Why study to be a Nurse Midwife at the University of Florida?
Nurse-midwifery care focuses on the well childbirth needs of the individual and family. The practice of nurse-midwifery encourages continuity of care; emphasizes safe, competent patient care; focuses on non-intervention in normal processes; and promotes health education for women throughout the childbearing cycle. Nurse-midwives practice in hospitals, birth centers and homes, and are affiliated with physicians for consultation and referral.
Nurse-midwives have been recognized for their contributions to reducing infant and maternal mortality, premature births, and low birth weight rates.
The UF Nurse-midwifery track prepares nurses for careers focused on promoting a safe and satisfying childbirth, in which a healthy baby is born to a healthy mother. The program emphasizes caring for women throughout the life span and offers a unique blend of traditional and community-based nurse midwifery education. Content areas include well-woman gynecology, family planning, antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care, primary health care and care of the normal newborn.
Because of the nature of nurse midwifery, clinical experiences occur during days, evening, nights and weekend, and in a variety of geographical locations. These purposes are accomplished through a curriculum which includes research, theory, clinical practice, and scholarly learning. Graduates will be prepared to practice nurse-midwifery according to the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) Core Competencies, the ACNM Standards of Practice, and the ACNM Code of Ethics.
Please be advised, progression in advanced practice nursing tracks requires supervised and precepted experience in specialized clinical settings. Students admitted to APN tracks are advised that they may be required to travel to clinical sites for these experiences, and that if they are unable to their progress in the curriculum will be delayed.
Graduates will have the terminal competencies expected of all University of Florida Master’s Degree graduates in the clinical practice of nurse-midwifery and be eligible to take the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) National Examination upon satisfactory completion of the program. Program outcomes can be found here.
The Nurse-midwifery track is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) (formerly ACNM Division of Accreditation).
Application deadline is March 15. (See below for more details)*
*Note: After March 15, applications to the DNP program will be accepted on a space available basis until May 31st.
Nurse midwifery track applicants should refer to the Doctor of Nursing Practice page for admission criteria and application process information.
Master of Science in Nursing Only Option
During the national transition from the MSN to the DNP, an option will be available for those students whose circumstances prevent completion of the DNP curriculum. Students can elect to complete only the courses required to earn the MSN degree rather than complete the total DNP curriculum. This will require 5 semesters for full-time study or 8 semesters for part-time study. All DNP students are encouraged to continue in the program and earn the DNP, but if some students elect to exit after earning the MSN, they can return as a postmaster’s student to complete the DNP at a later time. Please note that the option to exit with an MSN is temporary.
All general DNP program inquiries should be directed to:
UF College of Nursing
PO Box 100197
Gainesville, FL 32610-0197
For specific information regarding this clinical track, contact:
Dr. Jane Houston
Nurse Midwifery Track Coordinator