"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 applying for admission to NMI must have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent to be eligible for admission into the NMI 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 the Heart & Hands Course, which is available separately from enrollment in NMI’s Certificate Program.

All prospective applicants to the NMI Certificate Program are assisted in their enrollment decision by phone interview with the Program Administrator, who then refers the applicant to an Educational Director for additional conversation and screening. During these conversations, the applicant is fully advised of the risks, benefits, and demands of midwifery practice. Qualified applicants self-select regarding their enrollment decision, based on their conversations with the Program Administrator and Educational Director and their own assessment regarding their suitability for the program and the program’s suitability for them.

Each state has unique regulations for the practice of midwifery. Educational requirements vary, as do licensing/certification requirements. During the initial phone interview, applicants are advised to contact their state midwifery organization, MANA, or NARM to research guidelines in their anticipated state of practice before deciding to enroll in NMI.

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 and in which our students permanently reside. For a list of states from which we may currently enroll students, visit our States Permission to Operate page. Please review this list prior to submitting an application.

Applying to the NMI Certificate Program

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

The enrollment process is self-paced; initial applications are held indefinitely and enrollment may be completed in a matter of days or months, depending on the applicant’s preference.

"I loved how simple the application process was!"

~ an NMI student

  1. The first step is to contact us by phone or email to request an application for admission.

  2. You will be sent a link to complete the Student Application for Enrollment form, and another to pay the $75 application fee online.

  3. Following completion of Student Application for Enrollment form and payment of the $75 application fee, contact your high school and request that an official high school transcript be sent directly to our office at National Midwifery Institute, Inc. Administration Office, P.O. Box 863, Middlebury, VT 05753. If instead you earned a GED, contact the state in which you successfully passed the GED and formally request that a copy of the GED evidencing passing and completion be submitted to the NMI Office. If you have other high school degree equivalency documents, request the regulatory agency which bestowed the documents to submit official documentation evidencing your high school degree equivalency to the NMI Office.

  4. Upon receipt of your application and application fee, the Program Administrator or Educational Director will contact you by email to schedule another phone interview to provide further details regarding program policies and to answer any remaining questions you may have, as well as to ensure that you have made a fully informed decision to attend NMI.

  5. If there are no further questions or concerns following your phone interview, you will be sent an acceptance letter stating that you have been accepted into the NMI Certificate Program. You will also receive additional forms that you must complete and return.

  6. To complete your enrollment process, you must submit the aforementioned forms, which include: 1) a signed and witnessed NMI Enrollment Agreement; 2) ACH debit authorization form for monthly administrative fee withdrawals; and 3) a signed Academic Integrity Agreement. You must also make your tuition down payment, and we must receive your official high school transcript or its equivalent.

  7. When all items listed in #6 are received, you are officially enrolled!

All incoming students are advised to carefully review, read and understand the NMI Handbook and to consult the NMI Schedule For Filing Forms (available from NMI) 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.

Procedure Following Enrollment

Upon completion of the enrollment process and within 7 business days of enrollment date, you will receive the following by email:

  1. Official welcome email, including passwords and orientation to the NMI Student Portal, where you can access course work, clinical experience and evaluation forms, contact information for NMI faculty and staff, and the NMI Media Library;

  2. Login information and orientation to NMI’s weekly Virtual Group through Zoom platform;

  3. An invitation to join NMI’s closed Facebook group for current student.

Upon completion of the enrollment process and within 7 business days of enrollment date, you will also receive the following by postal mail :

  1. Official enrollment letter, including:

    • Tuition statement showing down payment and payment plan details, if any;

    • Rosters of students and graduates;

    • Cultural Competence module;

    • Excerpts from NARM CIB Glossary with relevant definitions.

You may immediately begin participating in all NMI curricular activities! Please see our additional policy statements, below.

Advanced Placement Policy

Previous completion of Heart & Hands Coursework and/or previous clinical experience that can be adequately documented transfer with the student upon enrollment.

