As one of the top Nurse-Midwifery programs in the country, we offer unique clinical opportunities arranged by the School and exposure to the latest research. In addition, you’ll graduate with a skill set that far surpasses that of other institutions including endometrial biopsies, IUD insertion, and OB ultrasonography.

About the Program

Penn Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery program creates leaders in the field whose practice and life’s work reflect the highest standards of care for families and communities, both locally and globally. To this end, Midwifery education is a process whereby students and faculty engage and grow in an environment conducive to inquiry, learning, and critical thinking. Scholarship, research, education, and practice are guided by an ethical commitment to the well-being of clients and their families; the promotion of comprehensive, quality public health; and the growth of the profession of Midwifery, thus enabling all people the choice of Midwifery care throughout their lives.

Become dually certified in Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse-Practitioner

We prepare you for a midwifery practice focused on providing family-centered, comprehensive care to essentially healthy people 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. 


All of Penn Nursing’s programs are accredited. To learn more about the accreditation and pass rates, please visit our Accreditation page.

Program Information


Program Length

2 years

Financial aid available?


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Learning Format

In-person *

Although this program is in-person, to accommodate the busy schedules of our students some courses will be offered in an online or hybrid format. All clinical experiences for this program are in-person on Penn’s campus or at affiliated clinical sites.

Program Length

2 Years, 4 Months

Financial aid available?


Start Semester


Learning Format

In-person *

Although this program is in-person, to accommodate the busy schedules of our students some courses will be offered in an online or hybrid format. All clinical experiences for this program are in-person on Penn’s campus or at affiliated clinical sites.

Program Details


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. As an added benefit, clinical experiences and preceptors for our students are all arranged and coordinated by the School.

Click the link below to view the curriculum for this program in the University catalog or download a sample plan of study: Full-time plan of study; Part-time plan of study.

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Minimum qualifications for the program

BSN degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher


College level statistics course



**All students are required to know and abide by policies and practices stated in the University of Pennsylvania’s Pennbook, Penn Nursing’s MSN Handbook, and the and the Nurse-Midwifery & Women’s Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner Supplemental Guide.

Application Deadlines

*Please note: BSN students who graduate in May from Nursing School and who are interested in applying to the Nurse-Midwifery Program are not eligible to apply full-time to the Program for that summer due to RN licensure requirements. These applicants are encouraged to either apply for part-time study beginning in the fall with an option to enter the Clinical Cohort/Clinical Course Sequence the following summer term, OR to apply for direct entry into the Clinical Cohort the following summer term.

Full-time Enrollment

Summer & Fall 2024 Start Deadline: November 1, 2023

Latest Decision Notification: late-February

Part-time Enrollment

Spring 2024 Start Deadline: October 16, 2023

Summer & Fall 2024 Start Deadline: March 15, 2024

Latest Decision Notification: late-April

*Dates subject to change without notice.

Costs & Tuition

Your program costs will depend on how many course units (CU) you take per semester.

Applicants to this program may be eligible for the Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program Fellowship, which offers a free Penn education to budding NPs who are committed to working in underserved communities after graduation.

Discount available for employees of our Academic Practice Partners. Click here to learn more.

Program Outcomes

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.

Upon completion, the graduate will be:

  • A safe, entry-level midwife who meets the criteria of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) for the practice of midwifery
  • A provider of primary health care for people throughout their lifetime
  • Able to empower clients to participate in their own health care
  • A provider of reproductive and perinatal health care autonomously yet collaboratively within the context of an interdisciplinary health care team
  • An advocate for the overall advancement of reproductive and perinatal health
  • Knowledgeable about the basic concepts of public policy in health care practice settings
  • An active participant in life-long learning, education, and research
  • Proficient in the utilization of information technology so as to provide and promote high quality health care


Upon completion, you’ll be eligible for two national certifications: the certification exam for Certified Nurse-Midwives, given by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), and certification to be a Women’s Health Nurse-Practitioner, by the National Certification Corporation (NCC).



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