MSN - Nurse Midwifery

Prepares students for independent management of low risk women during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods and for primary and gynecologic care of women throughout the life span. Graduates are prepared for collaborative management of women with risk factors. Program graduates are academically eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board. 

Program Highlights

  • The Master of Science in Nursing degree requires 49-51 credit hours of course work.
  • Expert doctorally-prepared midwifery faculty
  • Midwifery philosophy and evidence-based practice threaded throughout curriculum
  • Faculty find CNM preceptors 
  • Variety of clinical placements available throughout WI (Some Northern IL options)
  • Hybrid online NMP courses-best of both worlds "face time" with flexibility
  • Detailed program description

Curricular Plan

Core Courses – 12 Credits

NURS 6000   Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

NURS 6007   Ethics, Policy, and Health Care Advocacy

NURS 6009   Organizational and Systems Leadership

NURS 6010   Research & Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing


Foundation Courses – 9 Credits

NURS 6030   Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 6032   Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 6035   Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan


Specialty Courses – 25-27 Credits

NURS 6037   Management of Episodic Health Problems

NURS 6730   Advanced Concepts in Women’s Health Care Management Across the Lifespan

NURS 6742   Advanced Concepts in Antepartum Management

NURS 6744   Advanced Concepts in Postpartum and Newborn Management

NURS 6746   Professional Issues in APN/DNP Practice

NURS 6751   Advanced Concepts in Labor Support

NURS 6752   Nurse-Midwifery Care During Labor and Birth

NURS 6753   Advance Practice in Nurse Midwifery

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program should have graduated with, or be about to graduate with, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program with an upper division major in nursing.
  • The required minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale is required for the M.S.N. Science GPA of 3.0 is recommended. For graduates of foreign nursing schools, a formal evaluation of their nursing program of study documenting equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must be submitted.
  • Prior to or during the first term of study, all Master of Science in Nursing applicants must have taken undergraduate nursing research and a statistics course which included inferential analysis (must be completed within 5 years of program start date). If the time period of 5 years has been exceeded for the statistics course, it may be possible for applicants to demonstrate proficiency by examination through an approved testing source (list of approved examinations available from the College of Nursing). Applicants who select an advanced practice nursing specialization must have taken an undergraduate course in health assessment.
  • Graduate Record Exam Scores (GRE). Waived if cumulative GPA is 3.200 or higher.
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States. A Wisconsin or eNLC license is required at the time of admission. For students in the Indiana program, an Indiana R.N. license is required.
  • Clinical experience requirements – practice as a professional nurse recommended but not required.
  • BCLS from the American Heart Association, which must be maintained during all programs.
  • Letters of reference: Three completed recommendation forms prepared by previous or present employers and teachers familiar with graduate education in nursing.
  • A written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study in general and midwifery specifically.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges or universities - must reflect undergraduate courses in health assessment, nursing research and statistics (including inferential analysis).
  • (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • A personal interview is required. Applicants who are invited for an interview are notified by email.

Information regarding Graduate School tuition/fees and financial assistance is located on the Graduate School website.


Additional Information

Program Faculty

Karen Robinson, PhD, RN, CNM (Interim Program Director)

Lisa Hanson, PhD, RN, CNM, APNP, FAAN, FACNM

Kathlyn Albert, DNP, CNM, FNP-BC

Kathryn Harrod, PhD, RN, CNM