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PhD-Doctor of Philosophy in Science of Midwifery

A midwife who already has a Master of Science Degree in another field may apply directly to the PhD in Science of Midwifery.

PhD 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.

PhD students require at least one preceptor.

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.

Credits:
60 Graduate semester credit hours

Timeframe:
The PhD is a three-year equivalent program, which can be completed from 1 to 5 years.

Prerequisites(all of the following):

  1. MA or MS degree in any area
  2. College-recognized state or national midwifery license or certification
  3. MW500 100 MANA Statistics Births (can be completed concurrently with PhD program)

Course Requirements:

PhD Candidates must complete 42 Semester Credits relevant to the areas of the candidate’s research, focused on some aspect of midwifery or maternal child health.

Before beginning, each student creates a comprehensive overview of their program including a syllabus for each of their courses to satisfy the required number of academic credits, including:
Applied Statistics
Protocol Design
Scientific Method
Current Issues in Midwifery Practice (choose 3):
Barriers to midwifery practice
Midwifery ethics
Accreditation in developing countries
Sociology of midwifery

Candidates either self-author courses using the NCM PhD Syllabus Outline, to be completed upon approval from NCM, or submit PhD-Level credits completed at another accredited college or university for review by NCM for transfer credit.

Example:


Doctorate of Philosophy in International Maternal Child Health Care

Credits

NCM 500: History of Health Care

3

NCM 501: Statistics and Health Care

3

NCM 502: Midwifery Anthropology & Cultures of the World

3

NCM 503: Philosophy of Midwifery Ethics Through Mentorship

3

NCM 504: Leadership in Critical Decision-Making

6

NCM 505: Global Health Learning in Maternal Child Health

6

NCM 506: Practical Project to Improve Maternal Child Health

6

NCM 507: Focused Independent Study of Dissertation Topic

6

NCM 508: Mentorship Development

6

Research
Please see the Research Guidelines section of this handbook. The Doctoral Dissertation must be based on a research project pre-approved by the College Faculty Board and carried out under the supervision of an approved preceptor.

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.
Additional expenses:
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 and Learning Resources: 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. Additionally, as all PhD programs are unique to the individual student, unforeseen additional resources such as books, articles, online courses, and subscriptions to online databases may be necessary. Costs will vary based on the student's program.

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.

Graduation:
Doctorate of Philosophy in Midwifery Awarded:

  1. When prerequisites are met
  2. When course requirements are complete
  3. When Doctoral Dissertation is accepted by Faculty Board
  4. When Doctoral Dissertation is published in a professional journal or as a book
  5. When Doctoral Dissertation is presented at a major midwifery conference
  6. When bound copy of the Doctoral Dissertation is placed in the College Library
  7. When the College has documentation of all of the above

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.