Post-Master's Certificate - Nurse Midwifery

This post-master's certificate program prepares the nurse who already has a graduate degree in nursing to become academically eligible for certification as a certified nurse midwife.

Learning outcomes

Graduates are prepared 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. 

The post-master’s certificate curriculum is individually designed based on the course work documented on the transcript of the student’s master’s degree. The number of credits required for the completion of the certificate will vary.

The courses listed are required in the post-master’s curriculum plan unless these courses, or their acceptable equivalent, are documented on the master’s transcript. A minimum of 12 credits is required for the post-master’s certificate

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  • Program Highlights
  • Curricular Plan
  • Admission Requirements
  • Program Faculty
  • 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

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

  • Applicants for a post master’s certificate program must have earned a graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • The required minimum graduate level GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale is required. For graduates of foreign nursing schools, a formal evaluation of their nursing program of study documenting equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees in nursing degree must be submitted.
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States. A Wisconsin or eNLC license is required at the time of admission.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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