Nurse-Midwifery Program (CNM)

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Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery and are certified according to the requirements of the American Midwifery Certification Board.

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What are Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs)?

CNMs provide a range of care for individuals inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations, including pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and care of the newborn. They practice within a health care system that provides for consultation, collaboration, or referral as indicated by the health status of the client, in accordance with the Standards for the Practice of Midwifery, as defined by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

The nurse-midwifery major at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has had continuous accreditation from the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education since 1984. Nurse-midwifery graduates will be eligible to take the certification examination administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board.

How long is the nurse-midwifery program?

The CNM program at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is designed to be completed over 7 to 8 semesters. You can view the standard curriculum on our curriculum webpage. One of the best aspects of the School's certified nurse-midwife program is that the school guarantees placement with a clinical preceptor for each student, which means students do not have to find their own clinical preceptor.

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What is the career outlook for a certified nurse-midwife?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the growth expectation for nurse midwives is strong; BLS data shows a projected occupational growth of 31 percent from 2016 to 2026. (Cited figures accessed in May 2019)

Program Highlights

  • Expert-­Guided Clinical Experiences: Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing nurse-midwifery students work individually with clinical preceptors in various out-patient, in-patient and out­-of-­hospital settings to provide optimal care to women in the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods.
  • Rigorous but Flexible Curriculum: 49 credit hours of courses with varied clinical experiences are required. Graduates are eligible for dual certification in Women's Health.
  • Post­-Master's Certification also available: These certificates are provided based on individual needs and background education.

The nurse-midwifery program at Case Western Reserve University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1230, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly. Tel: 240-485-1803, acme@acnm.orgwww.midwife.org/acme.