What does a Certified Nurse Midwife do?
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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 Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).
The curriculum is designed to facilitate the student’s achievement of the “Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice.”
The nurse-midwifery specialty track is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (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 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.
The five year first-time certification pass rate for American Midwifery Certification Board is 100%.
Nurse Midwifery Specialty Faculty
Penny R. Marzalik, PhD, APRN, CNM, IBCLC, Nurse Midwifery Specialty Program Director
Randee Masciola, DNP, RN, CNP
Lucia Jenkusky, CNM, MS, RN, C-EFM
Sharon Ryan, DNP, CNM, RN
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
- Nursing 7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice
- Nursing 7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics
- Nursing 7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention across the Life Span
- Nursing 7500 Nursing in the American Health Care System
- Nursing 7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship
- Nursing 7410 Advanced Health Assessment
- Nursing 7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States
- Nursing 7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing
- Nursing 7260 Concepts and Issues in Advanced Family Nursing
- Nursing 7280 Conceptual Framework for Nurse-Midwifery
- Nursing 7281 Advanced Reproductive Dynamics
- Nursing 7282 Labor & Delivery 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 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.
A sample curriculum and additional information about the specialty can be found here.
Admissions & Program Information
Traditional Master of Science option
Graduate Entry option
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) 292-4041