International School of Midwifery Program
The students who are selected to participate in this program are considered to be full time students. To make the program accessible to everyone, the
school does not charge full tuition but requires a monthly lab fee at a lesser cost and the students work various shifts throughout their schooling
which helps to cover the costs associated with their education.
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Introduction to Midwifery Program
(190 Clock hours)
Prerequisites for the program are a high school diploma/GED, 3 college credits in English, and 3 college credits in Math.
The introduction to Midwifery Program is a one semester program containing 150 classroom hours and limited clinical experience. The purpose of the program is to expose the prospective midwifery student to the reality of midwifery. The life of a midwife is more than just ‘delivering babies’. It is the sacrifice of one’s own life for the well being of expectant mothers and their babies. It is having the responsibility of making decisions regarding births and the well being of others and living with the outcome of those decisions. Midwifery deals with the not-so-glamorous job of clean up and hours of coaching with little or no sleep and after finishing, to start all over again. It is missing anniversaries, parties, birthdays, dinners, holidays and still giving of yourself for others.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will receive a Certificate and will be qualified to sit the Certified Nursing Assistant examination.
Midwifery Assistant Program
(880 clock hours)
Prerequisite for this program is successful completion of the Introduction to Midwifery Program.
The Midwifery Assistant Program is a 2 semester program containing 300 classroom hours, 400 clinical hours, a minimum of 25 observed births, 10 coached births, and 10 assisted births. The purpose of this program is to prepare the student to be a qualified assistant at any delivery. The Midwifery Assistant will not only be the labor coach and monitor; but must properly set the room, chart and be an active participant in the birth process. A good Midwifery Assistant will be relied on to help in newborn complications such as resuscitations and deal with maternal emergencies while keeping a calm appearance.
Upon completion of this program, the student will receive a Certificate of Midwifery Assistant.
Senior Midwifery Studies
(1650 Clock hours)
Prerequisite for this program is successful completion of the Midwifery Assistant Course.
The Senior Midwifery Studies is a 3 semester program consisting of 450 classroom hours, 500 clinical hours, a minimum of 50 managed births, 20 coached births and 20 assisted births. The purpose of this program is to prepare the student to be a midwife in any setting, to deal with any labor, birth or postpartum complication that may occur and to function with medical peers.
Upon completion of the program, the student will receive a Certificate of Senior Midwifery Studies and will be proficient in the practice of midwifery as defined by Florida Statute, Chapter 467. The program will prepare the student to pass licensure examinations and run a midwifery practice.
Three year Modwifery Program
(2680 Clock hours)
Prerequisites for this program are a high school diploma/GED, 3 college credits in English and 3 college credits in
Successful completion of “Introduction to Midwifery Program”, “Midwifery Assistant Program”, and “Senior Midwifery Studies” automatically transfer in
to the 3 year Midwifery Program, thereby completing the Three Year Midwifery Program and conferring upon the student a Certificate of Completion,
without any additional cost or requirements on the student. This program provides training to qualified persons to become proficient in the practice
of midwifery (the supervision and facilitation of the process of normal labor and childbirth, including the provision of prenatal and postpartum care).
Three year midwifery students will complete 900 class hours and 900 clinical hours with 1800 hours total over 6 semesters. Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses may be granted advanced standing.
They must complete 700 classroom hours and 700 clinical hours over a two year period. In no case shall the period be reduced to a period less than
two years. FS467.009.2
Upon graduation, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to take the Florida Licensed Midwifery Board Examination.
Passage of this examination will allow an individual to practice as a Licensed Midwife in Florida.
Students who participate and commit to their duties and responsibilities as it relates to their clinical training tend to gain more knowledge much
quicker than those who do not apply themselves.
They demonstrate a more positive attitude to their work and progress at a faster rate than others in
their training. The students, who excel in their studies, continue on their journey to become honorable midwives who provide excellent midwifery care
above and beyond their duties.
The art and passion of midwifery can not always be taught; it has to come from within. A midwife should be genuine and receptive to learning at all
times as practice makes perfect and we are never too old to learn.
Midwife means “With Woman”. If you have a desire to help women birth their children and not be delivered of their children; if you find joy in
giving of yourself to help someone else achieve their goal, then this may be the program for you.
- Provides interaction with pregnant women and newborn babies
- Provides a hands on approach and gives the student work experience
- Boosts self confidence, esteem and moral
- Builds stronger characters in each student
- Teaches responsibility and teamwork
The Student will be required to perform such tasks as but not limited to:
- Participate in prenatal and postpartum care by:
- Taking vital signs
- Measuring fundal height
- Listening to fetal heart tones
- Drawing blood
- Attend births and whatever that may involve (not for the weakened stomach or the faint of heart)
- Recording fetal heart tones and vitals
- Coaching moms during labor
- Assisting in birth
- Checking placentas
- Cleaning after clinic and births
- Sweeping and mopping floors
- Cleaning bathrooms
- Cleaning tubs
- Restocking rooms
- Sterilizing instruments
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