About the Department

Midwifery training at Samara University is among the second generation of Ethiopian universities. It was started in 2013 to offer the course in the medical and Health Science College.

In order to address the severe shortage and skill gaps of Midwifery graduates, the Government of Ethiopia has scaled up midwifery education by expanding number of medical schools and annual student enrollment.

Despite the significant step made to date, the midwife to population ratio continues to lag far behind the WHO benchmark of 1in10, 000 warranting further scale-up of midwifery training. Furthermore, the quality of Midwifery graduates from training institutions lack the quality in which the country demands which makes them to deliver the necessary services quality as per the standards to the community.

In keeping with its mission to provide quality education in the country, FMOH wanted to develop a ground- breaking, competency based, community sensitive curriculum for undergraduate midwifery education that will produce midwives with community sensitive, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. So to contribute for this national goal Samara University launched midwifery department in 2013 with 4 BSc instructors and 40 students in medical and health science collage.

Mission and Vision


The department of midwifery to prepare competent, compassionate, respectful, and caring midwives who can provide sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (SRMNCH) services at community and health facility levels with focus on health promotion and disease prevention.


To be one of the leading departments with enormous fields of midwifery bachelor and masters studies in pastoral and agro-pastoral community of East Africa by 2035.

Department Facilities

The Department of Midwifery offers courses in comfortable classrooms that it shares with other departments of the College of medical and health sciences. Furthermore, the Department has a well-equipped skills lab and computer laboratory for practical courses.

Department Administration

The Department Head is selected from among the teaching staff of the department on the basis of merit and interest as soon as the college announces the vacancy for the post. The term of office of the Department Head is two years. Currently, Mr. Muhammed Abdu is serving as Head of the Department.


Contact Address

Email: mdabdu0@gmail.com

Mobile: +251-091-348-720

P.O. Box: 132, Semera, Afar, Ethiopia.

Bachelor Program

Program Objectives

To equip midwifery students with solid knowledge of basic, clinical, behavioral, social and public health sciences for optimal care

  • To equip midwifery students with clinical skills in order to provide effective care for women and their children
  • To cultivate humanism in midwifery students in order to provide woman-centered compassionate, respectful and caring services
  • To enable midwifery students to focus on national SRMNCH priorities
  • To equip midwifery students with public health competencies in order to promote and protect sexual, reproductive and maternal health of women and their families
  • To equip midwifery students with professional, ethical and legal principles and values for quality and acceptable care
  • To prepare midwifery students to become health leaders, communicators and educators
  • To equip midwifery students with the skills and attitude necessary for evidence-based practice and research
  • To prepare midwifery students for inter-professional collaborative practice
  • To inculcate in midwives, the ability for lifelong learning
  • To prepare midwives for postgraduate training

Graduate Competencies

  • Social, epidemiologic & cultural context of midwifery practice
  • Family planning and pre-pregnancy Midwifery Care
  • Midwifery Care during pregnancy
  • Midwifery Care during Labor and Delivery/ birth
  • Postpartum Midwifery Care
  • Midwifery Care for Newborns and under five children
  • Midwifery Care for Gynecologic patients
  • Organizational Management & Leadership
  • Research and evidence based midwifery care
  • Interpersonal relationship and communication
  • Professional, ethical & legal Midwifery practice
  • Scientific foundation of midwifery

Program Requirement

Admission Requirement:

Admissions to all regular undergraduate programs are processed through the Ministry of Education and have customarily been students with natural science background and medically fit. Given the importance of having valid evidence-based, comprehensive and fair student selection criteria, it is recommended that Universities develop a defensible guideline. In addition to academic achievement, a literature review by Bore and his colleagues suggests using a combination of informed self-selection, general cognitive ability testing and aspects of personality and interpersonal communication skills to maximize the probability of making accurate, fair and defensible selection decisions.

Graduation Requirement

Graduation requirement will be according to each university rule and regulation. Thus, a student enrolled in the BSc midwifery program is eligible for graduation if and only if he/she:

  • Has taken all the required courses for the program and obtained a minimum CGPA of 2.
  • Student should be able to pass comprehensive exam of the school, both in theory and practice before graduation.
  • The student should pass the compressive exam to sit for external examination administered by external examiners (MOH).
  • Has not scored ‘F’ grade in any course, and should not score ‘D’ grade in any practicum and professional course
  • Pass successfully and complete professional practice program.
  • Has carried out a student research project on a selected and agreed topic of research problem and scored a minimum of ‘C’ grade in his/her thesis report.

Degree Nomenclature

Up on successful completion of this program the graduate will be awarded

“Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree in Midwifery” in English and

“(ባችለር ሳይንስ  ዲግሪ  በሚድዊይፍሪ)”  in Amharic.

Course Break up –Midwifery

Year I
S.No Course Code Course Title Cr.Hr ECTS
1 FLEn1011 Communicative English Language Skill I 3 5
2 Psch1011 General Psychology 3 5
3 Math1011 Mathematics for Natural Sciences 3 5
4 LoCT1011 Critical Thinking 3 5
5 Phys1011 General Physics 3 5
6 GeES1011 Geography of Ethiopia and the Horn 3 5
7 SpSc1011 Physical Fitness P/F 0
Total 18 30
Year II
1 EmTe2012 Introduction to Emerging Technology 3 5
2 SPMH2032 Health promotion and Disease prevention 4 7
3 BioM2042 Biomedical Sciences II 9 15
4 MidW2051 Foundation of Midwifery 7 12
2 week Break
1  IRGI2011 Global Trends 2 3
2 SPMH2062 Measurement of  Health Disease 4 7
3 MidWM2071 Preconception Care and Reproductive Health 4 7
4 MideM2081 Obstetrics 23 21
Total 46 77
Year III
1 Econ3022 Economics 3 5
2 INCL3022 Inclusiveness 2 3
3 MidwM3091 Family Planning 7
4 MidwM3101 Obstetrics II 15 25
2 week Break
1 MidwM3111 Gynecology 5 8
2 PSYM3122 Mental Health 2 3
3 MidwM3141 Neonatology 4 7
4 SPHM3152 Health Policy and Management 4 7
5 MidwM3162 CBTP 3 5
6 MidwM3171 Pre-internship qualification Exam 0 0
Total 44 73
Year IV
1 MGMT4012 Entrepreneurship 3 5
2 MidwM4181 Midwifery Education and curriculum 2 3
3 MidwM4192 Research Methods 2 3
4 MidwM4201 Research Project 2 3
2 week Break
1 MidwM4211 Obstetrics  I Internship 5 8
2 MidwM421 Obstetrics  II Internship 9 15
3 MidwM4231 Family Planning 3 5
4 MidwM4241 Gynecology Internship 4 7
5 MidwM4251 Neonatology and Pediatrics Internship 4 7
6 comHM426 Team Training Program 4 7
7 MidwM4271 Comprehensive Examination 0 0
Total 38 63