Nurse midwives do not just deliver babies, but also provide gynecological care, complete physical examinations and prescribe birth control. As a nurse midwife, you must be ready to provide health care for women from adolescence through menopause. Nurse Midwives give their patients educational advice on health and hygiene, gynecological well-being and reproductive issues.
If you are interested in learning more about how to become a nurse midwife in Colorado, contact the schools listed on our site for more information.
Nurse Midwives in Colorado may be licensed if they are have a graduate degree from an accredited university, and you must become certified through the American Midwifery Registry Midwives examination.
While Colorado is one of the nurse Licensure Compact states, your nurse midwife privileges may vary from one state to another. You can prescribe medication after you are licensed if you have completed three graduate semester horse of Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Physical Assessment. You must also have liability insurance. Becoming a nurse midwife is a career that offers stability, and can be very rewarding in many different ways.
The University of Colorado offers an accredited graduate level Nurse-Midwifery program, which will give you a post-graduate certificate at graduation.
The admission criteria, which is similar to most CNM programs in the country, includes:
- BSN from a CCNE or ACEN college or university
- Official transcripts from any college or university you attended
- Statistic course with a C or better
- Four letters of reference with at least one from an academic source
- Copy of unencumbered nursing license
- The GRE or a minimum of 12 credits for graduate level courses
The program of study includes thirty credits of core courses, ten credits of advanced practice courses and 26 credits of advanced practice nurse-midwifery courses, which totals 48 credits, not including clinical hours.
The courses in a Certified Nurse Midwife program typically include:
- Philosophic, Theoretic & Ethical Foundations of APN
- Research Methods for Advanced Practice
- Foundations of Healthcare Informatics
- Health Systems, Policy and Social Justice
- Advanced Assessment
- Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- Advanced Pathophysiology
- APN: Role Concepts and Professional Issues
- Advanced Practicum
- Studies I Health Promotion & Lifestyle
- Primary Health Care of Children: Well Child Care
- Primary Care of Women
- Care During Pregnancy and Birth
- Care of the High Risk Pregnancy
- Women’s Gynecologic Health Care
Attending college online can be very convenient if you are already working or have a family. You may attend an online nurse midwife program full-time or part-time. Clinical hours can usually be completed at a facility near your home with a preceptor. There are several online accredited programs as well, including Frontier Nursing University and Georgetown University.
Once you have graduated you can take the certification exam given by the American Midwifery Registry Midwives, which is a certification that show excellence and is a mark of distinction. The fee for the exam is $500.
Colorado Nurse Midwives are a group of certified midwives that provide care to nearly 70 locations in Colorado. They seek to establish a high standard of care for all nurse midwives. You may want to inquire with this group even before starting a program, to gain advice and information about networking in your area.
The Health Resources and Services Administration has a Nurse Corp program that will pay of 60 percent of your unpaid loans if you work for two years at one of their designated facilities. The Colorado Nurse Association also gave 26 scholarships in 2015.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the Nurse Midwives in Colorado earned an annual income of $96,790 in 2014. The projected growth by 2022 for this job is expected to increase by 22 percent.
Nurse Midwives have a unique skill set, and they may work in a variety of diverse settings, such as private clinics, hospitals, along with doctors in their offices, at outpatient centers or some prefer to work privately in their patient’s home. This may the perfect time for you to return to school to become a Nurse Midwife, as it not only can give you an exciting new career, it also helps the field of nursing as a whole.