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


Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Combined)

Program Focus


The Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (combined) program prepares advanced practice nurses to provide primary health management to women and their infants, children, and adolescents. Relying on framework of midwifery and adolescent development, students learn to provide direct care for women and children as well as promote healthy habits that reduce the risk of illness and disease. Graduates also learn the skills unique to participating in multidisciplinary collaborations, research, and community education. Graduates are eligible for certification as a Nurse Midwife (NMW) as well as primary care pediatric nurse practitioner (PCPNP) certification from the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB) or the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC).



Pediatric nurse midwifery practice is the independent management of women’s and children’s healthcare, focusing particularly on family planning, pregnancy and childbirth, care of the newborn, and health maintenance care for children, including well child examinations, routine developmental screenings, diagnosis and treatment of common childhood illnesses, immunizations, and school physicals.
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“The Michigan Difference” in Pediatric Nurse Midwifery

World-Class Faculty Leaders in Education, Research, and Practice

Faculty that teach in our program are excellent instructors and researchers, but also expert clinicians who maintain active practices at the University of Michigan Health System – a premier health care organization - and other local primary care settings such as private practices and nurse managed centers.  In addition to their teaching, research, and practice, our faculty are actively involved in leadership roles in national organizations (e.g. Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) using their expertise to help shape and advance the future of midwifery and pediatric care and education.


Diverse Practice Settings and Exposure to the Full Spectrum of Care

Because the experience of applying knowledge and theory in a real-world setting is so integral to the learning process, the School of Nursing provides a plethora of clinical placement opportunities that expose students to a variety of populations and care settings. From rural outpatient clinics and low-tech home births to private practices with the most cutting edge technological tools, our Nurse Midwife/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner students learn by doing. And during this process, they provide women with guidance during pregnancy, soon-to-be mothers with support during labor, newborns with well child care, children with developmental screenings, and more.


Significant Global Opportunities

Women and children are the most vulnerable populations in global health, making the Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty a logical fit for students interested in careers in international health. The School of Nursing is a designated World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center and many of our pediatric nurse midwifery faculty are actively engaged in practice and research in global settings, creating the opportunity for students to have international clinical experiences.  Past opportunities have included Liberia, Netherlands, Ghana, Taiwan, Honduras, Guatemala, and New Zealand just to name a few.



The University of Michigan School of Nursing's Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric 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 Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner practice as outlined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
The process of nurse midwife and primary care pediatric nurse practitioner education at the University of Michigan School of Nursing includes graduate core courses (nursing theory, research, data management, health strategies, and a scholarly project) and a comprehensive nurse midwife and primary care pediatric nurse practitioner clinical program. A solid clinical education foundation begins with a course in primary care of the well child. The curriculum then builds to include pregnancy care and childbirth followed by newborn care and the care of children with common acute and chronic illness. Students engage in varied clinical experiences throughout the program to compliment the didactic foci of each clinical course. In addition to instructing students in the basics of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of physical conditions, clinical experiences include the social and psychosocial aspects of care of mothers and their children.


Specialty Appeal

Pediatric nurse midwives are in demand as more women seek the personal care midwives provide. Midwives have been ushering American women through pregnancy and other normal stages of life since the early 1900s and today women seek midwives for prenatal care, birth, postpartum care, gynecologic exams, vaginal infections, and birth control. With their expanded practice, Nurse Midwifes/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners can then continue to care for the mother while also providing primary care for her child throughout adolescence.
The role of Nurse Midwifes/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners is continuously evolving and expanding to meet the increasingly complex healthcare needs of the maternal and pediatric populations. As a result, pediatric nurse midwives can practice in a wide variety of settings including nurse-managed clinics, rural health clinics, specialty clinics, research laboratories, group clinical practice/HMOs, the list goes on.
In addition to a choice of practice settings, pediatric nurse midwives have multiple career opportunities as there are numerous possible applications of a Nurse Midwife/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner master’s degree. For instance, Nurse Midwifes/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners can teach at universities, conduct clinical research on important issues in pregnancy and pediatrics, become active in local and national legislative affairs relating to public health policy and reform, participate in public education, administrate a nurse-managed practice, and much more.
Besides the practical benefits of being a Nurse Midwife/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, pediatric nurse midwives enhance the health and healthcare of women and children through providing them with specialized care specifically tailored to their unique needs. In addition, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners learn an art that often reduces the need for high-tech interventions while also being able to make the latest in safe scientific procedures available to their patients. No day is ever the same. Each patient’s needs are different and pediatric nurse midwives use a range of skills to provide them with the best level of care.



Listed below are the required courses for the Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) combined program. Students in the Nurse Midwife and Pediatric NP combined program will be placed in clinical settings appropriate to the Nurse Midwife and to the Pediatric NP role, the curriculum is offered in an on-campus format; however, a few of the core courses may be web-blended (the University of Michigan School of Nursing does not offer a completely on-line curriculum). The Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric NP combined program is offered as a fall term (September) start only. The set program plan for the Nurse Midwife and Pediatric NP combined program is 3 years in length, the program is offered primarily at full-time enrollment (9 or more credits each fall, winter and spring-summer term of the curriculum). We do not offer a part-time program plan for the Nurse Midwife and Pediatric NP combined curriculum.
Course Number
Course Name
Course Credits
Term Offered

Core Courses

Models, Theories and Methods to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes
Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Healthcare Delivery
Scientific and Analytic Approaches for Advanced Practice

Common Courses to both PCPNP and NM Programs

Course Credits

Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses
Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Across the Lifespan
Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan

Nurse Midwifery Specialty Courses

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
 N678 Professional Issues in Nurse-Midwifery2
N679High Risk Perinatal Nursing2

Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses

N545Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutic Management of Common Minor and Acute Illnesses3
N549Infant, Child & Adolescent Health: Wellness6
N547Infant, Child & Adolescent Health: Management of Minor Common Illnesses5
N649Infant, Child & Adolescent Health: Children with Chronic Conditions3
N647Infant, Child & Adolescent Health: Models of Advanced Practice5

Required Cognate Courses

P620Pharmacotherapeutics I2
As selected by studentOne additional approved cognate course relevant to graduate education (a minimum of 2 total credits)Minimum 2 credits
Minimum Number of Credits Required = 73
Minimum Required Clinical Hours = 1288
(560 PCPNP clinical hours + 728 Nurse Midwife clinical hours)

The Nurse Midwifery program is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; Tel: 240-485-1802,, contact for ACME: Jaime Sampson, Administrative Assistant.

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