The SWTC Direct Entry Midwifery Program is a two-year associate degree program designed to equip aspiring midwives with the skills and knowledge necessary for certification and licensure in Wisconsin. This program focuses on providing comprehensive, hands-on holistic care throughout the childbearing years, with a particular emphasis on low-risk pregnancy assessment and appropriate referral practices. Throughout the program, students will develop essential competencies in various aspects of pregnancy assessment, including nutritional evaluation, overall health monitoring, risk assessment, fetal growth and development monitoring, lactation techniques, initial newborn care, and evaluating family support and child transition while identifying available community resources.

Note

The Midwifery Program provides access to classroom learning virtually. Note that all students enrolled in “lab” classes will be required to be present on campus for two weeks per semester*. Southwest Tech also offers a CPM to ASM Pathway for Certified Professional Midwives (CPM)

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  • Overview
  • Is This Program for You?

    Do you have a committed interest in the Midwifery Model of Care? Are you tolerant of different lifestyles, values, beliefs, and cultures? Are you a self-confident, independent, and self-directed learner? You may find a career in Midwifery rewarding.

    See the Midwifery Program Handbook and the SWTC Student Handbook.

    Students entering the Midwife program should:

    • Be respectful of different lifestyles, values, beliefs, and cultures.
    • Be able to maintain confidentiality.
    • Have a committed interest in prenatal and reproductive care using the Midwifery Model of Care.
    • Have effective communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Be able to perform delegated tasks.
    • Be able to effectively delegate to others.
    • Have efficient writing skills.
    • Have good reading and comprehension skills.
    • Be in good physical and emotional health.
    • Be flexible, adaptable, and enjoy working with people.
    • Be self-confident, independent, and a self-directed learner.
    • Meet Wisconsin Caregiver Law requirements.

    Program Basics

    • Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete
    • Some online classes available
    • Financial aid available to students who qualify
    • May take some courses immediately upon program acceptance
    • Students must achieve a C or better in each course of the program curriculum to be eligible to progress
    • CPM to ASM Pathway available for the already Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)
    • Virtual access available for students who do not reside locally
    • Program has a January start
    • Completion of all Midwife program clinical work needs to be accomplished within 5 years of original program registration
    • See details of enrollment and clinical course requirements found in the enrollment agreement

    Delineation between clinical time and clinical site employment

    While enrolled in and attending the midwife program there must remain a clear distinction between the student and employee roles; and to that end:

    • Students may not be employed or utilized at their assigned clinical sites as administrative staff. This does not include training/mentorship in business aspects of practice.
    • Students may not complete clinical coursework while working in an employee status, whether in a midwifery practice, a clinic, hospital or other facility.
    • Students may not receive/accept remuneration in exchange for work performed at their assigned clinical site.

    Delineation between role as student and role as employee in any birth-related profession

    While enrolled in and attending the midwife program there must remain a clear distinction between the student and employee roles; and to that end:

    • Students may only work in any birth-related or healthcare-related capacity providing direct patient/client care within a practice, clinic or facility which has a minimum $1 million / $3 million liability coverage.
  • Program Description
  • Program Description:

    The SWTC Direct Entry Midwifery Program is a two-year associate degree program designed to equip aspiring midwives with the skills and knowledge necessary for certification and licensure in Wisconsin. This program focuses on providing comprehensive, hands-on holistic care throughout the childbearing years, with a particular emphasis on low-risk pregnancy assessment and appropriate referral practices. Throughout the program, students will develop essential competencies in various aspects of pregnancy assessment, including nutritional evaluation, overall health monitoring, risk assessment, fetal growth and development monitoring, lactation techniques, initial newborn care, and evaluating family support and child transition while identifying available community resources.

    The goal of the program is to prepare graduates for the Certified Professional Midwife Credential (CPM) examination, achieved through a combination of academic education and practical experience gained during the program, focused on the perinatal period, labor, birth and postpartum in an out-of-hospital setting.

    To ensure a well-rounded education, students will participate in virtual face-to-face academic classes, on-campus skills training held once per semester, and clinical internships under the guidance of NARM and SWTC-recognized preceptors. This multifaceted approach ensures that students receive both theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience essential for their future roles as competent and compassionate midwives.

    Courses:

    The midwifery curriculum at SWTC adopts a competency-based approach to instruction and assessment, carefully designed by our experienced faculty. Through this approach, students gain a clear understanding of the required competencies and the expected demonstration of knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to succeed in each unit of study and ultimately become proficient entry-level midwives.

    Throughout the academic and clinical program, students engage in ongoing competency-based instruction and assessment. In addition to fulfilling a minimum number of clinical hours and hands-on skill experience, students are provided with comprehensive learning plans, activities, and measurement criteria for each course. They are also equipped with performance assessment tools specific to each subject.

    The midwifery program is designed with a recommended two-year timeframe. However, the actual duration may vary based on factors such as students' preferences for clinical course mapping, transferred credits, full or part-time enrollment options, availability, and volume of clinical sites.

