Bastyr University's direct-entry Master of Science in Midwifery program trains students in all aspects of midwifery care, preparing them to greatly improve the quality and breadth of maternity care offered to women and their families. It also qualifies graduates to become a state (or provincially) licensed and nationally certified midwives.
The rigorous, proven curriculum – based on the competencies established by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and the combined expertise of Bastyr University and the former Seattle Midwifery School – uses state-of-the-art technologies and an extensive network of clinical training sites around the globe. The program is intended for entry-level midwifery students and is three years in length (11 quarters), culminating in a Master of Science in Midwifery.
Completion of the program qualifies graduates to sit for examinations to become licensed as a midwife in Washington or other states, registered in Canadian provinces, and nationally certified by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).
Throughout this program, students are required to attend on-site classes on the Kenmore, Washington campus. When they are onsite students enjoy a dedicated midwifery classroom with large windows offering natural light and overlooking a peaceful landscape. This classroom is comfortably furnished and includes state-of-the-art technology for instructor and student presentations. Clinical skills courses are taught by qualified instructors and all supplies (other than personal student tools and equipment) are provided by the school.
The Department of Midwifery has a dedicated staff person who maintains an organized and plentiful inventory of supplies for student learning experiences. Campus amenities include a dining commons for the purchase of natural and organic foods, student study spaces, overnight accommodations (at an additional charge to the student), a student lounge, exercise room, a library, a counseling department and many more student services.
Start or join a private practice providing full-scope midwifery care, focusing on birth-center and home births.
Qualify for registration in Canada as a midwife who practices in homes, birth centers and hospitals.
Develop or work in a community birth center.
Provide care as part of an integrated maternity care team.
Act as a consultant to maternal/infant health initiatives.
Work nationally and/or internationally to teach and provide care.
Serve as a national policy advocate.
Midwifery is regulated in more than 25 states through licensure, certification, and registration.