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M.S.N. Concentration in Nurse-Midwifery Program
The MSN Concentration in Nurse Midwifery is a collaboration of The George Washington University (GWU) and Shenandoah University1. The MSN Degree is awarded by the GWU School of Nursing and a “Certificate of Endorsement in Nurse-Midwifery” is awarded by Shenandoah University. The Nurse-Midwifery Program at Shenandoah University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education2. Core level courses required for the MSN are completed through GWU and the nurse-midwifery didactic and clinical component of the curriculum is fulfilled through Shenandoah University. The program prepares graduates as nurse-midwives who are eligible to sit for the national certification exam given by the American Midwifery Certification Board3.
With a versatile distance-based format, the program allows professional nurses to advance their education while working, but also provides students with a rigorous curriculum and access to the resources and experts at GW and SU. In addition, there are selected on-campus sessions for skills training and education as well as clinical practica in sites across the country. Learners may choose to take the program on full-time (2-year) or part-time (3-year) basis.
The program stresses the integration of research and nurse-midwifery practice with a strong emphasis on delivering high-quality, patient-centered care. Program content includes core courses such as pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, research and leadership. Midwifery content focuses on the nurse-midwifery management process in women’s health and primary care throughout the lifespan, antepartal, perinatal, postpartal, and neonatal care and role development. More than 720 hours of clinical experience are offered in all aspects of the midwifery process in a wide variety of ambulatory and community sites, including rural and medically underserved health care settings. The nurse-midwifery curriculum is competency-based, so numbers of experiences take precedence over hours of clinical requirements. Both didactic and clinical experiences prepare the nurse-midwifery student to care for the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health of women and their families.
In the 2012 U.S. News & World Report’s evaluation of online education programs, the GWU School of Nursing online graduate programs ranked No. 1 for Faculty Credentials and Training out of 39 ranked programs and No. 6 for Teaching Practices and Student Engagement out of 82 ranked programs.