Quick Facts - BS/MS in Midwifery
Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Midwifery
- The combined bachelor's/master's option is available to students who have completed at least two years of courseowork at the undergraduate level
- 2.75 cumulative GPA
- Grade of C or better in all basic proficiency and science requirement courses
- 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits), including a minimum number of specified credits in the basic proficiency, science and general education categories
Length of Program
3 years (11 quarters), full time
Tuition and Fees
First year: $22,470
- Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)
- Licensed Midwife
- Registered Midwife
For more information on titles and licensure, visit the North American Registry of Midwives.
- Own a private practice focusing on birth-center and home births
- Qualify for registration in Canada as a midwife who practices in homes, birth centers and hospitals
- Develop and/or work in a community birth center
- Participate as part of an integrated maternity care team
- Act as a consultant to conventional medical practices
- Become a childbirth educator, doula or lactation consultant
- Work internationally to teach and provide care
- Serve as a national policy advocate
Where is direct-entry midwifery licensed?
Midwifery is currently regulated in 26 states through licensure, certification and registration. See a chart showing where midwives are licensed.
Program Summary - BS/MS in Midwifery
Bastyr University's direct-entry Master of Science in Midwifery program trains students in all aspects of midwifery care, preparing them to greatly improve the quality and breadth of maternity care offered to women and their families. It also qualifies graduates to become state (or provincially) licensed and nationally certified midwives. The rigorous, proven curriculum – based on the competencies established by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and the combined expertise of Bastyr University and the former Seattle Midwifery School – makes use of state-of-the-art technologies and an extensive network of clinical training sites around the globe.
The program is intended for entry-level midwifery students and is three years in length (11 quarters), culminating in an articulated Bachelor/Master of Science in Midwifery. Completion of the program qualifies a graduate to sit for examinations to become licensed as a midwife in Washington or other states, registered in Canadian provinces, and nationally certified by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).
Clinical Training - Midwifery
The Department of Midwifery places all students in qualified clinical training sites. We replicate the age-old apprenticeship model where students work side-by-side with experienced preceptors (who are licensed midwives) and other professionals. Department staff members work closely with each student in the process of arranging these clinical placements.
Students need to live within a one-hour commute of qualified clinical faculty and must be prepared to relocate temporarily if the community where they reside does not have adequate clinical training opportunities. This requires flexibility and the support of the student's family, as it may mean separation and economic challenges.
Where to Get Clinical Experience
Students may obtain their clinical experience in gynecology/family planning clinics, prenatal/postpartum clinics, homebirth settings, birth centers, and hospitals in North America as well as overseas. Students may work with licensed midwives, certified professional midwives, certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, foreign midwives, naturopathic doctors, physician assistants or physicians during these rotations.
Clinical faculty must be practicing legally and have sufficient obstetrical/gynecological volume to adequately instruct, supervise, and evaluate the student's clinical training. The Department of Midwifery screens and approves all potential clinical faculty.
Practicum - Midwifery
Practicum begins during a student's third quarter. Students start off very slowly, mainly observing for the first few months. What students are able to do in their preceptorships mirrors what they are learning in the classroom.
Basic clinical skills, such as performing blood draws, IVs, physical/ vaginal exams, pap smears, neonatal resuscitation, etc., are all learned by students in the classroom first. Students will be required to obtain training in adult CPR, and have a TB test, be rubella immune and pass a criminal background check.
Low-Residency Model - Midwifery
One of the most exciting aspects of our program is its low-residency model. This hybrid delivery system allows students to remain in their communities and commute to the Bastyr campus three times each quarter. When not physically on campus, students use the Internet classroom to correspond with classmates and instructors, post discussions, turn in homework, and take tests.
Each cohort of students is on campus at the same time, which allows the face-to-face learning experience that is vital to midwifery training. This system also allows students to build strong relationships with classmates and faculty.
When not attending the Bastyr campus, students are engaged in learning activities in the virtual classroom using our online learning system as a guide and point of interaction. Learning activities include extensive reading, watching videos, research projects, worksheets, quizzes and online discussions. Students need to be self-directed, self-motivated and have strong time management skills to be successful in the low-residency program.
Prerequisites - BS/MS Midwifery
Entering undergraduates must have earned at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average, with a grade of C or better in all basic proficiency and science requirement courses. Prior to enrolling, students must have completed 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) including a minimum number of credits in basic proficiency, science and general education categories. Surplus credits not used to satisfy basic proficiency or science requirements may be applied to the appropriate general education requirements. Note that students may apply to the program while completing prerequisite course work, but must have a plan for completing prerequisites before the start of the program in the fall.
