Nurse-Midwifery Program

Overview

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 to become leaders in providing exceptional primary care to essentially healthy women from puberty to post-menopause. In addition, our students receive training in prenatal, labor and delivery and postpartum care and care of normal newborns in the first month of life. Our faculty bring their diverse national and international leadership, research, and clinical experience into the classroom, simulation lab and even some clinical settings to provide current evidence-based instruction.

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

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

The midwifery program at Emory University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly. Tel: 240-485-1802, acme@acnm.org.

This program starts each year during the fall semester.

SPECIALTY DIRECTOR:
Sara Edwards, PhD, MN, MPH, CNM, FACNM
Assistant Professor
404-727-2964
sedwar2@emory.edu

*Please email nursingquestions@emory.edu with admission and application questions.

Program Details

Unique Highlights
Students work with nurse-midwifery 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. Students in our program, you are mentored as a future leader in our profession, capable of making ongoing, positive change through health policy, clinical practice and the evaluation and application of research to care.

Clinical Experience
The Office of Clinical Placement works with the program faculty to match each student with clinical experiences in office and hospital practice sites. The program offers the opportunity to work with a variety of vulnerable, underserved, and multicultural populations, both in the Atlanta community and within and beyond the state. Students may receive training in a variety of sites including public health clinics, private nurse-midwifery and medical offices, hospitals, birth centers, nonprofit community health clinics, and migrant health care sites.

Career Opportunities
Graduates have opportunities for advanced nursing practice in community and 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.

Curriculum

Here is an example of this program's course of study.

Admission Requirements

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 or a multistate RN license

Admission Requirements:

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • 2-3 References (preference for at least one to be a nursing supervisor)
  • Students with international nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework.
  • Students with international transcripts for non-nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores are required if English is a second language. Read Emory University's accepted tests policy here.

Transcript submission:

* Preferred method: Choose Emory University - School of Nursing in the electronic transcript systems or have your school email your official transcripts to nursingquestions@emory.edu.

If your school does not participate in the electronic transcript system or cannot email your transcripts then please have them mail a hard copy to:

Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
1520 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322

*Please note that all courses and degrees in the application checklist must be verified by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs before they are marked as received.  Please allow 2-4 weeks after all transcripts are received.

Application

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 nursingquestions@emory.edu or call 404.727.7980.

Philosophy Of The Nurse-Midwifery Specialty

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.

Mission

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.

Outcomes

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 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.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, doctor of nursing practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Emory University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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.

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education Call for Third Party Comment Request

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%

Tuition and Financial Aid

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State Eligibility and Licensure Requirements

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 Enrollment and Student Affairs.

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.