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Master of Science

Bethel’s M.S. in Nurse-Midwifery program offers the credentials to provide healthcare to women of all ages, including primary care as well as prenatal, birth, newborn, and gynecological care. Gain the skills to practice in clinics, hospitals, and birth centers in underserved communities, in rural and urban settings, and around the world.


Online with Intensives

You'll complete coursework online, with 1 week of on-campus intensives each year.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Fall 2020

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

2-3 years


  • Midwifery Perspectives (NURS602)

    Understand the historical, cultural, and societal influences for the development of nurse-midwifery care and the midwifery profession.

    3 credits

  • Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses (NURS606)

    Enhance knowledge and skills of history taking, physical assessment, and clinical reasoning from a holistic perspective in order to prepare for practice as a nurse-midwife.

    4 credits

  • Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (NURS611)

    Nurse-Midwifery application of the principles of pharmacotherapy to promote health and manage illness from a client-centered perspective for diverse populations across the lifespan.

    3 credits

  • Nurse-Midwifery I: Healthcare for Women and Primary Care (NURS614)

    Integrates theory and evidence, related to gynecological and primary care, for holistic management and support of womens health throughout the lifespan.

    4 credits

  • Global Perspectives of Health (NURS615)

    Development of a global perspective on social determinants of health. Integration of concepts of interprofessional collaboration including the disciplines of epidemiology, ecology, economics, politics, and religion in determining culturally responsive strategies to improve health.

    3 credits

  • Nurse-Midwifery II: Antepartal Care (NURS616)

    Integrates theory and evidence related to normal and high-risk antepartal care.

    3 credits

  • Nurse-Midwifery III: Intrapartum and Postpartum Care (NURS617)

    Integrates theory and evidence related to intrapartal and postpartum care.

    4 credits

  • Nurse-Midwifery IV: Newborn Care (NURS618)

    Integrates theory and evidence related to care of the healthy newborn.

    2 credits

  • Fetal Evaluation (NURS619)

    Integrates theory and evidence related to evaluation of antepartal and intrapartal fetal status.

    1 credits

  • Reproductive Physiology for Advanced Practice Nurses (NURS620)

    Analysis of the normal physiologic basis for reproduction in humans that serves as the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management for nurse midwives.

    3 credits

  • Evidence Translation for Practice (NURS626)

    Overview of nursing research process and methodologies, with an emphasis on critical appraisal of evidence for improving nursing practice.

    3 credits

  • Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS673)

    Analysis of the physiologic basis for manifestations of altered structure and function. Differences in physiologic responses to health and illness in diverse populations across the lifespan are addressed from a nursing perspective.

    3 credits

  • Nurse-Midwifery I: Practicum (NURS714)

    Applies the midwifery management process, theory, and evidence to provide holistic gynecological and primary care for women throughout the lifespan.

    2 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS716

  • Nurse-Midwifery II: Practicum (NURS716)

    Applies the midwifery management process, theory, and evidence to provide holistic care for normal and high-risk childbearing families.

    2 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS714

  • Nurse-Midwifery III: Practicum (NURS717)

    Applies the midwifery management process, theory, and evidence to provide holistic care during labor, birth, and the postpartum period.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS718

  • Nurse-Midwifery IV: Practicum (NURS718)

    Applies the midwifery management process, theory, and evidence to provide holistic care to the healthy newborn.

    1 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS717

  • Professional Issues for Nurse-Midwives (NURS753)

    Understand the political and economic bases of nurse-midwifery practice. Enhance knowledge of professional issues that impact the practicing APN.

    4 credits

  • Clinical Integration for Nurse-Midwives (NURS754)

    Integrates, applies, and reflects upon the midwifery management process, theory, and evidence to provide holistic care to women across the lifespan and the healthy newborn in a variety of settings.

    7 credits

  • Nurse-Midwifery Master's Project (NURS793)

    Application of key components of the research process with a focus on critical review of the literature exploring nurse-midwifery problems defined in collaboration with clinical partners. Format: Seminar.

    2 credits

This program fulfills the licensure requirements in the state of Minnesota. To obtain this license, you’ll need to pass a standard exam. While our program prepares you for the exam, we cannot guarantee you’ll pass the exam. If you want to obtain this license in a state other than Minnesota, you’ll need to check that state’s requirements for licensure.

The Nurse-Midwifery program is offered in both a 2-year (pdf) and a 3-year (pdf) schedule.

Time Commitment

The M.S. in Nurse-Midwifery is a rigorous program with summers off. You'll be automatically registered for your courses each term and progress through the program with your cohort. It is recommended that Nurse-Midwifery students not work full time while enrolled in this program.


In the program, you'll earn a Master of Science. In order to practice as a certified nurse-midwife, you'll need to take a certifying board examination similar to the NCLEX exam you took to become a registered nurse. Our graduates have a 100% overall pass rate on the certification exam.


Bethel University cannot confirm whether courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of Minnesota. Students should contact their program's licensing bureau to determine whether Bethel's program meets requirements for licensure in their state.

Nurse-Midwife Accreditation and Program Goals

The midwifery program at Bethel University is fully accreditated by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME),

For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly. 

Phone: 240.485.1802,,
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374

For information about requirements or to apply to our program please contact Jane Wrede at

Learn more about the Midwifery program's goals, outcomes, and graduate performance on certification exams.

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