The ATM Midwifery Training Program (ATMMTP) curriculum is based on the Midwives Alliance of North America Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice, MANA Standards and Qualifications for the Art and Practice of Midwifery, NARM written and skill test specifications, and the Midwives Model of Care™. As a Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) approved program, the ATMMTP curriculum also includes the laws and rules that apply to Texas Licensed Midwives. The ATMMTP requires all students to document a minimum of 500 hours of academic study. Most students will require significantly more time than 500 hours to complete all assignments. All time spent reading textbooks, research, completion of coursework and projects, and classroom time count towards the minimum 500 hours. Clinical training does not count towards academic education hours.
An experienced midwife will be available to communicate with each individual student, providing guidance through the program when needed. In addition, each module has a private email group for its class members to facilitate study help when needed. A student Facebook page helps provide peer support and interaction from students at all levels of education and clinical training. Each module may have its own forum(s) and chats. All help provide the support normally obtained in a classroom setting.
Workshops are taught by a team of experienced instructor-midwives who use a variety of teaching methods to help reinforce learning and help the student begin to integrate and apply theory with clinical practice. Module content is reviewed using lecture, audio/visual aids, discussion, and clinical simulations, with demonstration and hands-on practice of skills. At the end of each workshop the student must pass a comprehensive exam over the material covered in the module before advancing to the next study module.
Students and prospective students can download a multi-year ATMMTP program schedule here. Each class schedule is based on the start date for the first module, Introduction to Midwifery. The schedule allows the path of a student to be traced from the start of the first module through the last workshop scheduled. This is the earliest date that a student enrolling in the particular class would be eligible for graduation if all clinical requirements have also been met.
Click here to download a Program Schedule
Every module ends with a two or three day mandatory workshop. Each workshop is held in a specific location. You may download a calendar with workshop dates here, with the current city in which it is held. Workshop are normally held only twice per year. Which workshop a student attends will depend on the start day of the module. You will need to review the program schedule for your class start date to determine in which month a workshop will fall for your class start date.
Click her to download the current (2017-2018) Workshop Schedule
Note that all workshop dates are tentative. While we strive to adhere to the schedule, the dates are subject to change!
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The textbooks required for completion of academic coursework include the most current and evidence-based midwifery textbooks, and will provide the student with a thorough understanding of midwifery care, and the tasks and skills expected of a competent midwife. These books are generally available through the publishers and may be ordered on-line, or through bookstores and libraries. A list of recommended reading, which will broaden and enhance the student's learning experience, is included with the list of required texts. The Required Textbooks and Reading list identifies each required text by the module in which you will first need it. Students should order the required textbooks well in advance of need.
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A brief outline of the curriculum for each of the eight (8) modules follows. The number of weeks shown is the approximate time you can expect to spend completing each module. Actual time can vary slightly depending on your program schedule and week the workshop is scheduled.
Note: Students may begin module 1 sooner than the official class start date. Access to module 1 materials is given once enrollment is processed, so actual time will vary.
Minimum time for completion 14 - 16 weeks
Included with the first module:
12 weeks (this module may be taken at any time following completion of module 3.)
Upon successful completion of all ATM Midwifery Training Program requirements, including clinical training, a graduation certificate will be awarded. A copy of the certificate is submitted to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation toward fulfillment of the educational requirements of the licensing process, required to practice midwifery in Texas. The graduate is then eligible to take the state-administered NARM exam as a Texas Agency Candidate.
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