Admission Requirements and Selection of Candidates


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Admission to Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery is a matter of choosing the best potential students and matching them with others of a high caliber in a limited number of available spaces. You can be sure that your acceptance to the program means that you’ve competed with the best and won through. Nizhoni offers high levels of interaction between students, faculty, and program administrators, working and learning in small classes called cohorts. Your cohort will progress through the courses and labs as a group. To become an elite student midwife, you must complete and submit an application for admission, along with a nonrefundable application fee. Your references and official transcripts to Nizhoni’s administrative offices are accepted from you or your educational institution.

When you’ve completed the admission process (see below), your interview, application, and transcripts will be evaluated and scored by the Admission Committee. Rest assured that at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery, it’s not a matter of luck—it’s a matter of discovering the best students and turning out the best midwives. We hope that describes you!

Application Process

The deadline for applications is June 1st of each year. Applications received after that time will 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, GED, or a degree from 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 required that students complete college-level introductory courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology and medical terminology before entering the program.

Selection criteria for admission is scored by Admission Committee members. Selection is made by the Admissions Committee by July 31st of each year.

Criteria include:

  • Realistic assessment of stressors inherent to midwifery education and practice
  • Plans for meeting personal and family needs, including a support system
  • Evidence of previous academic success as demonstrated by academic performance history, completion of certification programs, etc.
  • Communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to communicate in English
  • Attention to detail, as evidenced by completion of application process
  • Birth-related experience
  • References
  • Realistic plan for meeting financial expenditures related to school
  • Foreign-language competency
  • Completion of college-level introductory courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Medical Terminology

Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, race, color, marital status, ethnic origin, ancestry, religion, age, creed, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. 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:

  • Hear soft sounds, such as fetal heart tones, cardiac murmurs and breath sounds
  • Lift and/or turn patients who may be of greater size and/or weight
  • Concentrate and focus for long periods of time on complex tasks and/or on material that may be difficult to understand
  • Visualize objects that are close at hand, either with the naked eye or with corrective lenses
  • Use fine motor dexterity and hand-eye coordination to perform complex tasks such as suturing
  • Maneuver quickly in small or cramped spaces
  • Change physical positions quickly in response to the needs of a pregnant or laboring person
  • Communicate in such a way as to be understood by others
  • Write legibly or type
  • Read and comprehend technical materials written at college level of comprehension

Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery will make 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 in 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 taught in English at a college level of writing, speaking, and comprehension. Nizhoni does not provide English language services and classes in other languages are not currently available. If an applicant’s native language is not English, the applicant must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination or the examination for the International English Testing System (IELTS). An acceptable minimum score for the TOEFL is 20 per category and 80 or above total. An acceptable overall band score for the IELTS is 6.5. Scores must be submitted to Nizhoni Institute directly from the testing agency. See the Student Handbook and Course Catalog for information on exemptions from taking the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

The Admissions Committee is comprised of the Executive Director, the Dean of Students, 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. A student who is granted a deferment must pay an $800.00 deposit to hold their place in the next cohort by December 31st of the year in which they 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 will be returned minus the $100 Registration Fee in accordance with the Cancellation and Refund Policy. 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 be placed into the general pool of applicants for the following year. All applicants deferring enrollment 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:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria for admission
  • Complete the Application for Admission and provide supporting documentation in the form of references, transcripts, and other documents delineated by the Admissions Committee
  • Complete an admissions interview by telephone, zoom or in person
  • After review of the application process by the Admissions Committee, accept an offer of enrollment to Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery
  • Complete the Enrollment Agreement and sign the School Performance Fact Sheet, Policies and Procedures and other documents delineated by Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery
  • Pay application and enrollment fees, tuition and sustaining fees.

Application for Admission