Nurse Midwife Program

Specialty Appeal

  • Nurse Midwives 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. 
  • Nurse Midwives can work in a number of settings (birth centers, hospitals, private or public clinics) and apply their education to multiple ends (teaching, advocacy, research, public education). Women seek midwives for primary health care services, prenatal care, birth, postpartum care, gynecological care, and birth control.
  • Midwives empower women to take more active roles in making decisions about their health and lifestyle habits, and derive personal satisfaction and respect from making a difference in women's lives. 
  • 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 individualized assessments when caring for women and their newborns including varied forms of technology as indicated. 

Education and Practice 

Nurse midwifery education is based on an understanding of health sciences theory and clinical preparation that shapes knowledge, judgment, and skills deemed necessary to provide primary health care management to women and newborns. This program prepares students for the American Midwifery Certification Board exam. 
The program begins with a solid foundation in primary care, then builds to include pregnancy care and childbirth followed by newborn care. Clinical experience is integral throughout the program and culminates in a ten week intensive clinical experience. A range of opportunities are available to students for the intensive clinical experience, including the range of birth sites and international settings.
Midwifery practice as conducted by nurse-midwives (NMWs) is the independent management of women’s health care, focusing particularly on pregnancy, childbirth, the post-partum period, care of the newborn, and the family planning and gynecologic needs of women.




Listed below are the required courses for the Nurse Midwife Program. Nurse Midwife students will be placed in clinical settings appropriate to the role. The curriculum is offered in an on-campus format; however, a few of the core courses may be web-blended. The Nurse Midwife program is offered as a fall term (September) start only. There is a 2-year and a 3-year option for the set program plan for the Nurse Midwife curriculum.

Sample Plan of Study 

Course NumberCourse Name
Course Credits
Term Offered
Core Courses
N528Models, Theories and Methods to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes
N527Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Healthcare Delivery
N529Scientific and Analytic Approaches for Advanced Practice
Specialty Courses
Course Credits
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
Intrapartum, Postpartum and Newborn Care
Nurse-Midwifery IV-Integration: The Childbearing Cycle
Transition to Advanced Practice: Professional Issues
Care of the Childbearing Woman
N571Advanced Midwifery Clinical2
Required Cognate Courses
Pharmacotherapeutics I
Minimum Number of Credits Required = 48
Minimum Required Clinical Hours = 730
 More information is available in student handbooks.



The University of Michigan School of Nursing's Nurse Midwife Program meets and/or exceeds the Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice as outlined by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). 
The ACNM describes the art and science of midwifery as being characterized by the following hallmarks:
  • Recognition of pregnancy, birth and menopause as normal physiologic and developmental processes
  • Advocacy of non-intervention in the absence of complications
  • Incorporation of scientific evidence into clinical practice as well as the evaluation and incorporation of complementary and alternative therapies in education and practice
  • Promotion of family-centered care
  • Empowerment of women as partners in health care and advocacy for informed choice, shared decision-making and the right to self-determination
  • Facilitation of health family and interpersonal relationships through skillful communication, guidance and counseling
  • Promotion of continuity of care and a public health care perspective
  • Health promotion, disease prevention, and health education
  • Care to vulnerable populations
  • Cultural competence
  • Therapeutic value of human presence
  • Collaboration with other members of the health care team