Associate of Science in Midwifery Degree

Become a Direct-Entry Midwife!


The ASM Program is the foundation for all midwifery skills. It includes care for mother and baby from Well-Woman through Postpartum care through the childbearing years.  It is divided into clinical and academic requirements.  The ASM Program at the National College of Midwifery allows students to earn an Associate of Science in Midwifery degree to become a Direct-Entry Midwife and readies them to pass state or national licensing/certification exams.  Traditionally, midwifery students learned under the guidance of an experienced midwife in an apprenticeship.  The goal of our ASM program is to support this apprenticeship model of midwifery education while remaining flexible enough to suit most educational settings: 

  • Supplying an accredited comprehensive academic and clinical curriculum to ensure the education of a competent, confident midwife.

  • Recognizing the specialized and distinct experience each preceptor brings to the education.

  • Allowing for flexibility in the myriad of settings in which an apprenticeship takes place and for the individual needs of each student and preceptor. 

  • Students are required to contract with their own preceptor/s. 

  • Students and Preceptors are free to study at their own pace and to organize course content to meet preferences and increase convenience and satisfaction.


ASM Program Overview
Please see the 2019 NCM Handbook / Catalog for more details on program rules and requirements 
Please see the NCM Student Orientation for an explanation of the institution's program structure


Student and Preceptor Enrollment

  • Please see the Enrollment section of the NCM Handbook / Catalog.

  • ASM Student applicants are required to find their own academic and clinical preceptors. The National College of Midwifery does not supply academic or clinical placements for students.  

  • The student is required to have contracts with enough preceptors to complete all ASM requirements.

  • Preceptors can teach both academic and clinical portions of the program. 

    • Please note that although only one preceptor is needed for the academics, at least two preceptors are required and complete the program

      • While NCM requires that the student have a 2nd clinical preceptor in order to enroll, this 2nd preceptor is ONLY REQUIRED to complete an evaluation of the NARM Skills requiring two signatures.

      • Any number of a student's clinical preceptors can each supervise and evaluate any combination of academic and clinical requirements, as long as all requirements are completed, and that the student has had the 4 NARM skills evaluated by two different clinical preceptors.​​​



In order for NCM to accept work done towards completion of any NCM program all of the following must be true when the work was done:
1. The student must be a Current Student with NCM.
2. The preceptor must be a Current Preceptor for NCM.
3. The student and preceptor must have a current approved and complete Contract between Student, Preceptor and the National College of Midwifery on file with NCM.
4. The student and preceptor must each have received notification from NCM acknowledging their relationship.



112.88 (116.88 for California requirements: To satisfy the standards of the California Medical Board there are a few additions to the regular coursework. )


Program Length
The ASM is a three-year equivalent program, which can be completed in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years.
Please review the ASM Plan of Completion.


High School Diploma or GED.

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