College of Midwifery

MEAC Accredited


Bachelor of Science in Midwifery

Mercy In Action College of Midwifery is a Degree-Granting, Distance-Hybrid program, accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Upon graduation, students earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Midwifery, and qualify to become nationally certified as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) with the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM.) Graduates who pass the NARM board exam qualify for Idaho licensing and licensing in states that recognize the CPM credential.

In every midwifery school, students learn about pregnancy, birth and babies. What Mercy In Action College of Midwifery models is how to be a midwife who is also a compassionate and responsible global citizen. Throughout your midwifery degree, you will learn how excellence in midwifery knowledge, skills and attitude can positively impact the ability of mothers and babies to survive and thrive, both in the United States and around the world. Graduates will be prepared for practice in home or birth center settings. A CPM is able to conduct normal deliveries and provide for all aspects of maternity care, including the timely provision of emergency measures and transfer to a higher level of care should it become necessary.


Our mission is to train competent, compassionate midwives of excellence to serve women, infants, and families during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. We desire to train culturally aware, globally minded midwives who can practice evidence-based midwifery according to the Midwives Model of Care™.


Distance-Hybrid Classes


Electronic curriculum & Online Classrooms

The College curriculum and online classrooms are accessible via Apple iPads. Students use online software to receive and submit assignments, participate in discussion boards with fellow students, and take tests. Our new distance-hybrid format allows students to complete their academic and clinical work in their home communities, while still having the advantage of interacting with fellow students and teachers during annual visits to the Boise, Idaho campus for orientation, graduation and two brief campus sessions in-between.

The curriculum is aligned with the educational requirements of the North American Registry of Midwives and the International Confederation of Midwives. In addition, the Mercy In Action College of Midwifery aligns itself with the Midwives Model of Care™, the International Childbirth Initiative, the World Health Organization Safe Motherhood Initiative, the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative, and the White Ribbon Alliance Respectful Maternity Care Initiative, as well as other global initiatives and projects to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity worldwide.

Hands on learning


Campus Sessions

Students participate in annual campus sessions which will include aspects of lectures, focused learning through role playing, multi-media, hands-on demonstrations and practice, guided self study, group review of assignments, and peer assessments. The first semester involves a week of on-campus orientation. The third and fifth semesters involve a short intensive return to campus, and the final semester involves a two-week session which includes the Mercy In Action NARM Study Retreat and a formal commencement graduation ceremony.

The campus of Mercy In Action College of Midwifery is located in beautiful Boise, Idaho, in a quiet tree-lined neighborhood. Our school buildings offers classrooms, a library with study tables and bookshelves stocked with midwifery and childbirth books, clinical teaching space with a wide variety of clinical teaching aids, as well as cozy study nooks throughout the two buildings and the inviting seating in the backyard. We are proud to share our space with Mercy Birth Center, a non-profit, easy access clinic and birth center also owned by Mercy In Action.

Local learning


Community-Based Preceptorship

After orientation, students return to their own communities to study and begin an internship with an established midwife as a qualified preceptor for clinical experience. Clinical experience includes attending births, prenatal and postpartum exams and newborn check-ups. The online distance-hybrid format allows students to complete their course work at a distance while attending births in the setting of their own choosing. At times, a student will choose to relocate to take a clinical placement somewhere else, since academics can be done from almost anywhere in the United States.

Global focus

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International Midwifery

The College of Midwifery, under its parent organization Mercy In Action, has been involved both academically and practically in global maternal/newborn health since 1991. The College's curriculum reflects this global perspective, training future midwives to be prepared to provide midwifery care in the United States, while being aware of the special considerations of women and children in developing countries

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