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Certified Nurse Midwife Programs
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Becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) requires graduation from a nurse midwifery program that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Several midwifery schools are available across the United States, and available seats for students have been increasing in recent years, thanks to the inclusion of distance learning methods in many programs.

The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) reports that applications to midwifery programs have been increasing steadily over the last decade, with over 1600 nurses applying to Midwifery programs in 2012. There are currently just under 40 accredited programs, six of which currently provide a majority of courses online (ACNM, 2013).

If you want to know how to become a Midwife, it’s important to first understand the difference between a lay midwife and a certified nurse midwife. Midwife training can be obtained by non-nurses through a variety of schools, but if you want to know how to become a nurse midwife you will have to go through either a master's or doctoral route. Most programs do require that you be licensed as a Registered Nurse for admission. There are some programs that do accept students who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree, but there are usually more applicants than available seats in these programs.

The ACNM is aware of the need for more programs for midwife training and is continually working toward expanding the number of educational options available. To learn more about the available programs for becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife, request information from the schools below.

Because there are not Nurse Midwifery programs in every state, we have featured those programs that offer distance learning and online options for study. Submit a request for program information from these schools to find out if you may be able to complete the majority of your Midwifery program from home, utilizing your own community and local nurse midwives as valuable clinical resources. Contact the schools you see to learn how to become a midwife, expanding both your nursing career and access to the valuable services that a certified nurse midwife provides.


Below is a complete list of nationally accredited Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) programs.

Nurse-Midwife programs in (only states that have them are listed):





What Does A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Actually Do?

The Nurse-Midwife profession has a long and trusted history as Midwives have been helping women to prepare for and go through labor and childbirth since the early days of human history. Of course, these have typically been what the ACNM would call "traditional birth attendants," without formal medical training. A Certified Nurse Midwife is a Master's or Doctorate prepared Registered Nurse, who is specially educated to assess, diagnose and treat women's health issues.

Reproductive health is usually the primary focus of what Certified Nurse Midwives deal with, including well woman exams, treatment of sexually transmitted infections, along with pregnancy and childbirth.

Interestingly enough, more than 30 percent of Nurse Midwives report that primary care activities such as annual exams, patient education, prescribing medication and basic health counseling account for the majority of their practice.

The full scope of practice of CNMs is described below, as published by the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Certified Nurse Midwives Provide:

  • Primary healthcare services for women from adolescence to beyond menopause
  • Gynecologic and family planning
  • Preconception care
  • Perinatal and Postpartum care
  • Newborn care for uncomplicated cases up to 28 days of age
  • Treatment of male partners with sexually transmitted infections


Certified Nurse Midwives are Educated and Certified to:

  • Perform comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions
  • Conduct physical exams
  • Prescribe medications, including contraceptives and controlled substances
  • Admit, manage and discharge patients from healthcare facilities
  • Order and interpret laboratory tests
  • Utilize and order the use of medical devices
  • Provide health maintenance education to communities and families


Certified Nurse Midwives are recognized in all fifty states, and their services are reimbursed by Medicaid, making Midwives one of the only segments of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to enjoy the same payment levels as physicians. This may be one reason why so many CNMs find themselves providing primary care services as much as reproductive health maintenance.

How Do I Become A Certified Nurse Midwife?

For RNs, the best first step toward learning how to become a Midwife is to reach out to any or all of the nationally accredited master's programs that offer a CNM track. Make sure, first and foremost, that the program is accredited by the ACNM. And, as always, make sure to check with the Board of Nursing in the state where you intend to practice, for any state specific requirements.

To find a program, begin by clicking on the schools on this page that offer a CNM program. Submit a request for information to the schools, and remember that the more information you request, the more you will have to work with as you make a decision. Take time to speak with both admissions and nursing personnel, so you have the most relevant information available to you.

Most Certified Nurse Midwife programs consist of the following curriculum standards based on the Core Competencies set forth by the American College of Nurse Midwives. Each course usually has a significant clinical component during which you will apply didactic knowledge to hands on patient care in a variety of settings.

Common Components of a Certified Nurse Midwife Program Curriculum should include:

  • Research in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Reproductive Health Management
  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Foundations of Midwifery Care
  • Antepartum and Postpartum Management
  • Intrapartum Care Managment
  • Principles of Pharmacology and Prescribing for Advanced Practice
  • Policy and Population Based Care
  • Primary Care Practicum
  • Advanced Women's Health Assessment
  • Applied Health Care Economics and Finance
  • Health Systems, Organization, and Change
  • Advanced Practicum in Nurse Midwifery I, II, III

Midwifery schools typically require anywhere from 80-100+ credit hours, and can take up to 4 years to complete, based upon enrollment status and program requirements. To learn more about how to become a Nurse Midwife, please request information from the schools on this page, and feel free to contact us with any additional inquiries.

