NCM now graduates ASM & BSM students year-round!
Please contact NCM office for graduation advisement at least 4 months prior to desired NARM examination date.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the NCM office has received all program requirements including any official NARM or other approved test results in our office. NCM processes graduations as received within 60 days. Students should expect to receive their graduation packets approximately 1 month following passing NARM exam.
The graduation packet includes:
An official sealed transcript
Special Requirements for ASM Graduation and the NARM Exam:
Passing an outside examination is a requirement for the issuance of The Associate of Science in Midwifery (ASM) degree. The candidate must submit evidence of successful completion of a state midwifery licensing examination, a state midwifery association examination, or a national midwifery examination. The student is responsible for all expenses, requirements and prerequisites for taking outside exams. Most students take the NARM exam, but NCM will also accept Canadian Midwifery licensing exam, the ACNM exam, and others (Please ask NCM about specific exams).
Eligibility to Take the NARM Exam:
ASM Students must have completed all ASM program requirements and all ASM academic and clinical coursework must be on file with NCM before requesting permission to take the NARM exam. NCM highly recommends that the student requests an evaluation of her/his file and an updated student record in advance of requesting permission to take the NARM exam to ensure all completed coursework is correct and has been received by the office.
Applying to take the NARM Exam:
ASM Students must first obtain permission to test from NCM then apply directly to NARM to take the NARM Exam.
NARM Permission Request Form-Obtaining Permission from NCM to take the NARM Exam:
In order to take the exam, permission must be obtained from the National College of Midwifery. To apply for permission, complete and submit the NARM Exam Permission Packet to NCM. The office will be happy to email one to the student at her/his request.
Submission of the permission packet by the deadline does not guarantee permission to take the exam.
If the student is not given permission to take the NARM exam, she/he must submit missing documents OR a completely re-do permission packet.
NARM Exam Application:
NARM Applications must be sent directly to NARM, not NCM. It is the student’s responsibility to meet NARM deadlines. Contact NARM for updated application forms and testing sites/dates:
NARM Study Course
Together we have brought you a comprehensive study method for the NARM exam. The NARM Study Method course was especially designed to address the issues students face when preparing to sit for the NARM exam. It includes strategies for getting organized, managing stress, study strategies, test-taking tools, and most importantly a decoding of NARM written test specifications.
This course is designed to help you study using evidence-based strategies and understanding what content you will be tested on; however, no exam prep program can be a replacement for having learned midwifery content during your student experience.
After Passing the Exam
What happens after the Exam:
Student must ask NARM to send results to NCM.
Student completes the Graduate / Exit Survey
Student sends notification to NCM of any forms or items that they need from NCM to apply for licensure in a state. For example, for California license application, students need to complete the top part of California Form L-12 and send it to NCM, so that NCM can complete the rest and send official transcript and degree to CA Medical Board as part of graduate's licensure application. (All states have different requirements. Please contact the licensing agency directly for the application and requirements. Contact information for all states can be found at , or through a search at Career One Stop website.
Associate of Science in Midwifery Degree Awarded:
On the next NCM graduation date following:
When prerequisites are met
When skills, clinical and academic course requirements are successfully completed
When outside examination is successfully completed
All outstanding fees to The National College of Midwifery are paid
All library books and videos are returned
When the Graduate/Exit Survey is completed
When the College has documentation of the above
Certificate in Midwifery Awarded:
A Non-MEAC accredited certificate will be supplied for students who have completed all ASM requirements but do not take or fail the outside examination. If a student fails the outside exam or decides to take it at a later time, the student may be required to complete additional clinical and/or academic requirements in order to satisfy the requirements of the testing organization and to be awarded the ASM degree by NCM.
Licensing and Certification Post Graduation
Graduation does not guarantee midwifery licensure. It is each student's responsibility to keep current with the laws of the state or country in which they are studying and to fulfill the licensure requirements in the jurisdiction in which they plan to apply for licensure and practice.
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)
The student applies directly to NARM for this credential. The College will send a copy of the student’s final transcript to NARM upon graduation at the student’s request (This is included in one of the forms in the NARM Exam Permission Packet).
Students apply directly to their state(s) for licensure. It is the student’s responsibility to notify NCM, provide instructions and necessary forms for any special requirements that the student would like NCM to provide to their chosen exam, certification, or licensing organization. It is recommended that the student provide the College with the requirements prior to graduation so that the College can complete them during the graduation process. California students should send in Form L12 from their licensure packet to the College. Please remember to fill out the top portion.