The nurse-midwifery specialty prepares the graduate to provide safe, competent and satisfying care to women and their families during the childbearing years, as well as woman's primary care health issues across the life span. This includes prenatal care, attendance at births, well woman care, family planning, normal newborn care, peri and menopausal care, treatment and diagnosis of common health problems.
The nurse-midwifery specialty is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Midwifery Education (ACME) through July 2019.
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Nurse-Midwifery Program Data (2014 - 2016)
- 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)
- 94% - Aggregated Annual American Midwifery Certifiation Board (AMCB) pass rate for first-time test takers
- 91% - Graduation rate for full-time and part-time students
UC College of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Philosophy
Students learn in an institutional environment that values diversity and promotes diverse viewpoints and perspectives. Knowledge and skills required for professional nurse-midwifery education are acquired through evidence-based practice based on applied and basic research, relationship-centered care, holistic philosophies, and the ethical delivery of healthcare for women and their families across the lifespan.
Students learn to develop compassionate, culturally sensitive partnerships with women and their families while caring for diverse patient populations in a variety of environments. Students learn to support individualistic ideals of health and healing through the art of being present; the science of applying research; and the ethical principles of respecting self-determination in health care decisions made by women and their families. Managing ethical, cost-effective healthcare for women across the lifespan is afforded students as they advocate for social justice initiatives.
Students bring individual experiences, talents and skills. From an educational perspective, these are potentials to be recognized and strengths to be developed. The learning environment emphasizes respect for the dignity and worth of each student’s individuality, their learning needs and learning style. Reflective practice is encouraged and guided by theory based on the best evidence available supporting life-long learning.
The practice of nurse-midwifery is based on the Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice, The Standards for the Practice of Nurse-Midwifery and the Code of Ethics as promulgated by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. 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. The normalcy of the woman’s life cycle is promoted. 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.