What Makes Our Program Distinct?
State-of-the-art simulation facilities and clinical settings offer unparalleled clinical opportunities
Set in a progressive health care community with a rich diversity of well-established midwifery practices, our program offers unparalleled clinical opportunities. State-of-the-art simulation facilities complement excellent clinical settings.
The primarily online curriculum combined with scheduled face-to-face sessions and committed faculty allow for flexible learning.
Coursework that prepares leaders
Midwifery students gain valuable clinical skills and knowledge in their coursework. Courses in pharmacology, pharmacotherapeutics, physiology, pathophysiology, and health assessment are the building blocks to five semesters of midwifery specific courses. All midwifery students are required to complete a course on racism and health disparity prevention specific to the midwifery profession.
Through coursework in informatics, economics, evidence-based practice, policy, and completion of a quality improvement project, graduates are prepared to affect change within their clinical environment and those interested may take on formal leadership positions.
Midwifery students have the opportunity to earn a 12-credit Certificate in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices for those seeking greater expertise in integrative health. There are also options to add a 12-credit minor in Public Health. Public health minor opportunities include American Indian Health and Wellness, Global Public Health, Health Equity, and Sexual Health.
Our Graduates are Prepared to:
- provide independent, competent and professional midwifery care, according to the ACNM Philosophy, Core Competencies, Standards for Practice, Code of Ethics, ACNM Position Statement on Racism and Racial Bias;
- practice interprofessionally in providing and evaluating health care;
- collaborate with physicians in the care of women/individuals with medical and/or obstetrical complications;
- assume the role and responsibilities of the nurse-midwife which include the following:
- provide a culturally sensitive, culturally responsive, equitable and integrative approach to care;
- promote a physiologic and low intervention approach to health care;
- provide leadership in improving the quality of health care;
- promote evidenced-based practice through research and evaluation;
- participate in current health care legislation and policy affecting individuals and families;
- implement strategies to improve the organization of health care services.
- describe the history of the US and global midwifery profession and its impact on contemporary practice and policy.
Length and Commitment
3-year, Full-Time Program On Campus
Each semester students attend a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) on campus that includes core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses and advisor meetings. Beginning the second year of the program students meet 2-3 additional times per semester for 1–2 days each time for coursework.
Complete approximately 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school.
Upon successful completion of the midwifery course of study, graduates are eligible to take the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) national certification examination.
The midwifery program at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; 240-485-1802; www.midwife.org/acme. For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly.
Notice Inviting Third Party Comments
The nurse-midwifery program at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, Minneapolis, Minnesota is scheduled to be reviewed by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), Board of Review (BOR) of the American College of Nurse-Midwives for continuing accreditation in July 2020. All comments should be in print or electronic form and sent to ACME at the ACNM national office. Email: email@example.com. Mail: ACME, Attn: Third Party Comments, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374. Comments will be included with other program materials at the July 2020 BOR meeting. Comments must directly relate to the continuing accreditation of this program and the ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation, May 2019. Please cite the particular criterion of concern in your comments. The criteria can be found online at www.midwife.org/ACME-Documents under the heading ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation Published August 2019 (revised December 2019).