Overview & Program of Study
Specialty Track Description
This track is dedicated to educating Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) who will meet the healthcare needs of geographically and ethnically diverse populations. Nurse Midwives provide primary health care to women across the lifespan, including adolescent, gynecologic and family planning services, pregnancy and birthing services, and care to women after menopause. A career as a CNM is rewarding and challenging! As a CNM your career options include independent full scope practice working in a variety of settings, such as outpatient women's health care clinics, joining practices owned or operated by other CNMs and/or physicians, and attending births in hospitals, birth centers, and/or the home. Many CNMs also choose to share their passion and knowledge by becoming involved in the education of nurse midwifery students, either as clinical preceptors or as classroom instructors. It is an exciting time to become a CNM. Graduates from our Nurse Midwifery program find positions locally and across the country and world. Students can enroll either in the single specialty track (CNM), or in a dual specialty with the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner track.
Specialty Track Highlights
• One of the top ten programs in the US
• Oldest continually operating track of its kind west of the Mississippi, accredited by the ACME since 1969
• Students are mentored within our unique faculty practice Birthcare Healthcare
• Students have contact with diverse patient populations
• High faculty to student ratio (never more than 2 students per 1 faculty in the clinical setting)
• Innovative high fidelity simulation and interprofessional training
• In-state tuition available for students residing in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
• Option to complete dual CNM and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) specialties concurrently (extends plan of study by 1 semester)
• Each specialty track also offers a post graduate certificate plan of study
The educational approach in the DNP program includes multiple modalities, including traditional on campus and hybrid classes, web-based, and synchronous distance learning, and clinical experiences designed to meet student needs.
Length of Study
The CNM track requires approximately 85 credit hours in didactic and clinical coursework. The single specialty track (CNM) is 8 semesters long and a dual specialty track with the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner track is 9 semesters long. Both single and dual tracks are available only as full-time programs (9+ credit hours per semester) and are completed in three (3) years, including at least two (2) summer semesters.
Studying at a Distance
The Certified Nurse Midwifery Specialty Track is available to students living in the Intermountain West. Participation may not be possible in all areas. Utah residents living more than 60 miles from the University of Utah are able to participate in the distance option.
Read more information on Distance Delivery.
Graduates are prepared to sit for national certification from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). Upon successful completion of the exam candidates are eligible to become certified or licensed to practice.
Graduation & Pass Rates
Graduation rate for 2014 and 2015 was 100%
AMCB certification pass rate for 2014 and 2015 was 100%
Program of Study
The Nurse Midwifery plan of study requires completion of the DNP core curriculum, nurse midwifery specialty courses, a DNP Capstone Project, and approximately 1000 hours of practicum and residency experience. For students interested in completing dual tracks, an additional semester of study is required.
Sample Program of Study