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Focus your Master of Science in Nursing studies in the concentration of Nurse-Midwifery at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.

Role of Nurse-Midwife

A nurse-midwife is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who provides prenatal, postpartum and newborn care. An integral member of the health care community, as a nurse-midwife, you’ll track fetal development, care for mother and baby during childbirth, and can serve as a primary care provider who supports wellness for women throughout their life span.

The mission of this concentration is to educate students who are prepared to serve the needs of rural and underserved populations. The philosophy of this concentration shares the philosophy of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Both the Nurse-Midwifery Concentration philosophy and the American College of Nurse-Midwives philosophy is noted in the Nurse-Midwifery Student Manual page one.

What to Expect During Your Education

  • This intensive, full-time two-year commitment begins in the summer and continues for six consecutive terms.
  • The degree awarded at completion of the program is a Master of Science in Nursing.
  • MSN Core courses are available online. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Core courses are a mix of online delivery and on-the-ground classroom experiences.
  • Students are expected to travel outside of the Albuquerque area for two-thirds of their clinical rotations. Faculty will place students in clinical rotations, and students are responsible for any associated travel costs.
  • Clinical courses are taught in a block format. Didactic content is provided at on-campus sessions for two to three weeks, followed by four to five weeks of clinical rotation.
  • Graduates are eligible for national nurse midwifery certification and licensure in New Mexico and nationally after successful completion of the certification exam through the American Midwifery Certification Board. Our students excel! Check out our current licensure/certification first-time pass rates.

Nurse-Midwifery Concentration Data (2015-2017)

  • 100% - Nurse-Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) pass rates for all test takers over the three-year period
  • 90% - Graduation rate for full-time students over the three-year period

For more information regarding nurse-midwives in general (salaries, job opportunities, etc.) visit American College of Nurse-Midwives and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nurse-Midwifery Concentration Program of Studies

COURSECredit HoursDidactic CreditsClinical Hours
SUMMER–TERM I
NURS 501 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (MSN Core)

3

3

NURS 503 Research in Nursing (MSN Core)

3

3

NURS 526 Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice (APRN Core)

3

3

TOTAL9
FALL–TERM II
NURS 525 Primary Care

3

3

NURS 543 Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics  (APRN Core)

3

3

NURS 540 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning  (APRN Core)

3

2

50 (lab)

TOTAL950
SPRING–TERM III
NURS 505 Health Care Policy, Systems & Financing for Advanced Practice Roles  (MSN Core)

3

3

NURS 548 Women’s Health

4

2

100

NURS 544 Antepartum/Postpartum

7

3

200 (16 hrs lab)

TOTAL14300
SUMMER-TERM IV
NURS 550 Intrapartum

3

2

50 (lab)

NURS 551 Newborn

1

NURS 553 Nurse-Midwifery Professional Practice

1

TOTAL550
FALL-TERM V
NURS 550 Intrapartum

6

1

250

NURS 551 Newborn

2

1

50

NURS 552 Evidenced-Based Care in Nurse-

Midwifery

1

1

TOTAL9300
SPRING–TERM VI

Elective

1

1

NURS 595 Advanced Fieldwork in Nursing

7

350

NURS 597 Professional Examination

1

TOTAL9350
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 55TOTAL CLINICAL HOURS = 934 + 116 lab

Outcome of Nurse-Midwifery Education

Completing the Nurse-Midwifery Program prepares you to:

  1. Analyze theoretical and empirical knowledge from the sciences and humanities, and apply this knowledge to the care of women and their infants within a family and community context.
  2.  Identify the influence of economic, social and political trends on the effectiveness of health care delivery to women and infants.
  3. Provide safe and satisfying primary health care that supports individual rights and self-determination in a variety of settings, with emphasis on underserved and rural client populations. This includes clinical management of normal labor and delivery, care of the neonate and well-woman care.
  4. Apply skills in health assessment, teaching and counseling, with emphasis on self-help, wellness and the prevention of illness and disability.
  5. Communicate both verbally and in writing with various members of the health care delivery system, including keeping adequate documentation of nurse-midwifery care.
  6. Develop accurate and reflective self-evaluation skills of knowledge base and clinical performance.
  7. Demonstrate collaborative relationships with other health team members and with community groups for the planning, management and provision of health care for women and their infants.
  8. Demonstrate the socialization and conceptual awareness of the role and responsibilities of the nurse-midwife.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional growth and the growth of the profession through participation in professional organizations, community and scholarly activities, such as research, writing and teaching.
  10. Participate in quality assurance activities in the health care setting.
  11. Exemplify the ethical and moral obligations of professional service while interacting with clients and society in general.