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National College of Midwifery has an outstanding team of dedicated academic and clinical preceptors, all of whom are determined to help students succeed. Our team members offer support and guidance, uniquely tailored to each student. Our goal is to provide an environment where teachers are valued for their outside-the-box thinking, creative ideas, and connection with their students.


If you are someone who enjoys and has found success in teaching academics and are interested in doing so online, we encourage you to apply to be one of NCM’s academic online learning coordinators in your particular area of expertise.  Whether you work as an academic Professor or a clinical Preceptor (or both), you can be assured that there will be more and more resources coming available to you to support you in being an effective teacher.    


Students Hire their Own Preceptors

The team of student and preceptor apply together to the National College of Midwifery. Students may have as many preceptors as they choose throughout their enrollment, but each preceptor must apply to the College and have an approved contract on file with the College for each student with whom they work. Only work completed during student and preceptor enrollment with the College and under an approved contract will count towards completion of a student's NCM program.


The National College of Midwifery recognizes the following categories of practitioners as acceptable preceptors for training midwives:

  • Certified Professional Midwives

  • Licensed Midwives

  • Midwives holding College-accepted certification by their State midwifery organization

  • Certified Nurse Midwives

  • Physician Assistant Midwives

  • Licensed Physicians practicing Obstetrics

Additionally, preceptors must have at least 2 years of working as a midwife. 

Other providers such as MDs, NPs, NDs, etc may also serve as preceptors within their scope of practice and expertise.


Student applicants are currently required to find their own academic and clinical preceptors. 


ASM students must have at least one preceptor to enroll and two preceptors accounting for all ASM clinical requirements to complete the program, as several of the NARM skills require the evaluation of two different preceptors.  BSM students require at least one preceptor. 


Preceptors must complete a three-step enrollment process, including a 5-minute application, completion of the Preceptor Orientation Course, and affirmation/document verification of an adequate and safe learning site. 


Preceptors currently can teach both academic and clinical portions of the program but starting in January 2021, all academics will be taught through our distance learning program by professors provided by NCM.


Please see the NCM Handbook / Catalog Living Document Version for information on preceptor rights and responsibilities, and more. 


NCM is Always Looking for New Preceptors! 


Passing on the skills and passion for her work is one of the biggest gifts a midwife can give to the world.  As an NCM preceptor, you will have the freedom to script a unique agreement with your student(s) based on how your distinctive practice dovetails with your students’ educational goals.  This autonomy and flexibility, along with needed guidance and support from NCM staff makes it especially gratifying to be a preceptor with NCM.  


The preceptor must hold at least the academic credential sought by the midwifery student. For NCM ASM Courses with the prefix of “MW” or Core Midwifery curriculum, it is College policy is to recognize the CPM credential or local state midwifery licensing as equivalent to the ASM degree.  


For all courses with prefixes other than “MW” including General Education, NCM will only accept preceptors with the same or higher academic credential the student is seeking or must hold certificates or degrees appropriate to their area of instruction or, when neither certificates nor degrees are available in this subject area, have a minimum of three years’ experience in the relevant field.


Midwives practicing in states where licensure is required must provide a copy of current licensure in order to be approved.  Approved preceptors must maintain their licensure/certification as required by their state, unencumbered by holds/investigations/disciplinary action of any kind during active instruction and supervision of their NCM student(s).​


Academic Faculty / Clinical Preceptors

Associate of Science in Midwifery Preceptors: 

  • Licensed Midwives

    • Must have license issued by the jurisdiction in which the midwifery practice is located

  • Certified Professional Midwives

  • Certified Midwives

  • Certified Nurse Midwives

  • Physician Assistant Midwives

  • Licensed Physicians practicing obstetrics

The Associate Degree student must have two (or more) preceptors registered with the College who must be able to provide the student with the opportunity to obtain the clinical skills and experiences required by NARM.


Bachelor of Science in Midwifery Preceptors:

  • Licensed Midwives or Certified Midwives

    • Must have a BA or BS degree.

    • Must have a License issued in the state where the practice is located or local or national certification

  • Certified Nurse Midwives

    • Must have a BA or BS degree.

  • Physician Assistant Midwives

    • Must have a BA or BS degree.

  • Licensed Physicians practicing obstetrics

Training and Resources

NCM recognizes that our highly motivated, organized and excellent teachers are a vital part of the foundation of our college. We want you to feel supported, provide you with opportunities for professional learning and growth and help you achieve success.


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