Nurse-Midwifery, MSN

We prepare you for a midwifery practice focused on providing family-centered, comprehensive care to essentially healthy women and their families. We believe that the autonomous practice of nurse practitioners/midwives is based on the health promotion model and interdependent practice—a system that emphasizes the unique aspects each health professional brings to the care of a client.  To develop well-rounded midwives, we offer courses ranging from advanced physiology and pathophysiology to the use of ultrasonography during pregnancy. We also cover public policy, complementary therapies, and fetal evaluation. You’ll become a highly competent clinician, and an effective and a culturally sensitive patient advocate while learning to manage a team within the varied systems of healthcare delivery.

Your clinical work can be completed in hospitals, birthing centers, and in home birth experiences, as well as abroad through international study opportunities.

Our graduates go on to become home-birth practitioners, birth center practice directors, directors of midwifery educational programs, and directors of CNM services in large teaching and small community hospitals. 


A total of 17 course units are required. Plans of study are available for both full-time and part-time students.

Core Courses
NURS 6070Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology1
NURS 6080Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Nursing Practice1
NURS 6370Introduction to Research Methods and Design 11
or NURS 5470 Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice
NURS 6570Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making1
NURS 5400Current Issues In Health and Social Policy1
Theory Courses
NURS 6880Complementary/Alternative Therapies in Women's Health1
NURS 6930Professional Issues in Midwifery1
NURS 7430Fetal Evaluation1
NURS 7810Well Women Health Care, Theory1
NURS 7830Health Care of Childbearing Women, Theory1
NURS 7870Intrapartum / Postpartum / Newborn Care, Theory1
Clinical Courses
NURS 7800Health Care of Women and Primary Care1
NURS 7820Well Women Health Care, Clinical1
NURS 7840Health Care of Childbearing Women, Clinical1
NURS 7850Integration I1
NURS 7860Integration II: Midwifery Integration1
NURS 7880Intrapartum / Postpartum / Newborn Care, Clinical1
Total Course Units17

The alternate course, NURS 5470 is a graduate-level research methods course approved for Penn BSN students only.

The midwifery program at the University of Pennsylvania is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; for information about accreditation please contact ACME directly. Tel: 240-485-1802,,

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.