Nurse Midwifery

What does a Certified Nurse Midwife do?

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 at The Ohio State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240-485-1802,

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

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 Courses

  • 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

Specialty Courses

  • 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.

Sample curriculum

A sample curriculum and additional information about the specialty can be found here.

Admissions & Program Information

Traditional Master of Science option
Graduate Entry option 
Post-Master’s 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