Nurse-Midwifery

The nurse-midwifery specialty track prepares graduates for challenging careers as Certified Nurse-Midwives. Coursework, extensive precepted clinical experience and utilization of evidence-based practice allow our students to acquire the knowledge, values and skills necessary for certification as nurse-midwives by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

The nurse-midwifery specialty track at The Ohio State University College of Nursing 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.orgmidwife.org/acme.

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. 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 healthcare professionals.

Our central location, class schedules and preceptors throughout Ohio accommodate both part-time and full-time students. The certification pass rates for the American Midwifery Certification Board includes both full and part-time students:

Year

First Time Pass Rate

Retake Pass Rate

2012

100%

 

2013

100%

 

2014

100%

 

2015

100%

 

2016

86%

100%

2017

86%

100%

Penny Marzalik
Director, Nurse-Midwifery Specialty Track

Message from the Director

The nurse-midwifery specialty track prepares students for a full range of primary healthcare services for women from adolescence beyond menopause. These services include primary care, gynecologic and family planning, preconceptual care, care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, care of the normal newborn during the first 28 days of life, and treatment of male partners for sexually transmitted infections. (ACNM, 2011) 

Skills

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

  • Assume an advanced practice role as a nurse-midwife
  • Put theory and evidence 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
  • Engage in evidence-based practice by identifying clinical problems, evaluating current research and providing care within the context of preceptor clinical expertise and patient preference
  • Adapt professionally to the constantly changing healthcare environment
  • Contribute to the advancement of the profession

Specialty Curriculum

  • Nursing 7260 Concepts and Issues in Advanced Family Nursing
  • Nursing 7280 Conceptual Framework for Nurse-Midwifery
  • Nursing 7281 Advanced Reproductive Dynamics
  • Nursing 7282 Labor & Birth Clinical Immersion
  • Nursing 7288.01 Nurse-Midwifery Clinical Practicum I
  • Nursing 7288.02 Nurse-Midwifery Clinical Practicum II
  • Nursing 7288.03 Nurse-Midwifery Clinical Practicum III
  • Nursing 7288.04 Nurse-Midwifery Clinical Practicum IV

 

Specialty Content and Clinical Experience

Our specialty provides precepted clinical experience in a wide variety of geographic locations and clinical sites throughout Ohio. Students may be required to travel up to three hours with the State of Ohio to complete the clinical requirement. All travel is at the expense of the student. Clinical experience at a minimum of 16 to 32 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 clinical 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.

All nurse-midwifery students are required to publicly present at an in-state professional conference during their last clinical year. This may require travel expenses.

 

Sample curriculum

A sample curriculum for the traditional master's full-time and part-time options, as well as the graduate entry option can be found in the master's in nursing handbook. A sample curriculum for the BSN to DNP can be found in the DNP handbook