midwifery schools in canada
Midwifery Education Program
The Midwifery Education Program (MEP) is the accrediting body for midwife education in Canada. The MEP is a collaborative effort between the provincial and territorial regulatory authorities, represented by the Canadian Association of Midwives and the national professional association representing midwives, represented by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
Midwives must be registered members in good standing with their provincial or territorial regulatory authority to practice in Canada. They are required to complete a four-year degree program that meets MEP standards in order to be eligible for registration. The Midwifery Education Accreditation Board (MEAB), comprised of representatives from each jurisdiction, evaluates programs on behalf of the MEP and grants accreditation status when standards are met.
McMaster University, located in Hamilton, Ontario, is home to a four-year program that shares a common curriculum with the midwifery program at Laurentian University. The program is offered through a partnership between McMaster University and Laurentian University. Students share time at McMaster University and Laurentian University while they complete their studies. They also spend time in one of the other teaching sites in Ontario. Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Midwifery Registration Exam.
Laurentian University is located in Sudbury, Ontario. You can find out more about its midwifery program here. The midwifery program at Laurentian University includes a 3-year BHSc (Honours) degree followed by a 2-year Masters of Midwifery degree. Tuition information may be found here. Applications are due by March 1st of each year, and all five accredited programs in Canada (Laurentian, Ryerson, McMaster, UBC, and Mount Royal) use the same application portal. Laural Johnson is Laurentian’s contact for Admissions to the Undergraduate Program: ; or 705-675-1151 ext 4446
More information about applying to become a midwife in Canada can be found here on the Canadian Association of Midwives website: https://www.canadianmidwives.org/en/becoming-a-midwife/how_to_apply
- Location: Toronto, Ontario
- Programs offered: Bachelor of Science in Midwifery
- Requirements: (1) complete an undergraduate degree in Biology or health sciences (2) have at least 2 years of full-time work experience as a registered nurse (3) submit a resume that includes relevant work experience and volunteer hours
- Applications: Ryerson University uses the OCAS system. The application fee is $65.00 Canadian dollars, and the deadline for applications is March 1st. Applications will not be accepted after this date. It is recommended to apply early to ensure that you are considered for scholarships and bursaries.
- Tuition: Total tuition for international students for four years of study is $68,000 Canadian dollars. Students can also apply for financial aid from the government and from other sources such as banks or private lenders by completing a FAFSA form which can be found on their website at https://studentaidbc .ca/apply-for-loans . There are also scholarships available through the university itself, with details found here https://www.ryerson.ca/content/dam/midwifery /documents/Scholarships_and_Bursaries_or_Applications .pdf
For more information about Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Science in Midwifery program, please visit their website at http://www.ryerson .ca/midwifery/.
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland
Admission requirements: BSc or BN with a minimum 75% cumulative average; proof of English language proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL); letters of reference
Tuition: $6,189.67 per year ($1,547.42 per course) plus university fees and insurance costs
Duration: 2 years full-time (6 semesters)
UBC Midwifery Program
The UBC Midwifery Program is a full-time, four-year degree program located within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. The UBC Midwifery Program is the only Midwifery education program in British Columbia and one of only three such programs in Canada. The program admits 20 students annually and graduating midwives are conferred with a Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid) degree.
Mount Royal University
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Intake process: Students can apply at any time. Students must join the Canadian College of Midwives to be eligible for the application process, which involves writing two essays and submitting a resume and portfolio.
Program length: 5 years full-time (2 years undergraduate, 3 years graduate)
Program cost: $7,000 per year (undergraduate); $8,900 per year (graduate)
Program requirements: Admission requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. The prerequisite courses are biochemistry, chemistry or biology with organic chemistry. Other required courses include statistics and developmental psychology. The majority of students have completed bachelor degrees in women’s studies or nursing; however students from other disciplines are encouraged to apply. One applicant in each cohort will be admitted with an Indigenous background as part of a partnership with First Nations University of Canada. Applicants can also participate in clinical experience by completing an eight-week clinical placement as part of their undergraduate degree if they choose not to complete it before applying to the program. In addition to clinical experience, applicants must write two essays as well submit a resume and portfolio describing their personal qualities that demonstrate commitment to the profession and dedication to working with families through pregnancy and birth. Only 8-10 seats are available annually for this program; competitive applicants have GPAs over 3.0 (B average).
Program outcomes: Graduates receive Bachelor of Midwifery degrees after successfully completing both levels of the program at Mount Royal University. They may also sit for board exams offered by ACNM Certification Council Inc., leading to professional designation as Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs).
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)
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There are many midwifery schools in Canada.
Midwifery is a regulated profession in Canada. Midwives are educated to provide primary care to women from the onset of pregnancy until 6 weeks after birth. Midwives are also able to prescribe and administer medications, order necessary tests, refer for further medical assistance and provide family planning services.