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Nurse Midwifery

What does a Certified Nurse Midwife do?

Click here to learn more from Dr. Sharon Ryan.

Advanced practice nursing

Nurse midwives assist women and families by providing culturally sensitive and competent care, thus promoting and maintaining health, and facilitating the best possible individual and family integrity in the context of culture and community. Our specialty track prepares graduates for challenging careers as nurse midwives; coursework, extensive clinical experience, and research allow our students to acquire the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for certification as nurse midwives by the American College of Nurse Midwives Certification Council.

The curriculum is designed to facilitate the student’s achievement of the “Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice.”

The nurse-midwifery specialty track is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Springs, Maryland 20910

At the heart of our master’s program are active, collaborative relationships between the College of Nursing faculty and community-based primary care agencies as well as The Ohio State University Medical Center’s teaching hospitals and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

As part of the country’s most comprehensive health sciences center, our students benefit from access to cutting-edge research and knowledge, a diverse selection of elective courses, and interdisciplinary collaboration among health care professionals.

Our central location, class schedules, and preceptors throughout Ohio conveniently accommodate both part-time and full-time students. Our state-of-the-art computer-mediated curriculum provides a convenient and accessible educational opportunity for Nurse Midwifery students throughout the state, including those in rural areas.

Nurse Midwifery specialty faculty

Dr Sharon Ryan, DNP, Director

Essential skills

Our graduates enter the workforce with the skills and competencies to:

  • assume an advanced practice role as a nurse midwife
  • put theory and research into practice with women, infants, and their families
  • design, implement, and evaluate health care strategies for selected populations
  • utilize leadership skills and ethical principles to effect positive change in policies at the local, regional, and national level
  • expand knowledge by identifying research problems, participating in research, and engaging in evidence-based practice
  • adapt professionally to the constantly changing health care environment
  • contribute to the advancement of the profession

Core curriculum

Students are required to complete the following core courses:

  • Nursing 7400              Leadership in Advanced Nursing
  • Nursing 7440              Scientific Thought in Nursing
  • Nursing 7490              Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Nursing 7480              Quality Improvement in Advanced Nursing Care
  • Nursing 7500              Nursing in the American Health Care System
  • Nursing 7520              Graduate Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing 7780              Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship
  • Nursing 7410              Advanced Health Assessment
  • Nursing 7450              Pathophysiology of Altered Health States
  • Nursing 7470              Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing


Additional required nursing courses

Students must complete the following prerequisites prior to clinical courses:

  • Nursing 7260      Concepts and Issues in Advanced Family Nursing
  • Nursing 7281      Advanced Reproductive Dynamics
  • Nursing 7280      Conceptual Framework for Nurse-Midwifery

Specialty content and clinical experience

Our specialty provides precepted clinical experience in a wide variety of geographic locations and clinical sites throughout Ohio as well as out-of-state sites based on preceptor availability and number of students. All travel is at the expense of the student. Clinical experience at a minimum of eight to 28 hours per week throughout the clinical sequence provides students with opportunities to achieve the competencies of the specialty. Clinical seminars are used to augment the modular content of the online courses. In addition, clinical skills laboratories, presentations by faculty on selected topics, student-led case studies, and occasional guest speakers are included in the curriculum. Student performance is evaluated through a variety of methods, including scholarly papers, in-class and take-home quizzes, and examinations, worksheets, and clinical practice.

There is a series of four clinical courses:

N7288  Advanced Practice Nursing: Nurse-Midwifery Clinical Practicum I, II, III, IV

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Admissions & program information

Traditional Master of Science option
Graduate Entry option

Post-Master’s option

The Post-Master’s option prepares registered nurses with master’s degrees for certification as nurse midwives. Applicants must apply directly to the College of Nursing for admission to the Post-Master’s option. For further information about the post-master's option, click here

For further information about the Nurse Midwifery program, contact:

The Ohio State University
College of Nursing
Graduate Outreach and Admissions
1585 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1289

Call (614) 688-8145

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