Associate of Applied Science in MIDWIFERY
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Midwifery prepares students to provide care for mothers who are expected to have a normal pregnancy, labor and delivery. The program emphasizes wellness and prevention using the midwifery model of care as a foundation for instruction. Classroom and clinical training incorporate the core competencies established by the Midwives Alliance of North America, and prepare the student to meet the criteria for the North American Registry of Midwives exam to satisfy the requirements for Certified Professional Midwife and state licensure.
Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Midwifery the graduate will be able to:
- Possess the didactic and skill competence expected of an associate of applied science degree graduate midwife.
- Work effectively providing safe, independent, comprehensive maternity care to low-risk clients in a variety of settings.
- Provide safe prenatal and postpartum care independently, and as part of the health care team.
- Obtain clinical practice providing client care under the supervision of licensed midwives, nurse-midwives and physicians.
Expected Learning Outcomes
Students who are graduated with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Midwifery will have the requisite skills to:
- Communicate, counsel and teach women surrounding birth and maternity care for optimal outcomes.
- Monitor and support maternal and fetal well-being.
- Provide safe and effective prenatal and birth care to low risk women.
- Identify the disease process and appropriate referral process.
- Appropriately use emergency and transport measures when necessary.
- Document responsibly to plan client care and communicate with fellow health care providers effectively.
- Support of the lactation and postpartum processes, as well as the newborn’s adjustment to the first weeks of life.
- Provide care, support and information to women regarding overall reproductive health.
- Improve the effectiveness in the maternal-child health system in her community.
Specific Degree Requirements
Students wishing to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Midwifery from South Louisiana Community College must:
- Earn a grade of “C” in each of the following General Education courses: ENGL 1010, MATH 1100, BIOL 1010, 1020, 2017 and 2042, or other basic science prerequisites.
- Earn a grade of “C” or better in all MIDW coursework.
- Earn at least one half of the hours in major area at South Louisiana Community College.
- Score 80% or higher on all basic skills examinations.
- Assume responsibility for any additional costs of certifications and/or examinations for licensure.
- Purchase basic equipment as required by the program.
- Understand that some clinical sites may be outside of the College service area. Students may have additional costs related to travel and living expenses if outside clinical sites are selected.
- Be 21 to sit for state licensure exam.
- Must adhere to policies prescribed by each clinical training site or preceptor when engaging in clinical training.
- Adhere to HIPAA and other confidentiality clauses involving client care or clinical training.
- Arrange transportation to clinical sites or any additional trainings or extra-curricular activities.
Due to the unique nature of the profession of midwifery, and varying requirements from certifying agencies, the number of clinical and field experience hours may exceed the number required for minimum certification.
General Education (16 Hours)
The following courses must be taken prior to acceptance into the Midwifery program:
English (3 Hours)
Mathematics (3 Hours)
Biology (4 Hours)
Microcomputer Information Systems (3 Hours)
Psychology (3 Hours)
General Education (14 Hours)
Biology (11 Hours)
Humanities Electives (3 Hours)
Concentration - Midwifery (53 Hours)