Per the ACNM position statement, Mandatory Degree Requirements for Entry into Midwifery Practice
, a graduate degree is required for entry into midwifery practice. All midwifery education programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
provide the necessary education for graduates to be eligible to take the examination offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)
and become Certified Nurse-Midwives; in addition, two of the education programs provide the necessary education for graduates to be eligible to take the AMCB examination and become Certified Midwives.
The following options may be available at the education program:
Student does every part of the curricula study plan at a distant location, except for occasional retreats. All clinical learning experiences are accomplished in the studentís local or nearby community.
Options for some web based courses that are done at a distance and some campus based courses done on location.
Doctor of Nursing Practice, either post-MS degree or direct from BS to DNP.
Graduate Completion option
For the certificate-prepared midwife who wants to add graduate education.
Certified Midwife option
Graduate midwifery education for the Bachelorís-prepared applicant who is not a nurse. Basic health-related prerequisite courses are required and the graduate is eligible to take the same national certification examination, administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board, as the graduate nurse-midwife. CMs are currently authorized to practice in only 5 states: DE, MO, NJ, NY, RI.