The Master of Science in Nursing Nurse-Midwifery track prepares the nurse with the necessary skills and knowledge to lead the profession in the promotion of high quality midwifery care; to expand knowledge through research; and to evaluate and revise care through quality assurance. The program can be completed in 24 months full-time with summer courses. A part-time program is available. Cohorts are established in September or January. All core courses are only offered on campus on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Midwifery courses are offered on campus one full intensive week per semester with remainder of courses offered online. Clinical placement is arranged by faculty and will be scheduled at the convenience of the facility hosting the student. For students from Schools of Nursing at Radford University, Old Dominion University, The John Hopkins University, Marshall University, James Madison University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College, please refer to the information for midwifery course completion through the Shenandoah University Midwifery Initiative.

Admission Criteria:

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Degree Requirements:

The degree requirement is 45 semester hours with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Limit of 2 C’s in core courses. Clinical practicum is approximately 720 clock hours.

Core Courses:

Course Title Hrs.
N 506 Applied Data Analysis 3
N 512 Theory & Research I 3
N 521 Theory & Research II 3
N 532 Issues in Health Care 3
N 550 Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
N 560 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
N 580 Advanced Health Promotion Assessment Across the Lifespan 4*
N 590 Research Project 1
  Nursing Elective 3

* denotes clinical course 1 credit hour = 4 clock hours

Specialty Courses:

Minimum grade of B required in all 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  

* denotes clinical course 1 credit hour = 4 clock hours

* credits in parenthesis are clinical credits

** 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).