7 Important Nurse Midwife School and Career Questions Answered

What careers can I pursue as a nurse midwife?

Nurse-midwives can work on their own, in a private practice, hospital and various other medical settings. They can also work in the field of public policy and work toward improving the field of midwifery.

What degree path can I take?

You’ll need a master’s degree to work as a midwife, but there are several paths you can take to get there. There are RN-to-BSN programs, which make you eligible to apply for a Master’s in Nursing (MSN). Or, you can enroll in an RN-to-MSN program which allows registered nurses to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously.

How do I choose a specialization?

Nurse-midwifery is a specialization within the general nursing field. In order to receive the proper training and education, you’ll need to choose this specialization before applying to MSN programs. Once you’ve made the decision, you can research accredited nurse-midwife programs.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Financial aid is available from a variety of sources, and most commonly the government. You’ll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered. Other types of financial aid include a variety of scholarships, grants, private loans and PLUS loans. Read our Nursing Financial Aid article to understand all of your options and begin making your “paying-for-school” plan.

What type of accreditation should a nursing school have?

Nurse-midwifery schools should be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing(ACEN), the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the American College of Nurse-Midwives Division of Accreditation (ACNM).

How do I become licensed to work as a nurse-midwife?

Licensure requirements differ from state to state for midwives. Becoming certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board is one of the steps toward becoming licensed. An active RN license is also a requirement. Check with your state’s board of nursing to get exact details on licensing.

What continuing education requirements should I expect throughout my career?

The American College of Nurse Midwives offers many continuing education classes that are approved by state boards of nursing. Since each state differs, consult your nursing board to find out how many credits you need to fulfill and how often.

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