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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.

Please contact admissions at 651.635.8000 or graduate-admissions@bethel.edu for more information on start dates.

Total Credits

57

Approximate Program Length

20 months

Courses

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Nurse-Midwifery IV: Practicum (NURS718)

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

    1 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.

Certification

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.

The American Midwifery Certification exam will be taken by our first graduates in the summer of 2016. Results of the exam will be public information in early 2017. 

Accreditation

The midwifery program at Bethel University is pre-accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME),

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

For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly. 

Phone: 240.485.1802, acme@acnm.org, www.midwife.org/acme

For information about requirements or to apply to our program please contact Jane Wrede at j-wrede@bethel.edu

Accreditation and Program Goals

This is to notify you that the Bethel University Nurse-Midwifery Program will be having an accreditation review by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) on Oct 3-5, 2016.

In accordance with the ACME Policies and Procedures, ACME is seeking written third-party comment concerning the qualifications for accreditation of the following nurse-midwifery programs. These programs will be reviewed for renewal of accreditation and initial accreditation preaccreditation at the February 2017 ACME Board of Review meeting. Upon request, comments will be considered confidential.

Your comments will be included with other program materials undergoing review next February 2017. In all instances, your comments must directly relate to the continuing accreditation of a program and the ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation, (December 2009, Revised June 2013, April 2015, April 2016). This document may be found at http://www.midwife.org/Accreditation under ACME Documents. Please cite the particular criterion of concern in your comments.

All written comments should be sent to the attention of Heather L. Maurer, ACME Executive Director, hmaurer@acnm.org, or mailed to ACME at 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

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