Nurse-Midwifery MSN Program

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Prepare for Nurse-Midwifery

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Emory has been a leader in educating Nurse-Midwives for over 40 years. The focus of our program, born in 1977, is to prepare the next generation of nurse-midwives capable of leading positive change and providing the primary care needs of essentially healthy women across their lifespan, along with the care of normal newborns. Our faculty bring their diverse national and international leadership, research, and clinical experience into the classroom to advance the future of midwifery care and education.

Upon completion of this four-semester program, graduates are eligible to take the certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board. You can also pursue the nurse-midwifery program part time.

Unique Highlights
Students work with faculty who are national and international leaders in the nurse-midwifery profession and are on the forefront of shaping the future of health care for women and children. As a student in our program, you are mentored as a future leader in our profession, capable of making ongoing, positive change for the populations you will serve and the practice of midwifery. 

Clinical Experience
Our program faculty matches each student with clinical experiences that provide students with strong community-based primary care and midwifery practice experiences. The program offers the opportunity to work with a variety of vulnerable, underserved, and multicultural populations, both in the Atlanta community and around the state. Sites include public health department clinics, private obgyn offices, birth centers, nonprofit community health clinics, and migrant health care sites.

Accreditation
The nurse-midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240.485.1800, www.midwife.org, acme@acnm.org.

Career Opportunities
Graduates have opportunities for advanced nursing practice in hospital-based midwifery services and in primary care and/or women’s health care settings. Other career options are available in health care services research, nursing education, health care consulting, and community health education.

We prepare students to become leaders who exemplify excellence in the care of women and families.  We value holistic, family-centered care that honors the normalcy of women’s life cycle events, treating all with respect and dignity.  Emory nurse-midwifery graduates are well-poised to develop and deliver evidence-based care in partnership with women, and in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team.  Emory nurse-midwives strive to transform health care to improve the well-being of women and their families in local and global communities. 

The Nurse-Midwifery faculty, of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, strives to:

  • Educate visionary nurse leaders and scholars who exemplify excellence in the care of women and families.
  • Advocate holistic, family-centered care that honors the normalcy of women’s life cycle events.
  • Generate and apply knowledge in partnership with women and in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team.
  • Transform nursing, health, and systems of health care to promote optimal health and wellness for women and their families within the local and global community.

The Nurse-Midwifery faculty, of the Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, are committed to prepare the next generation of highly competent, inquisitive, and caring nurse-midwives capable of demonstrating the following:

  • Evaluating and applying expert clinical knowledge into best practice models utilizing relevant data to analyze midwifery outcomes.
  • Identifying gaps between evidence and practice and consider potential solutions for bridging gaps.
  • Evaluating and utilize research to provide high quality, evidence-based health care, initiate change, and improve midwifery practice for women and newborns.
  • Analyzing the process for health policy development, influential factors, and the impact of policy on clinical practice.
  • Participating as an effective team member to enhance team function and promote positive change in the health care of women and newborns.
  • Identifying theories relevant to midwifery practice or scholarship.
  • Utilizing information systems and other technologies to improve the quality and safety of health care for women and newborns.
  • Evaluating health care finance and identify appropriate use of resources for management of a health care practice.
  • Exploring potential areas of interest in midwifery scholarship.

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness:

Promoting and Maintaining Health          

2

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty:

Nurse Midwife

2

20

NRSG 614

Human Lactation and Breastfeeding Management

2

Semester Credit Hours

14

20

Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 505                           

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

NRSG 517

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I

2

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

NRSG 561

Nurse Midwife I

5

180

Semester Credit Hours

13

180

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 518

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II

2

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety   

3

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

NRSG 630

Nurse Midwife II

5

240

Semester Credit Hours

 

12

240

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

NRSG 631

Nurse Midwife III

5

240

NRSG 678

Issues in Women’s Health

2

Semester Credit Hours

13

240

Total Credit Hours

 

52

 

Total Clinical Hours

 

 

680

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness:

