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(This program is only offered in the Fall each year)
Midwives who are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) are prepared to provide prenatal care, labor and delivery management, postpartum care, well-woman gynecologic care, and primary health care to essentially normal, healthy women and to care for normal newborns. The increasing demand for midwifery services throughout the United States has created practice opportunities within a variety of clinical settings. Midwives work in private or group practices, birth centers, health maintenance organizations, hospitals, and ambulatory care centers. Although certified midwives are independent practitioners, they consult and collaborate with physicians when women in their care develop complications. They also initiate referrals as appropriate.
The Midwifery Program is a graduate level program that prepares students to become competent beginning practitioners in accordance with the standards established by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The program accepts Registered Nurses and, through its "Direct Entry" option, other individuals who meet admissions requirements. Students may select one of three tracks: Advanced Certificate in Midwifery (38 credits); Master of Science–Midwifery (50 credits); or the collaborative program (with the College of Nursing) which awards an Advanced Certificate in Midwifery (from the College of Health Related Professions) and a Master of Science–Nurse-Midwifery (from the College of Nursing) (total of 52 credits).
The Advanced Certificate track is available only to students who enter the program with a masters degree in a related field at the discretion of the Midwifery Education Program or to students who are concurrently completing the MS in Nurse-Midwifery. The Nurse-Midwifery Collaborative Program is available only to RNs with a bachelor's degree in nursing; see the admissions web site for the Nurse Midwifery Collaborative Program for additional information on this choice.
Graduates of any of the three tracks are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). All tracks can be completed on a full-time (two-year) or part-time (three-year) basis.