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. In addition to didactic midwifery focused courses, students take courses throughout the program focused on 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. 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
NURS 7601Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
NURS 7605Advanced Healthcare Policy3
NURS 7608Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice3
NURS 7610Advanced Nursing Roles and Reflective Practice3
DNP Core Courses
NURS 7611Population Health3
NURS 7612Research Translation for Clinical Practice3
NURS 7613Finance and Quality Management in Healthcare Organizations3
NURS 7614Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement3
NURS 7615Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration3
NURS 7687DNP Immersion 15
NURS 7697DNP Seminar I1
NURS 7699DNP Seminar II1
Advanced Practice Core Courses
NURS 7604Advanced Health Assessment4
NURS 7640Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology4
NURS 7641Advanced Pharmacology3
Midwifery Courses
NSMW 7620Antepartum Care3
NSMW 7622Women's Primary Care and Gynecological Health I3
NSMW 7623Women's Primary Care and Gynecological Health II3
NSMW 7625Intrapartum Care3
NSMW 7627Advanced Midwifery Management: At-Risk Childbirth3
NSMW 7951Antepartum Clinical2
NSMW 7952Women's Primary Care and Gynecological Health Clinical3
NSMW 7953Intrapartum Clinical2
NSMW 7954Advanced Midwifery Clinical2
NSMW 7955Integration to Nurse-Midwifery Practice6
Total Credits75
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
NURS 7604 Advanced Health Assessment 4
NURS 7610 Advanced Nursing Roles and Reflective Practice 3
NURS 7640 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 4
NSMW 7620 Antepartum Care 3
NSMW 7951 Antepartum Clinical 2
 Credits16
Spring
NURS 7601 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
NURS 7608 Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice 3
NURS 7641 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 7697 DNP Seminar I 1
NSMW 7622 Women's Primary Care and Gynecological Health I 3
 Credits13
Summer
NURS 7612 Research Translation for Clinical Practice 3
NSMW 7623 Women's Primary Care and Gynecological Health II 3
NSMW 7952 Women's Primary Care and Gynecological Health Clinical 3
 Credits9
Second Year
Fall
NURS 7613 Finance and Quality Management in Healthcare Organizations 3
NURS 7614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement 3
NSMW 7625 Intrapartum Care 3
NSMW 7953 Intrapartum Clinical 2
 Credits11
Spring
NURS 7605 Advanced Healthcare Policy 3
NURS 7687 DNP Immersion 1 1
NSMW 7627 Advanced Midwifery Management: At-Risk Childbirth 3
NSMW 7954 Advanced Midwifery Clinical 2
 Credits9
Summer
NURS 7611 Population Health 3
 Credits3
Third Year
Fall
NURS 7687 DNP Immersion 2
NSMW 7955 Integration to Nurse-Midwifery Practice 6
 Credits8
Spring
NURS 7615 Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration 3
NURS 7687 DNP Immersion 2
NURS 7699 DNP Seminar II 1
 Credits6
 Total Credits75