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Post-Bachelor's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Nurse Midwife
Advanced Practice Major

The primary focus of the DNP - Nurse Midwife program is the care and management of well-women's primary and reproductive health care needs throughout the life span. Certified nurse midwives provide preconception counseling, care during pregnancy and childbirth, immediate newborn care, gynecological services and care of the peri-menopausal and post-menopausal woman. Priority consideration for admission is given to candidates living in or willing to work in underserved areas or in other areas with critical maternal and infant indicators.

Graduates from the KU Nurse Midwife program are employed in privately-owned OB/GYN practices, hospital-based midwifery practices, birth centers, family planning clinics, family practice locations, and health departments. They are working in academic institutions, military hospitals, and federally-qualified health centers.

The nurse midwife curriculum requires 76 credit hours of coursework. The majority of required courses are available online. Attendance on campus at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City is required for NRSG 810 Advanced Health Assessment. During the 19-credit hour Midwifery Specialty Core, students will come to the KU Medical Center two to five times each semester for clinical seminars. Students also participate in synchronous learning by meeting as a group, online, with audio/computer interface each week for three hours.

Clinical practice sites are generally located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but may extend across the state of Kansas and other communities where students are located. Clinical hours in the Midwifery courses are arranged with the course coordinator at the beginning of each semester. Please review the preceptor process for more information.

Graduates of the Nurse Midwife program are eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board and to apply for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license. KU students have a 91% pass rate on the AMCB certification exam since the program began. Results include first-time pass rates plus retakes. The program has a 94% overall graduation rate. (2011 data)

Application for accreditation of the Nurse-Midwifery DNP Program has been made to the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, 8403 Colesville Rd, Suite 1550, Silver Springs, MD, 20910-6374; 240-485-1800. Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. Information for students may be found at

Summary of Course Requirements

Common Core


Credit Hrs.

NRSG 748

Theories for Practice and Research: Individual, Family, Community


NRSG 754

Health Care Research


NRSG 755

Health Care Professionalism: Issues and Roles


Advanced Practice Core

NRSG 731

Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics


NRSG 806

Advanced Physiology


NRSG 810

Advanced Health Assessment


NRSG 812

Advanced Pathophysiology


NRSG 813

Applied Drug Therapy


Nurse Midwifery Specialty Core

NRSG 835/838

Primary Care of Women Through the Lifespan & Practicum

3 & 2

NRSG 830/831

Care of Women in the Antepartal Period & Practicum

2 & 2

NRSG 832

Nurse Midwifery in the Neonatal Period


NRSG 835/837 Nurse Midwifery in the Intrapartal/Postpartum Period & Practicum 3 & 2
NRSG 840 Care of Women Integration Practicum 4

DNP  Core


NRSG 808

Social Context for Health care Policy


NRSG 804

Interpreting Research for Applied Science


NRSG 941

Preparing the Doctoral Leader


PRVM 800

Principles of Epidemiology




NRSG 980

Capstone Project for DNP


DNP Specialty Area: Nurse Midwifery


Student selects 15 credits of DNP specialty courses, in nursing or other related disciplines

15 total

Total Credits Required for DNP degree


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