    At our institution, we are committed to providing a robust and supportive learning environment that nurtures the development of competent and confident midwives. Our competency-based curriculum ensures that graduates are well-prepared for the challenges of entry-level midwifery practice.

    Please go to the Curriculum and Costs tab of the Midwife Program website and click the hyperlink for each course to see a brief description and any pre- or co-requisites. www.swtc.edu/academics/programs/health-occupations/midwife#curriculum-costs


    Midwifery Theory Classes

    Course Number Name of Class Method Offered Credits
    10-501-153 Body Structure and Function Online Class 3
    10-510-140 Nutrition Online Class 3
    10-510-153 Applied Pharmacology Online Class 2
    10-510-155 Introduction to Midwifery Practice Face-to-Face Virtual Class 2
    10-510-160 Antepartum Theory Face-to-Face Virtual Class 4
    10-510-146 Well Person Gynecology Online Class 3
    10-510-164 Intrapartum Face-to-Face Virtual Class 3
    10-510-165 Postpartum Face-to-Face Virtual Class 1
    10-510-166 Neonate Face-to-Face Virtual Class 1
    10-510-149 Professional Issues in Midwifery Face-to-Face Virtual Class 2
    10-510-150 OB/Medication Management Online Class 1
    10-510-154 Midwife Research Face-to-Face Virtual Class 1
    Midwifery Program Lab Classes
    Course Number Name of Class Method Offered Credits
    10-510-156 Midwife Science Lab Face-to-Face Virtual Class (On campus test out required) 1
    10-510-157 Physical Exam for the Midwife Face-to-Face Virtual Class (On campus test out required) 2
    10-510-161 Antepartum Lab Face-to-Face Virtual Class (On campus test out required) 1
    10-510-148 Midwife Clinic Lab I Face-to-Face Virtual Class (On campus test out required) 1
    10-510-152 Midwife Clinic Lab II Face-to-Face Virtual Class (On campus test out required) 2
    Midwifery Clinical Classes
    Course Number Name of Class Method Offered Credits
    10-510-155 Intro to Midwife Clinic Requires 5 Observe Role 1
    10-510-159 Midwife Clinic 1 Clinical Hours: 72 Requires 5 Observed Births 1
    10-510-162 Midwife Clinic 2 Clinical Hours: 144 (Assistant) 2
    10-510-163 Midwife Clinic 3 Clinical Hours: 72 (Assistant) 1
    10-510-167 Midwife Clinic 4 Clinical Hours: 144 (Assistant) 2
    10-510-168 Midwife Clinic 5 Clinical Hours: 144 (Primary) 2
    10-510-169 Midwife Clinic 6 Clinical Hours: 144 (Primary) 2
    10-510-170 Midwife Clinic 7 Clinical Hours: 212 (Primary) 3
    General Education Courses
    Total Credits: 68
    Course Number Name of Class Method Offered Credits
    10-801-195 Written Communication Online Class 3
    10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies Online Class 3
    10-804-123 Math with Business Applications Online Class 3
    10-809-199 Marriage & Family Online Class 3
    10-809-198/10-809-199 Intro to Psychology OR Psychology of Human Relations Online Class 3
    10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication Online Class 3
    10-809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application Online Class 3

    Schedule:

    The Direct Entry Midwife Associate degree (ASM) program typically requires a minimum of 2 years to complete; however, it's worth noting that many students opt for a slightly longer timeframe, taking around 2.5 to 3 years to finish the program. For added flexibility, students are allowed up to 5 years to complete all program requirements. For those who qualify, financial aid is available to support their educational journey.

    Unlike most Southwest Tech programs, the Direct Entry Midwife program offers a unique January start, commonly referred to as the Spring Semester start. Upon program acceptance, students may have the opportunity to begin some courses early. The program primarily features face-to-face zoom virtual courses, ensuring direct interaction with instructors and peers.

    • Classes typically run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST), with a convenient one-hour break for lunch.
    • During the first semester of core courses, classes are conducted virtually via Zoom on two days per week.
    • In subsequent semesters, students have the option to schedule classes on a single day, resulting in one virtual class day per week.
    • Our instructors conduct classes virtually, creating a collaborative learning environment that allows seamless interaction between students and instructors, regardless of their physical locations. It simulates the experience of being in a face-to-face classroom, fostering effective communication and engagement.
    • Virtual students are expected to be actively present and logged in during all scheduled class times. Just like in a physical classroom, we encourage virtual students to eliminate distractions and treat class time with the same level of focus and participation as if they were physically present. This ensures a meaningful and productive learning experience for all students, regardless of their mode of access to the program.
    • Clinical classes are done at preceptorship sites under the guidance of the SWTC-qualified preceptor who is in constant contact with the student's assigned Clinical Site Coordinator (CSC).
    • The students meet with the Clinical Faculty member of the course throughout the semester to review clinical progress.
    • Lab classes require on-campus time for test out to assess skills attainment.
    • All general education courses have an online option.

