The nurse-midwifery 'core curriculum' is designed to prepare safe, entry-level graduate midwives and is shared by students in the MN, DNP and GCPAPN programs. It is based upon the requirements for nurse-midwifery preparation as defined in the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice (midwife.org). The core graduate nurse-midwifery curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to master content in the following areas related to nurse-midwifery practice:
- Physiology and pathophysiology: general, reproductive, pregnancy, fetal and neonatal
- Pharmacology: primary care, women's health and perinatal pharmacology
- Clinical management: women's primary care, reproductive care, care during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum periods and care of the newborn
- Psychosocial issues around reproduction and parenting
- Cultural literacy (including the option for rural and international clinical experiences)
- Leadership, Professional role and issues
- Research methods and the application of evidence to clinical practice
The core curriculum also involves clinical practica, taken in conjunction with clinical seminars, which provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the management of women's primary care, reproductive care, prenatal and postpartum care, labor and birth, and newborn care under the guidance of expert clinicians. The clinical practica are completed in six sequential quarters and providing students with approximately 1,500 hours of clinical practice experience, both inpatient and outpatient. Students are expected to demonstrate progressive mastery of the required clinical skills set each quarter.
The MN curriculum is designed to provide nurse-midwifery masters degree graduates with a solid foundation in clinical science, evidence-based practice, methods of systematic inquiry and professional leadership skills. The DNP curriculum adds additional coursework and synthesis experiences in advanced methods of systematic inquiry and application of clinical practice and advanced professional leadership skills. The GCPAPN curriculum is individualized based upon the student's prior graduate nursing education and experience.
Midwifery Certificate Program
The midwifery curriculum will be individualized for GCPAPN students, but will require completion of the core graduate nurse-midwifery curriculum. Prior to final acceptance in to the program, applicants will meet with midwifery program faculty in order to develop an individualized, mutually agreed upon curriculum plan. This curriculum is in keeping with the requirements for nurse-midwifery preparation as defined in the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice.