Nurse Midwife Degree and Training Program Options

Oct 14, 2019

While a master's degree program specifically in midwifery is rare, institutions commonly offer a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a specialization in midwifery.

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Essential Information

A nursing master's degree program with a midwifery specialization offers the classroom courses, lab work and clinical training necessary to provide preconception counseling, nursing care during pregnancy, newborn care and gynecological services. Some of these programs and courses are available online.

Individuals entering a nurse-midwifery program are required to be registered nurses and should have professional and clinical experience before applying, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Prospective students should also confirm the program is accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives to ensure they will earn the credential of Certified Nurse-Midwife.

Master of Science in Nursing-Midwifery

Students enrolled in this program study advanced concepts in female reproductive health, family planning, pregnancy and childbirth. The additional training allows graduates to work at healthcare and medical settings that offer a focus on women's health, such as general hospitals, birthing centers and public health facilities. To prepare them for that environment, specific program courses include:

  • Advanced practice nursing
  • Reproductive anatomy and physiology
  • Nurse-midwifery clinical practicum
  • Skills for nurse-midwifery
  • Neonatal nurse-midwifery

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that nurse midwives earned a median salary of $103,770 in 2018. Nurse midwife positions are projected to increase 16% from 2018 to 2028.

Continuing Education

The American College of Nurse-Midwives offers the necessary certification to those interested in advancing in the profession. Certification is available for any registered nurse who has graduated from an accredited master's degree program and passed a national examination.

For nurses interested in midwifery, there are nursing master's degree programs available that offer this specialization. Graduates are ready to take the national certification exam for nurse midwives and advance in their careers.

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