The direct-entry Master of Science in Midwifery program prepares students to greatly improve the quality and breadth of maternity care offered to birthing people and their families.
Length of Program: 3 years (11 quarters) full time.
Campus: Kenmore, Washington
This is a three-year, hybrid program which includes three methods of learning:
Preceptorships (also called “hands-on learning experiences”) are available at locations in many regions of the United States. You will go through a matching process to be selected for a practicum site. Depending on the location of the site you're matched with, you may be required to relocate for the duration of the preceptorship.
This is a Professional Midwifery program, not a Nursing Midwifery program. Professional and Nursing midwives have different scopes of practice. To learn more about the scope of practice for Certified Professional Midwives, visit the North American Registry of Midwives website.
Bastyr’s three-year Master of Science in Midwifery (MSM) program trains students in all aspects of midwifery care, from preconception through pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period for parent and newborn, and is intended for those who desire to serve childbearing families in the comfort of their home or freestanding birth center settings. It is the only master’s degree in midwifery that is both regionally-accredited and MEAC-accredited and that prepares graduates to be leaders in the profession. Based on the competencies established by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and the combined expertise of Bastyr University and the renowned Seattle Midwifery School, this rigorous, proven curriculum equips health professionals to address both the art and science of midwifery by integrating theory with clinical experience. Graduates are prepared to enter the field as innovative leaders that provide midwifery care through a social justice lens.
3 years (11 quarters), full-time
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From professional midwifery to social advocacy, Bastyr’s MSM graduates are equipped to serve childbearing families in a variety of ways.
For more information on titles and licensure, visit the North American Registry of Midwives.
Seattle, Washington Campus
Set in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Bastyr’s expansive Seattle-area campus provides a serene, natural environment for students to deepen their health education. Our campus is located in the Seattle suburb of Kenmore, Washington, and encompasses 51 acres along the shore of Lake Washington.
At our Seattle-area campus, you’ll enjoy dynamic classroom environments and unique facilities for research, laboratory and clinical experiences. Our campus location also affords you easy access to the rich cultural experiences of the Seattle metropolitan area and unlimited exposure to the natural wonders of the Puget Sound region.
Gain a master’s-level understanding of midwifery care through a curriculum delivered in a blended online and on-site course format. Reference our curriculum table for the full course schedule. This table reflects a full-time course of study.
The program prepares midwives with the hands-on training and knowledge to confidently and effectively guide families throughout the childbearing year. Expected learning outcomes of graduates can be found in the course catalog.
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Students obtain their clinical experience in gynecology/family planning clinics, prenatal/postpartum clinics, homebirth settings, birth centers and hospitals in North America. Clinical training involves working with licensed midwives, registered midwives, certified professional midwives, certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, naturopathic doctors, physician assistants or physicians during these rotations.
The Department of Midwifery places all students in qualified clinical training sites and provides ongoing support to students throughout the practicum experience.
Interested in completing some prerequisite courses online? Learn more about which lower-division courses can be fulfilled through the Alternative Credit Project.
Reference our curriculum table for full prerequisites. To learn which classes fulfill these prerequisites, use our course equivalency guide.
A full course outline can be found in the Master of Science in Midwifery program description of the Academic Catalog.