Do you want to become an independent healthcare practitioner? Are you passionate about women’s health? Do you want to specialize in women’s reproductive health and childbirth? An online nurse-midwifery school can give you the clinical skills and knowledge to support women across their lifespan, especially during and after pregnancy.
On this page you’ll find information about online nurse-midwife programs offered through colleges and universities across the United States. We’ve also provided some general information below to help you evaluate different online nurse-midwifery schools.
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With so many online programs to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? There are lots of factors you can consider when evaluating different online nurse-midwife programs, including accreditation, cost and rankings. Other important factors include:
Program length/time to complete
Credit hours vary by program. Additionally, some online nurse-midwife programs may only be offered full time or part time. For example, an online Nurse-Midwifery program that consists of 49 credits can be completed part-time in 27 months (seven total terms). The number of clinical hours required to graduate may also impact the time it takes to complete an online nurse-midwife program.
Keep these questions in mind regarding program length and completion time when evaluating online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs:
- Is the program available full time, part time, or both?
- As a full-time student, how many credits am I allowed to take?
- As a part-time student, is there a limit on how long I have to complete the program?
- Can I complete the courses out of sequence, or is there an academic calendar to follow?
- Is there a clinical component?
Most online nurse-midwifery programs require students to complete a clinical component under the supervision of nurse leaders and licensed healthcare professionals. These residencies are designed to provide students an opportunity to integrate their knowledge in real-world applications and learn additional skills under the supervision of nurse-midwives and other women’s health professionals. Clinical hours are also a requirement for nurse-midwife certification.
A few important questions to ask when evaluating an online nurse-midwifery program includes:
- How many clinical hours are required to graduate?
- Does the program offer placement assistance?
- Where can you complete your residency?
Online nurse-midwifery programs may also include one or more on-campus immersion events. These academic visits are designed to help students develop and exercise clinical skills through concentrated, rigorous practice. On-campus immersions are also a great opportunity to network with teacher and fellow students.
- Does the program require on-campus immersions? How many?
- How long are the immersions?
- What will I do/learn during the immersion?
- Are accommodations provided?
Nurse-midwifery admission requirements may vary by program. To be eligible to apply to most programs you must be a US citizen or permanent resident, hold a current RN license and have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. If you don’t have your BSN, you may be admitted into the program as a conditional student and required to complete additional coursework. Other admission requirements/criteria may include:
- Official transcripts
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Resume or CV
- Interview (telephone, online, or in-person)
Do you need a master’s degree to become a nurse-midwife?
In order to work as a nurse-midwife in the United States, you must complete an accredited graduate-level nurse-midwifery program and then pass the national certification exam. Upon completion of a nurse-midwife program you may be awarded a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.
What are the other requirements to become a certified nurse-midwife?
The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) administers the national certification exam for Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs). Eligibility requirements to take the AMCB’s CNM examination include proof of licensure and satisfactory completion of a graduate degree from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).
What’s the difference between a CNM and WHNP?
Both Certified Nurse-Midwives and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNPs) provide family-centered primary health care for women. The difference is that CNMs have the additional benefit of being able to assist in delivery. If you want to provide care for women but aren’t interested in managing or assisting in childbirth, consider an online WHNP program.
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