3018 West Overland Road
Boise, ID, 83705

(208) 258-9251

Mercy in Action is a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide. A Midwifery School, as well as seminars and training retreats are held each year to prepare midwives, doctors, and nurses to meet the global shortage of skilled birth attendants, and to help primary health care workers prevent unnecessary child deaths. 


College of Midwifery

Mercy In Action College of Midwifery

Now MEAC Accredited

Note for 2018 applicants: In order to make our accredited program more accessible to as many people as possible, we are working on future changes to the college program. Please note that Mercy In Action College of Midwifery submitted a substantive change application to our accreditor, the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), which was accepted on September 6, 2017.  If approved, these changes would allow us to become a Distance-hybrid program, and become degree-granting.  The review process generally takes six months or more from the date the application was accepted to successfully complete. Further information about distance education opportunities will be provided after that time. In the meantime, most of the information in this handbook remains applicable for 2018. One exception is that it is recommended but no longer required as a pre-requisite for applicants to be certified doulas.

You may apply now for  the fall starting date of August 22, 2018, and will be called for an interview after the new handbook is published (by March 31, 2018) 

For more information, contact Kristen Benoit at info@mercyinaction.com

You will come to learn, but you will leave transformed...

In every midwifery school, students learn about pregnancy, birth and babies. What Mercy In Action College of Midwifery models is how to be a midwife who is also a compassionate and responsible global citizen. Throughout your midwifery training, you will be made aware of how good midwifery knowledge, skills and attitude can positively impact the ability of mothers and babies to survival and thrive, both in the USA and around the world.

Mercy In Action College of Midwifery is a comprehensive three year MEAC accredited Certificate granting program for aspiring Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). This training qualifies the graduate to sit for the North American Registry of Midwives national board exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).  In addition, the graduate will be prepared for service domestically or  internationally as a Skilled Birth Attendant, duly educated and credentialed in the USA, able to conduct normal deliveries in homes or birth centers, and provide for all aspects of maternity care, including the timely provision of emergency maternity care and disaster relief to a child-bearing population should it become necessary.

Our mission is to train competent, compassionate midwives of excellence who can serve women, infants, and families anywhere in the world. We desire to train culturally aware, globally minded midwives who can practice evidence-based midwifery according to the Midwives Model of Care™.

UPDATE ON ACCREDITATION: The MEAC Board of Directors voted to grant initial institutional accreditation to Mercy in Action College of Midwifery on March 9, 2017 for a period of five (5) years, expiring March 9, 2022.

"For more information including application timelines, tuition costs, and more, please download the Student Handbook and Course Catalog NEAR the bottom of this page."

Next Beginning Date

Admissions for Fall 2018 will begin in March 2018

FORMS, Handbooks, book lists

Students and Preceptors enrolled or in the process of enrolling with the College of Midwifery can find handbooks, forms and book lists here


Student Handbook and Course Catalog

Click the Student Handbook and Course Catalog for more information

Click the Student Handbook and Course Catalog for more information


Sample curriculum

Click to view Module 1 as a pdf

Click to view Module 1 as a pdf



Mercy In Action College of Midwifery begins each school year in the fall in Boise, Idaho, with a full semester of classroom academics. Each semester after that will be split between short intensive sessions on campus and clinical placement with a community midwife in the location of the student’s own choosing, anywhere in the USA. Students will be in a cohort group over the six semesters, and attend all classroom sessions together, and graduate together. Successful completion on each semester is the requirement for going on to the next semester. After graduation, the students will have an opportunity, should they chose it,  for an optional international placement to earn a post-graduate diploma in Global Midwifery. 

Download the STUDENT HANDBOOK AND COURSE CATALOG (pictured above this OVERVIEW section) for detailed information.

When you are ready to apply, click the "Apply Here" button above. You will receive a letter acknowledging your application within 5-7 business days. As soon as your application is complete, your non-refundable application fee is paid, and your reference letter, copy of High School or College Transcripts, and a current photo are received, your application will be processed.

Early Enrollment deadline is February 1. Regular Enrollment deadline is May 1. Applicants will be receive notice of acceptance or non-acceptance by March 1 and June 1, respectively. Late applications to be considered through July, but there are a limited number of spaces available and a limited number of student housing spaces available as well. Once all the available spaces have been accepted, applicants will be informed that they can choose to be put on a wait-list, and notified if a space opens up before the first semester begins.

 If your application is accepted, you will become enrolled by paying your fees by the deadline given in the student handbook and signing the enrollment contract.

NOTE: We are sorry, but confidentiality requirements do not permit us to discuss a student's status or situation with family or friends.