Nurse-midwives provide expert health care to all ages including primary care; prenatal, labor and birth care; gynecologic care; and care to newborns. This care extends to all persons seeking sexual and reproductive primary care from midwives. Midwives provide person-centered and culturally sensitive care—recognizing normal life transitions, including a physiologic approach to pregnancy and birth in all practice settings.
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 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 quality improvement project, graduates are prepared to affect change within their clinical environment and those interested may take on formal leadership positions.
A 12-credit Certificate in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices is available for those seeking greater expertise in integrative health.
Ranked #2 nationally
Our Nurse-Midwifery program is ranked second in the nation by US News and World Report's Best Grad Schools ranking. Read why Nurse Midwifery was ranked #16 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
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Notice Inviting Third Party Comments
The nurse-midwifery program at University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, Minneapolis, Minnesota is scheduled to be reviewed by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), Board of Review (BOR) of the American College of Nurse-Midwives for continuing accreditation in July 2021. All comments should be in print or electronic form and sent to ACME at the ACNM national office. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail: ACME, Attn: Third Party Comments, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374. Comments will be included with other program materials at the July 2021 BOR meeting. Comments must directly relate to the continuing accreditation of this program and the ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation, May 2019 (revised August 2019). Please cite the particular criterion of concern in your comments. The criteria can be found online at: https://www.midwife.org/acme---accreditation-information under the heading ACME Criteria Accreditation-Rev 2019/2020
Length and Commitment
3-year, full-time program
Each semester students attend a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) on campus that includes core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses and advisor meetings. Beginning the second year of the program students meet 2-3 additional times per semester for 1–2 days each time for coursework.
Complete approximately 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school
The midwifery program at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing is fully accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374
For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly.