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

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.

Learn more about the philosophy, mission, goals, and terminal objectives for the NM/WHNP program.


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 NM/WHNP program are eligible to become dually certified as Nurse Midwives (CNMs) and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNPs) without any extra coursework. Graduates are eligible to sit for the midwifery exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) and the WHNP exam offered by National Certification Corporation (NCC) to become Board Certified (BC).

The program consists of:


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For all students beginning their first academic term prior to May 2016, please see applicable sample course schedule here.

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

Sample Part-Time Course Schedule

Semester 1

N548 Principles of Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (4)
N518 Health Care Ethics (2)

Semester 2

N544 Advanced Concepts in Pharmacology (3)
N530 Research Methods & Biostats for Health Care Providers (4)

Semester 3

N540 Research Evidence & Best Practices in Health Care (3)
N528 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
AHA OCI: Health Assessment On-Campus Intensive I

Semester 4 

N502 Primary Care of Women (2)
N510 Introduction to Women's Reproductive Healthcare (3)
N511 Ambulatory Care of Women I (1) - Clinical Course
N503 Ambulatory Primary Care of Women (1)

Semester 5 

N671 Women's Reproductive Healthcare II (3)
N672 Ambulatory Care of Women II (1)
N733 Advanced Women’s Health Care Seminars (2)
N624 Foundations of Health Systems and Policy (3)
NM/WHNP On-Campus Intensive II

Semester 6 

N683 Midwifery Care: Labor, Birth & Newborn (3)
N684 Full Scope Midwifery Care I (2)
N539 Professional Role of the APRN (2)
NM/WHNP On-Campus Intensive III

Semester 7 

N721 Integrated Midwifery Care of Women (2)
N722 Full Scope Midwifery Care II (4)
N710 Families in Crisis (1)

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.


Graduation data for both full-time and part-time students:

  2012* 2013 2014** 2015
Total 0 17 77 42

* There were no graduates of the program in 2012 because the length of the program changed in Fall 2011 from 4 to 5 terms.

** There were five graduation points in 2014 (January, April, June, August and December).

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) - View Pass Rates
  • 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 midwifery program at Georgetown University is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly. Tel: 240-485-1802,,
  • 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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