For Career Changers
Midwifery attracts people from all walks of life. No matter what your age, lifestyle, or professional background, there’s an educational path that will help you to become a midwife.
If you have a BA/BS degree and want to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM):
- There are many programs that first offer the courses necessary to become a registered nurse (RN) and follow with graduate courses in midwifery. Most of these programs require 3 years of full-time study or its part-time equivalent. Click here for a complete list of programs.
- When you graduate from an Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) (formerly the ACNM Division of Accreditation (DOA)) accredited program, you are eligible to take the national certification exam.
- As a CNM, you will be legally qualified to practice in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
If you have a BA/BS degree and want to become a Certified Midwife (CM):
- There are currently two accredited education programs to become a CM. The programs require a solid science background from courses like biology, microbiology, chemistry, human anatomy, and physiology.
- As a graduate of one of these midwifery programs, you will be eligible to sit for the same national certification exam that nurse-midwifery graduates take.
- As a CM, you will be legally qualified to practice in 5 states: Delaware, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
If you do not have a college degree:
Midwifery requires graduate-level education. If you have not yet earned a BA/BS, click here.
Distance-Based Midwifery Programs
If you are unable to relocate, there are many distance midwifery programs that may meet your needs. Distance programs require you to receive your clinical education from a practicing CNM/CM in your home or nearby community. Contact the program of your choice for more specific information about requirements.