About the Program

About the Program

The purpose of the University of Kansas Nurse-Midwifery Education Program is to prepare graduates to assume a leadership role in midwifery by promoting clinical practice, education, health policy, and scholarship.

The program focuses on:

  • the care and management of well-women's primary and reproductive health care needs throughout the life span.
  • educating nurse-midwives to serve low risk childbearing women, their families and neonates. are and management of well-women's primary and reproductive health care needs throughout the life span.
  • educating nurse-midwives to serve low risk childbearing women, their families and neonates.

The goal of the KUNurse-Midwifery Education Program is to prepare master's level certified nurse-midwives to provide pregnancy and well-woman care to a full range of culturally diverse women in the Kansas City metropolitan area and the state of Kansas, especially those who are medically underserved. Priority recruitment is given to candidates living in or willing to work in underserved areas or in other areas with critical maternal and infant indicators. 

Graduates from the KU Nurse-Midwifery Educaition Program work in education, private practices, academic health centers, community health clinics, military hospitals, Indian health services, wellness centers and hospital-based organizations.

Student Outcomes

KU students have a 100 percent pass rate fon the AMCB certification exam for all takers in 2014, 100 percent in 2013 and 90 percent in 2012. For first-time takers, 100 percent in 2014, 100 pecent in 2013 and 78 percent in 2012. The graduation rate is 94 percent (2011 data). 

Employment

Graduates from the KU Nurse-Midwifery Education program are employed in privately-owned OB/GYN practices, hospital-based midwifery practices, birth centers, family planning clinics, family practice locations, and health departments. They are work in academic institutions, military hospitals, and federally-qualified health centers.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, 8403 Colesville Rd, Suite 1550, Silver Springs, MD, 20910-6374; 240-485-1800. Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. Information for students may be found at www.midwife.org.

Admission Requirements

KU Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse-Midwifery Major

Application requirements include the following:

  1. Application;
  2. Official academic transcripts;
  3. Personal statement of career goals and objectives;
  4. Three letters of reference from individuals who can substantiate your clinical expertise and commitment to maternal/child/women's health;
  5. Licensure as a registered nurse in one state or territory of the United States - before beginning the midwifery core courses, students must provide verification of current nursing licensure in both Kansas and Missouri;
  6. Completion of accredited baccalaureate program in nursing, with GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  7. At least one year of work experience as a nurse is preferred (preferably maternal/child, or women's health);
  8. College-level physical assessment course;
  9. Graduate-level statistics course;

Post-Masters Certificate Program

An option for those who have a master's degree in nursing. the prerequisite is successful completion of an Advanced Practice Core, including courses in advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, health promotion and complementary therapeutics, and applied drug therapy, or their equivalents.

Application requirements include the following:

  1. Application;
  2. Official academic transcripts;
  3. Personal statement of career goals and objectives;
  4. Three letters of reference from individuals who can substantiate your clinical expertise and commitment to maternal/child/women's health;
  5. Verification of current nursing licensure in both Kansas and Missouri;

Intercollegiate Program

A collaborative program with Wichita State University is available. Students must complete the application and admission process at WSU, and also apply to the nurse-midwifery certificate program at the KU School of Nursing. Please note, this program is not accredited as a post-baccalaureate, stand-alone certificate option.

Last modified: Apr 17, 2015
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