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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing


Master's Specialties


The nurse-midwifery option 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 option is accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives through July, 2019.

American College of Nurse-Midwives
Accreditation Council for Midwifery Education
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1150
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(240) 485-1500

Nursing Post Masters Certificate ‑ Nurse Midwifery​

A post-graduate certificate is available in this specialty.  Please see the overview of the post-graduate certificate.

CNM Refresher Course

An individualized refresher program is available for certified nurse-midwives who have been out of practice for a time and desire re-entry into practice. Contact program director with any questions regarding the refresher program. 

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. ​

Nurse-Midwifery Gainful Employment Disclosure

Universityof Colorado Nurse-Midwifery Program Data (2013-2015)​

Program Plan

This specialty is designed to meet the educational and clinical competency requirements for professional certification by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), as well as the requirements for a master of science degree. Certified nurse-midwives are placed on the Advanced Practice Registry in Colorado.

Master of Science in Nursing Core Courses
Advanced Practice Core Courses Required for Specialty Option
Advanced Practice Nursing: Nurse-Midwifery
Course Title Credits
NURS 6755-58: Advanced Practicum 14
NURS 6113: Studies In Health Promotion & Lifestyle 2
NURS 6477: Primary Health Care of Children: Well Child Care (Newborn credit) 1
NURS 6847: Acute & Chronic Alt. for woman  2
NURS 6372: Care During Pregnancy and Birth 3
NURS 6352: High Risk Pregnancy 2
NURS 6343: Women’s Gynecologic Health Care 3
Minimum Specialty Total 26
Total Credits for NMW


The specialty program plan outlines the courses that are offered for the nurse-midwifery program.​


Graduate nurse-midwifery education promotes leadership, advocacy and academic excellence toward improving the health of women and families worldwide based on a broad foundation in the arts, sciences and humanities.

Click here for the Nurse Midwife Core Comptencies PDF​


We have a cadre of extremely well-qualified faculty and associates who teach, conduct research and serve as preceptors and mentors for our students. Our faculty are extremely committed to the discipline of nurse-midwifery and serve on many national and international boards, they're leaders in professional organizations and are researchers. Please view our award winning faculty here (please look for CNM credentials for our NM faculty). 

The University Hospital has two nurse-midwifery faculty practices, the University Nurse-Midwives and the Center for Midwifery. Both practices see women and their families at the University of Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus in the Anschutz Outpatient and Inpatient Pavilions. For more information, visit the University Hospital website.

Program Directors 

​Priscilla Nodine, PhD, CNM
Assistant Professor
Suzanne Carrington, DNP, CNM
University Nurse Midwives​


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University of Colorado 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.
Replaces NMW Option Philosophy 1998, 2004