    Required Travel

    As part of the program, all students are required to attend in-person classes on the Southwest Tech campus in Fennimore, Wisconsin, for three to five class days during specific semesters. For added convenience, the spring semester labs also offer an option for summer lab classes.

    Prior to the start of each semester, students will receive information regarding the specific on-campus travel dates. These dates are typically scheduled in October for the Fall semester, in May for the Spring semester, and in June for the Summer semester. This on-campus time is crucial as it provides opportunities for reviewing and testing essential skills, along with engaging in other important activities related to the program.

    The on-campus requirement ensures that students receive hands-on training, practice, and assessments to further enhance their learning experience and prepare them for a successful career in the field. Students are responsible for travel and lodging expenses.


    Clinical Training

    Clinical experiences in the Direct Entry Midwife Program are carefully structured to align with the academic theory coursework, creating a seamless progression of learning. To demonstrate proficiency in linking theory to practice, students are required to exhibit competency in all NARM skills, MANA core competencies, and linked MEAC competencies.

    Timely completion of each clinical course is expected, with a recognition that academic coursework and clinical work are closely interconnected. Before proceeding to the next clinical course, students must successfully finish and receive a grade for the current course.

    Clinical placements are exclusively arranged with NARM-approved preceptors with the support of the Clinical Site Coordinator (CSC). The CSC works one on one with their assigned students to support in clinical placement, clinical accountability, and preceptor support.

    The preceptor must also hold recognition in their jurisdiction of practice. Furthermore, the jurisdiction in which the preceptor operates must legally recognize the CPM credential for midwifery practice or have entrance as an educational clinical site via the Department of Education.

    For comprehensive information on the clinical training aspect of the Direct Entry Midwife Program, students can refer to the NARM and Southwest Tech Midwife Program Clinical Requirements document.

    This document covers all relevant details related to the clinical training component, guiding students through their practical training journey in the program. See details of enrollment and clinical course requirements found in the enrollment agreement


    Clinical Course Requirements:

    It's essential to highlight that each clinical course within the program is associated with specific credit hours, competencies, and clinical experiences. This division allows students to request financial aid for each clinical course individually, making the financial process more manageable.

    To progress from one clinical course to the next, students must meet several criteria. First, they are required to achieve a minimum grade of 78% in core midwifery courses. Additionally, their preceptors must approve their demonstrated competencies and skills through evaluations. Students must successfully complete all time and experience requirements for the current clinical course. Lastly, a site visit with the Clinical site coordinator and preceptor is necessary to ensure comprehensive assessment and coordination. By adhering to these guidelines, students can smoothly advance through the clinical component of the program, staying on track for their successful journey toward becoming competent and qualified midwives.


    Clinical Course Progression:

    Course Requirements Clinical Encounters Required
    Introduction to Midwife Clinic NRP, BLS, Doula Course, Childbirth Education Classes for In and OOH birth, Lactation support groups, Background Check, Physical Exam 5 observe births
    MWC1 Complete IMWC 72 hrs. in observation of clinical experience, 5 observe births
    MWC2 Complete MWC1 Clinical Hours:144 ~ Births: 7 ~ Prenatal Exams: 10 ~ Initial Prenatal Exams: 2 ~ Newborn Exams: 7 ~ Postpartum Visits: 3 All as Assistant under Supervision
    MWC3 Complete MWC2 Clinical Hours: 72 ~ Births: 3 ~ Prenatals: 5 ~ Initial Prenatals: 1 ~ Newborn Exams: 3 ~ Postpartum Visits: 2 All as Assistant under Supervision
    MWC4 Complete MWC3 Clinical Hours: 144 ~ Births: 10 ~ Prenatals: 10 ~ Initial Prenatals: 3 ~ Newborn Exams: 10 ~ Postpartum Visits: 5 All as Assistant under Supervision
    MWC5 Complete MWC4 Clinical Hours: 144 ~ Births: 5 ~ Prenatals: 25 ~ Initial Prenatals: 8 ~ Newborn Exams: 5 ~ Postpartum: 10 All as Primary under Supervision
    MWC6 Complete MWC5 Clinical Hours: 144 ~ Births: 10 ~ Prenatals: 20 ~ Initial Prenatals: 6 ~ Newborn Exams: 10 ~ Postpartum: 14 All as Primary under Supervision
    MWC7 Complete MWC6 Clinical Hours: 212 ~ Births:10 ~ Prenatals: 30 ~ Initial Prenatals: 6 ~ Newborn Exams: 5 ~ Postpartum: 22 Preconception visits: 10 Lactation counseling: 10

    Graduation Requirements

    To be eligible for graduation from the Midwifery Program at Southwest Tech, students must fulfill the following requirements:

    1. Complete all mandatory courses specified in the program curriculum.
    2. Students must satisfactorily complete the required curriculum and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above. In some programs, students must complete every course with no lower than a "C" grade to meet graduation requirements. (refer to Midwifery Program Handbook )
    3. Maintain a minimum GPA of 78% to demonstrate academic proficiency.
    4. Satisfy the required number of supervised clinical hours, lab hours, and hands-on experience, in accordance with CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) requirements based on Wisconsin Act 292, NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) Skills, and MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) Core Competencies.
    5. Adhere to any additional program-specific requirements as outlined by Southwest Wisconsin Technical College.

