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Dual Women's Health/Midwifery Track

Care For Women Through Every Life Change

The Dual Women's Health/Midwifery track will prepare you to provide primary care to women across the lifespan, offer reproductive care during the childbearing years, and manage the care of newborns.


Dual Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNP) focus on providing care for conditions unique to women from menarche through the remainder of their lives with a special focus in the childbearing years and childbirth. CNM/WHNPs provide leadership and collaboration in the provision of comprehensive care in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.

As a doctoral student in the CNM/WHNP track, you will:

  • Develop skills to influence public policy through participation in professional organizations and health policy activities at the local, national and global level.
  • Take courses in evidenced-based practice, quality improvement and systems leadership.
  • Be mentored within our unique faculty practice BirthCare HealthCare.
  • Interact with various patient populations.
  • Participate in innovative high fidelity simulation and inter professional training

While we do offer a distance option, our DNP program is not a fully online program. Our Nurse Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner tracks require a significant number of days on campus. The distance option often works best for students living in rural Utah or in nearby states who are within a reasonable driving distance of the University of Utah. On-campus requirements include the following:

  • Students attend 5 simulations in each of the 4th, 5th, and 6th semesters in our state-of-the-art simulation center on campus. Simulations are required and in-person only.
  • Additionally, our program is partnered with a faculty practice of CNMs and WHNPs in the Salt Lake City area, and starting in the 3rd semester, most clinicals are completed with these preceptors. While distance students may complete some of their clinical shifts outside of our faculty practice, students should plan to complete at least the 3rd and 4th semesters of the program with this faculty practice to build a solid foundation. Most clinical courses require a minimum of 10 clinical shifts.

Certification Eligibility

Graduates are prepared to sit for national certification from the National Certification Corporation (NCC) and the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). Upon successful completion of the exam, candidates are eligible to become certified or licensed to practice.

Contact Us

Shelley Kern, MPC
DNP Program Manager

Jessica Ellis, PhD, CNM
Co-Specialty Track Director

Erin Cole, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC
Co-Specialty Track Director

Graduate Certificates


The Certified Nurse-Midwifery track of the DNP Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1230, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; 240-485-1803; For information about ACME’s accreditation, please contact ACME.