Nurse-Midwifery MSN Program


Prepare for Nurse-Midwifery

Emory has been a leader in educating Nurse-Midwives for over 35 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.

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,,

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 objectives:

Clinician: Provides expert evidence-based, culturally appropriate patient-centered care in the specialty of Nurse-Midwifery, collaborates with patients, families, and health care providers. Acts as client advocate and assumes significant leadership roles within the team.

Critical Thinker: Fosters evidenced-based critical reasoning, systematic inquiry, and reflection to improve health outcomes.

Educator: Employs innovative and evidenced-based disease prevention and health promotion teaching methods to improve patient care outcomes and transform health delivery.

Effective Communicator: Articulates ideas, values, beliefs, feelings, concepts, and scholarly evidence through the use of clear, succinct, and culturally appropriate language (verbal, nonverbal, and written). Provides leadership for the use of electronic medical records in projects aiming to improve patient care if appropriate.

Ethical Clinician: Integrates ethical analysis, moral reasoning, and caring as essential elements of nursing practice in accordance with the professional code of ethics and professional standards of practice. Provides leadership to others to assure ethical principles are always practiced.

Leader: Improves the health care system and patient care outcomes through innovation and transformation, fostering evidence-based quality and safety initiatives, inspiring and leading the interdisciplinary patient-centered health care team, and influencing policy development and change.

Scholar: Applies, translates, and disseminates evidenced-based findings to improve nursing practice. Nurtures the intellectual qualities of inquiry, engagement, reflection, and collaboration through scholarly writing and presentations.

Socially Responsible Provider: Engages in socially responsible care, which improves the health of the global community. Advocates for social change equity, access, and justice in the workplace and wider community.

Full-Time Program of Study, 52 Credit Hours


Credit Hours

Semester 1 (Fall)

NRSG 524 Becoming an APRN


NRSG 528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology


NRSG 544 Advanced Health Assessment


NRSG 575 Optimal Wellness: Promoting and Maintaining Health


NRSG 576 Introduction to Clinical Specialty: Nurse Midwife


NRSG 614 Human Lactation and Breastfeeding Management


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Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 505 Research and Evidence-Based Practice


NRSG 517 Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I


NRSG 522 Advanced Pharmacology


NRSG 561 Nurse Midwifery I 


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Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 518 Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II


NRSG 591 Health Care Quality and Patient Safety


NRSG 630 Nurse Midwifery II 


NRSG 652 Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing


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Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 589 Leadership for Health Professions


NRSG 599 Business of Healthcare: Finance 


NRSG 631 Nurse Midwifery III


NRSG 657 Palliative Care Across the Spectrum


NRSG 678 Issues in Women’s Health


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Total Credit Hours


Part-time program of study is available for this specialty.

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


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 and master’s program at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is 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, ,

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education Call for Third Party Comment Request

In accordance with ACME Policies and Procedures (April 2015), ACME is seeking written third-party comment concerning the qualifications for accreditation of the Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing nurse-midwifery programs. These programs will be reviewed for renewal of accreditation, at future ACME Board of Review meetings. Upon request, comments will be considered confidential.

Your comments will be included with other program materials undergoing review. In all instances, your comments must directly relate to the continuing accreditation of a program and the ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation, (December 2009, Revised April 2015). This document may be found at under ACME Documents. Please cite the particular criterion you are referencing in your comments.

All written comments should be sent to, or mailed to ACME at 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Nurse-Midwifery Graduation and Pass Rates:


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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
  • Unofficial transcripts from each school attended
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools ( for previous nursing coursework
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services ( for previous non-nursing coursework
  • Unofficial 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 3.5 from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • Previous master’s degree (or higher) completed from an accredited college or university

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