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

Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner helping patient.

Program Overview

The Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner 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.

For 2013, the American Midwifery Certification Board pass rate was 100 percent.

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.


The Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner concentration is for nurses who wish to care for the health and well-being of women during their reproductive years. The program emphasizes becoming a health care change agent. Nurse-midwives specialize in prenatal, birth, and postpartum care for women and care for healthy newborns. Nurse-midwives also provide gynecology and some primary care services for women from menarche through menopause. Because of this, Nursing@Georgetown delivers a multidimensional Nurse-Midwifery curriculum.

All graduates of the Nurse-Midwifery program are eligible to become dually certified as women’s health Nurse Practitioners without any extra coursework. Becoming a nurse-midwife takes focus and dedication, but the rewards are immeasurable each time you touch the lives of women and share the wonder of welcoming a new baby.

  Credits to Complete Clinical Hours Involved Number of OCIs Required Total Terms Necessary Months to Complete
Part-Time Program 49 600, plus on-call hours 3 7 27

Please note: Program lengths may vary depending on the student’s start date, clinical placement, and OCI completion.

Core Courses

Course Requirements for all Specialties:

  • NURO-528 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURO-546 Physiology / Pathophysiology
  • NURO-544 Advanced Concepts of Pharmacology
  • NURO-530 Research Methods & Biostatistics for Healthcare Providers
  • NURO-624 Foundations of Health Systems and Policy
  • NURO-518 Health Care Ethics
  • NURO-540 Research Evidence and Best Practices in Health Care

For Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty

  • NURO-501 Introduction to Reproductive Healthcare of Women
  • NURO-502 Primary Care of Women
  • NURO-538 Professional Aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NURO-675 Reproductive Health Care of Women II
  • NURO-682 Labor, Birth & Newborn Care
  • NURO-710 Care of the Family in Crisis
  • NURO-720 Integrated Health Care of Women
  • NURO-731 Seminars in Advanced Women’s Health Care


Please visit the University Registrar’s web site for detailed course descriptions.


NM/WHNP Clinical Hours

Clinical rotations likely include night and/or weekend call.

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

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

Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner graduates 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).

We invite you to learn more about this innovative program or speak with an admissions counselor by calling 877-910-HOYA (4692).

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 Certifying 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,, email contact for ACME: Jaime Sampson, Administrative Assistant,
  • AMCB: 849 International Drive, Suite 205, Linthicum, MD 21090, 410-694-9424,
  • NCC: 142 E. Ontario Street, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60611,
  • CCNE: (202) 887-6791 ext. 249,


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