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.
*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.
Summer & Fall 2024 Start Deadline: November 1, 2023
Latest Decision Notification: late-February
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.
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).