DNP—Nurse-Midwifery

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offers a track in Nurse-Midwifery (NM), which prepares nurses as primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan.

As a nurse-midwife, you will practice in many diverse settings and provide a wide range of women-focused healthcare services. In addition to assisting with the birth process itself, nurse-midwives offer a full spectrum of gynecological and preventative care. This range of care includes routine examinations and treatment through pre- and postpartum counseling and peri- and postmenopausal care.

The UW School of Nursing has been educating nurse-midwives for more than two decades. We work with more than twenty community sites throughout the region, ensuring that our students gain experience with diverse populations.

Sites of practice

Our nurse-midwife graduates work nationally and internationally in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Birthing centers
  • Hospitals
  • Military installations
  • International health agencies

Some become researchers, others educators, though the majority pursue clinical practice.

Curriculum

All Doctor of Nursing Practice tracks are offered as full-time study only.

Year one

Year one of the DNP program is offered in a hybrid format (50 percent in-person, 50-percent distance learning), and requires that you be on campus one day per week. You will complete core DNP academic classwork with peers across all DNP tracks in the School of Nursing. Content of year one courses includes:

  • leadership
  • appraisal and application of evidence to advance practice
  • health equity
  • health systems and policy
  • wellness and health promotion, and
  • quality improvement

Year two

Some DNP courses include distance learning methods, but many courses are in-person and require weekly attendance (generally one to two days per week). Your second year includes track-focused classes, seminars, and clinical experiences.

Year three

As in year two, many courses require in-person attendance with some courses including distance learning methods. In the final year of your program, you will continue clinical training.

In addition, you will work with your supervisory committee to complete a DNP final project in collaboration with a local clinical agency or organization. This project is presented in the form of a final examination.

Role of the DNP

Our DNP program prepares you not only for an advanced practice role but also teaches you how to look at leading-edge research and apply that evidence to your practice.

The DNP program’s additional academic and clinical hours beyond a master’s-level degree gives you a solid foundation to become a leader in the nursing profession. You will work with faculty who are nationally recognized for their research, and also with agencies around the Puget Sound region to gain hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience.

By combining advanced practice nursing skills and knowledge of how to evaluate evidence-based research, you are empowered to become a more efficient and effective practitioner.

National certifications

Upon completion of the Nurse-Midwifery DNP program, students are eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). First-time pass rates for the years 2014 to 2016 were 100%, 100%, and 90% ; the aggregated rate was 96 percent for all students (DNP and Graduate Certificate). The retake pass rate was 100% for students not passing the first-time.

Accreditation

The University of Washington Doctor of Nursing Practice program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2024.

The University of Washington nurse-midwifery DNP and post-graduate certificate programs at are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374. For information about accreditation, contact ACME directly at 240.485.1802, acme@acnm.org or midwife.org/acme.

Graduation rates

For the years 2012 – 2014, the combined graduation rates for the DNP and graduate certificate programs were 70%, 86%, and 100%.  The weighted graduation rate was 93% over the three years.

Notice inviting third party comments

In accordance with ACME Policies and Procedures Manual, and the US Department of Education’s requirements, ACME is seeking written third-party comment concerning the qualifications for accreditation of the University of Washington nurse-midwifery programs.

The programs will be reviewed for renewal of accreditation at the July 2018 ACME Board of Review meeting. Upon request, comments will be considered confidential. Your comments will be included with the materials submitted by the program for review by the Board of Review. 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). This document may be found at 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, 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910.