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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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.

Sample Part-Time Course Schedule

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 501 OCI: Health Assessment On-Campus Intensive

Semester 4 

N510 Introduction to Women's Reproductive Healthcare (Previously known as N501) (3)
N511 Ambulatory Care of Women I (Clinical Course) (1)
N502 Primary Care of Women (2)
N503 Ambulatory Primary Care of Women (Clinical Course) (1) 
N624 Foundations of Health Systems and Policy (3)

IP 683/684 Intrapartum OCI (IP/683/684)

Semester 5 

N671 Women's Reproductive Healthcare II (Previously known as N675) (3)
N672 Ambulatory Care of Women II (Clinical Course) (1)
N733 Seminars in Advanced Women's Health Care (Previously known as N733) (2)

Intrapartum NM/WHNP OCI

Semester 6 

N683 Midwifery Care: Labor, Birth & Newborn (Previously known as N682) (3) 
N684 Full Scope Midwifery Care (Clinical Course) (2) 
N710 Care of the Family in Crisis (1)

Integration OCI (Integration/721/722)

Semester 7 

N721 Integrated Midwifery Care of Women (Previously known as NURO 720) (2)
N722 Full Scope Midwifery Care II (Clinical Course) (4) 
N538 Professional Aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

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**
Total 0 17 77

* 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 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,