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Certified Nurse Midwife Master's Degree Programs

Certified nurse midwife master's degree programs prepare students to take care of women before, during and after childbirth. Learn more about the degree, coursework, prerequisites and online options.

Can I Earn a Certified Nurse Midwife Master's Degree?

There are no schools that award a specific nurse midwife master's degree. Instead, you'll want to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a nurse-midwifery concentration.

Program Options MSN degree with a concentration in nurse-midwifery
Common Courses Pharmacology, intrapartum and antepartum care, advanced midwifery, primary care, health assessment
Other Program Requirements Completion of 1,000 hours of clinical practice, thesis
Prerequisites Bachelor's degree in nursing and RN licensure; master's entry programs admit students with a non-nursing bachelor's degree
Online Study Online study programs available with on-campus or approved facility clinical rotations
Median Salary (2018)$103,770* (for nurse midwives)
Job Outlook (2016-26)21% growth* (for all nurse midwives)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Will I Take?

In addition to completing more than 1,000 hours of clinical rotations and a thesis, you'll take classes in a variety of subjects to prepare you for the challenges of providing gynecological and obstetrical care to women. Your studies also should prepare you to take the Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) exam given by the American Midwifery Certification Board. Topics of study in an MSN program with a concentration in nurse-midwifery might include the following:

  • Pharmacology
  • Statistics
  • Intrapartum and antepartum care
  • Advanced midwifery
  • Primary care
  • Leadership in nursing
  • Health assessment
  • Well woman health care and the newborn
  • Disease prevention
  • Health promotion
  • Issues in nurse-midwifery professional practice

Are There Any Prerequisites?

Most Master of Science in Nursing programs require you to have a bachelor's degree in nursing and be a registered nurse. There are a few programs that will accept you even if you have little or no nursing background, as long as you have an undergraduate degree. These programs, called master's entry programs, require an additional year of coursework designed to provide you with a basic nursing foundation so you can take the National Council Licensure Examination to become an RN.

Can I Study Online?

Some schools offer online MSN programs with a concentration in nurse midwifery. Although you'll attend classes on a computer rather than in person, you'll earn the same degree as those taking the traditional route. You'll still need to be on campus or at an approved facility to complete your clinical rotation requirements. You also might need to meet with your adviser as you prepare your thesis project.