The ASM Program is the foundation for all midwifery skills. It includes care for mother and baby from Well-Woman to Postpartum care through the childbearing years.  It is divided into clinical and academic requirements.  Our ASM program 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 preceptors. 

  • Students and Preceptors are free to study at their own pace (5 year maximum) 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 free online NCM Student Orientation course for an explanation of the institution's program structure.  Check out our ASM FAQs for more specific questions.


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 to 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 the program all of the following must be true when the work was done:

1. The student must be an Active Student with NCM.
2. The preceptor must be an Active 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 email notification from NCM acknowledging their relationship with approval to being working together.



(116.88 for California Students: To satisfy the standards of Midwifery Licensing by 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.

Academic Requirements:
For a course description, syllabus, and required learning resources for each course visit here. Please review the ASM Plan of Completion.


80 Academic Credits (84 for California Students)


Math & Human Life Science (12 credit hours):

  • BIO155G -Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)

  • BIO120-Fetal Development (1 credit)

  • SOC102-Genetic Screening (1 credit)

  • HON205G-Applied Microbiology (3 credits)

  • MATH112G-Fundamental Math (3 credits)

  • California Students (must complete an additional 4 credits):

    • MOD1-SCI102G-Chemistry (3 credits)

    • MOD2-SOC104-Child Growth & Development (1 credit)


Critical Thinking & Psychosocial Issues (14 credit hours):

  • PSY224-Communication & Counseling (1 credit)

  • HON248G-Cultural Issues (3 credits)

  • HON223G-Evolution of Human Sexuality (3 credits)

  • MW350-Perinatal Ed Including Lactation (3 credits)

  • ENG200G-Analytical Writing (4 credits)


MW 300 Antepartum Management (6 credit hours): 

  • MW300-AP Basic Skills (1 credit)

  • MW300-AP Risk Screening (0.5 credit)

  • MW300-AP Physical Assessment (0.5 credit)

  • MW300-AP Provision of Care (1 credit)

  • MW300-AP Complications (0.5 credit)

  • MW300-AP Pharmacology (1 credit)

  • MW300-AP Nutrition (0.5 credit)

  • MW300-AP Diagnostic Lab Tests & Procedures (0.5 credit)

  • MW300-AP Observation & Charting (0.5 credit)

  • MW300-AP- CPR (0 credit)


MW 320 Intrapartum Management (6 credit hours):

  • MW320-IP Basic Skills (1 credit)

  • MW320-IP Risk Screening (1 credit)

  • MW320-IP Physical Assessment(0.5 credit)

  • MW320-IP Provision of Care (1 credit)

  • MW320-IP Complications (1 credit)

  • MW320-IP Pharmacology (0.5 credit)

  • MW320-IP Diagnostic Lab Tests & Procedures (0.5 credit)

  • MW320-IP Observation & Charting (0.5 credit)

  • MW320-IP IV THERAPY(0 credit)


MW 340 Postpartum Management (6 credit hours):

  • MW340-PP Basic Skills (1 credit)

  • MW340-PP Risk Screening (1 credit)

  • MW340-PP Physical Assessment (0.5 credit)

  • MW340-PP Provision of Care (1 credit)

  • MW340-PP Complications (1 credit)

  • MW340-PP Pharmacology (0.5 credit)

  • MW340-PP Diagnostic Lab Tests & Procedures (0.5 credit)

  • MW340-PP Observation & Charting (0.5 credit)


MW 360 Newborn Management (6 credit hours):

  • MW360-NB Basic Skills (1 credit)

  • MW360-NB Risk Screening (1 credit)

  • MW360-NB Physical Assessment (1 credit)

  • MW360-NB Complications (1 credit)

  • MW360-NB Provision of Care (0.5 credit)

  • MW360-NB Pharmacology (0.5 credit)

  • MW360-NB Diagnostic Lab Tests & Procedures (0.5 credit)

  • MW360-NB Observation & Charting (0.5 credit)

  • MW360-NB NRP -Neonatal Resuscitation (0 credit)


MW 380 Well-Woman Reproductive Health Care (6 credit hours):                                              

  • MW380-WW Risk Screening (0.5 credit)

  • MW380-WW Physical Assessment (1 credit)

  • MW380-WW Provision of Care (1 credit)

  • MW380-WW Diagnostic Lab Tests & Procedures (1 credit)

  • MW380-WW Family Planning (1 credit)

  • MW380-WW Pharmacology (1 credit)

  • MW380-WW Observation & Charting (0.5 credit)


Professional Issues (24 credit hours): 

  • HON222G-History of Midwifery (3 credits)

  • HON225G-Ethics (2 credits)

  • HON390G-Laws/Regulations (3 credits)

  • MW250-Protocols (1 credit)

  • HON393G-Community Health (3 credits)

  • MW350-Out of Hospital Birth (3 credits)

  • ENG202G-Bus. & Prof. Communications (3 credits)

  • HON211G-Statistics (3 credits)

  • HON220G-Midwifery Literature & Art (3 credits)


Additional Academic Requirements

The following items completed during the HON390G-Laws & Regulations and MW250-Protocols Courses must be submitted electronically to the College:

  1. Informed Consent Form

  2. Emergency Transfer Plan Form

  3. Practice Guidelines


Clinical Requirements:

  • A minimum of 2 years of clinical experience under the supervision of the student's official NCM preceptors at a single site or a variety of sites.

  • All clinical activities must be directly supervised  by the student's official NCM preceptors and must be completed to the level of Mastery

  • The following, including the requirements of the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)



10 Births as Observer


Assists Under Supervision:

3 Initial Prenatal Assists

22 Prenatals Assists

20 Birth Assists

20 Newborn Exam Assists

10 Postpartum Exam Assists


Primaries Under Supervision:

30 Well Woman / Family Planning

20 Initial Visits

55 Prenatals

25 Birth as Primary

20 Newborn Exams

40 Postpartum Exams


NARM Continuities of Care: 5 of the 20 Delivery Newborn & Placenta as Primary must be for women for whom the student has provided primary care. All of these 5 Births as Primary Under Supervision must include Full Continuity. Each must include 5 prenatals spanning 2 trimesters, the birth, newborn exam, and 2 postpartum exams.


NARM Out of Hospital Births: 10 of the Births as Primary Under Supervision must be in an out of hospital setting, and must occur within 3 years of taking the NARM Exam.


NARM Clinical Skills: Clinical Skills practiced and completed to mastery throughout both academic and clinical training.

The Associate of Science in Midwifery degree is granted upon completion of program requirements and passing of the NARM exam, see

Please see the 2019 NCM Handbook / Catalog for more details on program rules and requirements Please see the free online NCM Student Orientation course for an explanation of the institution's program structure. Check out our ASM FAQs for more specific questions.


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