Compare Our Programs

The Campus and Community Options are two different paths through the same program. You’ll want to compare the programs to decide which one is right for you.

The academic and clinical curriculums and credit requirements for each program are essentially the same.

The main difference between the program options is how academic coursework and clinical preceptorship are balanced throughout the program.

The Campus Option emphasizes academic content in the first part of the program, transitioning to focus on clinical practice in the program’s second half. Preceptorship happens after you’re done with academic classes.

The Community Option is structured so you conduct academic learning and clinical learning side by side each semester. The exception is the last semester, which is clinical learning only.

Campus OptionCommunity Option
Start DateSpringFall
Days on Campus2-3 days/week for first 3.5 semesters5 days/week during 11 2-week intensives during first 5 semesters
Where you liveOn campus during academic work, then elsewhere for preceptorshipIn your hometown or another location within the United States
Clinical RotationsWith local perinatal practice during semesters 2 and 3None. Preceptorship starts with midwives where you live in semester 1 or 2
PreceptorshipStarts in semester 5, often away from Bridgton. 42 credit hours requiredStarting in semester 1 or 2. Semester 6 is preceptorship only. 46 credit hours required