Collaborating to Increase Access to Midwifery Education
Receive your Graduate degree from a collaborating school that is affiliated with the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program of Shenandoah University. The degree is granted by the collaborating school and a Post Graduate Certificate in Midwifery is granted by Shenandoah University Nurse-Midwifery Programs, which is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Learn more about the Post Graduate Certificate through the Midwifery Initiative.
You have developed a very solid plan . . . We understand that students who are concurrently enrolled in both the Shenandoah School of Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate midwifery program and the affiliated universities graduate nursing programs will be awarded the already ACME-accredited Post-Graduate Certificate. . .We want to congratulate you on your continued creativity in extending the opportunities for nurses to become nurse-midwives through these innovative affiliations with Schools of Nursing. We also congratulate you on your innovative curricular design . . .”
– Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, 2013.
Hybrid Distance Learning
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:
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 the collaborating universities listed above 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 Graduate Degree in Nursing from their home university with a Post Graduate Certificate in Midwifery from Shenandoah.
Curriculum Requirements for Midwifery Initiative
Graduate core courses will be taken at Home University**
° = courses that have both didactic & clinical credits. Clinical credits are in parenthesis.
*The courses for this Certificate begin only in the Fall semester. They must be taken sequentially.
** Normally, our clock hour to clinical credit is 4:1, however, in courses with an IP clinical component, # of experiences should be sufficient to meet students’ learning needs. The length & timing of birth is unpredictable, therefore students may require additional hours to gain enough experiences to successfully meet the ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice 2012.