About the Program

About the Program

KU's Nurse-Midwifery Education program was established at the KU School of Nursing in 1999 with federal funds totaling $1.3 million. The primary focus of this program is the care and management of well-women's primary and reproductive health care needs throughout the life span. This midwifery program educates nurse-midwives to serve low risk childbearing women, their families and neonates.

The goal of this nurse-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 Greater Kansas City area and the state of Kansas, especially to women 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. 

The KU Nurse-Midwifery Educaiton program has produced graduates now working in the following sectors: 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 91% pass rate on the AMCB certification exam since the program began. Results include first-time pass rates plus retakes. The program has a 94% overall graduation rate. (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 possessing a Master's degree in nursing, this program's 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: May 29, 2013
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