How To Become A Midwife
How To Become A Midwife:
How do I become a midwife?
The most common educational path to becoming a certified nurse midwife (CNM) involves earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and completing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with a focus in midwifery. The MSN or DNP program must be accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and graduates must pass a national certification exam from the American Midwifery Certification Board to practice.
An RN with an associates degree in nursing or a nursing certificate might be able to complete an RN-to-BSN program that will qualify for an MSN program. These programs typically allow registered nurses to obtain a BSN within 1-2 years.
Most US schools for midwifery require a bachelor’s degree before enrollment. Some schools might accept an RN without a bachelor’s degree, but the candidate may be asked to enroll in a “bridge program” that leads to a bachelor’s degree in nursing before being officially accepted in a midwifery program. There are also reputable and accredited online midwifery courses that some colleges offer.
Can I become a midwife without being a nurse?
The best legal way for becoming a midwife without being a registered nurse is the direct-entry midwife path.
Read the Direct-Entry Midwifery section for more information on this alternate path to becoming a midwife.