Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NM/WHNP)

Nurse, mother and a baby

Program Overview

The Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NM/WHNP) program is designed to prepare registered nurses to manage a woman’s normal obstetrical and gynecological needs during the childbearing years, manage the care of the normal newborn, and provide primary care to women throughout the lifespan.

Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies established the Nurse-Midwifery program in 1972. The program now includes an innovative Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program, which provides students with the opportunity to study women’s health and midwifery practice through a strong didactic program that includes advanced courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment. The program also includes a clinical sequence that allows students to experience a wide range of women’s health settings.

NM/WHNP Curriculum

The Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner concentration is for registered nurses who wish to care for the health and well-being of women during their reproductive years as well as the normal newborn. Nurse-midwives provide prenatal, birth, and postpartum care for women and healthy newborns. Nurse-midwives also provide gynecological and some primary care services for women from menarche through menopause. Because of this, Nursing@Georgetown delivers a combined, multidimensional Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum.

All graduates of the Nurse-Midwifery program are eligible to become dually certified as women’s health nurse practitioners without any extra coursework and are eligible to sit for certification exams offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB, formerly ACNM: American College of Nurse Midwives) and the National Certification for Obstetric, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nursing Specializations (NCC).

The program consists of:

49

1,000+

3

7

27

Credits to Complete

Clinical Hours Involved

Number of
OCIs Required

Total Terms Necessary

Months to Complete

Below you can view a sample NM/WHNP program schedule, or if you would like to see the full catalog of courses, you can visit our course catalog page here.

Semester 1

N546 Advanced Concepts in Physiology & Pathophysiology (3)

N530 Research Methods & Biostats for Health Care Providers (4)

Semester 2

N544 Advanced Concepts in Pharmacology (3)

N518 Health Care Ethics (2)

Semester 3

N540 Research Evidence & Best Practices in Health Care (3)

N528 Advanced Health Assessment (3)

AHA OCI: Health Assessment On-Campus Intensive

Semester 4

N538 Professional Aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

N501 Intro to Reproductive Healthcare of Women (4)

N502 Primary Care of Women (2)

Semester 5

N624 Foundations of Health Systems and Policy (3)

N675 Reproductive Healthcare of Women II (4)

MWH OCI: Nurse Midwifery/ Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
On-Campus Intensive

Semester 6

N682 Labor, Birth, and Newborn Care (6)

N710 Families in Crisis (1)

MWH OCI: Nurse Midwifery/ Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
On-Campus Intensive

Semester 7

N720 Integrated Reproductive Health Care of Women (6)

N731 Seminars in Advanced Women’s Health Care (3)



Close

Due to the nature of the patient population, clinical rotations for the NM/WHNP program likely include night and/or weekend call and will be completed throughout each semester as follows:

  • Rotation 1: 16 hours a week in an office setting
  • Rotation 2: 16 hours a week in an office setting + an additional 48 hours of primary care hours in a primary care setting
  • Rotation 3: Minimum of 24 hours (focus is deliveries with a certified nurse-midwife)
  • Rotation 4: Minimum of 40 hours with a certified nurse-midwife in full-scope midwifery practice

Integration of clinical experience makes up the final term of the program and is an intensive clinical assignment of a minimum of 8-10 weeks of full-time clinical hours. We strongly discourage maintaining a work schedule during this term.

Accreditation and Board Certification

Accreditation and board certification for the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner master’s degree program comes from the following agencies:

  • The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
  • The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)
  • The National Certification Council (NCC)
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Further information about the accreditation agencies or the certification exams can be obtained by contacting:

  • The Nurse-Midwifery program is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; Tel: 240-485-1802, www.midwife.org/acme, email contact for ACME: Jaime Sampson, Administrative Assistant, jsampson@acnm.org.
  • AMCB: 849 International Drive, Suite 205, Linthicum, MD 21090, 410-694-9424, www.amcbmidwife.org
  • NCC: 142 E. Ontario Street, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60611, www.nccwebsite.org
  • CCNE: (202) 887-6791 ext. 249, jbutlin@aacn.nche.edu

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