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

NMI Certificate Program Admissions

National Midwifery Institute is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution. There shall be no discrimination against any employee, applicant for employment or any student on any basis including actual or perceived sex, gender identity, race, color, marital status, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability. This non-discrimination policy applies to all educational policies and programs and to all terms and conditions of employment, which include (but are not limited to): recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, benefits, promotions, disciplinary actions and termination.

Minimum Qualifications for Admission

Students must have a high school diploma or equivalent in order to be eligible for enrollment in our certificate program. Previous birth experience is strongly encouraged but not required. Prospective students with minimal birth experience or minimal experience in correspondence education are encouraged to consider enrollment in Heart & Hands Course which is available separately from enrollment in NMI’s certificate program.

All applicants are assisted in their enrollment decision during phone interview process and other interactions 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. Qualified applicants then self-select whether or not they would like to complete their enrollment with NMI based on their informed assessment regarding their suitability for the program structure and the program’s suitability for them.

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.
In addition, NMI must be legally authorized to operate or exempt from such authorization with all regulatory agencies that govern midwifery education programs, post-secondary education, vocational education, and/or degree-granting institutions in every state or local jurisdiction where our institution has a presence. To learn more about states where NMI can and cannot currently enroll students, visit our States Permission to Operate page.  

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 enrollment process is self-paced: initial applications are held indefinitely and enrollment may be completed in a matter of days or a matter of months depending on the student’s preferences.

  1.  The first step in the application process is to contact us for an application.
  2. You will be sent a link to complete our Student Application for Enrollment form and to pay our $30 application fee online.
  3. Following completion of Student Application for Enrollment form, contact your high school  and request that an official high school transcript be sent directly to our office at PO Box 128 Bristol VT 05443
  4. Upon receipt of your application and application fee, 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 support you in making an informed decision about NMI as your choice of program.
  5. Following your phone interview you will be sent an acceptance letter including required forms to complete for enrollment (see 6).                     
  6. To complete enrollment, you will submit a signed and witnessed NMI Enrollment Agreement, ACH authorization form for monthly administrative fee withdrawal, signed Academic Integrity 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 clinical experience documentation. 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 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. 

Students With Disabilities                          

National Midwifery Institute welcomes students with disabilities. During the application process, NMI discusses with the Applicant any disability they have disclosed and any potential impact their disability might have on their educational experience in NMI and their ability to practice midwifery following graduation. NMI provides disabled students with reasonable educational accomodation based upon relevant law, sound ethical practices, and NMI educational standards.

Educational accommodation is defined as any reasonable adjustment required for a student to participate fully in the school community. Students who are enrolling in NMI and who have disclosed a disability are asked to submit information regarding their educational needs in this regard.  It is the student’s responsibility to request services in a timely manner. It is the responsibility of NMI Program Directors to decide whether a disability has been adequately documented and to identify a list of potential accommodations of the disability, a copy of which is shared with the student.  Learning disabilities can be manifest in a variety of ways, and accommodations must be tailored to the individual. Examples include allowing a student extra time to complete assignments, providing  assistance with proofreading written work, providing  feedback and assisting the student in planning the workflow of assignments, and more.

NMI students need to be aware of specific abilities necessary for completing NMI’s academic and clinical experience documentation requirements as well as for their future work as a midwife. These include: communicating with clients; administering medications; lifting and repositioning clients; acting as a supervisor; motor skills such as suturing; performing physical examinations of clients; operating motor vehicles; working long shifts without breaks; ordering lab tests; insurance billing; and many other functions.                                          


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