Frequently Asked Questions: Nurse-Midwifery DNP

How many students are accepted into the program each year?

Approximately 10-12 in the Twin Cities cohort and up to 6 students in the Mayo cohort. Admission numbers depend on student geographic location and availability of clinical preceptors

I am not currently a nurse. What are my options?

BSN or professional master’s preparation in nursing is required for admission to the program. If you are not a RN and have a bachelor’s degree, consider the school’s MN program.

Do I need experience as a nurse to apply to the program?

Students may be admitted to the program directly from a BSN or MN program. However, students must have worked at least 15 months as a nurse prior to beginning clinical practicums. Clinical practicums start in year 2 for those enrolled in the 3-year program and year 3 for those enrolled in the 4-year program.

Labor/delivery/postpartum nursing experience is not a requirement. We welcome applicants from all nursing backgrounds and experience levels.

What are the benefits of the DNP degree in midwifery?

Building on excellent theoretical and clinical preparation, midwives are prepared to provide leadership in the clinical setting. Through coursework in informatics, economics, evidence-based practice, policy, and completion of a leadership/systems change project, graduates are prepared to affect change within their clinical environment and those interested may take on formal leadership positions.

Where are students placed for their midwifery clinical experiences?

The Twin Cities metropolitan area has many well established and diverse midwifery clinical practices where our students complete clinical experiences. In addition, we have clinical sites in other parts of Minnesota and in our neighboring states to support students living outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and wishing rural or other specific experiences. 

Students enrolled in the Mayo cohort will complete all clinical practicums at Mayo sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

Are students able to request a specific facility for a clinical experience?

We honor student requests when possible, however placement is dependent on availability and consideration of all student needs. Faculty prefer that students have clinical experiences in a clinical site that is not a place of employment.

What do you look for in an applicant?

The typical successful applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 to 4.0, positive academic and/or employment references, and knowledge and passion about the practice of midwifery. Labor and delivery experience is a benefit but not required; some applicants have completed doula, breastfeeding support or similar labor and birth support programs. The Admissions Committee will also look for evidence of leadership potential. Each applicant is evaluated individually based on all the admission criteria and information submitted.

How many applications do you receive each year?

Each year we receive approximately 20-35 applications for the 10-12 available Twin Cities cohort positions. Some applicants may apply more than once before gaining acceptance into the nurse-midwifery program.

When will I know if I am offered an interview?

Midwifery faculty review applicant files in early December; interviews for qualified applicants are conducted in December or early January. All applicants receive a letter informing them of whether or not they are offered an interview. 

When do you make the decision about acceptance to the program?

Following the interview process, we make a preliminary decision about admission. Those selected are then reviewed and approved by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions and Progressions Committee. The Committee then notifies all applicants of their status (admitted, wait list, not admitted). This process typically takes place by late February or early March.

Are there any courses I can take before the program starts in the fall?

Applicants accepted into the midwifery specialty can take certain courses before the program begins in the fall term. Courses taken prior to program entry are limited to nine credits. Please contact Melissa Saftner at msaftner@umn.edu for more information about courses to take.

What is your pass rate on the AMCB National Certification Examination and graduation rate?

For the graduating classes, the one year certification rate is:

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

91%

(11 graduates)

100%

(11 graduates)

100%

(10 graduates)

86%

(7 graduates)

100%

(8 graduates)

Nurse-midwifery students enroll in one of two full-time program plans, a three year or four year option. Of students who enrolled and would have graduated in years 2019 through 2023, 92% of basic midwifery students have graduated. Students who do not graduate usually do so for personal, family or academic reasons. Since 2019, 100% of post-graduate certificate students graduated. 

Do graduates find midwifery practice positions upon graduation?

It can be difficult to stay in touch with all of our graduates from the program. To the best of our knowledge, approximately 95% of graduates since 2019 are practicing in full-scope midwifery positions.

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