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 Post-Graduate Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery 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.
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.
I received sensitive compassionate care and an impeccably individualized educational experience from each and every faculty member and office personnel here at Shenandoah University!”
—Michelle Olson-White, Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery ’17
Learn More About This Program & Its Accreditation
The Nurse-Midwifery Program at Shenandoah University is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; Tel: 240-485-1802, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.midwife.org/acme
Learn more about Nurse-Midwifery at Shenandoah and Nurse-Midwifery Accreditations
Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing's programs are challenging, but the rewards of completing your degree and entering this critical profession are many. We are committed to providing an outstanding education to nurses at all levels— from people entering the profession with a Bachelor's degree in nursing, to advanced practice nurses seeking doctoral-level training. Our programs are dynamic and responsive to the needs of our students and the health care industry. Shenandoah Nursing offers classes in Winchester at the Health and Life Sciences Building, and in Fairfax at the Shenandoah Northern Virginia campus. We're excited to share our programs with you.
The curricula for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs combine important knowledge and skills with a friendly and caring spirit. Students like you share diverse backgrounds and personal and professional experiences with seasoned teaching faculty and clinical preceptors, who contribute to robust classroom discussions and enriching and exciting clinical interactions. Our goal is to prepare and challenge you for that next step in your professional career.
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 Canvas 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.
Prerequisites, in addition to the MSN, include 3 credits of advanced pathophysiology, 3 credits of advanced pharmacology, 3 credits of a general health assessment course. All courses must be at the 500 level or above.
Minimum grade of B required in all specialty courses.
The Nurse-Midwifery specialty courses are offered in a hybrid format that allows you to access course modules on the Canvas Learning System, attend classes on campus for a concentrated period of time, and work with clinical preceptors for your clinical experience. The MSN or post-graduate certificate is conferred after successful completion of a final comprehensive exam. Students are encouraged to explore clinical site placement in their home communities and will be assisted by SU clinical site coordinators.
Nurse-Midwifery Specialty Courses for Post Graduate Certificate Students *
|NM/LB610||Primary Care of Women||Core||2 (1)°||Fall|
|NM/LB620||Comprehensive Antepartal Care||Core||2 (1)°||Fall|
|Credits for Semester One||4 (2)|
|NM/LB630||Midwifery Practicum||610, 620||(3)°||Spring|
|NM/LB640||Comprehensive Perinatal Care||610, 620||2 (1)**||Spring|
|Credits for Semester Two||2 (4)|
|NM660||Advanced Practice Role Development||640||1||Summer|
|NM/LB651||Integrated Midwifery Internship||640||(5)**||Summer|
|NM652||Evidence-Based Practice Project||640||1||Summer|
|Credits for Semester Three||2 (5)|
|Total Credits in Clinical Cohort||8 (11)|
|Total Credits in Certificate||8 (11)|
° = 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.
The Nurse-Midwifery Program at Shenandoah University offers a number of programs to meet the needs of each student.
- Masters Of Science In Nurse-Midwifery
- Post Graduate Certificate In Midwifery
- RN To MSN Track In Nurse-Midwifery
Through our Midwifery Initiative you can even receive your Graduate degree from a collaborating school and receive your midwifery education at Shenandoah University.
We’re excited you’re interested in one of our graduate nursing programs! Shenandoah reviews applications on a rolling basis, which means we will begin evaluating your application once all your documentation has been submitted. Students submitting completed applications before our priority deadlines will be considered first.