Nurse Midwifery Program

Program Description

The Nurse Midwifery Program is designed to prepare nurses as nurse midwives. The focus of the academic and clinical aspects of this program is the management of the health care of women and their newborns. While emphasis is placed on care during the childbearing cycle, the curriculum also includes study of women’s health needs throughout the life cycle. Graduates are prepared for full scope midwifery practice, including well-woman gynecology, family planning, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, primary care and normal newborn care. Intensive clinical experience is provided in each of these areas in a variety of settings, exposing students to diversity in patient populations and practice options. Students learn to provide independent care for healthy women and consultative or collaborative care for women with medical and/or obstetrical complications.

Graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). Graduates are also eligible to register with New York State as a licensed midwife.

The Program Director of the Nurse Midwifery specialty is Laura Zeidenstein CNM, DNP.

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education - ACME* invited comments regarding reaccreditation

The nurse-midwifery education program at Columbia University, New York, NY, is scheduled to be reviewed by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education – ACME* (Board of Review (BOR) for continuing accreditation in July 2014. Please email any written third party comments to or mail to ACME at 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD by January 13, 2014. Your comments will be included with other program materials at the July 2014 meeting. In all instances, your comments must directly relate to the continuing accreditation of this program and the ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation, December 2009 (revised 1/2013, or, revised 6/2013). Please cite the particular criterion of concern in your comments. The criteria can be found online at under the heading “ACME Documents”.

* formerly known as Division of Accreditation (DOA) of the American College of Nurse-Midwives

Purpose of the Nurse-Midwifery Program

The purpose of the Nurse-Midwifery Program is to prepare beginning nurse-midwives by providing an education with a sound foundation in health science theory and clinical preparation in primary health care for women and newborns. Midwifery education is based on a theoretical foundation in the health sciences as well as clinical preparation, which focuses on knowledge, judgment and skills and that incorporates appropriate medical consultation, collaborative management or referral. The program objectives focus on the following components of midwifery care: professional responsibilities, midwifery management process, primary health care, the childbearing family- including: pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum period, care of the newborn- and the family planning and gynecologic needs of women. The Program strives to foster critical thinking in the students and cultural sensitivity and awareness in all aspects of the curriculum.

Objectives of the Nurse-Midwifery Program

Graduates of the Columbia University Program in Nurse-Midwifery will be able to:

  1. Manage the care of essentially uncomplicated women from menarche throughout the life cycle and newborns using the midwifery management process:
    1. Collect systematically all pertinent data for complete assessment of the individual.
    2. Make an accurate decision as to the normalcy of findings and identify existing or potential problems (emergencies) based on correct interpretation of the data.
    3. Identify and assume the appropriate role in the planning and provision of care, including collaboration with other health team members.
    4. Develop a comprehensive plan of action based on the decisions made and supported by valid rationale.
    5. Implement and/or direct implementation of the plan of action safely and efficiently.
    6. Evaluate the effectiveness and completeness of the care given.
  2. Recognize and utilize the concepts of research as applied to nurse-midwifery.
  3. Develop strategies by which nurse-midwives can affect the delivery of health care services through knowledge of the functioning of health care systems.
  4. Utilize knowledge of historical and current professional issues to develop role identity and contribute to the growth of the profession of nurse-midwifery.

The midwifery faculty gratefully acknowledges the Class of 2013-14 who contributed in the revision of the Nurse-Midwifery Philosophy

View Midwifery Program Philosophy

Clinical Sites

Clinical sites are available in the tri-state area and beyond, and can be permanent or rotating. Clinical sites vary in setting from public health setting to private practice.

Current or potential Clinical Preceptors please visit our Preceptor Page.


Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages.

Admission criteria include:

  • Current New York State nursing license prior to clinical start
  • Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • An undergraduate course in statistics
  • A physical assessment course
  • Three references attesting to applicant's academic ability and potential
  • Personal goal statement that is congruent with program goals (two pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited program or a non-nursing bachelor's degree

*RN's with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree are required to complete 5 credits in community health in addition to the course requirement listed. The courses that fulfill the community health requirement are N6703, The Science of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Community (3 didactic credits) and N5292, Nursing Practice in the Community (2 clinical credits).


For Applicants Who Hold an Undergraduate Degree in Nursing
A sample program plan is provided below to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this program plan is a sample, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.

Sample Program Plan

Course Number Course Name Credits Type
Fall I: 12 Credits
Advanced Physiology 3 Core
Primary Care of Women Across the Lifespan I 3 Specialty
Health and Social Policy: The Context for Practice and Research 3 Core
Advanced Pharmacology 3 Sciences
Spring I: 7 Credits
Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Prevention, Assessment and Intervention for Health Care Professionals 1 Core
Primary Care of Women Across the Life Span II 3 Specialty
Incorporating Genetics and Genomics in Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Core
Summer I: 10 Credits
Maternal-Fetal-Newborn Physiology 2 Sciences
Pelvic Assessment of the Adult Woman 2 Specialty
Evaluation and Application of Research 3 Core
Advanced Clinical Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 Core
Fall II: 11 Credits
Normal Antepartum: Didactic 2 Specialty
Normal Antepartum: Clinical 2 Specialty
Well Woman Gynecology: Didactic 3 Specialty
Well Woman Gynecology: Clinical 2 Specialty
Midwifery Clinical Competency Skills I 2 Specialty
Spring II: 11 Credits
Professional Issues in Nurse-Midwifery 2 Specialty
Breastfeeding, Postpartum & Newborn Care 3 Specialty
Intrapartum: Didactic 2 Specialty
Intrapartum: Clinical 2 Specialty
Midwifery Clinical Competency Skills II 2 Specialty
Summer II: 5 Credits
Clinical Practicum in Nurse-Midwifery 3 Specialty
Complex Management of Women's Health Conditions throughout the Lifespan 2 Specialty
Total Credits 56  

This page was last updated on 11/26/2013 and is subject to change at any time.

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