Admission Requirements and Selection of Candidates

Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery offers small classes with high levels of interaction between students, faculty and program administrators.   Students are admitted to a cohort that progresses through and completes the midwifery education program as a group, one course at a time.  Because of this approach to education and the limited number of available spaces, admission to the program is competitive.

Students who wish to enroll at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery must complete and submit an application for admission to the program, along with a nonrefundable application fee.  References and official transcripts must be submitted directly from the individual or institution to Nizhoni’s administrative offices.

The deadline for applications is June 1 of each year.  Applications received after that time may be accepted on a space-available basis.

Application essay questions provide an opportunity for the Admissions Committee members to form an impression about the applicant and his or her interests and background related to health care.  Interviews are required for the midwifery education program and may be conducted by telephone or in person.

Applicants to the program are required to have a high school diploma or GED or to have successfully completed classes at a regionally accredited college or university as evidenced by an official transcript sent directly from the institution to Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.  Homeschooled students are accepted to the Nizhoni program and should contact the school directly for information regarding submission of homeschooling documentation.  Preference is given to candidates with a baccalaureate degree or higher. It is recommended that students complete college-level introductory courses in anatomy and physiology and microbiology or their equivalent before entering the program or during the first year.

Selection criteria for admission are scored by Admission Committee members. Selection is made by the Admissions Committee by July 31 of each year.  Criteria include:

a. Realistic assessment of stressors inherent to midwifery education and practice

b. Plans for meeting personal and family needs, including a support system

c. Evidence of previous academic success as demonstrated by academic performance history, completion of certification programs, etc.

d. Communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to communicate in English

e. Attention to detail, as evidenced by completion of application process;

f. Birth-related experience

g. References

h. Realistic plan for meeting financial expenditures related to school

i. Foreign-language competency

j. Additional admissions points are given to students who have completed college-level classes in Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology (one point per subject for total of 3 points maximum)

Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, creed or physical ability. However, all students must be able to perform the cognitive and physical skills for direct-entry midwifery care specified in the core competencies delineated by the Midwives’ Alliance of North America (MANA) and the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).  Physical attributes that all students need in order to be able to effectively perform the functions of a midwife include but are not limited to the ability to:

a. Hear soft sounds, such as fetal heart tones, cardiac murmurs and breath sounds

b. Lift and/or turn patients who may be of greater size and/or weight

c. Concentrate and focus for long periods of time on complex tasks and/or on material that may be difficult to understand

d. Visualize objects that are close at hand, either with the naked eye or with corrective lenses

e. Use fine motor dexterity and hand-eye coordination to perform complex tasks such as suturing

f. Maneuver quickly in small or cramped spaces

g. Change physical positions quickly in response to the needs of a pregnant or laboring woman

h. Communicate in such a way as to be understood by others

i Write legibly or type

j. Read and comprehend technical materials written at college level of comprehension

Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery can assist in making reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.  The prospective student must provide a formal statement of diagnosis from a qualified practicing physician (M.D. or D.O.) or nurse practitioner.  This statement must include the projected needs of the student with regard to needed accommodations.

Be advised in advance of your application to Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery that state health care licensing boards perform criminal background and fingerprint checks of midwifery licensure applicants.  Prospective students are asked to disclose upon application any previous or current felony convictions.  Students with a previous or current felony conviction will not be accepted to Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.  An applicant who has been convicted for crimes against persons, drug-related activity, custodial interference, healthcare fraud and crimes relating to financial exploitation, including the misuse of public funds, is unlikely to obtain a midwifery license California or any other state. If you have questions, contact your state licensing authority for clarification of their policies concerning criminal history prior to making application to this program.

All classes at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery are conducted in the English language. If an applicant’s native language is not English, the applicant must submit acceptable scores from either the internet-based version (score of 213 or above) or the paper-and-pencil version (score of 550 or above) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.  An acceptable alternative to a passing TOEFL score is the successful completion of two semesters or quarters of enrollment in arts or science courses conducted in English (not including classes in English as a Second Language) from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.  Each course must be completed with a 3.0 GPA or above (in which an A = 4.0) and the total number of credits must be equal or equivalent to fifteen (15) quarter credits.

The Admissions Committee is comprised of the two Executive Directors and the Chair of Faculty and Student Services.  At least two members of the Admissions Committee must evaluate and score each application in order for the process to be considered complete.  Each committee member uses the Admissions Scoring Tool as an assessment mechanism for evaluating each applicant.  Scoring criteria are weighted equally.  Highest scoring candidates receive priority for acceptance over lower-scoring candidates.

A student who has accepted an offer of admission may request a deferment of acceptance for one year until the next midwifery cohort enters the program.  At least two members of the Admissions Committee will review the student’s request and will then deny or accept the student’s request for deferment.  A student who is granted a deferment must pay a $2,500.00 deposit to hold his or her place in the next cohort by December 31st of the year in which s/he originally intended to enroll.  If the student enrolls, the monies paid via deposit are credited to the student’s tuition and fees and a receipt is provided to the student with information regarding the due date of the next tuition payment.  If the student does not enroll, the deposit is forfeited.  Applications from individuals who are accepted to the program but must defer enrollment and are unable to pay a deposit to hold a space in class will have their application placed into the general pool of applicants for the following year.  These applicants remain responsible for updating information in their applications that is pertinent to admission, e.g., completed or updated certifications, transcripts of college courses, etc.

In order to enroll in Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery, a student must:

a. Meet the eligibility criteria for admission

b. Complete the Application for Admission and provide supporting documentation in the form of references, transcripts, and other documents delineated by the Admissions Committee

c. Complete an admissions interview by telephone or in person

d. After review of the application process by the Admissions Committee, accept an offer of enrollment to Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery

d. Complete the Enrollment Agreement and sign the School Performance Fact Sheet, Policies and Procedures and other documents delineated by Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery

e. Pay application and enrollment fees, tuition and sustaining fees.