Nurse-Midwifery Initiative – Collaborating to Increase Access to Nurse-Midwifery Education

Receive your Graduate degree from a collaborating school that is affiliated with the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program of Shenandoah University.  The Master’s degree is granted by the collaborating school while a Post-Masters Certificate in Midwifery is issued by Shenandoah University Nurse-Midwifery Program.  The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)*.  

*ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; Tel: 240-485-1802,, email contact for ACME: Jaime Sampson, Administrative Assistant,

While in the Shenandoah University Initiative Program you will take your core graduate courses at your home university and the midwifery courses at Shenandoah University. Through the hybrid distance method you will come to SU only one week in the Fall semester and one week in the Spring semester and the rest of the time you will be at your clinical site which can be at a birth center, hospital, clinic, homes, military facilities, etc. 

For more information on our collaborating schools please click on the links below.

George Washington University                                                 James Madison University

Johns Hopkins University                                                          Marshall University

Old Dominion University                                                           Radford University

West Virginia Wesleyan College


 Midwifery Curriculum:

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  

*Credit Hours in parenthesis are clinical credit 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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Please contact Admissions for additional information at 540-665-4581