Master of Science in Nursing in the Field of Nurse-Midwifery

Application to the MSN program

Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing programs must have an earned Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a current license as a registered nurse with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is preferred. RNs with a Bachelor's degree in another field may apply and, if accepted, will be required to take a bridge course the summer prior to the start of their studies.

Students may apply for admission if they will receive their Bachelor's degree before the first day of classes at GW. Applicants must complete the required applications before the deadline and notify the Admissions Office of their current student status. Admitted students will be required to submit a final transcript reflecting degree conferral before the first day of classes at GW. Satisfactory completion of NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) is required in order to continue in the Masters programs. It is recommended that applicants without relevant nursing work experience attend part time while working as a registered nurse.

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all coursework, though the admission committee reserves the right to interview applicants who have less than a 3.0 GPA for either undergraduate or graduate studies. The GRE is not required for this program.

Degree Requirements

In addition to fulfilling general admission requirements, applicants to Master of Science in Nursing programs must have a BSN from an accredited institution, normally with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a current RN license. Applicants that are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in a related field may be admitted with the condition that they complete a Nursing bridge course prior to the start of their academic program.

Depending upon the program chosen, MSN credit requirements vary from 36 to 48 credit hours. All MSN programs require 9 credits of professional core courses (NURS 6202 Concepts in Population Health,NURS 6203 Nursing LeadershipNURS 6205 HealthPolicy,Quality,Political) and 6 credits of research courses (NURS 6270 NURS 6271 ). Field-specific course requirements follow, with credit indicated in parentheses in the case of courses offered for variable credit.

The master of science in nursing in the field of nurse-midwifery program is a collaboration between GW and Shenandoah University (SU). The program prepares graduates to be eligible for the American Midwifery Certification Board’s national certification exam. The nurse-midwifery degree program at SU is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.  

Core courses required for the MSN are completed through GW, which awards the MSN degree, while the nurse-midwifery didactic and clinical component of the curriculum is fulfilled through SU, which awards the Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery. A versatile distance learning format allows professional nurses to advance their education while continuing to work,and provides students with access to the resources and experts at GW and SU. In addition, there are selected on-campus sessions for skills training and education as well as clinical practicums in sites across the country. Students may choose to enroll in the program on a full- or part-time basis.

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 The following requirements must be fulfilled: 47 credits, including 9 credits in professional core, 6 credits in research, and 13 credits in field-specific courses at GW and 19 credits in nurse-midwifery courses at Shenandoah University. 

Program Requirements

Professional core
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
NURS 6220Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 6222Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
NURS 6234Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing
NM 610
NM 620
NM 630
NM 640
NM 651
NM 652
NM 660

Courses marked as “NM” are taken at Shenandoah University

 Courses in Nurse-Midwifery at Shenandoah University (19 Credits):