Since NMI was founded in 1996, the educational options available to aspiring direct-entry midwives have grown exponentially. Today, prospective students may at first be daunted by the number of options for midwifery education that are available to them. Below are some highlights about our program to assist you in determing whether National Midwifery Institute is the right fit for you.
NMI is MEAC-accredited.
National Midwifery Institute is accredited by the national accrediting body for direct entry midwifery education, Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). Choosing an accredited program provides students with consumer protection, quality assurance, enhanced employment opportunities post-graduation, and more. More information about NMI’s accreditation and why students choose MEAC-accredited schools is available on our Accreditation page or at meacschools.org.
“I enjoy the flexibility of a program that allows me to submit work from wherever I am.”
~ an NMI Student
NMI offers 100% correspondence learning.
Correspondence education affords students the opportunity to complete program requirements in their own communities so that they can train with local midwives, becoming an integral part of the local birthing network by the time they open their own practices. Our zero-residency component supports students to study from wherever they are while completing clinical training in their community. Course work is completed independently by students at-a-distance. But independent study does not mean isolation: NMI supports a vibrant virtual community of students, instructors, and graduates through weekly virtual study groups, an active message board, and easy access to instructors by text, phone and email.
NMI is affordable.
NMI tuition is the most inexpensive of the MEAC-accredited correspondence and distance midwifery programs. Our last tuition increase occurred in 2012: prior to that, we had not increased our tuition for 10 years. Our reasonable payment plan structure and built-in preceptor fees simplify paying for school and affording the cost of apprenticeship. For more information, visit Tuition and Fees.
NMI has over 20 years of experience.
Since NMI was founded in 1996, we have worked to advance our mission to preserve community-based midwifery education with academic curriculum that enhances and supports the traditional apprenticeship model of midwifery education. In our more than 20 years in operation with 117 NMI graduates along the way, National Midwifery Institute has grown and changed to support the changing needs of midwifery students while consistently providing excellent student services, course work instruction and exam preparation in keeping with our mission.
NMI is student-centered.
I am really thankful for the flexibility and support available through this midwifery program. I have never felt criticized or shamed for all of the twists in the road along the way. Rather, I have always been met with a straight-forward, knowledgeable, and thorough presentation of options and with help to navigate the various ways to approach whatever challenge or conundrum arises. I imagine this level of nonjudgmental support is very rare, and to me it is precious. ~ an NMI student
Our philosophy of woman-centered and pregnant person-centered care is further upheld by student-centered education. A small student body - 70-80 students at a time - affords NMI Course Work Instructors and Staff the ability to assist, support, and connect with all of our students, and to be available to them throughout their journey with us as aspiring midwives. Many of our students are adult learners with complicated and full lives—and we see this as an asset, not a liability. Our reasonable minimum progress policies, generous program length, and supportive leave policy are geared toward students’ changing needs while facilitating steady progress toward graduation and NARM certification.
NMI is self-paced.
NMI students work at an individual pace while maintaining responsibility for meeting minimum progress requirements, faster or slower according to their unique situation and goals. Unlike traditional semester-based programs in session for 36 weeks each year, NMI provides opportunity for year-round academic and preceptor/student activity. A student who is engaged in learning for 25 hours per week could finish program requirements in 152 weeks; a student engaged in learning for 40 hours each week could finish program requirements in 95 weeks. Minimum time frames for clinical education must span at least two years: a student who has prior learning and familiarity with the science of midwifery, or who has experience with support services at birth, enters the program with added benefit and ability to further reduce the time required for program completion.
NMI’s curriculum is comprehensive and well-rounded.
Our student-centered curriculum consists of a three part formula including beginning course work, advanced course work, and supervised apprenticeship. The curriculum at National Midwifery Institute is designed to:
- Incorporate program objectives that prepare students to meet MANA core competencies;
- Fulfill our purpose of preparing students for a scope of midwifery practice jointly defined by MANA and ACNM;
- Uphold our philosophy by addressing principles of community health, communication and counseling skills, and informed consent.
“I am inspired enough by the quality of work that I’ll be doing that I’m even forgetting to be overwhelmed!”
~ an NMI Student
NMI graduates have excellent job placement rates and outcomes.
National Midwifery Institute surveys graduates for three years following graduation. During winter 2016, NMI surveyed graduates who graduated from the program January 2014 through December 2016. NMI was able to obtain data for all 42 graduates either through survey responses or through researching their status elsewhere.
Of the National Midwifery Institute graduates surveyed:
- 95% of graduates are NARM certified CPMs (40 of 42). Of the graduates who are not NARM certified CPMs: one has not yet taken the exam, and the other did not pass the exam and is preparing to retest.
- 88% of graduates are working as midwives (37 of 42).
- 11% of graduates are working in related fields (5 of 42). Two are working as doulas; one is a recent graduate who is preparing to take the NARM exam; one is a labor & delivery nurse in a remote international clinic; and one is working as a public health nurse providing home visits to mothers/gestational parents and babies.
NMI graduates have excellent certifying exam completion rates.
National Midwifery Institute obtains test results directly from NARM following student graduation. The information below includes NMI graduates who graduated between January 2014 and December 2016. Note: prior to January 1, 2016, students in MEAC-accredited programs were eligible to test prior to graduating through NARM's early testing option. The percentage and number of each year's graduates who tested under NARM's early testing option is noted below.
- 2016: 100% of NMI's 2016 graduates who took the NARM exam, passed (10 of 10); one 2016 graduate has not yet taken the exam. Of NMI's 2016 graduates, 50% (5 of 10) took the NARM exam prior to graduation.
- 2015: 100% of NMI's 2015 graduates who took the NARM exam, passed (7 of 7). Of NMI's 2015 graduates, 14% (1 of 7) took the NARM exam prior to graduation.
- 2014: 95% of NMI's 2014 graduates who took the NARM exam, passed (22 of 23). Of NMI's 2014 graduates, 56% (13 of 23) took the NARM exam prior to graduation.