All clinical experience must include signature confirmation from the preceptor who directly observed the student—no exceptions. NMI Administrators will tabulate any remaining experience requirements still outstanding and will inform the student of their findings. If additional clinical experience is necessary, 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, at their preceptor’s discretion.

Regarding prior coursework in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, or pharmacology, NMI weaves these core sciences into the curriculum; they are not taught as separate subjects. However, once a student is enrolled, their coursework instructor may grant partial credit to students who have taken courses on these topics.

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 experiences 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.

Transfer students enroll with NMI prior to assessment of previous academic experience. Once the transfer student is enrolled, Elizabeth Davis, instructor for the program’s initial coursework, Heart & Hands, reviews the student’s transcripts to determine any areas in which additional study is necessary to meet beginning course requirements. However, all transfer students must complete the Advanced Heart & Hands Coursework. Transfer students may also be able to waive a significant portion of the Study Group Coursework, depending on their academic background and consultation with the instructor.

Transfer student tuition is the same regardless of how much course work is waived.

Enrolling as a Transfer Student

National Midwifery Institute offers open enrollment year round; transfer students may apply and enroll at any time. However, the transfer student’s admissions process is different from that of fully matriculating (standard enrollment) students:

  1. The first step in the enrollment process is to contact us. You will be sent a computer link with the NMI Transfer Student Application for Enrollment from, and will be directed to the Payment Portal to pay the $250 transfer student application fee.

  2. The remainder of the transfer application enrollment process is similar to the standard enrollment process; a Program Director or Administrator will assist you with next steps.

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 with NMI and their ability to practice midwifery following graduation. NMI provides disabled students with reasonable educational accommodation 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 enrolling in NMI 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 will be tailored to the individual. Examples include allowing a student extra time to complete assignments, providing assistance with proofreading written work, and assisting the student in planning the workflow of assignments.

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

NMI Enrollment Policies and Procedures

NMI Non-Discrimination Policy states: 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.

NMI admission and enrollment criteria are designed to admit only students who are reasonably capable of successfully completing and benefiting from the program. Prior to admission, NMI notifies each applicant regarding admission requirements, process and procedures, the nature of the training and education provided, and the program’s responsibilities and demands. NMI is committed to consistently and fairly applying its admissions requirements.

Prior to enrollment, the Program Administrator:

  • Determines that an applicant meets the institution’s admissions requirements;

  • Secures documentation to demonstrate that each applicant meets all admission requirements;

  • Documents that applicants that applicants rejected did not meet admission requirements.

The Program Administrator consults with an Educational Director regarding any concerns as to the appliant’s abiliy to meet program requirements. Determination of the applicant’s ability to benefit from the program must be confirmed prior to matriculation.

NMI permanently maintains documentation that demonstrates that admission requirements have been met or that explains the basis for denial of admission.

Student recruitment, enrollment, and admissions duties are to be conducted in an ethical and professional manner and in keeping with organizational policies and procedures as well as relevant accreditation requirements. Student recruitment, enrollment, and admission duties are geared toward the enrollment of qualified applicants who are likely to complete and benefit from the program, and not geared toward enrolling students simply to obtain enrollments.

Student recruitment and admissions personnel will work to ensure that students are fully informed and able to make considered enrollment decisions without undue pressure. Student recruitment and admissions personnel will only assist prospective students in the area that falls within the purview of their position.

Student recruitment and admissions personnel will not make explicit promises of employment or exaggerated statements regarding employment or salary prospects to prospective students. Student recruitment and admissions personnel will participate in relevant training provided by the institution to enhance their skills as NMI representatives.

Student recruitment and admissions personnel will not discredit other schools or influence any student to leave another school by falsely impuning to another school any of the following: dishonorable conduct; inability to perform according to contracts; or questionable credit standing; nor shall they make false representations or falsely disparage the character, nature, quality, value, or scope of another school’s program of instruction or services, or demean another school’s students.

NMI’s Enrollment Policies and Procedures are in place to ensure that NMI admits only those students who are capable of successfully completing the program. Admission decisions are based on fair, effective, and consistently applied criteria that enable the institution to make an informed decision as to an applicant’s ability to achieve the program’s objectives.                                    


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