Dual Bachelor program in Applied Midwifery Science
Every year at the beginning of winter semester Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin starts with a course of the Bachelor Program in Applied Midwifery Science. The course will offer a total of 60 places each year.
The Midwife plays a key role in women’s health care. Her expertise in normal pregnancy and childbirth arises from her understanding of childbearing as a social, cultural, and biological process.
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The new bachelor program is organized as a ‘dual study program’, meaning it combines university-based studies with practical work experience. By alternating between theoretical and practical training components, students will gain a broad perspective of an independent profession with a promising future. Students will require a total of 210 ECTS credits across 28 modules in order to complete the degree program, which comprises 7 semesters.
As skilled professionals and experts in reflective practice, midwives are responsible for delivering advice, care and support to both women and their families during pregnancy, labor, the postpartum period, and breastfeeding. They work independently, are in charge of physiologic labor and birth, and are solely responsible for the examination, care and monitoring of newborn babies and infants.
The Bachelor program in Applied Midwifery Science aims
- Teach the professional and personal skills required to work independently to provide holistic care in both inpatient and outpatient settings
- Instill the ability to critically evaluate theoretical and practical knowledge, and promote the development and implementation of innovative, science-based solutions to improve one’s own professional practice
- Enable students to use evidence-based and science-oriented decision-making to develop, plan, guide and shape complex care processes, including health prevention and health promotion measures pertaining to midwifery practice
- Explore the latest research taking place within midwifery science and related fields, enabling students to evaluate the latest validated findings and utilize an evidence-based approach to problem-solving before implementing them as part of their clinical practice
Theoretical course components will be delivered at teaching and learning facilities across Charité. Practical components will be hosted by the two organizations responsible for their delivery, Charité and Vivantes (and their academic clinical institutions), in addition to midwifery partners based at community-based practices, partnered midwife-led birthing centers, and centers providing midwife-led outpatient services.
Charité’s ‘Applied Midwifery Sciences’ dual study program is characterized by its two-pronged structure, which constantly alternates between theoretical and practical units. This closely intertwined structure promotes and facilitates the transfer of theory into practice.
The curriculum follows the spiral model of skill-oriented and practice-oriented learning, starting with the fundamentals of physiology and progressing, through increasing levels of deviations from standard care, all the way to abnormal situations during pregnancy, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding.
Students will complete their licensing exam (oral, written, and practical examinations) during the final two semesters. Students will complete a dissertation during the seventh semester. Upon completion of their degree, students will become licensed midwifery professionals, also gaining the academic title of ‘Bachelor of Science’ (BSc). The degree program qualifies students for professional roles requiring general midwifery skills.