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The certified nurse-midwife (CNM) independently provides care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. The CNM scope of practice includes gynecologic care, family planning, preconception care, and care of the healthy newborn for the first 28 days of life. CNMs provide primary care to individuals across the life span, inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Care may be provided in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, private practice, community health centers, ambulatory clinics, hospitals, birthing centers and the home setting.

As a graduate of the NM specialty, you will be prepared as a beginning-level provider for those seeking midwifery care as defined by the ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to apply for certification through the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). To qualify for entry into the NM Graduate Certificate program, you must have a degree in nursing as an advanced practice nurse. The certificate requires a total of 900 hours of supervised clinical training.

  • Demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, and professional attributes thereby meeting the Core Competencies of Basic Midwifery Practice (ACNM, 2020).
  • Use the midwifery management process to provide evidence based clinical care within a shared decision-making model.
  • Integrate the Hallmarks of Midwifery in academic, clinical, and professional settings.
  • Apply self-reflection to midwifery practice to minimize bias and discrimination
  • Implement strategies to address the social determinants of health to improve health equity and outcomes.

Rooted in the rich history of midwifery, our mission is to educate the next generation of midwives, to improve access to care for all by supporting communities to achieve reproductive health equity.

The University of Arizona College of Nursing Midwifery Specialty acknowledges the generations of midwives who have come before us, especially the midwives of the Indigenous nations and communities of color. The midwifery specialty will uphold the belief that everyone is unique, has a right to reproductive healthcare, in which they can be actively engaged, by advocating for racial and social justice and equitable access for holistic care. Pregnancy and birth will be respected as normal physiologic processes, and each person has the right to be actively engaged in their health care decisions. The midwifery specialty will infuse the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Hallmarks of Midwifery and the University of Arizona Core Values in its curriculum.

The University of Arizona College of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery program is preaccredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20190,

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Plan of Study

This program is a post-master's graduate certificate in Nurse-Midwifery (NM) for advanced practice clinicians.

Full-Time Certificate-NM Program Guide

Program Information


To qualify for entry into a Certificate program, you must have a degree and active licensure as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist or certified nurse-midwife). The Certificate-NM program admits for a summer start only. 

  • Advanced Practice Nursing degree (APRN)
  • Last 60 units of Nursing GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Unrestricted RN licensure within the U.S. AND current APRN certification (NP, CRNA, CNS, CNM)
  • Advanced practice national certification in specialty area

International Applicants:

  • Submit the UA Graduate College application by the international deadline date
  • Submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper based (PB), 79 internet based (iBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6).
  • Transcripts and Degrees: Submit CGFNS documentation for nursing degrees earned outside of the United States. 

Once admitted to a Graduate Certificate program you must submit an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card. ARS § 15-1881 is a condition of final acceptance. Complete information about the statute can be found at the following web sites:

Graduate certificate students are generally not eligible to receive federal financial aid. College of Nursing scholarship opportunities are limited for graduate certificate students.



  • Application Opens August 15th
  • Application Closes March 1st

Notification of Admission

  • Priority Deadline: Applications submitted on or before November 1, 2023 11:59 PM EST will be reviewed and notified of the admissions decision in December.
  • Applications submitted November 2, 2023 - March 1, 2024 11:59 PM EST will be reviewed and notified of the admissions decision in April.

Program Start

If accepted, students will start in May.

Application Process

Applicants must submit both the NursingCAS and University of Arizona Graduate College online application.

Applicants must provide:

    • Applicants must submit one reference from a professional colleague (supervisor, faculty, etc.)
    • Applicants must submit transcripts from all post-secondary education institutions
    • All transcripts must be verified by NursingCAS within 2 weeks of the application deadline. No exceptions. 
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Contact Information

Erin McMahon, EdD, CNM, FACNM
Assistant Clinical Professor
Phone: 520-626-1197