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The Nurse-Midwifery (NMW) Education program at the University of Colorado College of Nursing (CU) prepares graduates who are eligible for certification as Certified Nurse-Midwives.

Graduates of our program are eligible to apply for certification by examination from the American Midwifery Certification Board as Certified Nurse-Midwives. Upon successful completion of the board examination, Certified Nurse-Midwives are eligible for licensure in all 50 states, including Colorado (visit the Colorado Board of Nursing APRN application forms page), where licensure is granted as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

The NMW education program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education to offer doctoral (DNP) and master's-level (MS) education and a post-graduate certificate through July 2019.

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Nurse-Midwifery Program Data (2015 - 2017)

  • 100% - Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) pass rate for all test takers
  • 100% - Aggregated Annual American Midwifery Certifiation Board (AMCB) pass rate for first-time and retake test takers
  • 100% - Graduates employed as a Certified Nurse-Midwife one year after graduation (2016)
  • 95% - Aggregated Annual American Midwifery Certifiation Board (AMCB) pass rate for first-time test takers over a three-year period
  • 95% - Graduation rate for full-time and part-time students over a three-year period

CU College of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Philosophy

The University of Colorado Nurse-Midwifery Education Program prepares the next generation of midwives to lead and transform the delivery of women's health care for the women of Colorado and the world, through excellence in clinical practice, education and research.

It is our goal to lead the nation in midwifery education, through clinical and teaching excellence, scholarship, leadership and interprofessional endeavors. We accomplish this objective in the following ways:

  • Education: We offer coursework accessible to Colorado and the Mountain West. Our clinical faculty practice sites provide quality clinical education, and our program provides students with clinical placements in metro Denver and throughout Colorado. As the program seeks to offer quality education to the Mountain West, we will work with students to locate clinical placements in bordering states.
  • Clinical Practice: Our midwifery faculty practices serve the women of our community through the provision of quality care, and they serve the students of CU through quality clinical education. The services of the CU midwifery faculty practices are foundational to midwifery education at CU.
  • Research: CU has been the home to leaders in women's health research, and we strive to contribute to increasing knowledge regarding the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of midwifery care.

Read the entire philosophy statement (PDF).

Plans of Study

The plans of study are currently under review. Coursework and overall credit hours for future students may be different than outlined in the documents below.​

Contact Denise Smith, the specialty director, if you have any questions.


How long will it take to complete the nurse midwifery program?

The NMW program is a 58 semester hour program, completed over seven semesters.

The nurse-midwifery option is rigorous, challenging, and extremely rewarding. During the clinical courses, it is strongly recommended that students do not work, or work as little as possible.

Courses are designated MS core, advanced core and specialty. Many courses are offered on-line for the MS core and the advanced core. The Nurse-Midwifery specialty core is hybrid-online. Hybrid courses are those in which there is some component of the course that requires travel to campus. Typically one week of travel to Denver is required for the last four semesters of the program.

Will I be required to do any clinical experiences?

Yes, 16 credits of practicum (a minimum of 720 contact hours) are required to complete the nurse-midwifery option during the clinical year.

Integration is the opportunity to synthesize all knowledge of the midwifery management process by following a certified nurse-midwife’s schedule. Integration is an eight credit-hour practicum assignment. Clinicals are 40 hours per week.

Will I have to do the clinical in Colorado?

Students usually begin their clinical experiences with the on-campus University of Colorado hospital, UCHealth. Students desiring to complete clinical out of state will be considered upon admission evaluation.

Will this program prepare me to sit for the AMCB certification?

Yes, our courses provide you with the knowledge and skills to take the American Midwifery Certification Board examination.

Can I take a course before I apply?

Yes, you may take up to 12 semester credits as a non-degree seeking student prior to being accepted into the MS program. You must meet all prerequisite requirements of the course you are taking. Non-degree students register on a space available basis during open enrollment just prior to the beginning of the semester. Students enrolled as non-degree seeking are not eligible for financial aid. Please see the Office of Professional Development for more information.

Are there other options for persons who do not have a bachelors in nursing?

Yes, for students who are not RNs, but have a BS/BA in another field our accelerated nursing bachelors program is available.

Are there any expectations outside of the classroom?

Yes. Pre-clinical competencies include (and documents must be in the practice office):

  • CPR
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certification (NRP)
  • Fetal Monitoring course
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Course through the American Academy of Family [] (generally in October for 2 days, a fee is attached)
Can I talk to a graduate of your program?

Yes. Please contact the program directors and indicate what you are interested in doing with your degree and you will be matched with a graduate. The graduate will then e-mail or call you to discuss the program.

Where do graduates of your program work?

Our graduates work in hospitals, birth centers, private practices, educational institutions and public health offices.

What types of jobs are currently available for certified nurse midwives?

Positions in Colorado are posted on the Colorado nurse-midwives website. Positions available nationally are posted on American College of Nurse-Midwives.


What is Urban Underserved Track?

The Urban Underserved Track (previously CU-UNITE) is a longitudinal track started in 2010 by Dr. Allegra Melillo. The Urban Underserved Track (UUT) is designed for students passionate about: working with ethnically and racially diverse populations, serving individuals with limited access to health care and for those interested in working to eliminate inequities in health. The track accepts medical, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students from the School of Medicine, College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program and the Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) program.

Why should I consider it?

If you are passionate about working with ethnically and racially diverse populations, serving the uninsured and those with limited access to health care in urban areas, then UUT is for you. Students completing the UUT curriculum will have a thorough understanding of healthcare disparities and inequities, the multifaceted role of the health care provider in urban communities, and knowledge about health issues of specific populations of patients in urban areas.

For more information, visit the Urban Underserved Track page.​​​​​