    Please note that the Southwest Technical College Direct Entry Midwife program is tailored to fulfill the licensing requirements for Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) in Wisconsin. It does not cover the specific licensure requirements of other states.

    The clinical experiences must span at least two (2) years and encompass a total of clinical placement and lab hours. While prior learning credit and transfer credit for clinical experiences may be considered, they do not apply to transfer credit for academic coursework.

    To progress in the program, students are required to achieve a minimum average of 78% on all tests and a cumulative average of 78% on all assignments. Additionally, a final grade of at least 78% (equivalent to a 'C' grade) is mandatory for each program course to successfully graduate. If a student has been granted prior learning credit or transfer credit, they must still complete at least 25% of the program's core courses and pass them with a minimum of 78% or 'C' grade.

    Completion of the entire program must be accomplished within 5 years from the original program registration date. By adhering to these graduation requirements, students can successfully complete the Direct Entry Midwife program and move forward in their careers as skilled and qualified midwives.

    The start date of enrollment and the minimum and maximum timeframes for completion

    Upon enrollment, the program advisor has each student complete their preferred/goal start and preferred/goal end date and then adds the 5-year deadline on the enrollment agreement. Enrollment Agreement


    Clinical Training

    The Midwifery Program at SWTC is committed to assisting the student in achieving student success in academic and College Obligations as seen on the Preceptor-Student Contract which is sent to the preceptor and student to sign prior to the start of each clinical course.

    The College agrees to:

    • Provide guidelines for clinical study expectations to the preceptor and the student.
    • Provide materials and guidelines for the evaluation of the student.
    • Provide individual supervision on a regular basis (not to be less than once per semester).
    • Meet with the preceptor and student for a clinical site visit at least once per semester either virtually or in person to evaluate the progress of the student.
    • To meet by phone or other means more often as necessary.
    • Assume final responsibility for grading of the student.
    • Treat all information received pertaining to the records of the preceptor in a confidential manner.
    • Maintain student/instructor academic liability insurance during preceptor affiliation.
    • Evaluate clinical placement site for future placements.

    Preceptor/Clinical Site Placement Responsibilities:

    In the Introduction to Midwife Clinic, students will engage in several important tasks to secure a qualified preceptor for their clinical training. They will begin by writing an introductory letter and arranging potential preceptor interviews. Additionally, students will complete a student questionnaire to aid in finding the most suitable preceptor for their needs.

    The Clinical Site Coordinator (CSC) will provide valuable assistance throughout the process of securing a vetted clinical site and a preceptor and/or utilize the roster of registered preceptors to match students with appropriate clinical placements.

    Every effort is made to place students in clinical sites near their place of residence. While most students will drive a maximum of 3 hours to reach their clinical site, there may be instances where temporary relocation is necessary for a more diverse practice experience or due to limited local placement opportunities. The SWTC CSCs work diligently to minimize any personal and financial strain during the students' clinical courses.


    Registered SWTC Preceptors:

    To become preceptors in compliance with SWTC and MEAC standards, all preceptors must register with the SWTC midwifery program and complete the required steps:

    1. Successfully complete the preceptor training available on the website or sent by the assigned CSC.
    2. Submit necessary documents through the unique Typhon account provided, including an updated curriculum vitae, CPM certificate, NARM preceptor approval letter, current copies of BLS and NRP certification, and a copy of the state license (if applicable).
    3. Sign and submit the Safety Form, Preceptor Equipment and Resources form, and Preceptor Handbook Affidavit directly to the CSC.
    4. Upon completion of the SWTC preceptor training and submission of the required documents, preceptors will receive a certificate of completion. The preceptor, along with the CSC, will then schedule a one-on-one onboarding meeting and establish the student-preceptor contract, ensuring a smooth and successful clinical training experience.

    The process for preceptor evaluation, training, and approval can be found on the "Become a SWTC Preceptor" tab below.


    Administrative Fees and Tuition

    Tuition and fees are established according to state statutes and Wisconsin Technical College System guidelines and may change from year to year. Students must pay all required fees according to Southwest Tech policies. The College's tuition and fees can be viewed through the following link: www.swtc.edu/student-resources/financial-resources/tuition-fees


    The Payment and Refund Schedule

    The Refund Policy, including the refund schedule, can be accessed through the following link: www.swtc.edu/student-resources/financial-resources/student-refunds


    The Student's Obligations, Financial and Otherwise

    Estimated tuition can be found on the program page, under the Curriculum & Costs tab. Additional costs that students will incur include the following items:

    • Textbooks: estimated at approximately $5,000 for the full 68 credits in the program
    • Charger Tech 360 program: $300 per semester
    • Travel costs: travel costs depend on where the student resides. Some students estimate that they spend approximately $2,000 - $6,500 on travel costs throughout the program.
    • Additional requirements needed at the end of the first semester: Cost of Doula Course, NRP, BLS, Physical Exam and Vaccine Information, Background Check, Childbirth Education Course.
    • Approximate cost between $1,000 - $2,000, depending on whether the student has prior learning experience and has access to the required documents.