Promoting and Maintaining Health          

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

NRSG 505                           

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

NRSG 614

Human Lactation and Breastfeeding Management

2

Semester Credit Hours

8

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety   

3

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

NRSG 678

Issues in Women’s Health

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty:

Nurse Midwife

2

20

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

7

20

Semester 5 (Spring)

NRSG 517

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I

2

NRSG 561

Nurse Midwife I

5

180

Semester Credit Hours

7

180

Semester 6 (Summer)

NRSG 518

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II

2

NRSG 630

Nurse Midwife II

5

180

Semester Credit Hours

7

180

 

 

 

 

Semester 7 (Fall)

 

 

 

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

NRSG 631

Nurse Midwife III

5

240

Semester Credit Hours

9

240

 

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours

 

52

 

Total Clinical Hours

 

 

620

 

The Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery program educates students to provide the primary health care needs of women, throughout their lifespan. Midwifery practice, as conducted by Nurse-Midwives, is the independent management of women's health care, focused on their pregnancy, childbirth, family planning, and gynecologic needs, along with the care of newborns. 

Our graduates are practicing throughout the state of Georgia, across the United States, and internationally. 

Total Graduates of the Emory Nurse-Midwifery Program: 

1977- 2015: 370

Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Emory University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, doctorate and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Emory.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Midwifery Programs

The nurse-midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240.485.1800, http://www.midwife.org/acme , acme@acnm.org.

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Nurse-Midwifery Graduation and Pass Rates:

Year

Full-time Student
Graduation Rate

Part-time Student
Graduation Rate

Overall Pass Rate

First Time Pass Rate

2014

100%

No Graduates

100%

82.3%

2015

100%

No Graduates

100%

83.3%

2016

100%

100%

100%

85.7%

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for MSN admission include

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia
  • GRE Test Scores

 Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework
  • Official GRE score report
    • The GRE must be retaken if scores are older than 5 years
    • TOEFL scores are required if English is a second language
  • Resume

The average GPA for admitted students is 3.5. Students are encouraged to submit GRE test scores that fall within the 50th-99th percentile of all test takers

The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants meeting at least ONE of the following criteria**: 

  • GPA greater than or equal to a 3.2 from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • Previous master’s degree (or higher) completed from an accredited college or university+

**It is at the discretion of the Admission Committee to request test scores despite meeting GRE waiver.

MSN

Tuition (per credit hour)*$1850
Academic Fees (per semester) **$500
Health Insurance***$6328

* Tuition is based on 2017-2018 tuition rates approved by the Board of Trustees. Future academic year tuition rates are subject to change. Tuition is charged per hour up to 12 semester hours.

** Academic fees will vary based upon the semester. This is an average amount per semester.

*** Health insurance is required for all students. You will be billed automatically for the university’s student health insurance plan if you do not provide proof of adequate coverage by another insurer.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance budget is considered sufficient to support a basic lifestyle for a single student. It does not include expenses for dependents, travel, vacations, or luxury items such as automobiles, household furniture, or appliances. The estimated cost of attendance for 2017-2018 for a full time (12+ semester hours) MSN student enrolled for fall, spring and summer semesters is $100,552. This is not the amount you will owe. The cost of attendance is not the amount you will pay for the year. The cost of attendance is the budget used to determine the financial aid amount offered each year and is more than a student's full time tuition and fees to provide assistance for living expenses if needed.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Spring, Summer and Fall 2018. Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation. Application deadlines are below.

  • 10/15/2017*
  • 12/15/2017**
  • January 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2018

*Priority deadline to be considered for merit-based aid
** Final priority deadline for admission

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

Please visit the Graduate Program Financial Aid Page for information about financial aid options.

Thank you for your interest in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Please complete this form to receive updates about Emory's admissions process and academic programs.

Jennifer W. Foster PhD, MPH, CNM, FACNM

Clinical Professor/ Director Nurse Midwifery | Office of Academic Advancement

404.727.8445

jwfoste@emory.edu