MSN: Nurse-Midwifery

Review for Pre-Accreditation

The Nurse-Midwifery track in the MSN Program at The George Washington School of Nursing (GW SON), will be undergoing review for pre-accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). A site visit is scheduled for April 18-20, 2023 and the program will be reviewed at the July 2023, ACME Board of Review Meeting.

In accordance with ACME Policies and Procedures, ACME is seeking third party comments. ACME invites interested parties to submit written third-party comments concerning the qualifications of the newly proposed midwifery program at GW SON that is seeking ACME pre-accreditation. Using the ACME Third Party Comments form, we invite you to submit these comments to Angela Smith, ACME Executive Director, [email protected], or via postal mail to ACME/Attn: Angela Smith at 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1230, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Comments can be submitted prior to the site visit April 18-10, 2023 or 45 days May 15, 2023 before the Board of Review meeting.

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.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2023

Application Open: Not accepting applications for Fall 2023



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, Suzan Ulrich, DrPH, CNM, FACNM.

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 6207: 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 (2)
  • NM 612: Women's Health (2)
  • NM 620: Comprehensive Antepartal Care (2)
  • NMLB 624: Midwifery Practicum I (3) 180 hours
  • NMLB 630: Midwifery Practicum II (4) 240 hours
  • NM 640: Comprehensive Perinatal Care (3)
  • NM 641: Perinatal Complications (2)
  • NM 651: Integrated Midwifery Internship (5) 300 hours
  • NM 652: Evidence-Based Practice Project (1)
  • NM 660: Advanced Nurse-Midwifery Role Development (2)

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.
No Prerequisites

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.

Penny R. Marzalik, PhD, APRN-CNM, IBCLC
Midwifery Program Director
Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing
Shenandoah University
Winchester, VA
[email protected]

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