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.


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 project in collaboration with a local clinical agency or organization as part of your capstone experience. 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 cutting-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

The graduation rate for students who matriculated in 2010 (full-time and part time) was 93%.

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 rate for the years 2010-2013 was 93% and second-time pass rate was 100%.


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 program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240.485.1802,