Applying to the Midwifery Education Program

Application Process

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

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Concurrent Master's Program

To take advantage of the concurrent master’s program at the Midwifery Institute at Thomas Jefferson University or the University of Massachusetts Marieb College of Nursing, please indicate your intent on the Baystate Midwifery Education Program application.

A single application is completed for admission to both programs. Your application will be shared with the University you choose to attend for the master’s completion portion of the Program.

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)
  • $75.00 application fee

Application Timeline

  • The deadline for applications to be considered for Early Decision is December 4.
  • Completed applications are due by March 15.
  • Applications received after March 15 may be considered on a space-available basis. If the class is filled, eligible applicants will be added to program waitlist.
  • A personal interview is part of the application process.
  • The Program starts in September.

Admission Criteria


  • Current license as a registered nurse. (Applicants currently in a nursing program may apply for regular admission)
  • BA or BS degree, any major.
  • An undergraduate course in statistics


  • Transcripts from all previous academic programs.
  • Transcripts should be sent directly to:
    Baystate Midwifery Education Program
    689 Chestnut St.
    Springfield, MA 01199

Work Experience

  • One year of full-time maternal-child health nursing experience is strongly recommended.*
  • Otherwise qualified new graduates will be considered.
    * Candidates who do not have labor and birth experience but who are otherwise qualified must complete either a childbirth education course or doula training.

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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, 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 Midwifery (FAM) and Advanced Ambulatory Midwifery (AAM) 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 FAM and AAM, and demonstrating clinical competency. This would usually entail at least 2 credits for both FAM and AAM.

All students are required to complete the Intrapartum, Intrapartum Complications, Postpartum and Newborn Care, and Integration courses.

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.

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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