The Family Nurse-Midwife (FNM) program is designed to prepare culturally competent practitioners to provide healthcare to underserved populations. National workforce needs are emphasized in four distinct ways: a) collaboration with family practice physicians who practice obstetrics in underserved areas; b) provision of care to vulnerable populations such as underserved ethnic minorities; c) provision of primary care services to women who receive these services primarily in an ob-gyn setting; and d) provision of comprehensive primary care to all ages. Upon completion of the five-semester program, the family nurse-midwife is prepared to take the certification exams for both Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner. The FNM program may be pursued part-time.
Unique Highlights: Students work with nationally certified nurse midwifery and FNP faculty who engage in teaching, clinical practice, and research. The program offers the opportunity to work with a variety of vulnerable, underserved, and multicultural populations. A Spanish for Health Care Professionals course provides students with second language training.
Clinical Experience: Clinical experiences provide students with strong community-based primary care and midwifery practice experiences. Sites include public health department clinics, private ob-gyn offices, non-profit community health clinics, and migrant healthcare sites.
Accreditation: The Nurse-Midwifery portion of the program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (245) 485-1800.
Career Opportunities: Graduates have opportunities for advanced nursing practice in hospital based midwifery services and in primary care and/or women’s healthcare settings. Other career options are available in healthcare services research, nursing education, healthcare consulting, and community health education.
Full-Time Program of Study, 65 credit hours
Semester 1, Fall, 13 credit hours
NRSG528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (3 hours)
NRSG533 Family Nurse-Midwife I (6 hours)
NRSG544 Advanced Health Assessment (4 hours)
Semester 2, Spring, 13 credit hours
NRSG513 Spanish for Healthcare Professionals (2 hours)
NRSG522 Advanced Pharmacology (3 hours)
NRSG534 Family Nurse-Midwife II (8 hours)
Semester 3, Summer, 14 credit hours
NRSG503 Advanced Practice Nursing: Ethical, Legal, and Leadership Issues (3 hours)
NRSG627 Family Nurse-Midwife III (7 hours)
NRSG632 Professional Issues Nurse-Midwifery (2 hours)
NRSG659 Cultural Competence for Advanced Practice Nurses (2 hours)
Semester 4, Fall, 13 credit hours
NRSG501 Health Policy and Finance for Advanced Practice (3 hours)
NRSG628 Family Nurse-Midwife IV (6 hours)
NRSG678 Women's Health Issues (2 hours)
NRSG614 Human Lactation and Breastfeeding Management (2 hours)
Semester 5, Spring, 12 credit hours
NRSG507 Theory and Research Applications (3 hours)
NRSG559 Genetics and Embryology for Advanced Clinical Practice (3 hours)
NRSG629 Family Nurse-Midwife V (5 hours)
NRSG697R Independent Study (1)
Part-time program of study is available.