"I really appreciate your support and constant clarifications on everything." ~an NMI student

Do I have to be a nurse to be a midwife? 

No. A midwife may be certified by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and/or licensed in many states without any nursing background.  However, the American College of Nurse Midwives does offer certification for nurses wishing to pursue careers in midwifery. For more information about our graduates' qualifications, visit Direct Entry Midwifery or Glossary of Terms

Can I get NARM certified (NARM CPM) if I finish this program?

Graduates of National Midwifery Institute, Inc. qualify for the MEAC route to the NARM Certified Professional Midwife credential. MEAC program grads DO NOT take the NARM Skills exam. The MEAC route offers an extremely abbreviated application process with a savings of $700. The CPM credential is awarded upon graduates’ passing the NARM written exam.

Can I get a degree from National Midwifery Institute, Inc.?

NMI is a vocational midwifery training program. NMI is not a degree granting or credit granting program. 

Can I get a license in California if I finish this program?

Our program has been designed to meet California’s midwifery licensing requirements, which meet or exceed those of most other states. NMI has been approved by the California Medical Board and NMI graduates are eligible to sit the California licensing exam.

Can I legally practice or become licensed in any US state if I finish this program? 

Over thirty states currently regulate direct-entry midwifery. Almost all of these states license or certify midwives by using either the CPM credential or the NARM Written Examination. While graduation from our program and passing the NARM exam leads to a national credential, application for additional state licensure is required in many states. State licensing or certification applications are made separately from application to NMI or to NARM, with regulations specific to each state. Visit  Certification and Licensure for more information. 

Can I practice abroad after graduating?

Graduates of National Midwifery Institute qualify for the NARM Written Examination which, if passed, leads to the CPM credential. The CPM credential is a United States midwifery credential and does not translate to legal practice abroad, although increasing numbers of CPMs do participate in international relief work.

How much does NMI’s program cost?

Heart & Hands and Study Group Course Work fees, and administrative fees total $19, 400. The cost of housing, books, materials and equipment are not included. Application to NMI is $75. For more information, visit our Tuition and Fees page. 

Do I need a computer to successfully complete NMI’s program?

NMI students need access to a computer, with the ability to send and receive email attachments. Course work may be completed on a computer or tablet using these applications: Word, Googledocs, Pages, or Text Edit.

Does the program find me a preceptor? 

NMI’s Clinical Director keeps a running list of preceptors who have worked with the program; students may work with existing precepting faculty or with any midwife meeting the necessary criteria. By student request, the Clinical Director speaks to potential preceptors regarding the program’s requirements and expectations. The Clinical Director also sends out email notifications and makes Facebook postings regarding apprenticeship opportunities. However, students are ultimately responsible for finding a preceptor and establishing that relationship. 

How long does it take to complete the program? 

The NMI curriculum takes full time students an average of three years to complete; however, students have up to seven years to complete the program, including any leaves of absence.

Do I have to live in California in order to participate? 

Although NMI was founded as Midwifery Institute of California, it is now a national correspondence program. Students may participate from a large number of U.S. States, please check the current list and contact us if you have any questions.

Alphabet Soup?

If you're new to midwifery, the acronyms can get confusing.  See our glossary of terms.

What does the NMI logo represent?

The National Midwifery Institute logo is a pomegranate. With its tart red juice surrounding hundreds of plump, glistening seeds, the pomegranate has long been used to represent and celebrate fertility.

More Questions?

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To learn more, view the NMI Handbook.