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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 2021

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

2-3 years


  • Midwifery Perspectives (NURS602)

    Analysis of both historical perspectives and current societal influences with consideration of how each have impacted the development of nurse-midwifery and the midwifery profession.

    3 credits

  • Advanced Health Assessment (NURS606)

    Use of comprehensive and systematic health history to identify patient health status and health promotion needs. Demonstration of the ability to conduct a systematic physical examination with a caring presence and in a proficient manner. Use of evidence based standards to develop relevant diagnoses and plans of care across the lifespan.

    4 credits

  • Advanced Pharmacology (NURS611)

    Application of the principles of pharmacotherapy to promote health and manage illness from a client-centered perspective for diverse populations across the lifespan. Consideration of both ethical and legal implications in relation to the process of drug use from development through distribution and administration. Inclusion of complementary and alternative therapies that are evidence-based.

    3 credits

  • Nurse-Midwifery I: Gynecologic, Reproductive, and Sexual Health for Advanced Practice Nurses (NURS614)

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

    4 credits

  • Nurse-Midwifery II: Antepartal Care (NURS616)

    Management of antepartal care using evidence-based practice guidelines as well as laboratory and diagnostic studies. Determination of health promotion needs and plan of care including deviations from normal during pregnancy. Consideration of the impact of personal and professional ethics and beliefs while providing advanced practice nursing 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 man¬agement for nurse midwives.

    3 credits

  • Primary Care for Advanced Practice Nurses (NURS622)

    Presentation of the concepts of person-centered primary care from adolescence through the lifespan. Use of evidence-based resources to detect and prevent common health problems, and to compare management options from a holistic perspective within the context of family and community. Incorporation of inclusiveness and respect of diverse backgrounds, identities, and patient’s personal belief systems.

    3 credits

  • Evidence Translation for Practice (NURS626)

    Analysis of the research process, including critical appraisal of literature, to address questions related to advanced practice nursing. Application of an evidence-based model to problems in advanced practice nursing. Consideration of the role of ethical principles and Christian faith perspectives as they relate to theoretical perspectives, research methods, and evidence dissemination strategies.

    3 credits

  • Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS673)

    Analysis of the physiologic basis for manifestations of altered structure and function from an advanced practice nursing perspective. Consideration of differences in physiologic responses to health and illness in diverse populations across the lifespan. Use of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention to evaluate management of homeostasis disruptions.

    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: Intrapartum Practicum (NURS719)

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

    4 credits

  • 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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