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Credits Required: 69
Cost Per Credit: $1053
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College of Nursing

Program Details

Are you passionate about the health of parents and newborns and looking for a way to advocate for safe and supportive delivery? The University of Arizona Online's Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse-Midwife (DNP-NM) program is an excellent way to ensure care and well-being during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. As a certified nurse-midwife (CNM), you will also have the skills to provide gynecologic care, family planning, preconception care, and the continued care of a healthy newborn for the first 28 days of life.

In this program, you will build skills that are invaluable for building trusting relationships with your patients and helping guide and advocate for them in their healthcare and birth choices.

The DNP-NM is a hybrid program utilizing a mixture of online didactic coursework, on-campus intensives, and clinical placements. As an applicant, you may enter the DNP program as a post-BSN student or a post-MSN student.

As a graduate of the NM specialty, you will be prepared (according to the ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice) and eligible to apply for certification through the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

The College of Nursing offers full-time and part-time options for DNP students. Part-time students must be enrolled in at least 6 units per semester. Part-time study is only available during the pre-clinical portion of the program and adds a year to the degree completion timeline.

Hybrid Program Delivery: Online coursework with 3 on-campus intensives and a clinical practicum.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.



Earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse-Midwifery will build core skills, including:

  • Pregnancy care
  • Birth care
  • Postpartum care
  • Reproductive and sexual health
  • Gynecological care
  • Women's health
  • Cancer screening
  • Lactation support
  • Menopausal care
  • Quality improvement
  • Hospital experience
  • Community birth
  • Ability to prescribe medications
  • Medical record management
  • Telehealth
  • Care coordination
  • Case management
  • Clinical experience

Graduates of the Nurse-Midwifery DNP program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Nurse-Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner