Nurse-Midwife (NMW)

The Nurse-Midwife (NMW) graduate certificate is designed to prepare certified advanced practice registered nurses to practice as nurse-midwives in the primary care of women and neonates. The certificate provides nurses with essential knowledge and skills in nurse-midwifery care. The courses focus on concepts of nurse-midwifery clinical practice such as intrapartum, postpartum, newborn care and professional role transition. The nurse-midwife specialty is minimally a sequential two-semester, full-time 16-credit graduate certificate of study. Download the Nurse-Midwife Outcomes document to learn about learning outcomes, graduation data and certification pass rates.

The certificate must be earned within three years. No transfer of credit will be accepted for a certificate program. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the college and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

Applicants for admission to this graduate certificate must have completed a clinical MSN or DNP from a nationally accredited institution.

*Please note that effective fall 2022, this specialty is closed. No longer admitting to this specialty.

Certificate Requirements: 16 credits




NUR 7226

Clinical Care and Management II


NUR 7227

Clinical Care and Management III


*Based on gap analysis, the following graduate level cognate courses may be required and an additional one-credit procedural directed study may be required.

NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology across the Lifespan
NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Health Professions
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy and Professional Issues for APNs

Terminal objectives/learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students can expect to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate competence in the clinical practice of midwifery as characterized by the Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice 2012 (American College of Nurse Midwives, 2012).
  2. Practice collaboratively within the healthcare system while providing primary care to women and newborns.
  3. Use midwifery knowledge, innovation, creativity and cultural competence to adapt health care interventions based on the interrelationships among person, environment and health.
  4. Analyze current knowledge for midwifery practice, evaluate effectiveness of health care interventions and use evidence-based care in clinical practice.
  5. Engage in scholarly activity to advance knowledge in women's health, newborn and midwifery care and collect accurate and clinical practice data/statistics.
  6. Provide leadership in women's health care through active involvement in professional organizations, clinical teaching, and political awareness/involvement.

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Graduate Specialty Coordinator

Nicole Wheeler, DNP, CNM
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