    Additional details about the curriculum and costs can be accessed through the Curriculum & Costs tab below.


    Release Certification Test Results

    The student’s permission to release certification test results to the school for the purposes of compiling student achievement data for compliance with MEAC standards. Students provide permission to release certification test results to the school for the purposes of compiling student achievement data through their signature on the enrollment agreement. Enrollment Agreement

  • FAQs
  • What is a Midwife?

    Midwives Are Trained Professionals

    Midwives are the traditional care providers for mothers and infants. Midwives are trained professionals with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period. Midwives provide women with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. Midwifery is a woman-centered empowering model of maternity care that is utilized in all of the countries of the world with the best maternal and infant outcomes such as The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Canada.

    Midwives in the United States

    There are approximately 15,000 practicing midwives in the United States. Midwives may practice in private homes, clinics, birth centers, and hospitals. In most countries, midwives are primary health care providers and the central pillar in maternity care and women's health care. However, slightly more than 10% of births in the U.S. are attended by midwives. Countries that utilize midwives as primary health care providers are also those countries in which mothers and infants fare best. The United States continues to rank behind most of the developed world in terms of infant and maternal mortality.

    Midwives Foster Relationships with Women

    Midwives value communication and developing a trusting, working relationship with the women and families they serve. In the course of developing that relationship, midwives provide personalized and thorough care at many levels: preconception, pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and beyond. Many midwives provide primary health care, gynecological care, and care of the normal newborn. In addition to being trained to conduct comprehensive physical exams and order laboratory, screening and other diagnostic tests, midwives provide extensive health care education and counseling, as well as engage in shared decision-making with their clients and patients.

    What is a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife)?

    A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a knowledgeable, skilled and independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). CPM is the only international credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital birth.

    How do CPMs practice?

    CPMs are trained and credentialed to offer expert care and support to women and their babies for pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. CPMs practice as autonomous health professionals working within a network of relationships with other maternity care professionals who can provide consultation and collaboration when needed.

    The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events and includes:

    • monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle;
    • providing the mother with individualized education, counseling and prenatal care,
    • continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery and postpartum support;
    • minimizing technological interventions; and
    • identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention.

    The application of this model has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma and cesarean section.

    Development of the Credential The CPM credential was developed by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in collaboration with the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM) and diverse stakeholders from across the US. The credential issued by NARM is nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) which is the accrediting arm of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). NCCA accredits many health professions.

    Are CPMs legal?

    Thirty-six states now recognize direct-entry midwives in statute, 35 through CPM licensure or equivalent. Before the advent of the CPM credential in 1994, individual states that licensed midwives each had their own requirements and standards. Since the availability of the CPM credential, the trend has been to use the CPM as the basis for state licensure. The credential also establishes a national standard for quality assurance within the profession.

    Completion of this certification does not necessarily convey legality which is determined by state and territorial governments.

    How do I obtain fulfill the clinical requirement for this program?

    • Clinical courses are designed to meet both NARM requirements and MANA core competencies.
    • Every effort is made to place students with preceptors within their home region. The program maintains a list of potential preceptors in a number of states, with a focus on Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota. Students from other states may be asked to assist in identifying appropriate clinical preceptors in their local region; if none are available, students may be asked to travel and/or temporarily relocate to obtain clinical experience. (See information for Out of State Students)
    • Potential preceptors must be NARM registered and approved by the Midwifery Program. Please read the Preceptor handbook for more information regarding the SWTC Midwifery Program.
    • Clinical placement may be up to three hours from a student's home.
    • Preceptors will inform students of expected clinical hours and days and the student will be expected to match the preceptor's schedule.
    • Students are expected to be on call 24/7 throughout the program, including summers. Absences will only be permitted on a very limited basis.
    • Students are responsible for all costs associated with clinicals including transportation, housing, gas, food etc.

    What equipment is needed to start the Program?

    • Computer or tablet with webcam and hard drive or portable drive
    • Stable internet access (preferably via Ethernet)
    • Scanner or photo-to-pdf application

    What midwifery supplies am I going to need to purchase for the first semester?

    • Sterile and non-sterile gloves- non-latex and powder free
    • Stethoscope (of good quality)
    • Blood Pressure Cuff
    • Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope
  • Curriculum & Costs
  • Cost of Attendance (COA) 23-24

    Cost of Attendance (COA) is a total of all the usual expenses of being a student. The COA sets the maximum amount of financial aid a student can receive.

