Aspiring midwives have many things to consider when making the decisions about educational routes to certification. As all candidates for certification take the same test, competency is assured through obtaining the credential. NARM does not endorse or promote a particular route of education and encourages candidates to consider factors of cost, location, and duration when looking at options for midwifery training.
The Midwifery Education Accreditation Council’s mission is to promote excellence in midwifery education through accreditation. It creates standards and criteria for the education of midwives. MEAC standards incorporate the nationally recognized core competencies and guiding principles set by the Midwives Alliance of North America and the requirements for national certification of the North American Registry of Midwives.
The purpose of MEAC is to establish standards for the education of competent midwives, and to provide a process for self-evaluation and peer evaluation for diverse educational programs. MEAC is a non-profit organization approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
The following is a list of MEAC Accredited Schools. Please visit MEAC’s Web site for more information about these programs.
Bastyr University Department of Midwifery
Birthingway College of Midwifery
Birthwise Midwifery School
Florida School of Traditional Midwifery
Maternidad La Luz
Midwives College of Utah
National College of Midwifery
National Midwifery Institute
Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery
The following is a list of schools that offer programs to aspiring CPMs. These programs are not evaluated by NARM. This listing is intended as a resource only and does not constitute endorsement or approval by NARM. All candidates attending non-MEAC accredited schools must apply for certification through the [Entry-Level PEP route].
Schools recognized by a state, either through eligibility for licensure or accredited by a state’s education department:
Association of Texas Midwives TX
Aviva College (distance learning) MN
Commonsense School of Midwifery FL
Dar La Luz SC
International Institute for Healthcare Professionals FL
International School of Midwifery FL
Midwest Maternal Child Institute WI
Midwife to Be SC
National College of Naturopathic Medicine OR
South Louisiana Community College Midwifery Program LA
Southwest Technical College WI
Via Vita AK
Schools not specifically recognized in a state, but offering educational or clinical training programs:
Ancient Arts Midwifery TX
Fundamentals of Midwifery TX
Institute of Holistic Midwifery DE
Medical Training Institute TX
Mercy In Action Midwifery Academics ID
Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery MI
Midwifery Institute of America AR
Mountain Midwifery MT
Oregon International School of Traditional Midwifery OR
Sacred Mountain Midwifery WV
The Matrona NC
Utah School of Community Midwives UT
IMPORTANT: Updates to Out of Country Clinical Site Policies and Approval Requirements – November 14, 2013
NARM will not accept clinicals from OOC sites for PEP applicants after June 1, 2014. Clinicals that occur prior to June 1st in previously approved sites with previously approved preceptors will be accepted regardless of the date the application is submitted. All clinicals on a PEP application that occur after June 1, 2014, will need to have occurred with a qualified preceptor in the US or Canada. Students in MEAC-accredited schools may continue to attend clinicals in OOC settings if the site and the preceptors are approved by their school.
CPMs who offer services in an OOC setting may claim up to ten hours credit towards recertification requirements for serving at least two weeks in an Out-of-Country clinical setting (see Recertification Application for details).