Nurse-Midwifery DNP

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. 
Pregnant woman
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. 

Length and commitment

  • 3-year, full-time program
  • On campus: Each semester for a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, advisor meetings; beginning second year of program: 2-3 additional times per semester for 1–2 days each time for coursework
  • Clinical sites: Complete approximately 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school

What makes our program distinct?

Our state-of-the-art simulation facilities and clinical settings offer unparalleled clinical opportunities

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 that prepares leaders

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.

Ranked #4 nationally 

Our Nurse Midwifery program is ranked fourth in the nation by US News and World Report's Best Grad Schools ranking. Read why Nurse Midwifery was ranked #35 of the top 100 jobs by US News and World Report.

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

Program Director

Melissa AveryMelissa D. Avery, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota where she directs the nurse-midwifery program. Her current research is examining prenatal care practices to enhance maternal confidence for physiologic labor and birth. She is Co-Principal Investigator on a nationally funded project to develop and implement an interprofessional education curriculum for graduate midwifery students and obstetrics-gynecology residents. Dr. Avery is also midwifery technical lead for midwifery on a USAID funded project supporting Afghan faculty in the health sciences. She is currently a board member and Vice-Chair of the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education and is a past president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She is a Fellow in the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the American Academy of Nursing.


The midwifery program at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly. Tel: 240-485-1802,,


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

Contact us

George Sakkal
Doctoral Programs Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

Nurse Midwifery

Meg Workman

Meg Workman, Nurse Midwifery DNP

DNP-MPH Dual Degree

A powerful combination

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