Become a Nurse Midwife/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Online with Georgetown UniversityBecome a Nurse Midwife/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Online with Georgetown UniversityBecome a Nurse Midwife/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Online with Georgetown University

Earn Your MS in Nursing from our CCNE/ACME-Accredited Online Midwifery ProgramEarn Your MS in Nursing from our CCNE/ACME-Accredited Online Midwifery ProgramEarn Your MS in Nursing from our CCNE/ACME-Accredited Online Midwifery Program

Online Dual Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program Highlights

CCNE/ACME

Accredited

85%

Average Annual AMCB Certification Rate for 2021

For reference, the national average certification rate for the 2021 NCC exam was 82.1%. Click here for 2019-2021 trends.

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

Through a blend of asynchronous didactic content, synchronous class sessions, and in-person Objective Clinical Intensives (OCIs), the distance-based, online dual NM/WHNP program at Georgetown University School of Nursing (GUSON) prepares advanced practice registered nurses to provide primary care to individuals across the lifespan as well as during the pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum periods; sexual and reproductive health; gynecologic health; family planning services; preconception care; and manage the care of newborns up to one month. Midwives also provide safe, comprehensive, culturally-responsive health care to transgender and gender non-binary (TGNB) people and people of all sexual orientations.

In alignment with GUSON mission and values, the NM/WHNP program offers an innovative and robust health equity curriculum scaffolded throughout the specialty courses. Students learn trauma informed, person-centered care that seeks to advance health equity, mitigate racism and biases, and provide structurally competent care.

After completing a Master of Science in Nursing (MS in Nursing), graduates are eligible to sit for the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) exam and the National Credentialing Corporation (NCC) becoming certified as both nurse-midwives (CNMs) and women’s health nurse practitioners (WHNPs).

Download the program information brochure here. (PDF, 884 KB)

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Dual Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program Curriculum

The dual NM/WHNP curriculum is grounded in the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Students cultivate a holistic view of individual and family health that encompasses physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.

To learn more about applying, visit the admissions page.

The Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP program is offered on a part-time basis, consisting of:

49

credits

27

months to complete

1,000+

clinical hours

3

required Objective Clinical Intensives

Take the Next Step

If you’re ready to pursue a career as a nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner, request
information about the distance-based, online NM/WHNP program from Georgetown University School of Nursing (GUSON).

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NM/WHNP Accreditation

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

  • The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

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

  • ACME: 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1230, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; for information about accreditation please contact ACME directly. Tel: 240-485-1803, acme@acnm.orgwww.midwife.org/acme
  • CCNE: (202) 887-6791 ext. 249, jbutlin@aacn.nche.edu

Graduates of the distance-based, online Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program have achieved strong annual certification rates with the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). The statistics below represent average certification rates for graduates from Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Nursing program in the years indicated.1

2021

AMCB School First-Time Certification Rate Average: 85% (National average: 82.1%)

NCC School First-Time Certification Rate Average: 100% (National average: 93%)

2020

AMCB School First-Time Certification Rate Average: 85% (National average: 87.7%)

NCC School First-Time Certification Rate Average: 100% (National average: 94%)

2019

AMCB School First-Time Certification Rate Average: 82.5% (National average: 85.9%)

NCC School First-Time Certification Rate Average: 100% (National average: 94%)

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

• AMCB: 849 International Drive, Suite 120, Lithicum, MD, 21090 www.amcbmidwife.org
• NCC: 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3600, Chicago, IL 60611, www.nccwebsite.org
• CCNE: (202) 887-6791 ext. 249, jbutlin@aacn.nche.edu
• ACME: 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1230, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374

Georgetown University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to conduct practice experiences in the state of Washington for the MSN Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a nurse-midwife?

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Certified nurse-midwives are advanced practice registered nurses who specialize in reproductive health during childbearing years. They hold an MS in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and they are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. Their nursing qualifications distinguish them from other types of midwives (e.g., Certified Midwives).

How long does it take to become a nurse-midwife?

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If you hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an active registered nurse (RN) license, it takes 2-3 years to earn a master’s- or doctoral-level nursing degree and meet board certification exam requirements. The process takes longer — approximately 4-8 years — for professionals without a nursing degree or RN license.

What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?

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Certified nurse-midwives (CNM) are board-certified clinical professionals who are qualified to provide advanced, ambulatory and primary care, and prescribe medications. They hold an MS in Nursing, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Doulas provide emotional support to birthing people during labor and delivery; they do not provide medical care.

How do you become a nurse-midwife?

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Certified nurse-midwifes (CNMs) need an MS in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree — both typically require a registered nurse license and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. They must then obtain national certification — including passing the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) exam — and state licensure as an APRN.

What do nurse-midwives do?

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Certified nurse-midwives (CNM) provide prenatal and postnatal care — including labor and delivery — to newborns up to one month, and to birthing people. They work closely with patients and providers to minimize high-risk interventions and advocate for patients’ needs. CNM scope of practice, however, varies by state.