BSN to DNP: Nurse Midwifery Track

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Nurse Midwifery is a degree that focuses on the assessment and application of existing evidence to improve practice. Taught as a cohort program, students are educated in the fundamental skills necessary to make a difference in the discipline of midwifery and in healthcare of women and newborns: population-level health care, organizational systems, leadership, business management, clinical scholarship, information technology, and policy-making. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Nurse Midwifery track, is a full-time, partially frontloaded program, designed to meet the competencies for the practice doctorate in midwifery set forth by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and to meet the ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice.

The program prepares students as expert nurse midwives for every stage and in every setting in which midwifery care is delivered to women. Because nurse midwives are responsible for direct patient care, students gain hands-on experience in providing gynecologic, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, and breastfeeding care under the supervision of Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) faculty. Nurse midwifery students will attend births in a variety of settings with a heavy focus on normal physiological birth. They will also be prepared to recognize and co-manage high-risk obstetric and gynecologic cases within an interdisciplinary healthcare team.

Foundation Core Courses
NS 0601Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
NS 0605Advanced Healthcare Policy3
NS 0608Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice3
NS 0610Advanced Nursing Roles and Reflective Practice3
DNP Core Courses
NS 0611Population Health3
NS 0612Research Translation for Clinical Practice3
NS 0613Finance and Quality Management in Healthcare Organizations3
NS 0614Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement3
NS 0615Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration3
NS 0687DNP Immersion5
NS 0697DNP Seminar I1
NS 0699DNP Seminar II1
Advanced Practice Core Courses
NS 0604Advanced Health Assessment4
NS 0640Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3
NS 0641Advanced Pharmacology3
Midwifery Courses
NSMW 0620Antepartum Care3
NSMW 0621Antepartum Clinical2
NSMW 0622Women's Primary Care and Gynecological Health I3
NSMW 0623Women's Primary Care and Gynecological Health II3
NSMW 0624Women's Primary Care and Gynecological Health Clinical3
NSMW 0625Intrapartum Care3
NSMW 0626Intrapartum Clinical2
NSMW 0627Advanced Midwifery Management: At-Risk Childbirth3
NSMW 0628Advanced Midwifery Clinical2
NSMW 0629Integration to Nurse-Midwifery Practice6
Total Credits74
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
NS 0604 Advanced Health Assessment 4
NS 0610 Advanced Nursing Roles and Reflective Practice 3
NS 0640 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NSMW 0620 Antepartum Care 3
NSMW 0621 Antepartum Clinical 2
 Credits15
Spring
NS 0601 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
NS 0608 Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice 3
NS 0641 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NS 0697 DNP Seminar I 1
NSMW 0622 Women's Primary Care and Gynecological Health I 3
 Credits13
Second Year
Summer
NS 0611 Population Health 3
NS 0612 Research Translation for Clinical Practice 3
NSMW 0623 Women's Primary Care and Gynecological Health II 3
NSMW 0624 Women's Primary Care and Gynecological Health Clinical 3
 Credits12
Fall
NS 0613 Finance and Quality Management in Healthcare Organizations 3
NS 0614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement 3
NSMW 0625 Intrapartum Care 3
NSMW 0626 Intrapartum Clinical 2
 Credits11
Spring
NS 0605 Advanced Healthcare Policy 3
NS 0687 DNP Immersion 1 1
NSMW 0627 Advanced Midwifery Management: At-Risk Childbirth 3
NSMW 0628 Advanced Midwifery Clinical 2
 Credits9
Third Year
Fall
NS 0687 DNP Immersion 1 2
NSMW 0629 Integration to Nurse-Midwifery Practice 6
 Credits8
Spring
NS 0615 Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration 3
NS 0687 DNP Immersion 1 2
NS 0699 DNP Seminar II 1
 Credits6
 Total Credits74
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A total of 1000 practicum/immersion hours are required for the DNP (1 credit of Immersion=50 hours).