NCM Preceptor Training and Resources

Use the office for assistance or if you have questions at any time throughout your student's program: The NCM office is a great resource. Contact by email or by phone. Office hours are M-Th 9am-3pm MST (see phone number and email at the bottom of the page).

Tools, Training and Resources for Preceptors:

Step 1:

Complete the NCM Orientation Video Series (5 videos)

Part 1: Before you Enroll (Updated 7/11/16)
This presentation explores issues to think about before enrolling as an ASM student in the National College of Midwifery, incluing:

What is NCM?
Is NCM right for me?
Direct –Entry Midwife vs. Nurse Midwife
Pathways to licensure
Future career
Finding preceptors
Financial Considerations
Foreign Students

Part 2: Getting Set UpThis presentation includes information on:

Plans of Completion

Student/Preceptor Binder

Scheduling time to meet regularly with student/preceptor

Establishing roles and rules


Part 3: Trimesterly Submissions
NCM Trimesters
Using NCM tools to keep track of your work
Student-Preceptor Evaluations
Academic Grades
Clinical Record Forms
NARM Skills Forms
Other Items to submit to NCM

Part 4: Completing Academics
NCM’s Academic Requirements
Course Syllabi:
Title, Credit Value, Course Description,
Learning Activities and Learning Objectives,
Accessing Learning Resources
How to Complete an NCM Academic Course
Teaching Sessions
Evaluation Methods
Documenting Completion

Part 5: Clinicals
NCM Clinical Forms
General Instructions
Trimesterly Reporting
Verifying Documentation of Clinical Experiences
Clinical Order of Completion
Clinical Credit
Experience in Specific Settings
Clinical Time Frames
Clinicals as Observer, Assistant and Primary Midwife Under Supervision
Definitions of Active Participant, Mastery, and Direct Supervision

Step 2:

Complete Training Course for Midwifery Instructors

To receive Credit for this course, please take the survey at:

The Orientation videos above are a part of this course.

Please watch them first, then view this presentation.











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Step 3:

Review the Core Competencies for Midwifery instructors and Complete the Assessment:


Step 4:

Understand NCM instructions, Rules & Guidelines:

The professional instructor knows the program requirements, rules, procedures Please refer to instructions and guidelines for each individual program:

Step 5:

Agree with the student on timeline for completion:

ASM Plan of Completion Form

Courseload Calculator

Agree with the student on timeline for completion of the program, daily schedule, and what is expected of both the student and preceptor.

Step 6:

Teach NCM Students

Help your students to enroll with NCM Click here for Applications

Work done prior to enrollment, or with someone who is not the student’s official NCM preceptor at the time the work was done will not be eligible to satisfy program requirements. 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.

Please note: preceptors must maintain their state-required licensure/certification during all teaching supervisory activities for NCM students (see preceptor qualifications in NCM Catalog/Handbook).


Step 7:

Use TOOLS to ensure student learning & competency:

Preceptors should encourage Students to review these guides, rubrics and tools as well, and take an active role in their learning by understanding why they are being taught in a certain way and what their role is. This leads them to become better students, acting as useful assistants and evolving into competent future midwives.

Academic and Clinical Requirements:

Instructional Planning & Guidance:

Evaluation Tools:

Documenting Completion:

Additional Instructional tools including Grading Rubrics and Blank templates for

  • Academic Lesson Form
  • Clinical Lesson Form
  • Syllabus

are available for download through

You will need to make an account to login (it's free and there's no spam)

Step 8:

Continuing Education

Step 8: Continuing Education


NACPM: Best Practices for Risk Management for CPM Practice
May 3rd, registration required.

Diversity and Equity in Action at ILCA: Integrating Core Values into All We Do
April 7th, 1 E-CERP (counts toward CPM required CEUs)

Newborn Metabolic Screen and CCHD
Available online all the time.

How to use Medscape for free CEUs.

Click on CME & Education
Make an account or if you already have an account check out the following opportunities, which are equivalent to over 7 hours.

