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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, MD 20910
(240) 485-1802​

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.


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What is CU - UNITE?

The Colorado Urban UNderserved Interprofessional Health Training & Education track (CU-UNITE) is a new longitudinal curriculum for students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program and the Child Health Associate/ Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Program. The CU-UNITE track is specially designed for students interested in working with urban underserved communities. The track will provide the skills and support needed for future health care providers serving urban underserved populations.

Note: This track is open only to students who have been accepted into the program.

Why Should I Consider CU - UNITE?

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 CU-UNITE is for you. Students completing the CU-UNITE 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 CU-UNITE page.​​​



The midwifery education program at CU is based on the Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice (PDF). Students learn the nurse-midwifery management process through the application of scientific research and the teachings of nurse-midwifery mentors who are not only expert in the subject matter they teach, but also in the art and science of adult professional education. Teaching/learning occurs best within an interdisciplinary health care team setting. A core level of safe, competent practice must be achieved prior to completion of the graduate nurse-midwifery educational option specialty.

Midwifery practice by Certified Nurse- Midwives (CNMs) and Certified Midwives (CMs) is defined by the American College of Nurse-Midwives:

"...encompass[ing] a full range of primary health care services for women from adolescence beyond menopause. These services include primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care, care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, care of the normal newborn during the first 28 days of life, and treatment of male partners for sexually transmitted infections. Midwives provide initial and ongoing comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment. They conduct physical examinations; prescribe medications including controlled substances and contraceptive methods; admit, manage and discharge patients; order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests and order the use of medical devices. Midwifery care also includes health promotion, disease prevention, and individualized wellness education and counseling. These services are provided in partnership with women and families in diverse settings such as ambulatory care clinics, private offices, community and public health systems, homes, hospitals and birth centers."

You can read more about the scope of midwifery practice here: Definition of Midwifery and Scope of Midwifery Practice of Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives.​