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Nurse-Midwifery Post-Master’s Certificate

The certificate is designed to meet the needs and be sensitive to the MSN-prepared RN with the philosophy that post-master’s students are highly motivated adult learners who learn independently as well as in structured settings. Course work can be completed in 12 months of full-time study or 24 months of part-time study. Didactic courses are offered one day a week. Clinical experiences are arranged with individual preceptors in surrounding communities. A minimum of 720 clinical hours are inherent in this program however, the curriculum has two unique features: it is competency-based, and is dependent on the birth of babies. Both features may require more clinical hours than are allotted for in the formal clinical clock hour ratio outlined in the program. These two unique features are explained to students upon entry into the program. Graduates of the Graduate Program of the School of Nursing within the Nursing-Midwifery program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination given by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). Upon successful completion of this national examination the graduate will be recognized as a Certified Nurse-Midwife.

Prerequisites, in addition to the MSN, include 3 credits of advanced pathophysiology, 3 credits of advanced pharmacology, 3 credits of a general health assessment course. All courses must be at the 500 level or above.

Minimum grade of B required in all specialty courses.

Nurse-Midwifery Certificate Specialty Courses

Course Course Title Credits Explanation
NM 610 Primary Care of Women 2(1)* 60 clinical hours
NM 620 Comprehensive Antepartal Care 2(1) 60 clinical hours
NM 630 Midwifery Practicum (3) 180 clinical hours
NM 640 Comprehensive Perinatal Care 2(1) Clinical becomes competency based due to intrapartum
NMLB 651 Integrated Midwifery Internship (5) Clinical becomes competency based due to Intrapartum
NM652 Evidence-Based Practice Project 1 Optimality Index Analysis of Evidence Based Care
 NM 660 Advanced Nurse-Midwifery Role Development 1  No clinical hours


Total 19  

*This course includes clinical experiences. The ratio of clinical to clock hours is 1 clinical hour = 4 clock hours.

** Because of the nature of midwifery clinicals (delivery of babies), the clinical-clock hours are secondary to “numbers of experiences.”  The students must have an adequate number of experiences to substantiate basic competency in the midwifery skills.  This competency is determined by the clinical and didactic faculty using a clinical evaluation tool based on ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice. (Credit hours in parenthesis are clinical credit hours).


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