3 Year Direct-Entry Midwifery
The Three-Year Direct-Entry Midwifery program is designed to meet the educational needs of the student who enrolls with no prior midwifery or nursing education and requires the completion of our Midwifery Core Curriculum.
This program provides students with the academic and clinical learning experiences required for graduation pursuant to Florida’s Midwifery Practice Act, FS 467.009 and the Department of Health, Council of Licensed Midwifery. The Midwifery Core Curriculum is 2488 clock hours over three years.
“A student midwife, during training, shall undertake, under the supervision of a preceptor, the care of 50 women in each of the prenatal, intrapartal, and postpartal periods, but the same women need not be seen through all three periods. The student midwife shall observe an additional 25 women in the intrapartal period before qualifying for a license.” FS 467.009
Each woman’s birth experience is different and unique. Knowing this, the exact number of hours required to attend the mandated number of birth experiences will vary. However, students will spend at least 1440 clock hours in the clinical setting. Students must understand that the time spent at a birth may be in addition to the externship hours listed in the curriculum. 792316
Graduates of the Three-Year Direct-Entry Midwifery Program will be eligible to sit for the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam. The NARM is the Florida licensing exam for the midwifery profession. Graduates will also receive a diploma from CCSM. Students must pass the NARM exam and be granted licensure by the Council of Licensed Midwifery before they may work as a midwife in the State of Florida.
4 Month Licensure by Endorsement
The Four-Month Licensure by Endorsement Program is designed to prepare experienced foreign-trained midwives or doctors, or registered or licensed midwives from other states for careers as Florida Licensed Midwives. The program focuses on the art of out-of-hospital birth, equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a safe, independent practitioner. Course work is both academic and clinical, with a strong emphasis on the laws and rules that govern practice as a Florida Licensed Midwife. The Four-Month Licensure by Endorsement curriculum consists of 488 clock hours over four months.
Licensure by endorsement students must perform ten supervised prenatal examinations, act as the primary midwife at five supervised births and be a midwife registered or licensed under statutes other than F.S. 467, or a foreign-trained practitioner, and has had their credentials reviewed and approved by the appropriate state agency.
Each woman’s birth experience is different and unique. Knowing this, the exact number of hours required to attend the mandated number of birth experiences will vary however, students will spend at least 144 clock hours in the clinical setting. Students must understand that the time spent at a birth may be in addition to externship hours listed in the curriculum.
Graduates of the Four-Month Licensure by Endorsement will be eligible to sit for the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam. The NARM is the Florida licensing exam for the midwifery profession. Graduates will also receive a Certificate of Completion from CCSM. Students must pass the NARM exam and be granted licensure by the Council of Licensed Midwifery before they may work as a midwife in the State of Florida
Getting Started is Easy
Your journey to midwifery starts with learning to support birth families where you are today, wither you have been in birth work for years or are looking to begin today we encourage you to look over the prerequisites for our programs and commit to taking the first step toward becoming a Florida midwife today.
How much do your programs cost?
Our 3 Year Direct Entry program tuition is $27,000 and our 4 Month Licensure by Endorsement Program tuition is $6,000. We offer a payment plan to help spread the cost of education over the 3 years or 4 months accordingly.
I am a registered nurse, will any of my prior learning count toward the 3 year program?
Florida Statute 467.009 allows students with previous nursing or midwifery education to be applied to our program but does not allow training be reduced to a period of less than 2 years. All interested students have the ability to request a transcript evaluation and consultation to discuss how their unique educational experience can be applied towards their midwifery education and training.
Do you offer an online 3 year direct entry program?
Although we do not have a fully online program at this time, our classes meet one day a week and much of your coursework can be done online from the comfort of your home. This provides students ample time to participate in their clinical externship throughout the week.
Can you help me find a preceptor?
CCSM has strong relationships with midwives across Central Florida and the state. Although we cannot guarantee placement with a preceptor from our faculty we pride ourselves assisting students with their placements. Our preceptors practice in a variety of settings, which allow students to explore the type of midwifery practice they would like to establish upon graduation.