MSN: Nurse-Midwifery

The MSN: Nurse-Midwifery program option is a collaboration between the George Washington University School of Nursing, which awards an MSN, and Shenandoah University, which awards a post-graduate certificate.

The program stresses the integration of research and nurse-midwifery practice with a strong emphasis on women’s health and primary care from antepartal and perinatal care through postpartum and neonatal care and role development.

This path prepares graduates as nurse-midwives who are eligible to sit for the national certification exam given by the American Midwifery Certification Board.

Shenandoah University's Nurse-Midwifery Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).  Please visit Shenandoah University Nurse-Midwifery for specific accreditation information.

* Note: The field of study in Nurse-Midwifery is a collaborative option between George Washington University School of Nursing and Shenandoah University.

Who Should Apply

If you’re already working as a nurse and are interested in advancing your education to integrate research and practice in women’s health and primary care, you should consider our MSN: Nurse-Midwifery program.

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About the Program

Complete applications that are submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed first. Applications do not have to be verified by the priority deadline, only completed and submitted. Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected]

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A completed application includes the following components:

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Preferred scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Active and unencumbered nursing licensure



  1. GW Nursing is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer an approved nursing curriculum. View available states.


The MSN: Nursing Leadership and Management program consists of 47 (52 for RN to BSN) credit hours and clinical hours that are managed by Shenandoah University faculty and staff. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director, Mayri Leslie.


Programs of Study

MSN options

Nurse-Midwifery program of study (fall entry, part-time)

Nurse-Midwifery program of study (fall entry, full-time)


RN to MSN option

RN-MSN Nurse-Midwifery program of study (fall entry, part-time)



For full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.


Courses presented by GW Nursing

  • NURS 6202: Concepts in Population Health (3)

  • NURS 6203: Nursing Leadership (3)

  • NURS 6205: Health Policy, Quality and Political Processes (3)

  • NURS Evidence Based Practice for Health Care Researchers (3)

  • NURS 6208: Biostatistics for Health Care Researchers (3)

  • NURS 6220: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3)

  • NURS 6222: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (4)

  • NURS 6233: Genetics for Health Care Providers (3)

  • NURS 6234: Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing (3)


Courses Presented by Shenandoah University

  • NM 610: Primary Care of Women (3)

  • NM 620: Comprehensive Antepartal Care (3)

  • NM 630: Midwifery Practicum (3)

  • NM 640: Comprehensive Perinatal Care (3)

  • NM 651: Integrated Midwifery Internship (5)

  • NM 652: Evidence-Based Practice Project (1)

  • NM 660: Advanced Nurse-Midwifery Role Development (1)


Additional Requirements

1. Virtual New Student Orientation

You will be required to complete the Virtual New Student Orientation, which provides the knowledge and tools needed to be successful at GW Nursing. You will learn about the academic resources available to you, program requirements, course registration, online technology and other expectations. You will also connect with faculty members, advisers and your fellow students.

2. Campus Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI)

You are required to successfully complete NURS 6222 Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning, which prepares you to perform a complete history and physical examination.

3. Initial Antepartal and Primary Care Skills Training

In the fall of your final year, you will go to Shenandoah University for classes and skills training before beginning initial antepartal and primary care clinical experiences.

4. Perinatal Skills Training

In the spring of your final year, you will again go to Shenandoah University again for five days to participate in classes and skills training before beginning perinatal clinical experiences.


Technology Requirements

Beginning fall 2018, each student admitted to the MSN program is expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use.

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Sites and preceptors for the nurse-midwifery clinical portion of the program are managed by Shenandoah University faculty and staff. You will be asked to help to find and secure sites. You may be asked to travel for clinical experience. You can get further information by contacting Shenandoah University's program coordinator.


Karen Johnson Feltham CNM, PhD

Midwifery Program Director

Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA

[email protected]


Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted, and is listed under “School of Nursing” by the university’s Student Accounts Office. Rates vary by program and are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at GW Nursing.