Institute for Natural Family Planning Training Program for Healthcare Professionals

Overall Program Description 

The Marquette University College of Nursing Natural Family Planning teacher training program is a professional online educational experience based on the standards for diocesan NFP ministry of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The program prepares the participant to provide professional NFP services and to qualify for USCCB certification through an endorsed diocesan NFP program.  This educational program is designed for health professionals, i.e., professional nurse (at least B.S.N. prepared), advanced practice nurses, physicians, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals that have been approved by the Institute (contact if your profession is not listed). 

Online self-paced continuing education NFP training programs: 

  • Core Course = $500.00 
  • Teacher Training = $500.00 
  • Medical Applications = $300.00 
  • Marquette Model Lite = $75.00 

Note: Student discounts are available for active students in an accredited program.  We appreciate our men and women who serve their country and are happy to provide discounts with proof of active service.  

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Note: Student discounts are available for active students in an accredited program. 

Teacher Training Program Application 

Marquette Model Lite Application


Teacher Training Program 

Teacher Training Program:  This NFP theory and application course is an on-line asynchronous, self-paced immersion program that is made up of three main components: 

  1. Core Course – Required and a pre-requisite.  This course focuses on the theoretical and philosophical foundations of NFP to prepare the student to confidentially advance to the Teacher Training course. 
  2. Teacher Training – This course is designed to give healthcare professionals the necessary tools and procedures to develop and provide a sustainable NFP practice.  Student teachers will be taught to recognize and manage behavioral and psycho-spiritual family planning issues using NFP for women and couples throughout the reproductive continuum, i.e., from adolescence, during postpartum breastfeeding through perimenopause.   
  3. Preceptor Experience – Students will work directly with a qualified, experienced Marquette Method Teacher. 

Note:  The Medical Applications course is not required but recommended for all student teachers in the Teacher Training program.  A discounted rate (i.e., audit) is available for nurses and other healthcare professionals who do not prescribe.  


Medical Application Program 

Medical Application Program:  This program is for advance practice professionals/prescribers who want to learn how to integrate NFP specifically, the Marquette Method, into their medical practice.  In this program you will complete the Core Course, Teacher Training and Medical Application Courses.   

Medical Applications - This course applies knowledge of the:  

  1. menstrual cycle.  
  2. reproductive anatomy and physiology
  3. natural indicators of fertility
  4. reproductive transitions (i.e., postpartum and perimenopause)
  5. evidenced based protocols for managing common reproductive age women’s health conditions.  

The student will analyze, apply, and critique case studies and protocols for managing fertility related health conditions. 

There is an emphasis on lifestyle changes, self-care management, and enhancement of normal fertility.   

NOTE:  Physicians are expected to teach 10 couples within a year from the day they begin the Teacher Training course.  


Marquette Model Lite: 

Marquette Model Lite – This two-hour course provides an abridged version of the Core Course and Teacher Training course.  The focus is on instructing regular cycling women in the Marquette Method of NFP. (Continuing education credits for nurses are available, see below.). This is not a precepted experience. 

Marquette Model Lite Continuing Education Credits Statement:   

The Marquette Model Lite (MML) is an abridged version of the Marquette Method (MM) that brings 21st-century technology to NFP by using urinary hormonal monitoring devices, along with other biological indicators of fertility to pinpoint ovulation and to help women confidently estimate the fertile times of the menstrual cycle. MML has been designed to fit into a busy clinical practice and does not include church teachings. Therefore, this course does not meet diocesan standards. If you are interested in a diocesan approved course, we recommend you take the MM Teacher Training Program.   


APRNs, CNMs, BSN prepared registered nurses, Physicians, PAs, and other primary care providers involved in women's reproductive health. 


This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  

2.0 Contact hours will be awarded when the following are completed: all modules, assessment of the material, and an evaluation.  

Contact hours are available from August 24, 2020, through August 24, 2022 


Certification of Marquette Method Teachers

Certification of Marquette Method Teacher can be completed once the student has completed the Marquette Method Teacher Training program.  Please see – Marquette Method Professional Association for more details.


For more information please contact: 

Richard J. Fehring PhD, RN, FAAN – 

Mary Schneider PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC –