The Graduate Program in Nurse-Midwifery

The Nurse-Midwifery (NM) program of study has been designed to offer a combination of graduate core courses, advanced practice core and NM specialty courses. This combination prepares our students for practice in the field and simultaneously provides a framework for clinical leadership and policy that is critical for any midwife in practice. The NM program of study provides NM students with a solid foundation in the scientific basis for clinical practice. Students develop the knowledge and skills to provide safe nurse-midwifery care using sound clinical judgment to care for women in the context of her family.

Students in this program are eligible for certification after completing two years and receiving the master of nursing degree. They may also elect to complete an additional year of education and receive the doctor of nursing practice degree. Either option offers a practice-focused curriculum that will support the career trajectory for those pursuing expert clinical practice and leadership as a certified Nurse-Midwife.

What You Will Study and Learn

The Nurse-Midwifery program at OHSU prepares students to meet the unique health care needs of women. Nurse-Midwives provide primary and gynecologic care to women as well as specialty care and support for expecting mothers and their infants. In addition to the reproductive science, students examine the influences of culture; tradition and the social, economic and political forces that influence the health of women. The program strives to prepare compassionate, skilled clinician-scholars willing to address issues that affect the lives of women. All faculty in the program participate in a faculty practice, which serves as a primary learning site for students. Other clinical opportunities are provided in community health centers, health maintenance organizations, migrant health clinics, and private practices. Students receive more than 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice in the program.

The Nurse-Midwifery program offers strong clinical experience with a focus on evidence-based practice. Graduates of the Nurse-Midwifery specialty are eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board.

The Nurse-Midwifery Program is accredited through 2021 by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, Suite 1550, 8403 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 20910, 240 485 1802 web site at

View the ACME letter of Accreditation