Zika Virus

Protecting Patient Rights: EHRs, Mobile Devices, HIPAA, Patient Privacy etc

Test Your Knowledge of Challenging Cases in Eating Disorders CME/CE
Medscape Education Psychiatry & Mental Health, February 23, 2016

Detecting Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Clinicians CME/CE
Medscape Education Clinical Briefs, March 24, 2016
Are Maternity Services Compromised on the Weekends? CME/CE
An observational study notes that more adverse outcomes in obstetric care, such as maternal
News, Jan 05, 2016
0.25 credits
Can Most Maternal Deaths Be Prevented? CME/CE
A new review highlights the top 5 causes of pregnancy-related mortality in California; data suggest that 41% to 70% of these deaths may have been preventable.
News, Apr 26, 2015
0.25 credits
Intervention Significantly Reduces Cesarean Delivery Rates CME/CE
An intervention consisting of onsite training in management of labor and delivery to decrease rates of cesarean delivery yielded a modest but significant reduction, mostly in low-risk pregnancies.
News, Jul 21, 2015
0.25 credits
A Guide to Progestogens: Progesterone and Progestin in Preventing Preterm Birth CME/CE
Differentiating between progestogens can be tricky. Obstetric experts provide a concise précis.
Expert Commentary, Nov 17, 2015
0.25 credits
Vasomotor Menopausal Symptoms Last Longer Than Realized CME/CE
A data study reveals that vasomotor symptoms, or hot flashes, average 7.5 years in duration among menopausal women, indicating the need for more counseling and treatment options.
News, Apr 13, 2015
0.25 credits
Prophylactic Transfusion for Pregnant Women With Sickle Cell Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Prophylactic transfusion in pregnant women with sickle cell disease may reduce maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity risks, based on a systematic review, but a rigorous, multicenter randomized clinical trial is needed.
Journal Article, Nov 18, 2015
Newly Graduated Physicians Desire Broader Scope of Practice CME/CE
A cross-sectional study of family physicians taking American Board of Family Medicine examinations reveals that a new generation of physicians wants to provide more comprehensive care.
News, Jan 13, 2016
0.25 credits
ACOG Guidance Addresses Change From Pediatric to Adult Care CME/CE
New guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists focuses on holistic care for young adult women and helps clinicians transition these patients from pediatric to adult care.
News, May 27, 2015
0.25 credits
Updated ACOG Recommendations for Human Papillomavirus Vaccine CME/CE
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has updated recommendations for human
News, Jul 29, 2015
0.25 credits
ACOG Issues Guideline on Nausea/ Vomiting in Pregnancy CME/CE
, effective treatments are available for more severe cases, based on an obstetrics practice bulletin.
News, Sep 23, 2015
0.25 credits
Anesthetic Improves Sex Drive in Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Patients CME/CE
Postmenopausal breast cancer survivors with dyspareunia can have comfortable intercourse using a liquid lidocaine compress on the vulvar vestibule before penetration, based on a randomized trial.
News, Sep 01, 2015
0.25 credits
Eating Healthy vs Exercise Improves Weight Loss in Pregnancy CME/CE
This article is intended for obstetricians/gynecologists, family medicine practitioners, internists, nurses, and pharmacists involved in the care of pregnant women at risk for gestational diabetes mellitus.
News, Aug 04, 2015
0.25 credits
Beta-Blocker Use Improves Survival in Ovarian Cancer Patients CME/CE
Use of a nonselective beta-blocker may improve overall survival time in women with ovarian cancer even among women with hypertension, based on a retrospective review.
News, Oct 13, 2015
0.25 credits
ACS/ ASCO Releases New Guidelines for Breast Cancer Survivors CME/CE
New American Cancer Society/American Society of Clinical Oncology guidelines for breast cancer survivors do not support routine laboratory and imaging tests for asymptomatic women but advise screening.
News, Jan 13, 2016
0.25 credits
Role of Epilepsy and Patient Outcomes in Pregnant Women CME/CE
Pregnant women with epilepsy are at significantly greater risk for many adverse outcomes during their delivery hospitalization, including a more than 10-fold increased mortality risk.
News, Aug 12, 2015
0.25 credits
Techniques and Tips: Best Practices in IUD Contraception CME/CE
With several intrauterine devices now available, a demonstration of the different placement techniques is warranted.
Article/Courses, Oct 26, 2015
0.50 credits
Does Early Screening Reduce Deaths From Ovarian Cancer? CME/CE
Annual ovarian cancer screening appeared to reduce mortality by 20%, but longer follow-up is needed to determine efficacy and cost-effectiveness.
News, Jan 19, 2016
0.25 credits
Preventing HPV-Associated Disease: Targeting an Adolescent Health Priority CME/CE
An expert panel discusses practical strategies for overcoming barriers to HPV vaccination in adolescents.
Article/Courses, Nov 30, 2015
1.00 credits

Calendar of CEU Opportunities Accredited by MEAC

Inexpensive Online CEUs

GOLD Midwifery Online Conference (Annually mid February – April)
GOLD Lactation Online Conference (Annually mid April – May)
GOLD Perinatal Online Conference (Annually mid October – November)