FertilityCare™ Allied Health Education
The Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction is the leading education and research center in the United States in the area of the natural regulation of human fertility and the development of morally and professionally acceptable reproductive health services. Dedicated to Pope Paul VI's challenge to physicians and health care professionals and to men of science, it is a living memorial to the challenges placed before us by Pope Paul VI in his encyclical letter Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life).
The Creighton Model FertilityCare System and the new women's health science of NaProTechnology have been developed through a research and education effort coordinated and directed by Thomas W, Hilgers, MD, director of Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Creighton University Medical Center.
The Creighton Model FertilityCare System provides comprehensive, professional services through individualized follow-up, standardized teaching tools and ongoing research. The Creighton Model is a medically standardized modification of the Billings Ovulation Method. It is the only education program in this field that meets the education demands of a newly emerging allied health profession and provides a case management approach to teaching.
This is the 35th consecutive year in which Creighton Model Education Programs have been offered. Two organizations designed to unite Creighton Model FertilityCare Centers nationally and internationally are FertilityCare Centers of America and FertilityCare Centers International.
Faculty realizes no financial gain from their involvement in the education programs.
FertilityCare Practitioner Program
This 13-month program is the primary program for teachers. It provides education in both the basic as well as advanced aspects of this System. It prepares the practitioner to teach the Creighton Model System to clients. The are two education pahses, two supervised practica, and an on-site visit.
FertilityCare Instructor Program
This is a seven-month program, open to persons with less than two years of post-high school education. It is designed to provide only basic education in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System. These teachers may teach only under the supervision of a FertilityCare Practitioner. The training program includes one education phase and one supervised practicum.
FertilityCare Medical Consultant Program
This is a six-month program, which involves two education phases and one supervised practicum, and is designed to assist physicians to incorporate into their medical practices the newly emerging science of Natural Procreative Technology (NaProTechnology). It also assists the physician to work in a supportive or administrative role specifically related to the Creighton Model FertilityCare System. Therefore, they should plan to have a FertilityCare Practitioner available in their area.
Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Nurse Midwife, or Pharmacist Program
These certificate programs include a combination of the Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner and Medical Consultant Programs. A FertilityCare Practitioner who is a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, nurse midwife or pharmacist may return to Education Phase II and complete the Medical Consultant portion of the program.
FertilityCare Educator Program
This 13-month program is the most advanced program available only to Fertility Care Practitioners with at least one year of teaching experience and who are certified/being certified by the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals (AAFCP). The individual must have a bachelor's degree or be a registered nurse. Some focus areas of this program include: developing and implementing a Creighton Model Education Program that meets the standards of the AAFCP, and serving as faculty on an established education program. This program has two education phases, two supervised practica and an on-site visit.
FertilityCare Supervisor Program
This program is 13 months in duration and is available only to FertilityCare Practitioners with at least one year of teaching experience and who are certified/being certified by the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals (AAFCP). Some focus areas of this program include: becoming involved as a clinical faculty member, a supervisor, or an on-site coordinator for a Creighton Model Education Program. This program has two education phases, two supervised practica, and an On-Site Visit.
The course is available for individuals who do not meet the applicant eligibility requirements but wish to audit the program. A physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner may audit for CME credit; a nurse may audit for CEU credit. For credit requires satisfactory completion of examinations offered during the Education Phases.
Supervised Practicum I
The program involves a faculty-supervised experience, which is six months in duration and is to be completed at the new student's own home location.
Education Phase II — Practitioner Intern and Medical Consultant
This second education phase is a six-day total immersion format, consisting of lecture, clinical group discussion and hands-on problem solving of the advanced aspects of teaching the Creighton Model FertilityCare System or, for the medical consultant, topics on research, medical evaluation and management of actual cases, and the principles of surgical NaProTechnology.
Supervised Practicum II — Practitioner Interns Only
The second supervised practicum is seven months in duration and is a supervised clinical experience at the Intern's home location. In addition, this practicum includes an on-site visit by a member of the Creighton Model faculty and/or an Educator/Supervisor Intern.
Supervised Practicum — Medical Consultant
During the supervised practicum period, those involved in the Medical Consultant Program will be asked to give a total of three hours of in-service lecture time on the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology to medical professionals in their area. In addition, there are three open book assignments . For an honors program, the Medical Consultant may choose to complete either an honors project or an honors thesis. More information is available in the Education Program Booklet.
The Pope Paul VI Institute Allied Health Education Department welcomes applications from individuals or couples with strong motivation and commitment to the very highest quality educational services in natural family planning.
Registered nurse with current license
Allied health professional with a BA or BS degree in:
Health or basic sciences
Other non-health fields are individually recognized
Licensed Practical Nurse
Human Services Practitioner
Or, the equivalent of two years of college study
Medical physician with current license
Nurse Practitioner, Physicians Assistant, or Nurse Midwife with current license and able to legally prescribe medications and order tests (with or without proctoring) in the state of practice.
Pharmacist with current license
Further eligibility criterion requires that the applicants do not prescribe or refer for contraceptives, do not perform or refer for sterilization or abortion, and that they practice (use) natural family planning or, if single and celibate, monitor their natural fertility and be a philosophical acceptor of natural family planning. This program recognizes that human sexuality is a function of the whole person and not just a function of its parts. It further recognizes the scriptural notation that we are created in the image and likeness of God and that such a philosophical principle ultimately dictates the approach to the human person that will come under the care of a FertilityCare professional.
Continuing education credits are available for doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Please refer to the program booklet for information on the credits available.
Pope Paul VI Institute FertilityCare Allied Health Education Programs are jointly sponsored by the Creighton University School of Medicine—Division of Continuing Medical Education and the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction. Upon satisfactory completion of course requirements, a certificate will be issued and signed by the president of Creighton University, the vice president for Health Sciences, and the director of the Pope Paul VI Institute.
Pope Paul VI Institute FertilityCare Allied Health Education Programs are accredited by the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals (AAFCP). The education programs provide students the appropriate education background to become eligible for the certification procedures of the AAFCP.
$2,060.....FertilityCare Medical Consultant
$2,775.....FertilityCare Medical Consultant/Practitioner Combined Course
$1,900.....Medical Consultant Auditors
$657.30......FertilityCare Medical Consultant
$642.30†.....Medical Consultant/Practitioner Combined
$487.30......Medical Consultant Auditor
For more detailed information about fees, please refer to the Education Program Booklet. Some financial aid is available, and this is detailed in the Education Program Booklet.