School of Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice


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Nurse-midwives provide expert health care to women of all ages including primary care; prenatal, labor and birth care; gynecologic care; and care to newborns. Midwives provide women-centered and culturally sensitive care - recognizing the normal transitions in women’s lives, including a physiologic approach to pregnancy and birth in all practice settings. Graduates provide clinical leadership in a complex and rapidly evolving health care system in multiple settings including rural and urban locations, in-hospital and out-of-hospital birth settings, and internationally.

What makes our program distinct?
Set in a progressive health care community with a rich diversity of well-established midwifery practices, our program offers unparalleled clinical opportunities. State-of-the-art simulation facilities complement excellent clinical settings. The primarily online curriculum combined with scheduled face-to-face sessions and committed faculty allow for flexible learning. Coursework through the university’s Center for Spirituality and Healing informs an integrative view of women’s health. Our midwifery faculty expertise includes new midwifery practice development, integrative therapies, research, and leadership in the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Through coursework in informatics, economics, evidence-based practice, policy, and completion of a leadership/systems change project, graduates are prepared to affect change within their clinical environment and those interested may take on formal leadership positions.

Our graduates are prepared to:

  • Provide independent midwifery care according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Core Competencies, Standards for the Practice of Midwifery, and the ACNM Code of Ethics
  • Engage in interprofessional practice to most effectively manage women’s health care needs
  • Provide leadership within the health care system to promote quality improvement
  • Influence health policy initiatives affecting women and families' health care

Upon successful completion of the midwifery course of study, graduates are eligible to take the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) national certification examination

The Basic DNP Midwifery Program and Post-Graduate Certificate Midwifery Program is fully accredited by the:

ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374
Telephone: 240-485-1802
Email contact for ACME: Jaime Sampson, Administrative Assistant,


For questions about the Nurse-Midwife specialty, contact:

Melissa Avery
Nurse-midwife specialty coordinator

For questions about the application process, contact:

Office of Student & Career Advancement Services

Our Faculty
Melissa Avery

Deborah Ringdahl
Clinical Associate Professor

Melissa Saftner
Clinical Associate Professor

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