Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Midwifery

A collaboration between the School of Nursing and Shenandoah University (SU), the online registered nurse (RN) to master of science in nursing (MSN), nurse midwifery program is appropriate for both recent and experienced nurses with an associate's degree. The program leads to the completion of the bachelor science in nursing (BSN), MSN, and post-graduate certificate in nurse-midwifery. Students enter the program with up to 84 credits in advanced standing, allowing them to progress quickly through the BSN program while continuing to work as professional nurses. Up to 15 credits from the completed BSN may be applied toward MSN degree requirements.

Students must become licensed as a registered nurse within the first semester of matriculation in the program. In addition, students attend four on-campus experiences related to MSN courses, one at GW (NURS 6222) and three at SU (NM 610, NM 620, and NM 660). Core requirements for the BSN and MSN are completed through GW, which confers both degrees. Nurse-midwifery didactic and clinical components of the curriculum are fulfilled through SU, which awards the post-graduate certificate in nurse-midwifery.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the nationally recognized American Midwifery Certification Board examination for nurse-midwifery. 

Shenandoah University School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. 

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the GW Nursing website for additional information.

Students will complete 700 clinical hours in the certificate portion of the program.

The following requirements are applicable to students who matriculated prior to fall 2018:

Taken as part of BSN
NURS 4119Patient Safety and Health Care Quality (course has an on-campus component)
NURS 4121Nursing Advancement Portfolio
NURS 4417Community and Public Health Nursing
15 Dual Credits
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
Taken as part of MSN (19 credits dual counted with Shenandoah University)
NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
NURS 6220Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 6222Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (course has an on-campus component)
NURS 6234Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing
Taken as part of Nurse-Midwifery certificate
(Courses are taken at Shenandoah University)
NM 610 - Primary Care of Women (3)
NM 620 - Comprehensive Antepartal Care (3)
NM 630 - Midwifery Practicum (3)
NM 640 - Comprehensive Perinatal Care (3)
NM 651 - Integrated Midwifery Internship (5)
NM 652 - Evidence Based Practice Project (1)
NM 660 - Advanced Nurse-Midwifery Role Development (1)

The following requirements are applicable to students who matriculated fall 2018 and after:

Taken as part of BSN
NURS 4119Patient Safety and Health Care Quality
NURS 4121Nursing Advancement Portfolio
NURS 4417Community and Public Health Nursing
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers *
or NURS 4207 Principles of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
15 Dual Credits (If including NURS 6207)
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
Taken as part of MSN (19 credits dual counted with Shenandoah University)
NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
NURS 6220Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 6222Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 6234Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing
Required for Nurse-Midwifery Certificate (Courses are taken at Shenandoah University) **
NM 610 - Primary Care of Women
NM 620 - Comprehensive Antepartal Care
NM 630 - Midwifery Practicum
NM 640 - Comprehensive Perinatal Care
NM 651 - Integrated Midwifery Internship
NM 652 - Evidence Based Practice Project
NM 660 - Advanced Nurse-Midwifery Role Development
*If the student chooses to take NURS 4207 during the BSN, he/she should take NURS 6207 during the MSN portion of the program. **For more information on Shenandoah University courses, visit the program website.