Nurse-Midwifery MSN Program

Nursing student talking with expectant mother.

Prepare for Nurse-Midwifery

Emory has been a leader in educating Nurse-Midwives for over 40 years. The focus of our program, born in 1977, is to prepare the next generation of nurse-midwives capable of leading positive change and providing the primary care needs of essentially healthy women across their lifespan, along with the care of normal newborns. Our faculty bring their diverse national and international leadership, research, and clinical experience into the classroom to advance the future of midwifery care and education.

Upon completion of this four-semester program, graduates are eligible to take the certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board. You can also pursue the nurse-midwifery program part time.

In 2017, Nurse-Midwifery graduates achieved a first-time passrate of 92 percent on the American Midwifery Certification exam.

SPECIALTY COORDINATOR:
Kate Woeber PhD, CNM, MPH
Assistant Professor | Office of Academic Advancement
404-727-3312
kfranze@emory.edu

Unique Highlights
Students work with faculty who are national and international leaders in the nurse-midwifery profession and are on the forefront of shaping the future of health care for women and children. As a student in our program, you are mentored as a future leader in our profession, capable of making ongoing, positive change for the populations you will serve and the practice of midwifery. 

Clinical Experience
Our program faculty matches each student with clinical experiences that provide students with strong community-based primary care and midwifery practice experiences. The program offers the opportunity to work with a variety of vulnerable, underserved, and multicultural populations, both in the Atlanta community and around the state. Sites include public health department clinics, private obgyn offices, birth centers, nonprofit community health clinics, and migrant health care sites.

Accreditation
The nurse-midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240.485.1800, www.midwife.org, acme@acnm.org.

Career Opportunities
Graduates have opportunities for advanced nursing practice in hospital-based midwifery services and in primary care and/or women’s health care settings. Other career options are available in health care services research, nursing education, health care consulting, and community health education.

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for MSN admission include

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia
  • GRE Test Scores

 Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • $75 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework
  • Official GRE score report
    • The GRE must be retaken if scores are older than 5 years
    • TOEFL scores are required if English is a second language
  • Resume

The average GPA for admitted students is 3.5. Students are encouraged to submit GRE test scores that fall within the 50th-99th percentile of all test takers

The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants meeting at least ONE of the following criteria**: 

  • GPA greater than or equal to a 3.2 from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • Previous master’s degree (or higher) completed from an accredited college or university+

**It is at the discretion of the Admission Committee to request test scores despite meeting GRE waiver.

Learn more about Technical Standards in the 2018-2019 Student Handbook.

Nurse-Midwifery MSN Program

Program of Study

Full Time

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

 

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

 

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness:

Promoting and Maintaining Health          

2

 

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty:

Nurse Midwifery

2

20

NRSG 614

Human Lactation and Breastfeeding Management

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

14

20

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 505                            

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

 

NRSG 517

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I

2

 

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

 

NRSG 561

Nurse Midwifery I

5*

180

Semester Credit Hours

 

13

180

 

 

 

 

Semester 3 (Summer)

 

 

 

NRSG 518

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II

2

 

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety    

3

 

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

 

NRSG 630

Nurse Midwifery II

5*

180

Semester Credit Hours

 

12

180

 

 

 

 

Semester 4 (Fall)

 

 

 

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

 

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

 

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

 

NRSG 631

Nurse Midwifery III

5*

240

NRSG 678

Issues in Women’s Health

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

13

240

 

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours

 

52

 

Total Clinical Hours

 

 

620

 

*Variable credit course

Nurse-Midwifery MSN Program

Program of Study Part Time

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

 

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness:

Promoting and Maintaining Health          

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

 

NRSG 505                            

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

 

NRSG 614

Human Lactation and Breastfeeding Management

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 3 (Summer)

 

 

 

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety    

3

 

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

 

 

 

 

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 4 (Fall)

 

 

 

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

 

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty:

Nurse Midwifery

2

20

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

 

NRSG 678

Issues in Women’s Health

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

20

 

 

 

 

Semester 5 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 517

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I

2

 

NRSG 561

Nurse Midwifery I

5*

180

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

180

 

 

 

 

Semester 6 (Summer)

 

 

 

NRSG 518

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II

2

 

NRSG 630

Nurse Midwifery II

5*

180

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

180

 

 

 

 

Semester 7 (Fall)

 

 

 

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

 

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

 

NRSG 631

Nurse Midwifery III

5*

240

Semester Credit Hours

 

9

240

 

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours

 

52

 

Total Clinical Hours

 

 

620

*Variable credit course

We prepare students to become leaders who exemplify excellence in the care of women and families.  We value holistic, family-centered care that honors the normalcy of women’s life cycle events, treating all with respect and dignity.  Emory nurse-midwifery graduates are well-poised to develop and deliver evidence-based care in partnership with women, and in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team.  Emory nurse-midwives strive to transform health care to improve the well-being of women and their families in local and global communities. 

The Nurse-Midwifery faculty, of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, strives to:

  • Educate visionary nurse leaders and scholars who exemplify excellence in the care of women and families.
  • Advocate holistic, family-centered care that honors the normalcy of women’s life cycle events.
  • Generate and apply knowledge in partnership with women and in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team.
  • Transform nursing, health, and systems of health care to promote optimal health and wellness for women and their families within the local and global community.

The Nurse-Midwifery faculty, of the Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, are committed to prepare the next generation of highly competent, inquisitive, and caring nurse-midwives capable of demonstrating the following:

  • Evaluating and applying expert clinical knowledge into best practice models utilizing relevant data to analyze midwifery outcomes.
  • Identifying gaps between evidence and practice and consider potential solutions for bridging gaps.
  • Evaluating and utilize research to provide high quality, evidence-based health care, initiate change, and improve midwifery practice for women and newborns.
  • Analyzing the process for health policy development, influential factors, and the impact of policy on clinical practice.
  • Participating as an effective team member to enhance team function and promote positive change in the health care of women and newborns.
  • Identifying theories relevant to midwifery practice or scholarship.
  • Utilizing information systems and other technologies to improve the quality and safety of health care for women and newborns.
  • Evaluating health care finance and identify appropriate use of resources for management of a health care practice.
  • Exploring potential areas of interest in midwifery scholarship.

The Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery program educates students to provide the primary health care needs of women, throughout their lifespan. Midwifery practice, as conducted by Nurse-Midwives, is the independent management of women's health care, focused on their pregnancy, childbirth, family planning, and gynecologic needs, along with the care of newborns. 

Our graduates are practicing throughout the state of Georgia, across the United States, and internationally. 

Total Graduates of the Emory Nurse-Midwifery Program: 

1977- 2015: 370

Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Emory University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, doctorate and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Emory.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Midwifery Programs

The nurse-midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240.485.1800, http://www.midwife.org/acme , acme@acnm.org.

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Nurse-Midwifery Graduation and Pass Rates:

Year

Full-time Student
Graduation Rate

Part-time Student
Graduation Rate

Overall Pass Rate

First Time Pass Rate

2015

100%

No Graduates

100%

83.3%

2016

100%

100%

100%

85.7%

2017

 90%

 100%

100%

 92%

 

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Not every state will allow a student to enroll in a distance education program or to participate in a clinical placement within the state. The states found on the link below are eligible states for distance-based education and clinical placement. For applicants not seeing their state on this list, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs.

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Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia should be aware of their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education rules and regulations.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Spring, Summer and Fall 2019. Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation. Application deadlines can be found here.

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

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