the foundation for midwifery skills. It includes care for mother and baby from Well-Woman through Post Partum care. It is divided into clinical and academic components.
The ASM Program at the National College of Midwifery allows students to earn a degree in Direct Entry Midwifery and readies them to sit for state or national licensing/certification. Traditionally, midwifery students learned at the side of an experienced midwife in an apprenticeship. Our goal with the ASM program is to support this apprenticeship model of midwifery education, and be flexible enough to suit most educational settings:
- Supplying an accredited comprehensive academic and clinical curriculum to ensure the education of a competent, confident midwife.
- Recognizing the specialized and distinct experience each preceptor brings to the education.
- Allowing for flexibility in the myriad of settings in which an apprenticeship takes place and for the individual needs of each student and preceptor.
- Students are required to contract with thier own preceptor/s.
- Students and Preceptors are free to study at their own pace and to organize course content to meet preferences and increase convenience and satisfaction.
ASM PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
Please see the NCM Handbook / Catalog for more details on program rules and requirements
Please see the NCM Orientation for explanation of program structure
Please see the COURSE MATERIALS on the menu on the left of this page
Student and Preceptor Enrollment:
Please see the Enrollment section of the NCM Handbook / Catalog.
ASM Student applicants are required to find their own academic / clinical preceptors. The National College of Midwifery does not supply academic / clinical placements for students.
ASM Students must have at least two preceptors in order to enroll in and complete the program. Preceptors can teach both academic and clinical portions of the program. Please note that although only one preceptor is needed for the academics, at least two preceptors are required to complete the clinical portion of the program, as several of the NARM skills require the evaluation of two different preceptors.
In order for NCM to accept work done towards completion of any NCM program all of the following must be true when the work was done:
1. The student must be a Current Student with NCM.
2. The preceptor must be a Current Preceptor for NCM.
3. The student and preceptor must have a current approved and complete Contract between Student, Preceptor and the National College of Midwifery on file with NCM.
4. The student and preceptor must each have received notification from NCM acknowledging their relationship.
High School Diploma or GED.
Please see the NCM Handbook / Catalog (link above) for a list of all course requirements and for course descriptions
|80 Academic Credits (84 for California Students)|
The following items completed during the HON390G-Laws & Regulations and MW250-Protocols Courses must be submitted electronically on disc to the College:
- Informed Consent Form
- Emergency Transfer Plan Form
- Practice Guidelines
- A minimum of 2 years of clinical experience under the supervision of the student's official NCM preceptor(s) at a single site or a variety of sites.
- All clinical activities must be directly supervised by the student's official NCM preceptor(s) and must be completed to the level of mastery
- The following, including the requirements of the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)
Paying for the Program:
Fees Paid Directly to the College: Students must pay the application and administrative fee upon enrollment. The National College of Midwifery does not offer payment plans.
Application Fee: $100 (Non-Refundable, paid upon application)
Administrative Fee: $4,900 (One-time fee, paid at enrollment)
Accreditation Fees: Estimated cost $450 per year for each year of enrollment beyond 3 years.
Tuition: Students and their preceptor(s) make whatever financial agreements they wish, provided evidence of an agreement is filed with NCM. The student pays tuition (if any) directly to the preceptor. NCM suggests $500 per month.
Textbooks: Students are not required to own the books required for the courses, but must find access to them. NCM does not sell books, and the books required for courses are not included in NCM’s administrative fee. Many students are able to find the books used at a discounted price, or can borrow from their preceptors. Estimated Cost: $2000 (used) $2600 (new). Click Here for the NCM Booklist
Midwifery Equipment: Students are not required to own midwifery equipment, but must have access to it through their preceptors. Some preceptors may require that students possess some or all of their own midwifery equipment. Costs of equipment vary.
General Education Requirements: NCM highly recommend that you complete these courses prior to enrollment but it is not required.
General education courses for 3 credits of Math and 4 credits of English are not offered through NCM. Students may take the courses at an accredited college or university, or online source. California ASM students must complete an additional 3 credits of Chemistry and 1 credit of Early Childhood Development. All ASM students are required to be certified in CPR & NRP. The costs for these are the responsibility of the student, and are variable.
Required Outside Examination for ASM Degree, such as the NARM or ACNM Exam:
Most of our ASM students sit for the NARM exam at the end of their program. Exam and certification fees are paid by the student. Please check directly with these organizations for their current costs. Click Here to see NARM Requirements for MEAC Graduates (NARM Website)
Financial Aid / Student Loans: The National College of Midwifery does not have any financial aid or student loans available at this time. Our students are not able to apply for federal or state grants and loans, and NCM cannot issue IRS form 1098-T because we are not a Title IV school. NCM does not qualify for this because we do not have a campus.
Refunds: Please see NCM Handbook/Catalog.
Passing an outside examination is a requirement for the issuance of The Associate of Science in Midwifery (ASM) degree. The candidate must submit evidence of successful completion of a state midwifery licensing examination, a state midwifery association examination, or a national midwifery examination. The student is responsible for all expenses, requirements and prerequisites for taking outside exams.
Associate of Science in Midwifery Degree Awarded:
- When prerequisites are met
- When skills, clinical and academic course requirements are successfully completed
- When outside examination is successfully completed
- All outstanding fees to The National College of Midwifery are paid
- All library books and videos are returned
- When the College has documentation of the above
Certificate in Midwifery Awarded:
When the student completes all requirements but does not take or fails the outside examination.
Midwifery Licensure/Certification Post Graduation:
Graduation does not guarantee midwifery licensure. It is each student's responsibility to keep current with the laws of the state or country in which they are studying and to fulfill the licensure requirements in the jurisdiction in which they plan to apply for licensure and practice. The National College of Midwifery does NOT provide job placement.