    Category Amount
    Tuition and Fees $4,713
    Living Expenses (Housing and Food) $9,614
    Books and Supplies $2,061
    Personal Expenses $2,245
    Transportation $2,007
    Charger Tech 360 Fee $600
    Loan Fees $83
    Yearly Total (Living Away from Home) $21,323
    1 Semester Total (Living Away from Home) $10,662

    Based on Wisconsin Residents.

    Approximate school costs are for a full-time (12 credit) student over a semester span of 17 weeks.

    Fees are legislated by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board.

    These costs are estimates and are subject to change without notice.

  • Requirements
  • All incoming students, including the CPM to ASM students must read and understand the Direct Entry Midwifery Program Student Handbook .

    Admission and Program Requirements

    • Submit Application
    • To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809
    • Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech (email admissions@swtc.edu, or mail to Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809)
    • Submit a Professional letter of recommendation to: Southwest Tech (email admissions@swtc.edu, or mail to Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809)
    • Complete the Background Information Disclosure form on MySWTC.
    • Submit a current CPR/BLS for the Healthcare Provider certificate (must include hands-on component).
    • Submit a current Neonatal Resuscitation (AAP-approved; must include hands-on component).
    • Submit evidence of a completed Doula Workshop Certificate.
    • Attend a pre-admissions Meeting with the Program Director: Set up a meeting with Vanessa
    • Attend an admissions Meeting with the Program Advisor: Set up a meeting with Beth
    • Admissions Preference Policy

      Priority for program acceptance will be given in this order until January 1, 2024:

      1. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College District Residents (permanent address is in one of Southwest Tech’s 30 school districts the College serves) Southwest Tech District Information
      2. Non-District State Residents
      3. Out-of-State Residents

    Health Requirements listed below need to be submitted before beginning the semester, and to be placed at a clinical site

    If you are unable to access documents here, please contact Gin Reynolds (greynolds@swtc.edu, 1.608.822.2648)

    NOTE: Students are responsible for all associated costs.

    Although it is not required but highly recommended that the following be completed before beginning the first semester of core midwifery classes or required by the end of the first-semester in ‘Introduction to Midwife Clinic’. Getting a “head start” supports the student in successfully completing this course

    • A series of a minimum of 6 hours of childbirth education classes for out of hospital birth.
    • A series of a minimum of 6 hours of childbirth education classes for in hospital births
    • A minimum of 5 observed births in any capacity.
    • Securing a NARM preceptor and a clinical site. All preceptors must register and complete the SWTC preceptor training

    Applied Pharmacology (10-510-153) and Nutrition (10-510-140) online courses are now being offered for the Fall semester. Incoming students may opt to take these classes prior to starting the Direct Entry Midwife program.

    Helpful Academic Background

    • Previous college-level coursework in the life sciences

    Program Fees

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
    • Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
  • Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes

    At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:

    1. Acquire a foundation of theoretical knowledge, clinical assessment, critical thinking skills, and shared decision making
      Criteria:
      • Use critical thinking to evaluate clinical findings
      • Optimize intuition as authoritative knowledge
      • Demonstrate effective communication and written skills
      • Apply care principles, support and information regarding reproductive health
    2. Create the plan of care for the woman in the childbearing year
      Criteria:
      • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the whole picture
      • Use conscious analysis of the challenges and goals in creating the plan of care
      • Identify with the woman the goals and challenges of her care
      • Maximize the teaching and learning process to maintain health and nutrition of clients served
      • Construct clinical decisions to assure positive outcomes for mother and newborn
      • Summarize how to incorporate high quality, culturally relevant, and holistic midwifery care in a variety of settings
    3. Demonstrate holistic, competent care for women and families during the childbearing year
      Criteria:
      • Function within the Midwives Model of Care
      • Uphold professional standards for the Certified Professional Midwife
      • Assume responsibility for collaboration with other team members and healthcare professionals
      • Anticipate the need for referral to local and regional resources and services available to families in community
      • Demonstrate assessment skills of preconception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and newborn
      • Perform assistance with the natural birthing process as indicated
      • Facilitate continuity of care within the context of the midwife setting

    Completion Rates

    Enter Program Start Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
    Number of students who originally started in the program 15 19 31 10 9 84
    Number of students who meet exclusion criteria 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Number of students who transferred out of this program and into another MEAC-accredited program within your institution 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Number of students who transferred into this program from another MEAC-accredited program within your institution 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adjusted Count 15 19 31 10 9 84
    Number of students who withdrew from the program (excluding students reported as transferred out, above) 6 12 18 2 4
    Number of students whose enrollment was terminated by the program 1 4 1 1 0
    Number of students who are still enrolled as of the date of reporting 0 0 0 1 0 1
    Number of students who graduated within 150% of normal time for completion 7 1 5 5 3 21
    Number of students who graduated after 150% of normal time for completion 1 2 7 1 2 13
    Total of rows (should match adjusted count) 15 19 31 10 9 84
    COMPLETION RATE* (within 150% of normal time for completion) 47% 5% 16% 50% 33% 25%
    Percent still enrolled or ever completed** 53% 16% 39% 70% 56% 42%