Working as a Certified Nurse Midwife

Today, Nurse-Midwives can be found in many settings, from hospitals, where, according to the ACNM, over 23 percent of CNMs currently work, to public health clinics, in private practice and academic settings. Many Nurse Midwives work in collaboration with a group of providers that operate independent birthing centers, separate from hospitals, where women and their families can obtain full service perinatal care.

If you measure each setting by the percentage of total midwife-attended births it is responsible for, the hospitals dominate, with close to 95 percent. This is not surprising, given the volume of births handled by hospitals versus other care settings. However, midwives in all settings spend a good deal of their time providing care to women outside of the event of childbirth itself.


Other Aspects of The Nurse-Midwife Profession

A substantial portion, about 70 percent, according to the ACNM, of women who see Nurse Midwives for care fall into what are termed "at-risk" categories, due to their income, geographic location, ethnicity, and access to services. Because of the nature of the work, midwives, more than other advanced practice nurses, have an ability to get deeply involved in the lives of their patients. They are looked to for guidance and help that go far beyond the immediate medical issues, and reach into child-rearing and other long term, social issues. For this reason, Nurse Midwives contribute significantly to many aspects of public health and population based care.

This kind of contribution is badly needed today, in a care environment that typically tries to move patients through as quickly as possible, and with the minimum personal attention required. All nurses have important roles to play, but you could make the case that there is a bit more of a "social mission" to being a Nurse Midwife. Certified Nurse Midwives are in a position to have a larger and more lasting impact on their patients’ lives and behavior, and they are able to give guidance to a part of the population that often needs it the most.

As a side note to that, there are many opportunities for Nurse Midwives to provide healthcare in other countries as well, through organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders).


You can find more information about this role on the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) website. According to O*Net, the average salary of a Certified Nurse Midwife is $92,290 annually. This segment of nursing is also expected to see good growth over the next decade, with a projected 22 percent growth rate predicted.

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California

California State University-Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
Program Name: Women’s Health Care - Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
Program Name: Community Health Nursing (Nurse Midwifery), Community Health Nursing (Nurse Midwifery/Women’s Health Care NP)
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Program Name: Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Colorado

University of Colorado-Denver (Denver, CO)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Connecticut

Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Program Name: Nurse-Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Florida

University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Georgia

Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
Program Name: Nurse-Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Indiana

University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
Program Name: Nurse-Midwife
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Kansas

University of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City, KS)
Program Name: Nurse Midwife
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
Program Name: Nurse-Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Maryland

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
Program Name: Women’s Health CNS/Nurse Midwifery Track (Midwifery is in partnership with Shenandoah University)
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
Program Name: Certified Nurse-Midwife Program, Midwifery Program
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
Program Name: Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Minnesota

University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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New Jersey

University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (Newark, NJ)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery, Women’s Health NP/Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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New Mexico

University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
Program Name: Nurse-Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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New York

Columbia University (New York, NY)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery, Women’s Health with Adult Primary Care Oncology or Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
New York University (New York, NY)
Program Name: MSN/MPH - Nurse-Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery (online)
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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North Carolina

East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery, Nurse Midwifery (online)
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Ohio

Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse-Midwifery (online)
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
University of Cincinnati - Online (Cincinnati, OH)
Program Name: MSN - Nurse Midwifery (online)
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Oregon

Oregon Health & Science University (Portland, OR)
Program Name: Certified Nurse Midwifery, Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Pennsylvania

Philadelphia University (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: MS - Midwifery (online)
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Nurse-Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Tennessee

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Nurse-Midwifery, Nurse-Midwifery/FNP Dual Focus
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Texas

Baylor University (Dallas, TX)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery (CNM)
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Utah

University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Virginia

James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery (in partnership with Shenandoah University)
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
Radford University (Radford, VA)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery (in partnership with Shenandoah University) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA)
Program Name: Nurse-Midwifery
Accreditation: ACNM accredited
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Washington

Seattle University (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: Nurse-Midwifery
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: Certified Nurse Midwifery (CNM), Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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West Virginia

Marshall University (Huntington, WV)
Program Name: MSN - Nurse Midwifery
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
West Virginia Wesleyan College (Buckhannon, WV)
Program Name: Nurse-Midwife
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Wisconsin

Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Nurse Midwifery, Nurse-Midwifery
Accreditation: CCNE accredited