Make a difference with a career in nurse-midwifery
Midwifery is one of the most rewarding advanced practice nursing occupations, providing you with the framework to promote physiologic birth and affirm the power and strength of individuals while addressing their general health care. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nurse-Midwifery (NMW) program provides the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to assume the role of a Certified Nurse Midwife in a variety of clinical settings. Didactic and course content focuses on role development and the assessment and management of an individual’s health (antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal periods, as well as primary care) throughout the lifespan.
Shenandoah’s Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery is delivered online and prepares you with the necessary skills and knowledge to lead the profession in the promotion of high-quality, evidence-based midwifery care. The program can be completed full-time in two years (including summers). Graduates of this degree will be eligible to take the national certification examination given by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).
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The Nurse Midwifery Program at Shenandoah University
Shenandoah University offers a variety of options to receive training as a midwife. Learn more about the university’s midwifery initiative and graduate studies in nurse-midwifery from three current students. 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.
Learn More About This Program & Its Accreditations
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Nurse-Midwifery program provides the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to assume the role of a Certified Nurse-Midwife in a variety of clinical settings. Didactic and course content focuses on role development and the assessment and management of women’s health (antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal periods, as well as primary women’s health) throughout the lifespan. The program can be completed online and in 2 years full-time with summer courses.
Cohorts are established annually in the Fall. Core courses are offered online synchronously, while the specialty courses are offered online asynchronously. During the second year students attend one four-day on-campus intensive in the fall and spring. Students identify potential clinical site placements in their home communities and will be assisted with confirmations by SU clinical placement coordinators. Clinical site identification is discussed during the interview process. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the national certification examination given by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).
The Nurse-Midwifery Program at Shenandoah University is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 2000 Duke Street, Suite 300 Alexandria, VA 22314; Tel: 703-835-4565, email@example.com, theacme.org.
Learn more about Nurse-Midwifery at Shenandoah and Nurse-Midwifery Accreditations
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 and the assessment and management of an individual’s health (antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal periods, as well as primary care) throughout the lifespan. Upon earning your degree and successful board certification, you may work in a variety of settings.
Graduate core courses are offered online synchronously while the specialty courses are offered online asynchronously. The Nurse-Midwifery specialty courses are offered in a hybrid format that allows you to access course modules online on the Canvas Learning System and work with clinical preceptors for your clinical experiences. Clinical Placement is a collaborative process between the student and the faculty. Clinical site identification is discussed during the interview process.
The degree requirement is 49 semester hours with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Must maintain a B average in core courses. Clinical practicum is approximately 720 clock hours.
SU Core Curriculum Plan of Study
These courses will be taken in the first year of the program for students attending full-time.
|Course Number||Course Title||Credit||Requisite Status||Session|
|N 532||Advanced Practice Roles, Ethics & Policy||3||Fall 1|
|N 560||Advanced Concepts in Physiology & Pathophysiology||3||Fall 1|
|3 Credit Graduate Elective||3||Fall, Spring or Summer 1|
|N 550||Advanced Pharmacology & Therapeutics||3||Spring 1|
|N/NLAB 580||Advanced Health Promotion & Assessment Across Lifespan||4||Spring 1|
|N 522||Research & Evidence Based Practice||4||Summer 1|
|N 507||Data Interpretation & Informatics||3||Summer 1|
There is a Clinical Fee per course in Graduate Nursing
Nurse-Midwifery Specialty Courses
|Course Number||Course Title||Credit||Clinical Hours||Session|
|NM 610||Primary Care of Women||2||Fall 2|
|NM 620||Antepartum Care||2||Fall 2|
|NM 612||Women’s Health||2||Fall 2|
|NMLB 624||Midwifery Practicum I||(3)||180||Fall 2|
|NM 640||Comprehensive Perinatal Care||3||Spring 2|
|NM 641||Perinatal Complications||2||Spring 2|
|NMLB 630||Midwifery Practicum II||(4)||240||Spring 2|
|NM 660||Advanced Nurse-Midwifery Role Development||2||Summer 2|
|NM 652||Evidence Based Practice Project||1||Summer 2|
|NMLB 651||Integrated Midwifery internship||(5)*||300||Summer 2|
*Although the SU School of Nursing has a 1:4 clinical hour/clock hour ratio, the minimum # of hours is extended due to unique nature of Nurse-Midwifery case (1 birth/many hours).
During the second year of study, students will be on campus for a four day immersion in both the Fall and Spring semesters, and will not be on campus at all in the Summer semester.
There is a Clinical Fee per course in Graduate Nursing
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.
- A bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from a CCNE or an ACEN accredited institution. Recommended 3.0 cumulative GPA.
- Applicants must have completed or will complete the following prerequisite course requirements prior to enrolling at Shenandoah:
- Undergraduate Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology courses. Recommended grade of “B” or better.
- Undergraduate Statistics course with a grade of “C” or better within the last five years.
- Undergraduate Chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better.
- Graduate application along with $30 application fee
- Unofficial transcripts for initial admission from all institutions of higher education previously attended
- 3 letters of recommendation
- One from previous nursing faculty (if graduated in last five years)
- Two professional references to attest to clinical experience (with Master’s degree or higher preferred)
- Current resume/C.V.
- Essay (250-500 words) answering the following question:
- Why are you choosing to pursue the Nurse-Midwifery role?
- Documentation of one full year of direct patient care prior to specialty courses
- Unencumbered RN license – multi-state or individual state (must obtain licensure in the state(s) in which you will do clinical rotations.
- Interview with graduate nursing faculty will be required
- Language Proficiency Requirement must be met. Submission of TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo English Test (DET) may be required. See our policy for full details. https://www.su.edu/admissions/international-students
- Upon admission, up-to-date immunizations and health records, a criminal background check, a urine drug screen, and CPR (from AHA only) will be required
For international students who require a visa, due to limited on-campus hours, F-1 visas are not issued for this program.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Submit the Graduate Application