"The self-paced and self-directed nature of the program's structure fits perfectly with my innate style of curiosity in learning." ~an NMI student

Student Life

NMI offers open enrollment year-round. NMI students complete course work and clinical experience requirements at their own pace while meeting or exceeding NMI's minimum academic and clinical progress policies, and submit work to course work instructors throughout the year according to a quarterly filing schedule. Students have up to 7 years to complete the program, but may complete the program and graduate at any time. 

Correspondence education affords students the opportunity to complete program requirements in their own communities. While NMI's correspondence education format means that there is no brick-and-mortar classroom, NMI students have access to a vibrant online community of other learners and instructors for connection, shared experience, and learning opportunity. Students interact with instructors and each other virtually through virtual Study Forum, a closed Facebook group, an online Student Portal, and through comprehensive student services conducted using e-mail, phone, and videoconferencing. 

More information about the following aspects of NMI student life can be found below:

“I have been very happy with my experience with NMI. I would recommend the school to anyone interested in midwifery.”

~ an NMI Graduate

  • Virtual Study Forum
  • Student/Graduate Facebook Group
  • Online Student Portal
  • Quarterly Progress & Check-In
  • Other Student Services
  • Office Hours & Academic Calendar

Virtual Study Forum

NMI students are invited to participate in NMI's weekly virtual Study Forum meetings hosted by NMI Course Work Instructors. Participants share information and resources during these student-driven weekly study sessions using Zoom, a free online video conferencing platform. At the end of each session, students choose a topic for the following week's session. While sessions often focus in-depth on a particular midwifery topic or module, past sessions have also addressed diverse topics such as business management, student/preceptor relationships, and self-care for midwives. 

"Study Forum is so valuable." ~ an NMI student

Students call in to Study Forum using their computer, tablet, smartphone, or landline phone. Study Forum takes place every Sunday at 5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST. 

"There was bonding with other NMI students both in person and online that I appreciated. This part actually kept me going and enabled my to finish my studies."

~ an NMI graduate

Student/Graduate Facebook Group

Enrolled students are encouraged to participate in NMI's closed Facebook group for enrolled students and graduates. This lively discussion board is a place for students and graduates to interact with other students, graduates, and NMI Course Work instructors and staff, as well as to share resources, discuss course work, network, and more. 

Online Student Portal

In the NMI Student Portal, enrolled students access Heart & Hands and Study Group Course Work modules as well as video, audio, and web resources for each module. The Student Portal also includes:

  • All NMI forms for download (writable pdfs): experience documentation forms, preceptor application
  • NMI orientation materials, including guides to graduation and the NARM exam
  • Digital journal subscription (Midwifery Matters)
  • NMI mp3 library: MANA and CAM conference session recordings 2008-present 

Quarterly Progress

NMI's academic year is divided into quarters, with minimum course work and clinical experience documentation submissions due for submission within each quarter. Students submit a minimum of 2 academic modules for each quarter of active enrollment; many students submit more in order to complete the program in less than 7 years. During work with preceptors, documentation of training and evaluations of self and preceptor are completed for each quarterly cycle.

NMI Minimum Quarterly Progress Policies: 

  • Students submit at least 2 academic modules per quarter;
  • Students submit clinical experience documentation for every quarter of active apprenticeship at the end of that quarter;
  • Students and clinical preceptors submit clinical evaluations according to the following schedule:
    • For students acting as student-assistant under preceptor supervision: every 3 months.
    • For students acting as student-primary under preceptor supervision: evaluation cycles occur after every 5 births. 
  • While students are not required to enter the program having already secured an apprenticeship, NMI maintains a minimum timeline for clinical experience requirements: 
    • Within 36 months of initial enrollment: student must secure an apprenticeship.
    • Within 42 months of initial enrollment: student must begin filing documentation of non-primary experience.
    • Within 60 months of initial enrollment: student must begin fining documentation of student-primary care under preceptor supervision. 

National Midwifery Institute Quarters:

  •  1st Quarter:  January - February - March  
  • 2nd Quarter: April - May - June
  • 3rd Quarter: July - August - September
  • 4th Quarter: October - November - December

Quarterly Check-In

"The quarterly check-in process helps me re-assess my trajectory and review my approach the previous quarter...thereby giving me the information I need to move forward effectively." ~ a NMI student

NMI sends out quarterly reminders during the third month of each quarter, reminding each student of what they individually have due at the end of that quarter. NMI also sends out quarterly check-in questions to gather information about each student's program participation and to update their learning plan.

Other Student Services

NMI administrative staff and program instructors provide the following services upon request:

  • Access to the NMI student Facebook group, weekly virtual Study Forum, and Student Portal of the NMI website
  • Roster of current student and graduate contact information
  • References for students during preceptor interviews
  • Updated transcripts
  • Informal meetings when attending conferences
  • Email and phone contact for questions
  • Tuition payment plans
  • Options for leave of absence

The NMI office is located in rural Vermont: it is not a public facility. The NMI Office is staffed by the Program Administrator, Associate Administrator, and office support staff. Course Work instructors are available by phone or text Monday though Friday during regular business hours. 

Office Hours

The NMI office is open Monday through Friday. During busy office times, appointments are available for phone consultations and may be arranged by e-mail or by leaving a phone message. NMI office hours may be reduced when other schools in Vermont are closed for break:

"I feel NMI is available always for any questions or concerns." ~ an NMI student

  • last week of December
  • third week of February
  • last week of April
  • July 1-September 1
  • The NMI office is closed on national holidays.

Instructors maintain professional responsibilities in the greater midwifery community: serving on advisory or executive boards, teaching at conferences, doing research or technical writing. Instructors notify students if they will be briefly unavailable due to personal or professional commitments. 

Academic Calendar

NMI offers open enrollment year-round. Students may complete the program and graduate at any time. Students complete course work at their own pace while meeting or exceeding minimum progress policies, and submit work to course work instructors throughout the year.

NMI's academic year is divided into quarters, with minimum course work and clinical experience documentation submissions due for submission within each quarter. Students submit a minimum of 2 academic modules for each quarter of active enrollment. During work with preceptors, documentation of training and evaluations of self and preceptor are completed for each quarterly cycle.  

1st Quarter:  January - February - March  

2nd Quarter: April - May - June

3rd Quarter: July - August - September

4th Quarter: October - November - December


To learn more, view the NMI Handbook.