Nurse-midwives provide expert health care to women of all ages including primary care; prenatal, labor, and birth care; gynecologic care; and care to newborns. Midwives provide women-centered and culturally sensitive care—recognizing the normal transitions in women’s lives, including a physiologic approach to pregnancy and birth in all practice settings.
The basic Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Midwifery Program and Post-Graduate Certificate Midwifery Program is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).
- Watch the Nurse-Midwifery program introductory video.
The post-baccalaureate option of the DNP program is a three-year full-time program.
All DNP students are required to come to campus for a four-day session (Tuesday through Friday) each semester that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, and meetings with their advisor.
In addition, beginning in the second year of the program, students in the Nurse Midwifery specialty are expected to be on campus for coursework two additional times per semester for one to two days each time. Students also complete at least 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school.
- NURS 5222 – Advanced Human Physiology (2 cr)
- NURS 5505 – Assessment/Support of Women in Labor (2 cr)
- NURS 6213 – Reproductive Healthcare for Women at Risk (2 cr)
- NURS 6925 – Advanced Concepts in Women's Health (2 cr)
- NURS 6210 – Midwifery Care of the Childbearing Family (3 cr)
Applicants who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents should understand that the University of Minnesota’s DNP program does not meet the requirements for eligibility needed to obtain the appropriate F-1 student visa or status because the DNP has limited (fewer than four) face-to-face on-site classes per DNP course. During the application process, we ask that international students use ECE or WES credential services for the evaluations.
Our graduates are prepared to:
- provide independent midwifery care according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Core Competencies, Standards for the Practice of Midwifery, and the ACNM Code of Ethics.
- engage in interprofessional practice to most effectively manage women’s health care needs.
- provide leadership within the health care system to promote quality improvement.
- influence health policy initiatives affecting women and families' health care.
Upon successful completion of the midwifery course of study, graduates are eligible to take the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) national certification examination.
After receiving her doctor of nursing practice degree in midwifery, Meg Workman moved to Aitkin, MN, to provide health care to women living in the northern Minnesota town of 2,200 people. “I have always imagined myself practicing midwifery in a small community,” said Workman.
Workman approached the hospital, which hadn’t previously employed a nurse-midwife, to explain how midwifery fit into the hospital’s mission. The approach led to her being offered a position. “As a midwife I partner with women through their lifetime to achieve their optimal health," she says. "Patients can expect holistic care, which incorporates scientific evidence into clinical practice."
The environment in a rural hospital puts her in a dramatically different setting than her clinical experience at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Riverside Campus in the heart of Minneapolis. “I feel very well equipped to handle a wide variety of situations that may arise due to women’s personal needs, desires, cultural needs or family situations."
Workman said she never dreamed she’d be a nurse-midwife when she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing. After getting her degree, she accepted a position as a labor and delivery nurse at a hospital in Illinois. The work resonated with her. “I could relate to everything going on there,” said Workman, who is now a mother of four.
She enrolled in the University of Minnesota DNP program because she desired more patient contact. “I knew I wanted more, that I wanted to expand my career. I wanted to see women for the full spectrum of their lives,” said Workman, about why she wanted to become a nurse-midwife. “It’s an awesome responsibility. You’re responsible for patients in a different way. To go through that transition is pretty profound.”