    *Median Completion Rate: 33%

    **Median percent still enrolled or ever completed: 53%

    Retention Rates

    Year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total
    Number of students who started in the program 31 10 8 23 68 140
    Number of students who met exclusion criteria prior to day 30 of year two of the program 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adjusted count 31 10 8 23 68 140
    Number of students still enrolled on day 30 of year two of the program 17 7 7 14 43 88
    RETENTION RATE 55% 70% 88% 61% 63% 63%

    NARM Certification Exam Pass Rates

    Report date
    06/29/2020
    Latest qualifying date
    12/31/2019
    Year of exam # of graduates taking NARM exam # of graduates passing NARM exam (via score) Pass Rate
    2022 5 5 100%
    2021 6 6 100%
    2020 4 4 100%
    TOTAL 15 15 100%

    Graduate Placement Rates

    Report date
    06/29/2020
    Latest qualifying date
    12/31/2019
    Graduation Year # of graduates Working as midwives Working in related fields Total job placement Job Placement Rate
    2019 2 1 0 1 50%
    2018 4 4 0 4 100%
    2017 5 5 0 5 100%
    2016 9 8 1 9 100%
    TOTAL 20 18 1 19 94.1%

    Licensure Information

    The Midwife program is designed to lead to a license for Wisconsin Certified Professional Midwife. More licensure information can be found on the Program Accreditations and Licensure page.

  • Career Opportunities
  • A midwife is a trained health professional who helps healthy childbearing women during labor, delivery, and after the birth of their babies, and provides care for newborns in the first six weeks of life. Midwives may also provide reproductive healthcare for non-pregnant clients. They deliver babies and handle medical emergencies or complications that occur during labor and during the postpartum period of the childbearing cycle. Licensed Midwives deliver babies at birthing centers or at home, and are considered to be the experts in community, out-of-hospital birth.

    What Does a Certified Professional Midwife Do?

    Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) practice in a variety settings, but usually in birth centers and homes. They are certified by the North American Registry of Midwives and must meet specific educational criteria before taking an exam to gain the CPM credential. Each state has its own regulations of CPMs, but most require certification for licensure.

    Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) focus on providing care for the healthy pregnant client during the childbearing cycle, as well as healthy newborn infants. Their wide-ranging work includes monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the expectant client throughout the pregnancy, birth and after the baby is born.

    Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) provide a variety of care, the details of which can depend on where they work. However, their job duties typically include but are not limited to:

    • Providing care during pregnancy
    • Providing support during labor and childbirth
    • Providing care and support during the postpartum period of the childbearing cycle
    • Educating parents about what to expect when raising a child
    • Providing a detailed education on best practices for good nutrition and exercise

    Job Growth

    Certified professional midwives (CPM) are in high demand. The number of births in the United States continues to grow, as does the percentage of those opting to birth outside the hospital. Those who work in midwifery provide an essential service to expectant mothers. Graduates of the SWTC Direct Entry Midwife program meet all requirements to sit for their national certifying examination, and go on to work in clinics, birth centers, and independent midwifery practices. They work in both rural and urban settings.

    More information on career opportunities as a midwife can be found at the links below:

    Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.

  • Transfers
  • Prior Learning
  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!

    Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.

    For more information on Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.

    At any time, you may Request Credit for Prior Learning.

    Midwife Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:

    Course # Course Title
    Challenge Exam
    (Demonstration)
    Challenge Exam
    (Standard)
    CLEP
    Credential
    Portfolio
    10-510-148Midwife Clinic Lab IYes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-152Midwife Clinic Lab IIYes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-155Introduction to Midwifery PracticeYes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-156Midwife Science LabYes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-157Physical Exam for the MidwifeYes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-158Introduction to Midwife ClinicYes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-159Midwife Clinic 1Yes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-160Antepartum TheoryYes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-161Antepartum LabYes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-162Midwife Clinic 2Yes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-163Midwife Clinic 3Yes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-164IntrapartumYes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-165PostpartumYes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-166NeonateYes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-167Midwife Clinic 4Yes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-168Midwife Clinic 5Yes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-169Midwife Clinic 6Yes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-510-170Midwife Clinic 7Yes
    Current Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification
    10-801-136English Composition 1Yes
    CLEP Test - College Composition
    10-801-196Oral/Interpersonal CommunicationYes
    10-804-123Math with Business ApplicationsYes
    10-809-172Introduction to Diversity StudiesYes
    10-809-198Intro to PsychologyYes
    CLEP Test - Introduction to Psychology
  • Accreditation & Professional Disclosure
  • The Midwifery program is accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC).
    Accreditation status can be found on the MEAC Accreditation Status webpage.

