Graduates of our Master’s in Nurse-Midwifery program are excellent communicators and passionate healthcare professionals dedicated to working with women holistically throughout the birthing process. As more women begin to appreciate the advantages of using a midwife in addition to obstetrical care, the field of midwifery is growing. Students graduate prepared to take on careers in this field either independently or as part of a healthcare team.
A career in nurse-midwifery is ideal for medical professionals who are passionate about working with patients on their sexual and reproductive health. Nurse-midwife jobs and career opportunities are expanding quickly across the country. You can become a certified nurse-midwife through the accredited master’s program at UC Online and set the stage for a lifetime of exciting career opportunities working in women’s and perinatal healthcare.
The responsibilities of nurse-midwives within their workplace can vary widely depending on their patients and scope of work. Generally, they provide services to women, especially as it pertains to reproductive and sexual health. This can include gynecological exams, family planning assistance and prenatal care. Midwives can also serve as primary care providers for men and women who need sexual or reproductive care and guidance.
Certified nurse-midwives often work with pregnant women and women hoping to become pregnant. They help deliver babies and manage high-risk pregnancies, providing care during labor complications and emergencies, and are often present to assist physicians who perform cesarean births. They offer care and guidance throughout the entire pregnancy process, including postpartum.
Due to the many duties that can fall to nurse-midwives, they can find employment across a spectrum of health facilities, such as hospitals, clinical settings and private practices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for nurse-midwives is $103,640, ranging up to $143,650 and above depending upon experience and geographical location.
Since 2010, it has been required that registered and certified nurse-midwives obtain a master’s degree and pass the certification exam from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). The online master’s degree in nurse-midwifery offered through UC Online is specially designed to cover topics relevant to nurse-midwife careers and to prepare graduates for their AMCB certification exam.
Certified nurse-midwives are licensed health practitioners with prescriptive authority in all 50 states. Each state has different regulations regarding online education and healthcare practitioners. Prospective students should visit our state by state overview and contact the relevant regulatory board in their state of residence before enrolling in UC Online.
Once certified, nurse-midwives must maintain certification every five years by completing certification training modules, continuing education courses and paying annual fees. Alternatively, they can retake the certification exam and pay a five-year cumulative fee to maintain their certification.
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Each Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program can be done in as little as two years. There are additional options available for several programs that allow students to take these programs at a slower pace. Although these options extend the length of the selected program, they often make it a more feasible option for the student.
The Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is a part-time program built to be completed in four semesters, or one year and four months. The Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner program has no set time frame due to the extremely customizable nature of the curriculum.
Yes. The vast majority of our students work throughout their time in their academic program. It is important to assess course load and financial aid to understand how to balance school and working.
If possible, students may cut down on their work hours during a clinical portion of a program.
Most of our programs do not require onsite visits, but there are a couple of exceptions.
If you are interested in pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Midwifery, you will have two skills intensives that take place on campus. The Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program has one onsite visit that occurs during the first semester.
The University of Cincinnati is one of the first institutions to offer online courses. Innovation in education is at the forefront of what we do. We have expanded the convenience and quality of our online learning to online degree programs. Today, we offer nearly 100 degrees from undergraduate to doctoral programs.
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