Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) care for women from puberty to menopause. To become a Certified Nurse Midwife you must attend graduate school and pass a midwife certification test. There are several schools available across U.S. and online programs are available in other states. Clinical hours are scheduled in health care facilities near your home with a qualified preceptor.
Contact the schools you see listed below to learn more about your options for becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife in Arizona.
This is an exciting career for an advanced prepared nurse. You provide women's physical exams, prescribes medications for contraception, provide gynecological care, labor and birth care, as well as, health education to women of all ages. This is an expanding career with many new opportunities available.
Certified Nurse Midwives are trained for high-tech interventions and the latest scientific procedures available. They typically take care of the low-risk pregnant women, but remain an important part of care, even in high risk pregnancies.
If this is a career that you are interested in, contact the universities in your area to compare programs and make a decision that can open new doors of opportunity in your life.
Arizona has two accredited online Midwife programs, which includes Frontier Nursing University and Georgetown University. Each university has a MSN degree in Nurse–Midwifery, and Frontier Nursing University has a program for a nurse with a bachelor or associate degree.
In order to get your CNM license, the Arizona Board of Nursing requires you to have a current Arizona RN license, an official transcript from your graduate degree stating you have met practice requirements by verifying your education within the past five years and your clinical practice hours.
They also require proof of your national certification, proof of citizenship and you must submit a fingerprint card. Arizona allows certified Nurse Midwives prescribing and dispensing privileges.
The admission criteria is similar in both online universities for the BSN prepared nurse. You must have graduated from an accredited program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. An active RN license in Arizona is required, along with one year of nursing experience. Three professional reference letters are also necessary. Prerequisite courses include a physical assessment course and a statistics course within the past 10 years.
The ADN Bridge Entry Option allows students to complete their bachelor degree over a 12 month period before starting the MS in curriculum. A BSN is not awarded in this program. The course terms are 11 weeks in length with a two-week break between terms, so it takes about three to four years for you to complete the MSN Nurse Midwife program.
The Nurse Midwifery curriculum includes both didactic credits and clinical credits. Some of the more common courses include:
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Evidence Base Practice
- Advanced Health Assessment
- Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan
- Primary Care of Women
- Role of the Nurse Midwife
- Midwifery Care during Labor and Birth
- Midwifery Care during Pregnancy
- Midwifery care during Postpartum
- Principles of Independent Practice
- Skills for Advanced Practice
- Nurse–Midwifery Clinical I-V
Once you have graduated you may take the credential examination from the American Midwifery Certification Board.
If you complete the FAFSA application, which is a federal grant based on your income, you may qualify for grants and loans to help fund your graduate school education.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing offers financial assistance for nursing students, which include grants, scholarships and loans. These are listed on their website.
Arizona Certified Nurse Midwives earned an annual income in 2014 of $96,970, according to O*Net Online. This career is rapidly expanding and expected to grow at a rate of 22 percent by 2022. If you are ready to get started, contact the midwifery programs listed below for program details.