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Applying to the Program

Midwifery Education Program, sim babyApplication Process

If you are interested in applying to Baystate Medical Center's Midwifery Education Program and you meet the program requirements, you may:

Concurrent Master's Program

To take advantage of the concurrent master's program at the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University, please indicate your intent on the Baystate Midwifery Education Program application.

You must be accepted by both institutions.

Email Sukey Krause, CNM, Midwifery Education Program Director, for further information.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Two professional references
  • Personal essay
  • Interview
  • Current CPR certification (must be maintained throughout the program)
  • $50.00 application fee

Application Timeline

  • The deadline for applications to be considered for Early Decision is December 10.
  • Completed applications are due by April 1.
  • Applications received after April 1st may be considered on a space-available basis.
  • A personal interview is a required component of the application process.
  • The Program starts in September.

Admission Criteria

Education

  1. Current Massachusetts RN license.
  2. BA or BS degree, any major.
  3. College level course in Physical Assessment with a clinical component within the last five years.
  4. An undergraduate course in statistics.
  5. GPA of 3.0 or greater

Best-kept Secret

"Whenever I come across nurses
considering midwifery as the next step,
I always encourage them to apply
to this program... one of the best-kept
secrets of midwifery education.
"
-Rachel Ballester

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Transcripts

  1. Transcripts from all previous academic programs: A GPA of 3.0 or greater is required.
  2. Transcripts should also be sent directly to both Baystate Midwifery Education Program and Philadelphia University.

Work Experience

  1. One year of full-time maternal-child health nursing experience is strongly recommended.*
  2. Otherwise qualified new graduates will be considered.
    * Candidates who do not have labor and delivery experience but who are otherwise qualified must complete either a childbirth education course or doula training.
    Many students have also found it useful to complete a basic and/or intermediate fetal monitoring course, spend time observing a midwife in practice, and shadow a midwife or nurse in the labor and delivery setting.

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Transfer of Coursework and Credit

Applicants applying as post-master’s students may request evaluation of their previous coursework and experience to either exempt them or alter course requirements for the Baystate Midwifery Education Programs.

  • Non-clinical courses such as Pharmacology, Primary Care of Women, and the research and community health portions of Professional Issues and Community Health may be accepted for exemption following review of the syllabus for comparability.
  • Foundation in Ambulatory Women’s Health (FAWH) and Advanced Ambulatory Women’s Health (AAWH) may be considered for revised course requirements. Considerations would include:
    • time since completion of study
    • grade earned in previous program of study
    • evaluation of course syllabus
    • whether the candidate has been functioning in an advanced practice role

For Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners and Family Nurse Practitioners who have been working in ambulatory women’s health, the minimum requirements will require passing the midterm and final exams in both FAWH and AAWH, and demonstrating clinical competency. This would usually entail at least 2 credits for both FAWH and AAWH.

All students are required to complete Intrapartum, Intrapartum Complications, Mother Baby and Mother Baby Complications, as well as Integration.

If you are interested in transferring academic credit, please email Sukey Krause, Program Director before you apply to the program.

Non-discrimination Policy

The Baystate Midwifery Education Program, consistent with the policies of its parent organization, Baystate Health, does not discriminate based on an individual's protected status, including race/ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, religion, creed, age, disability, genetic information, military service/veteran status, disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other protected status in accordance with federal, state, or local laws or regulations.