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.



Fall 2022 Applications
Priority: 12/01/2021
Final: 05/01/2022



The MSN: Nurse-Midwifery 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

RN to MSN option

*Please note, the RN to MSN Option is being sunsetted and is no longer accepting students. If you are a current RN to BSN student admitted before Spring 2020 and would like to pursue the RN to MSN Option please contact [email protected]. Thank you for your interest.


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 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. View Policy.


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].

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
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 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.


At the conclusion of this MSN program, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate leadership based upon advanced knowledge.

  2. Promote and improve quality in the workplace through quality improvement practices.

  3. Synthesize knowledge of nursing practice, theory and research as a foundation for advanced nursing practice.

  4. Demonstrate continued professional development through ongoing education.

  5. Build an interdisciplinary professional network that includes collaboration and teamwork.

  6. Promote positive changes in health care delivery and nursing practice.

  7. Engage in caring and collaborative relationships with patients/clients for shared decision-making.

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]


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Flexible Format
Some specialties require you to complete a set number of clinical hours to complete the curriculum.
Exceptional Faculty
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Frequently Asked Questions

On-campus requirements vary by program and specialty. Students enrolled in our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program spend the duration of the program on our Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, Virginia.

Most graduate programs are delivered in a distance format with online courses and some on-campus experiences for testing and training, which typically take place in our state-of-the-art simulation facilities at VSTC. For example, nurse practitioner students are required to come to campus for Campus Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI) when enrolled in NURS 6222 and for Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) during their second clinical course. For specific on-campus requirements for graduate programs, please visit the webpage for your respective specialty area of interest.

All nurse practitioner students are also required to complete an end of program skills assessment. During this final on-campus simulation-based learning event, students have an opportunity to showcase their assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and patient management skills.

Students enrolled in our Accelerated or Veteran Bachelor of Science in Nursing program may only attend the program on a full-time basis due to its accelerated format.

Students enrolled in our RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs may only enroll on a part-time basis.

Students enrolled in a graduate program have the ability to enroll in most tracks on a part-time basis. To review your program of study options, visit the MSN, DNP or certificate webpage in the specialty area of your choice. PhD applicants should contact the program director directly.

Students wishing to apply for a student visa in the United States will need to seek sponsorship from George Washington University. At this time, the only program available to students seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa is our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program taught in person in Ashburn, Virginia. For further questions about eligibility, please contact [email protected].