"I always felt the admissions process was very personal." ~ an NMI student

NMI Certificate Program Admissions

Qualified applicants will be admitted without discrimination in regard to sex, gender identity, race, color, marital status, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability. Students must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Students self-select, based on their own assessment of suitability for correspondence learning and the program in general. All applicants are assisted in their enrollment decision through a series of phone conversations with administrative staff, who advise the applicant of the risks, benefits, and demands of correspondence learning, as well as the risks, benefits, and demands of midwifery practice. NMI students are responsible for securing their own preceptorship, and the rationale for this is discussed at length, as well as strategies for establishing this working relationship.

If an applicant is concerned about their ability to perform the responsibilities of midwifery education, training and practice, they are encouraged to attend births as a labor support person, and to participate in Heart & Hands Course Work prior to enrollment. Sample modules are made available to all potential applicants.

Students accepted for enrollment must be able to meet the physical and emotional requirements of the academic and clinical course work, and will be required to perform the tasks and uphold the responsibilities particular to midwifery training and practice. For students with dis/ability concerns, NMI offers the flexibility of self-paced learning and correspondence education.

Each state regulates the profession of midwifery in its own way. Educational requirements vary, and licensing or certification may or may not be required—applicants must research guidelines in their anticipated state of practice before deciding to enroll. For more information, contact your state midwifery organization, MANA, or NARM

How To File An Application

National Midwifery Institute offers open enrollment year round: you may apply and enroll at any time. 

"I loved how simple the application process was!"

~ an NMI student

The first step in the application process is to contact us for an application. You will be sent a link to complete our Student Application for Enrollment form and pay our $30 application fee online. Upon receipt of your application, NMI staff will contact you by e-mail to schedule a phone interview to answer any questions you may have, provide further detail regarding program policies, and discuss details for completing the enrollment process. To complete enrollment, you will submit a signed and witnessed NMI Enrollment Agreement, tuition down payment, and official high school transcript. 

All incoming students are advised to carefully review the NMI Handbook and to consult the Schedule For Filing Forms regarding student responsibilities for filing. Students must also obtain a NARM certification application. The NARM application for students in MEAC-accredited schools is available through narm.org.

Advanced Placement

Previous completion of Heart & Hands Course Work and/or prior birth experience that can be adequately documented transfer with the student upon enrollment. At the preceptor’s discretion, students with prior birth experience sufficient to begin student-primary care under preceptor supervision may be required to attend births as an observer or assistant before beginning student primary care under preceptor supervision. NMI course work is specific to the Midwives Model of Care, weaving core sciences into the curriculum. Students with prior study in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, or pharmacology do not receive advanced placement, but will find that the NMI curriculum provides excellent review and integration of these subjects.

Transfer Students

In addition to NMI's Advanced Placement policy, NMI also accepts transfer students who meet the following qualifications: 

  1. Applicants who have completed academic courses and/or clinical experience while enrolled in other MEAC-accredited programs; 
  2. Applicants who have completed academic courses and/or clinical experience while enrolled in non-accredited midwifery programs, and;
  3. Applicants who have not completed formal direct-entry midwifery school or course work, but have considerable prior midwifery study and clinical maternal care experience. 

While transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 2/3 of their academic course work with NMI, up to 1/3 of academic course work may be accepted as transferred prior academic experience. Once enrolled, transfer students work with Heart & Hands Course Work Instructor Elizabeth Davis to assess their current knowledge using a series of post-tests and completion of summary course work, and complete remedial course work as necessary. 

NMI accepts clinical experience obtained prior to enrollment with our program to fulfill clinical experience requirements for graduation, provided that it can be appropriately documented and signed for by a qualified preceptor. Prior to enrollment, transfer students submit documentation of prior clinical experience. NMI will tabulate prior experience and determine what experience requirements have yet to be met in order to graduate from NMI. Prior experience being accepted for transfer leads to a reduction in preceptor fees. For more information about reduced tuition and fees for Transfer students, contact us

Transfer applicants follow a separate admissions process from regular students: contact us for more details. 


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