The care of children, beginning at birth

Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Combined) Program

Specialty Appeal 

  • Dually prepared Nurse Midwives and Family Nurse Practitioners are in demand. The extreme shortage of maternity care providers means that there is a high demand for the quality of care provided by Nurse Midwives, and the additional training as a Family Nurse Practitioner means graduates can care for whole communities.
  • Nurse Midwife/Family Nurse Practitioners can practice in a number of settings (birth centers, hospitals, private or public clinics) and apply their education to multiple ends (teaching, advocacy, research, public education). Their skills can be used globally, meaning graduates from our dual program can work almost anywhere in the world.
  • CNM/FNPs empower women to take more active roles in making decisions about their healthcare and lifestyle habits and help entire families make smarter, healthier decisions, reducing their risk of health complications later. This is a source of considerable personal satisfaction and respect.
  • Midwifery is a dynamic practice. While midwives learn an art that often reduces the need for high-tech interventions, they are also highly skilled practitioners educated to make individual assessments when caring for women and their newborns including varied forms of technology as indicated.

Education and practice

The Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum combines the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner and the Nurse Midwife programs, allowing students to sit for certification exams in both of these areas upon full program completion. The program is based on an understanding of health sciences theory and clinical preparation that shapes knowledge, judgment, and skills necessary to provide primary health care to individuals across the lifespan, including during pregnancy and childbirth and from infancy to old age. With a strong emphasis on health promotion, our program focuses on the development of healthy behaviors as they pertain to diverse groups at different developmental stages.
The primary benefit of the Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner dual program is that it broadens the scope of practice beyond that of a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner or a Nurse Midwife alone. The program combines the core strengths of the FNP and NM programs to prepare culturally competent practitioners who provide the full range of primary care across all stages in a person’s life. This includes women’s healthcare such as pregnancy, childbirth, the post-partum period, care of the newborn, and the family planning and gynecologic needs of women as well as caring for the rest of the family members through the provision of well care to children and adults and the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health problems. Because of the comprehensive scope of the program, individuals who graduate from the dual program and successfully complete both board certifications often practice in rural or international locations using this broad scope of practice across all patient populations.




Listed below are the required courses for the Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner (NP) combined program. Students in the Nurse Midwife and Family NP combined program will be placed in clinical settings appropriate to the Nurse Midwife and to the Family NP role. The curriculum is offered in an on-campus format; however, a few of the core courses may be web-blended. The Nurse Midwife and Family NP combined program is offered as a fall term (September) start only. The set program plan for the Nurse Midwife and Family NP combined program is a full-time, 3.5 year program.

 Sample Plan of Study

Course Number
Course Name
Course Credits
N528Models, Theories and Methods to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes3
N527Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Healthcare Delivery3
N529Scientific and Analytic Approaches for Advanced Practice3
N502Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan4
Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses
Antepartum Care of Essentially Normal Women
Advanced Primary Care Nursing I: Health Promotion and Management of Acute Health Problems of Adults and Well Women/GYN Care
N676Intrapartum, Postpartum and Newborn Care7
N677Nurse-Midwifery IV-Integration: The Childbearing Cycle5
N678Professional Issues in Nurse-Midwifery2
N674CDM III: Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Adults and Families with Complex Systems8
N561Care of the Childbearing Woman1
N571Advanced Midwifery Clinical 2
N568Critical Elements and the Study of Family and Health3
N646Primary Care of Older Adults3
N666Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Chronic Illness in Adults and Their Families5
N557CDM I: Infant, Child, and Adolescent Health: Wellness and Management of Common Illness2
N677Nurse-Midwifery IV-Integration: The Childbearing Cycle4
N678Transition to Advanced Practice: Professional Issues3
N589Advanced Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum2
N554Advanced Practice Specialty Procedures and Skills for Primary Care2
Required Cognates
Pharmacotherapeutics I
P621Pharmacotherapeutics II4
HS505Team-Based Clinical Decision Making2
Total Credits = 80
Minimum clinical hours during program = 1,272
(504 Family NP clinical hours + 768 Nurse Midwife clinical hours)
More information is available in the Student Handbooks.



The University of Michigan School of Nursing Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner program meets and exceeds the Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice as outlined by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) as well as the Core Competencies for Family Nurse Practitioners outlined by the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).
The process of education at the University of Michigan School of Nursing begins with a solid foundation in primary care. The curriculum then builds to include pregnancy care, childbirth, and newborn care. Clinical experience is integral throughout the program, with a range of opportunities available to students for the intensive clinical experience including global settings. Ultimately, the program focuses on training advanced practice nurses who can provide care across the lifespan while also providing the highest quality midwifery care to women and their newborns.