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What is the Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner Education Program?

The program is designed to prepare couples or individuals to deliver Creighton Model FertilityCare Services of the highest quality and to provide a vehicle for certification by the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals. The FertilityCare Center of Rochester, NY Practitioner Education Program has interim accreditation by the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals.

The 13-month course of study incorporates classroom instruction and supervised teaching experience. There are two educational phases, two supervised practicums and an onsite visit providing education in both the basic as well as advance aspects of the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System. Only the education phases are provided on campus. All other educational services are provided through an innovated program of long distance supervision and onsite visitation.

Education Phase I (EPI):

Education Phase I is an 8-day total immersion course.  After completing EPI, participants will be knowledgeable in the following:

  • History of natural family planning
  • Anatomy of male and female reproductive system
  • Statistical parameters of the menstrual cycle
  • Mechanism of anovulation and oligoovulation
  • Physiology of the cervix
  • Physiology of breastfeeding
  • Physiology of menopause
  • Psycho-dynamics of contraception, NFP and human sexuality
  • Humanae Vitae
  • Philosophical attitudes of family life, family planning and unplanned pregnancy
  • Human sexuality, married love and the use of natural methods of family
  • Planning the beginnings of human life
  • Methods of contraceptives
  • Physical and psychological aspects of induced abortion
  • Teaching fertility appreciation and utilization of good judgement
  • Natural methods of family planning and their comparative evaluation
  • Effectiveness of natural and artificial methods of family planning
  • The Creighton Model FertilityCare System
  • Importance of standardized teaching
  • Basic chart reading and chart correcting
  • Special systems instructions
  • Scientific foundations of the Creighton Model
  • How to conduct an introductory session and follow-up
  • The Creighton Model follow-up form and techniques of follow-up
  • Critical evaluation of health benefits of contraceptives
  • Basic problem solving
  • Introduction to Natural Procreative Technology (NaProTECHNOLOGY)
  • Introduction to case management approach to teaching
  • Principles of case management
  • Basic business aspects and marketing of FertilityCare Services
  • Utilization of forms for record keeping and standardized teaching
  • Qualities of being a professional

Supervised Practicum I (SPI)

The Supervised Practicum I is a 6-month faculty supervised teaching experience at the student’s home location to develop basic skills.

  • Presentation of the introductory session
  • Conducting and techniques of the individual follow-up
  • Use of basic organizational skills
  • Evaluation of case reports
  • Presentation of the picture dictionary
  • Teaching observations
  • Basic case management
  • Case management evaluation

Education Phase II

Education Phase II is a six-day immersion course of advance study, consisting of lecture, clinical group discussion and hands-on problem solving of the advanced aspects of teaching the Creighton Model FertilityCare System. Participants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Basic presentation of cases
  • Advance case management
  • Care of the infertile couple
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Management of continuous mucus
  • Use of yellow stamps
  • Difficult cases
  • Principles of pregnancy evaluation
  • How to conduct a pregnancy evaluation
  • Basic communication skills
  • How to manage the human resources of the Creighton Model FertilityCare Center
  • Basic ethical principles
  • Advance organizational aspects
  • Comprehensive case review

Supervised Practicum  II (SPII)

The Supervised Practicum II is a seven-month supervised clinical experience at the intern’s home location. The clinical aspects focus on the development of advance teaching skills in:

  • Advance chart reading and correcting
  • Advance case management
  • Case management evaluation
  • Conducting pregnancy evaluation
  • Developing program goals and objectives
  • Writing job descriptions
  • Advance case management assignments


The practicum includes an onsite visit by one of the faculty. The visit consists of the following components:

  • Introductory session
  • Critique and review
  • Follow-up critique and review
  • Tour of facilities
  • Comprehensive case review

Final Certificate Examination

All students are required to take a criterion-reference, professionally administered final  examination that is proctored at the student’s home location.

Please note: any practitioner or center must become an affiliate or be a participant in an affliated program of FertilityCare Centers of America to order Creighton Model teaching materials for client instruction.

Applicant Eligibility        

Applications are welcomed from those with a strong motivation and commitment to providing the highest quality educational services in Natural Fertility Regulation and FertilityCare. Those who are eligible:

  • Registered nurses with current license
  • Allied health professionals with a Bachelor’s Degree
    • Health or Basic Sciences
    • Behavioral  Sciences
    • Social Sciences
    • Education
    • Other non-health fields on an individual basis
  • Associate Degree/diploma
    • Licensed practical nurse
    • Human services practitioner
  • Equivalent of two years of college study

Creighton Model FertilityCare Instructor Program

The Creighton Model FertilityCare Instructor Program is a seven-month program open to individuals with fewer than two years 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. This training program includes one education phase and one supervised practicum. There is no education phase two or on-site visit.

The instructor must use Natural Fertility Regulation or, if celibate, monitor their fertility and be a philosophical acceptor of Natural  Fertility Regulation. This program recognizes that human sexuality is a function of the whole  person and not just a function of its parts. It further recognizes that the scriptural notation that we are “created in the image and likeness of God” and that such philosophical principles ultimately dictates the approach to the human person who will come under the care of the Creighton Model FertilityCare professional.

Creighton Model FertilityCare Medical Consultant Program

The Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant Program of the Pope Paul VI Institute for Study of Human Reproduction is the only Medical Consultant Program accredited by the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals. This  program is for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and pharmacists. If you are interested in this program,  please contact:

Pope Paul VI Institute

Education  Program

6901 Mercy Rd. Omaha, NE 68106

(402) 390-9168


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