Licensed or certified midwives may apply directly to our Bachelor of Science Program. This program adds a strong academic base to the midwife's practical midwifery knowledge and skills. Achieve your professional goals without compromising your practice and family commitments.

  • Our self-paced, flexible, apprenticeship-based programs are adaptable to the needs of the individual student or preceptor.

  • Students can stay and study in their own community or create a study plan that allows them to travel to other cities or countries.


BSM Program Overview

Please see the 2019 NCM Handbook / Catalog for more details on program rules and requirements.
Please see the NCM Student Orientation resource for an explanation of our BSM program structure. Check out our BSM FAQs
for more specific questions.

Student and Preceptor Enrollment:
Please see the Enrollment section of the NCM Handbook/Catalog.

BSM students require at least one preceptor.

In order for NCM to accept work done towards completion of BSM 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.




(152.75 credits for California Students)


Length of Program:

The BSM program can be completed in a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 5 years.


Progression through the Program:

BSM Block System Plan of Completion




  • High School Diploma or GED 

  • Midwifery Certification or Licensure equivalent to 67.75 credits for BSM required credits

  • Prerequisite college-level courses to be completed at an accredited college or university.  These may be completed concurrently with NCM coursework (see NCM policy on accepting transfer credits in the NCM Handbook/Catalog):

    • Analytical Writing: 4 credits

    • Math: 3 credits


BSM students in California must additionally complete:

  • Chemistry: 3 credits

  • Child Growth and Development: 1 credit.

Academic Requirements:

Area I: Communications

  • *College Composition (4.0 credits)

  • ENG202G Bus. & Prof. Communications (3.0 credits)

  • ENG404 Writing & Presenting on Midwifery Projects (4.0 credits)


Area II: Mathematics  

  • *College-Level Math (3.0 credits)

  • HON211G Statistics (3.0 credits)


Area III: Laboratory Science   

  • BIO120 Fetal Development (1.0 credits)

  • BIO155G Anatomy and Physiology (4.0 credits)

  • HON205G Applied Microbiology (3.0 credits)

  • SOC102 Genetic Screening (1.0 credits)

  • HON393G Community Health (3.0 credits)

  • *Chemistry (California Students only) (3.0 credits)


Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences  

  • HON223G Human Sexuality (3.0 credits)

  • PSY224 Communication & Counseling (1.0 credits)

  • *Child Growth & Development (California Students only) (1.0 credits)

  • HON225G Midwifery Ethics (2.0 credits)

  • HON390G Laws/Regulations (3.0 credits)

  • HON450 Applied Topics in Midwifery Practice: DevPolicy&Procedures (4.0 credits)


Area V: Humanities & Fine Arts

  • HON220G Midwifery Literature & Art (3.0 credits)

  • HON222G History of Midwifery (3.0 credits)


Area VI: Midwifery

  • MW400 Midwifery Research Methods (4.0 credits)

  • MW460 Evidence-Based Practice in Midwifery Care (4.0 credits)

  • MW480 Chart Review: 1 Additional clinical year past licensing or certification to include 10 births mentored by preceptor (24.0 credits)

Clinical Requirements:

The BSM program requires 1 clinical year past licensing or certification to include 10 births mentored by the student's preceptor during a full course of care chart review. This requirement may be completed concurrently with enrollment in the BSM program. The BSM candidate thoroughly evaluates these charts analyzing possible risks and provision of all areas of care for each of the 10 clients, identifies problems, and implements changes in their practice and methods to improve future care.

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 BSM FAQs for more specific questions.


Bachelor of Science in Midwifery 

For Practicing Midwives

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