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Nurse Midwifery

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Sample Curriculum

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Providing comprehensive woman-centered care throughout the lifetime

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery and are certified according to the requirements of the American Midwifery Certification Board. CNMs manage women's health care, focusing on common primary care issues, family planning and gynecologic needs, pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and care of the newborn. They practice within a healthcare system that provides for consultation, collaboration, or referral as indicated by the health status of the client, in accordance with the Standards for the Practice of Midwifery, as defined by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

The nurse midwifery major at FPB has had continuous accreditation from the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education since 1984. Nurse midwife students must complete 48 credit hours of coursework as well as work individually with a clinical preceptor in a variety of out-patient, in-patient, and out-of-hospital settings to provide optimal care to women in the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods. Graduates will be eligible to take the certification examination administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board. With the addition of 4 clinical hours in NURS 559, students are eligible for dual certification in Women's Health.

Program Highlights

  • Top-ranked nationally: FPB's nurse midwifery program was ranked #17 in the country, in 2011's U.S.News & World Report.
  • Expert-guided clinical experiences: FPB nurse midwifery students work individually with clinical preceptors in various out-patient, inpatient, and out-of-hospital settings to provide optimal care to women in the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods.
  • Rigorous but flexible curriculum: This major has had continuous accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education since 1984. 48 credit hours of courses with varied clinical experiences are required. Graduates are eligible for dual certification in Women's Health.
  • Post-master's certification also available: These certificates are provided based on individual needs and background education.

View our Program Purpose and Philosophy

View a sample curriculum or download our information sheet (PDF).

View the Graduation and Pass Rates for the Nurse Midwife program.

Learn more about our Midwifery Alumni

Contact Dr. Gretchen Mettler, Nurse Midwifery Program Director, at 216-368-0671 or ggm@case.edu.

The Nurse Midwife Program is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) (formerly ACNM Division of Accreditation), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; Tel: 240-485-1802, www.midwife.org/acme, acme@acnm.org.