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MSN-Nurse-Midwifery

Make a difference in women’s health care through a career in nurse-midwifery.

Nurse-midwives are advanced practice nurses who provide family-centered primary health care to women throughout their reproductive lives, including counseling and care during pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum periods. Midwifery is one of the most rewarding advanced practice nursing occupations, allowing you to gently and naturally aid the childbirth process and address women’s general health care.

Shenandoah’s Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery program prepares you with the necessary skills and knowledge to lead the profession in the promotion of high quality midwifery care, expand knowledge through research, and evaluate and revise care through quality assurance.

 

 

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 Title Hrs.
NM 610 Primary Care of Women 2(1)
NM 620 Comprehensive Antepartum Care  2(1)
NM 630 Midwifery Practicum (3)
NM 640 Comprehensive Parinatal Care 2(1)
NM 651 Integrated Midwifery Practicum (5)
NM 652 Evidence Based Practice Project 1
NM 650 Advanced Nurse Midwifery Role 1
  Credit Totals 19
** 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).

 

Admissions

Graduate Nursing Program Application Packet

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended or from which credit was received
  • Copy of your current nursing license
  • Three letters of recommendation – forms included in application packet
  • Documentation of 2080 hours of clinical experience – form included in application packet
  • Resume form – form included in application packet
  • Interview required 

Effective January 2013, Shenandoah University Division of Nursing requires evidence of proficiency of English for applicants whose native language is not English. All applicants from outside the United States and whose first language is not English must submit official copies of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Applicants should request official scores be sent to the Shenandoah University (SU) Graduate Admissions office; the SU code is 5613.

What Our Program Offers You

What Our Students Learn/Skills you will acquire

Our program prepares you to assume the role of a certified nurse-midwife in a variety of clinical settings. Didactic and clinical course content focuses on role development, assessment and management of women’s health, antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal periods as well as primary women’s health throughout the lifespan. You’ll gain clinical experience in a variety of health care settings, including ambulatory, rural and medically underserved areas.

The program’s online format allows you to access course modules on the Blackboard Learning System, attend classes on campus for a concentrated period of time, and be placed with clinical preceptors for 10 weeks. You return to campus in the final week for review and exam. Students who live at a prohibitive distance may take a proctored exam close to home and may attend the reviews via e-resources.

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

Skilled midwifery can reduce the need for high-tech interventions for most women in labor, but midwives also are trained in the latest scientific procedures to assist in normal deliveries. Nurse-midwife-attended births account for 10 percent of all spontaneous vaginal births in the US, and seven percent of all U.S. births in total. Of these deliveries, 97 percent occur in hospitals, 1.8 percent in freestanding birth centers, and one percent at home.

What makes our program unique?

Midwifery courses are offered on campus one full intensive week per semester with the remainder of courses offered online. Clinical placement is arranged by faculty and will be scheduled at the convenience of the facility hosting the student.

Midwifery Initiative

Through our Midwifery Initiative (MI), we offer options to make curricula more accessible to students living and working in rural areas. Since the nurse-midwifery courses are isolated to the second year of study, we allow students from collaborating universities (Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., Radford University in Radford, Va., James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., and Marshall University in W.Va.) to take the core credits of their graduate degrees at their home universities in their first year of study and then complete the 19 credits of nurse-midwifery courses at Shenandoah in their second year.

Students in the MI are placed in clinical sites of their choosing or close to home. Upon completion of the program, MI students receive a Master of Science in Nursing from their home university with a Certificate of Endorsement in Midwifery from Shenandoah. Our students receive their MSN from Shenandoah, and post-master’s students receive their post-master’s certificate from Shenandoah.

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