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The primary focus of KU's Nurse-Midwife specialty, as part of the DNP program, is the care and management of well-women's primary and reproductive health care needs throughout the life span. Certified nurse-midwives provide preconception counseling, care during pregnancy and childbirth, immediate newborn care, gynecological services and care of the peri-menopausal and post-menopausal woman. Priority consideration for admission 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 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 working in academic institutions, military hospitals, and federally-qualified health centers.

The Nurse-Midwife curriculum requires 76 credit hours of coursework. The majority of required courses are available online, although the program is not fully available in a distance education format. Attendance on campus at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City is required for the following courses: NRSG 935, NRSG 801 and NRSG 954. During the 23-credit hour midwifery specialty core, students will come to the KU Medical Center two to five times during semesters in which practicum courses occur. Students also participate in synchronous learning by meeting as a group, online, with audio/computer interface each week for three hours. These courses include NRSG 925, NRSG 926, NRSG 927, and NRSG 928.

Clinical practice sites are generally located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but may extend across the state of Kansas and other communities where students are located. Clinical hours in the midwifery courses are arranged with the course coordinator at the beginning of each semester.

For more information about the Nurse-Midwife specialty area, please read about the program's philosophy and objectives. 

Graduates of the Nurse-Midwife program are eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) and to apply for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license. 

The certification rate, or number of graduates that are certified by AMCB within one year of graduation, for the KU nurse-midwifery program over the last 10 years is 100%.

The graduation rate for KU students in the nurse-midwifery program is over 90%.

The Nurse-Midwifery DNP Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1230, Silver Spring, MD 20901-6374; Tel: 240-485-1803,;  

Sample Plan of Study - Preferred Plan of StudyPDF document (image)

Nursing Licensure

This program prepares students for an advanced practice specialty certification and APRN eligibility as a primary care certified nurse practitioner (CNP). APRN eligibility differs across states and many require a specialty certification. Specialty certifications are acquired through national exams that do not vary by state. For information on individual state's requirements go to the National Councils of State Boards of Nursing website.

As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) that requires professional nursing programs to provide information on how their curriculum meets education requirements for professional licensing in each state. You may review KU School of Nursing's information on licensure by state.

Last modified: Jul 19, 2021