Careers: MSN Nurse-Midwifery

Careers: MSN Nurse-Midwifery
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Career opportunities for Nurse-Midwives are likely to be very strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the nurse midwifery workforce will grow by 38 percent from 2022 to 2032, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wages for nurse midwives is $129,650. U.S. News & World Report names Nurse-Midwives #24 on its list of Best Paying Jobs. The University of Cincinnati Nurse-Midwifery Program has a 95% graduation rate for all full-time and part-time students who enter Nurse Midwifery program specialty courses.

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 accordingly. Students graduate prepared to take on careers in this field either independently or as part of a healthcare team.

What You Can do with a Nurse-Midwifery Degree

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 are growing quickly, with many employment opportunities across the country. You can become a certified nurse midwife through the accredited masters 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, nurse midwives can find employment across a spectrum of health facilities, such as hospitals, clinical settings and private practices.

Required Certifications and Training for Nurse-Midwifery

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. 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 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.


Graduates earning their MSN in Nurse-Midwifery have the potential to move on to successful careers as a nurse-midwife. Below you’ll find data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reports job outlook and salaries based on national data.

Occupation Median Wage Projected Growth
Nurse Midwives $129,650 5-8%