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Admission

Application

Students wishing to apply to the Midwifery Education Program must complete both an online application for admission to the University of British Columbia (Enrolment Services) and an online Supplemental Application to the Division of Midwifery.

Application Deadline (for Winter Session beginning the following September)
UBC online application for admission December 1
Midwifery online application January 15

Official transcripts for all completed and in-progress high school and post-secondary work are to be sent to Enrolment Services no later than January 15.

Academic Requirements

Admission to the Midwifery Program requires successful completion of high school including Mathematics and Chemistry to at least the grade 11 level; as well as the following post-secondary requirements:

  • 7 credits of human biology (UBC BIOL 153 or equivalent)
  • 3 credits of English (UBC ENGL 112 or equivalent)

Applicants with a minimum of 24 transferrable post-secondary credits will be evaluated on the basis of their post-secondary academic performance. Applicants with fewer than 24 transferrable post-secondary credits will be evaluated based on both high school and post-secondary academic performance.

Additional Application Requirements

Applicants must complete and submit an online application to the Midwifery Program by January 15. The information and documents required to be submitted as part of this additional application are found on the Midwifery Program website. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Admission to the four-year Bachelor of Midwifery will be offered to those students who not only demonstrate academic potential but also demonstrate the qualities, commitment, and motivation to practice as a midwife. Candidates may be invited for an interview at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Disclosure

The Midwifery Program has a limited enrolment. Since the number of qualified applicants is expected to exceed the number of places available, fulfilment of published requirements is not a guarantee of admission. The Faculty reserves the right of selection of all students for admission to the program.

In response to human health resource challenges in British Columbia, the admissions process gives priority to qualified applicants who are also BC residents and/or Aboriginal.

Transfer Credit

The University will consider granting transfer credit for all transferable post-secondary courses completed. The number of credits that can be applied to the Midwifery degree will be determined by the Program in accordance with University regulations regarding transfer credit. Three (3) credits of transfer credit may be applied to elective courses. Transfer credit for core midwifery courses will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Readmission

The Faculty reserves the right to readmit students and to stipulate conditions attached to readmission. Application for readmission to the Program will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Post-Acceptance Requirements

Upon acceptance each student will receive a letter asking them to confirm their seat in the program. They will sign a form acknowledging the fact that they will need to relocate for one or more terms, at their own expense, in order to fulfill clinical requirements.

All undergraduate students admitted to the Division of Midwifery in the Faculty of Medicine will have their vaccination records reviewed to determine their risk for communicable diseases.

Upon acceptance, each student must submit to the Student Health Service evidence of immunizations (Tetanus/Diphtheria-Toxoid, Polio, MMR, Hepatitis B) and a negative TB skin test (if the skin test is positive, a chest x-ray is required). Students who have not demonstrated immunity to any of these conditions prior to entry should arrange to complete the immunization(s) through UBC Student Health Services as soon as possible after matriculation. Students who do not comply with the immunization requirements will not be able to participate in a clinical placement, thereby jeopardizing their ability to graduate from the program.

Undergraduate midwifery students who continue to fail to sero-convert will be tested for the presence of Hepatitis B antigen by the Student Health Service. Students who demonstrate Hepatitis B infectivity may be required to complete a modified course of training and may pursue their studies only as long as their continued involvement does not pose a health or safety hazard to themselves or others, and as long as they are able to meet the core requirements for a midwifery degree at UBC.

Counselling resources are available to any undergraduate midwifery student identified as Hepatitis B positive.

Applicants with Disabilities

Applicants to the Division of Midwifery with disabilities will be considered in accordance with UBC's policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities. This policy does not eliminate the need for evaluation or the need to meet essential learning outcomes. Students seeking academic accommodation due to disability must:

  • Provide the necessary documentation to Access and Diversity (the University does not provide or assume the cost of diagnostic services); and
  • Bring the request for academic accommodation or for changes in accommodation needs to the attention of the appropriate personnel in a timely manner in order to allow for arrangement of accommodations.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to pursue their studies as long as their continued involvement does not pose a health or safety hazard to themselves or others, and as long as they are able to meet the core requirements for a Bachelor of Midwifery Degree. The Division of Midwifery will make every reasonable effort to ensure that any modified course of training will meet professional licensing requirements. However, licensing requirements and decisions are within the sole jurisdiction of the College of Midwives of British Columbia.

For more information please contact the Access and Diversity, 604.822.5844.

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