Students entering the BS/MS program as undergraduates are required to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA for the first year of their studies, regardless of credits. Starting with the second academic year, students are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Basic Proficiency and Science Requirements
|Public Speaking||3 quarter credits|
|English Literature or Composition||9 quarter credits|
|College Algebra or Statistics||4 quarter credits|
|General Psychology||3 quarter credits|
|Introductory Nutrition||3 quarter credits|
|General Chemistry (allied-health-major level)||4 quarter credits|
|General Biology (with lab)||4 quarter credits|
|Microbiology||4 quarter credits|
|Anatomy and Physiology series||8 quarter credits|
|Doula Training (DONA or ALACE approved)||not college course|
|Childbirth Educator Training (ICEA or Lamaze approved)||not college course|
General Education Requirements
|Arts and humanities||15 quarter credits|
|Social sciences||15 quarter credits|
|ElectivesThe number of elective credits may vary depending upon the exact number of quarter credits earned in the other prerequisite categories. Total prerequisite credits must equal at least 90 quarter credits.||18 quarter credits|
Also see our Undergraduate Transfer Guide.
Curriculum - Midwifery
The midwifery curriculum is enhanced by studies in related fields such as epidemiology, nutrition, pharmacology, genetics, embryology, counseling and education. The Midwifery Care courses are the foundation of the program. All courses build skills necessary for the practice of midwifery through the use of case questions, skills practice labs, role-plays, discussion, student presentations and research projects.
Clinical skills and judgment are honed during Practicum with practicing midwives. The midwifery program addresses both the art and science of midwifery by integrating theory with clinical experience.
Graduates must demonstrate proficiency in the midwifery program's Core Competencies as shown by:
- Satisfactory completion of all didactic and clinical courses with a grade of B- or better.
- Satisfactory completion and presentation of the Master's Research Project.
- Satisfactory completion of all sections of the comprehensive written and clinical exams in the last year of school.
- Completion of 40 hours of community service for the school or the profession of midwifery.
- Demonstration of the qualities of a professional midwife as determined by the Student Progress Committee and recommendation for graduation by the committee.
Graduates must also meet the following minimum clinical requirements
Participation in 60 births, including at least:
- 30 births in which the student functions in role of primary midwife under supervision
- 20 births in which the student is actively involved in the client's care
- 10 births in which the student is observing
- 30 births in an out of hospital setting
- 25 births in the US or the student's country of origin
Participation in 1,500 hours (the equivalent of 50 credits) of clinical work, including at least:
- 400 hours of intrapartum experience
- 800 hours of clinic time in prenatal, postpartum and gynecological care
Participation in 720 client contacts, including at least:
- 300 prenatal exams
- 100 postpartum visits
- 50 newborn exams
- 50 follow-up newborn exams
- 50 gynecological exams
Clinical training for at least one year at a minimum of two clinical sites in the US or the student's home country. All clinical training is with preceptors who are practicing legally in their region and will incorporate:
- at least one preceptorship in which the clinical faculty member is a midwife
- one site for at least six months and 15 births (involved and supervised primary) in an out of hospital setting
- one site for at least three months and 10 births
- satisfactory completion of all levels of clinical evaluation
Demonstration of continuity of care by providing these continuous care services to at least 10 women:
- 4 prenatal visits
- 3 postpartum visits
- in 3 of the 10 cases the student must function as primary midwife under supervision
Expected Learning Outcomes
The Department of Midwifery educates midwives to conform to national and international standards of midwifery competence and to do the following:
- Practice autonomously in a variety of settings, which may include homes, birth centers, clinics and hospitals
- Promote birth as a normal process requiring a minimum of intervention
- Function within the health care system, consulting and referring appropriately
- Qualify for licensure or registration in a variety of jurisdictions, including certification by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)
- Promote midwifery through state, provincial and national professional organizations, the political process, research activities and policy development
- Work in partnership with the women they serve in a way that promotes personal responsibility, validates knowledge and experience, and encourages lifelong learning
- Promote the Midwives Model of Care™
Curriculum and course changes in the 2013-2014 Bastyr University Catalog are applicable to students entering during the 2013-2014 academic year. Please refer to the appropriate catalog if interested in curriculum and courses required for any other entering year.Click here to download the PDF file.
Tuition for Master's & Doctoral Degrees
Average first-year tuition and fee costs for a typical credit load in the 2013/2014 academic year.The "first year" is considered fall, winter and spring quarters.
Average Credits1st year
Tuition & FeesFees include a $375 new student matriculation fee and $25 quarterly student activity fee. See the University Catalog for a full schedule of fees.
Books & Supplies
TotalThe budget used to determine financial-aid eligibility allows for an additional $21,600 for a 9-month period of living expenses for graduate students.
|Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine||78.5||$31,864||$6,425||$38,289|
|Master of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine||68||
|Master of Science in Acupuncture||66||$28,014||$3,846||$31,860|
|Combined BS/MS in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine||68||$28,630||$3,946||$32,576|
|Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences||37||$19,897||$1,100||$20,987|
|Master of Science in Nutrition (all tracks)Average first-year credit loads for nutrition master programs vary: Didactic Program in Dietetics (40 credits), Research (44), Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology (47).||44||
|Master of Science in Midwifery $3000 in extra transportation costs are automatically added for out-of-state students. Midwifery students living in Washington will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for this addition.||42.5||$22,470||$2,125||$24,595|
|Combined BS/MS in Midwifery||42.5||$22,470||$2,125||$24,595|
|Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology||36||$22,470||$1,800||$24,270|