    MEAC Logo, MEAC Accredited

    Professional Disclosure

    The Direct Entry Midwife program at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College incorporates the rules and regulations for Wisconsin Licensed Midwives (LM). The program does not teach to any other state requirements/rules. The program is a pathway towards the Certified Professional Midwife credential but does not guarantee licensure to any state. Students are responsible for understanding their state licensing requirements and identifying the state rules and regulations per state on the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). See the link below for the legal status for each of direct entry midwives.

    https://pushformidwives.org/feelingpushy/

    Students that move between states while studying at SWTC must inform the clinical site coordinator and program director prior to relocation with a minimum of fourteen days in advance in order to receive assistance in understanding the rules, laws and regulations of the state.

  • Become a SWTC Preceptor
  • Become a SWTC Preceptor

    On behalf of Southwest Tech (SWTC) we appreciate your dedication and service as a preceptor. Your unwavering commitment, time, and expertise play a pivotal role in shaping the future generation of midwives and advancing the profession.

    Your esteemed position as a preceptor at Southwest Tech fills us with excitement as we anticipate the invaluable hands-on skills training and transformative experiences that our students will gain under your mentorship. Your guidance holds the potential to significantly contribute to their growth as outstanding midwives. We deeply acknowledge that precepting entails substantial effort and additional responsibilities, and we truly value your contributions in propelling the field of midwifery forward.

    To ensure a clear understanding of the program's clinical requisites and expectations, we kindly direct you to the comprehensive Preceptor Handbook.

    Becoming a Certified SWTC Preceptor: A Step-by-Step Journey

    1. Be employed in a State where CPMs are officially recognized.
    2. Maintain currency with both CPM and State licenses.
    3. Hold NARM registration as a preceptor.
    4. Successfully complete the preceptor training, accessible at: https://forms.office.com/r/27EfT9HXtY
    5. Upon completion of the training, please email swarwick@swtc.edu, including the name of the student you intend to precept, along with the Signed Safety Form, Signed Equipment and Resources Form for Preceptor and Signed Preceptor Handbook Affidavit.
    6. Once completed, a clinical site coordinator will send a link to access the Typhon account.
    7. The preceptor will add to their unique Typhon account the following essential documents:
      • a. An updated curriculum vitae
      • b. CPM certificate
      • c. NARM preceptor approval letter
      • d. Current copies of BLS and NRP certification
      • e. Copy of state license (if applicable)

      *Our clinical site coordinators are available to assist the preceptor with Typhon if needed.

    Upon the successful completion of the SWTC preceptor training and the submission of the required documents:

    1. The preceptor will receive a certificate of completion.
    2. An onboarding meeting will be scheduled by the assigned student's Clinical Site Coordinator. This vital interaction will encompass a detailed discussion of program intricacies and the issuance of the student-preceptor contract. It is important to note that students may commence their clinical activities solely once all updated documents are in place and consistently uphold compliance with SWTC's rigorous preceptor standards.

    Benefits of Becoming a SWTC-recognized Preceptor

    Midwife Clinical Faculty Preceptor Trainings:

    Dynamic Midwife Clinical Faculty Preceptor Training page on our online learning platform, Schoology. This portal provides access to diverse training, encompassing Typhon tutorials and engaging lectures that delve into topics such as diversity in midwifery, the intricacies of breech birth, and other pertinent subjects. Moreover, Preceptors are encouraged to participate in program-wide meetings held twice per semester, featuring nationally recognized guest speakers who offer up-to-date workshops focused on perinatal health and midwifery knowledge. Upon completion of evaluations, preceptors can attain a Certificate of Attendance. Detailed login information is shared during the onboarding process.

    Participation in Academic and Clinical Faculty Planning Meetings:

    Your active participation in Academic and Clinical Faculty planning meetings each semester is a testament to your role and responsibility as esteemed clinical faculty/preceptors. These gatherings serve as a forum for preceptors, faculty members, and stakeholders to engage in meaningful discussions pertaining to curriculum development, execution, and evaluation. Your input influences student admissions criteria, program resources, facility enhancements, and service delivery, thereby fostering an environment conducive to student success. Registered preceptors are extended invitations each semester, an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to student education within the SWTC program.

    Program Advisory Committee Involvement:

    The doors of the program advisory committee are open to both preceptors and community members. This committee, convening annually, focuses on program evaluation, data analysis, and community feedback to ensure program excellence and advancement. Should you express interest in becoming a committee member or guest, please do not hesitate to reach out to vcaldari@swtc.edu.

    Exploring Additional Contributions:

    Should you wish to further enrich our program, we invite you to consider contributing as a paid guest speaker during program-wide meetings. To embark on this exciting endeavor, kindly submit the proposed course topic and outline to vcaldari@swtc.edu.

    At Southwest Tech, we hold preceptors in the highest esteem and recognize their pivotal roles in shaping the future of midwifery. Our dedicated team is resolute in supporting both students and preceptors by providing tools, direct assistance, and unwavering support in your impactful role as a preceptor.