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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.midwife.org/Accreditation under the heading “ACME Documents”.
* formerly known as Division of Accreditation (DOA) of the American College of Nurse-Midwives
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.
Graduates of the Columbia University Program in Nurse-Midwifery will be able to:
The midwifery faculty gratefully acknowledges the Class of 2013-14 who contributed in the revision of the Nurse-Midwifery Philosophy
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.
*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.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits||Type|
|Fall I: 12 Credits|
|N6760||Primary Care of Women Across the Lifespan I||3||Specialty|
|N6920||Health and Social Policy: The Context for Practice and Research||3||Core|
|Spring I: 4 Credits|
|N6930||Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Prevention, Assessment and Intervention for Health Care Professionals||1||Core|
|N8465||Primary Care of Women Across the Life Span II||3||Specialty|
|Summer I: 10 Credits|
|N6458||Pelvic Assessment of the Adult Woman||2||Specialty|
|N6826||Evaluation and Application of Research||3||Core|
|N8786||Advanced Clinical Assessment Across the Lifespan||3||Specialty|
|Fall II: 10 Credits|
|N8471||Normal Antepartum: Didactic||2||Specialty|
|N8472||Normal Antepartum: Clinical||2||Specialty|
|N8476||Well Woman Gynecology: Didactic||3||Specialty|
|N8477||Well Woman Gynecology: Clinical||2||Specialty|
|N8483||Midwifery Clinical Competency Skills I||1||Specialty|
|Spring II: 10 Credits|
|N6480||Professional Issues in Nurse-Midwifery||2||Specialty|
|N8474||Breastfeeding, Postpartum & Newborn Care||3||Specialty|
|N8484||Midwifery Clinical Competency Skills II||1||Specialty|
|Summer II: 5 Credits|
|N8475||Clinical Practicum in Nurse-Midwifery||3||Specialty|
|N8497||Complex Management of Women's Health Conditions throughout the Lifespan||2||Specialty|
This page was last updated on 11/26/2013 and is subject to change at any time.