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CU College of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Philosophy

The University of Colorado College of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery (NMW) Program prepares the next generation of midwives to lead and transform the delivery of women's healthcare for the women of Colorado and the world, through excellence in clinical practice, education and research.

It is our goal to lead the nation in midwifery education, through clinical and teaching excellence, scholarship, leadership, and interprofessional endeavors. We accomplish this objective in the following ways:

  • Education: We offer coursework accessible to Colorado and the Mountain West. Our clinical faculty practice sites provide quality clinical education, and our program provides students with clinical placements in metro Denver and throughout Colorado. As the program seeks to offer quality education to the Mountain West, we will work with students to locate clinical placements in bordering states.
  • Clinical Practice: Our midwifery faculty practices serve the women of our community through the provision of quality care, and they serve the students of CU through quality clinical education. The services of the CU midwifery faculty practices are foundational to midwifery education at CU.
  • Research: CU has been the home to leaders in women's health research, and we strive to contribute to increasing knowledge regarding the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of midwifery care.

Coursework and overall credit hours for future students may be different than outlined in the documents below.​

updated as of 10/2021

A post-graduate certificate is available in this specialty.

Gainful Employment and Program Statistics for Post-Graduate Certificate

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs, and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.​

Please see our FAQs below for questions regarding the Nurse-Midwifery program.

The Nurse-Midwifery (NMW) Education program at the University of Colorado College of Nursing prepares graduates who are eligible for certification as Certified Nurse-Midwives.

Graduates of our program are eligible to apply for certification by examination from the American Midwifery Certification Board as Certified Nurse-Midwives. Upon successful completion of the board examination, Certified Nurse-Midwives are eligible for licensure in all 50 states, including Colorado (visit the Colorado Board of Nursing APRN application forms page), where licensure is granted as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

The CU NMW education program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education that offers doctoral (DNP) and master's-level (MS) education and a post-graduate certificate through July 2029.

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1230
Silver Spring, MD 20190-6374
tel: 240-485-1803

The Nurse-Midwifery Education Program at the University of Colorado seeks to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes - the head, hands, and heart of a safe, beginning practitioner, shaped by the following values:

Diversity: increasing diversity brings a richness to the profession and the community, which improves the value of care. We will pursue programs and strategies that promote a diverse student body.

Inclusiveness: we believe that midwifery education and midwifery care does not discriminate, but rather sets a standard for including everyone, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender and gender identity, country of origin, sexual orientation, or religious belief.

Cultural responsiveness: as midwives, we partner with patients and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. Therefore, we seek to educate practitioners who understand the importance of cultural beliefs and practices and hence align the provision of care with the beliefs of the patients to whom we provide care.

Please read the entire philosophy statement (PDF)