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New Grant Supports Development of Rural Midwifery Track

The CU College of Nursing received a $2 million grant to increase the number of midwives in rural areas of Colorado. The program supports the development of a Rural Midwifery Track and covers expenses (tuition, fees, stipend for living expenses) for three to five full-time students per year.

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)


Rural Midwifery Track

Prepare Providers To Serve Rural Coloradans

  • The overall purpose of this program is to increase the number of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) practicing in maternity care provider shortage areas in rural Colorado.
  • Our goal is to prepare graduating, new midwives to be clinically and professionally prepared to work as independent providers of culturally relevant pregnancy and reproductive care in rural Colorado.
  • Creating a distinct Rural Track recognizes the unique knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for rural midwifery practice. It also recognizes the value of building a larger and well-trained rural healthcare workforce.

Scholarship and Stipend

  • The program will provide financial support in the form of scholarships and stipends to students accepted to in the Rural Midwifery Track.

Mentorship, Employment Preparation, and More

  • The program includes a specially developed Preparation for Rural Professional Practice program for trainees in the Rural Midwifery Track. The program will include peer support, mentorship, rural educational experiences, scope of practice expansion training, and employment preparation for midwifery practice in rural Colorado.

While our primary goal is to train midwives for Colorado, our program is available to students outside of Colorado who are committed to rural midwifery practice in any state.*

*States with Board of Nursing eligibility for out of state nursing education- please reference the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement webpage and contact the project coordinator.

  • Scholarship for full tuition and fees paid for seven full-time course semesters for MS and BS-DNP students and four full-time course semesters for PGC students. Out-of-state students are encouraged to apply, please note that the full tuition paid covers the cost of in-state tuition only.
  • Living stipend of approximately $32,000 per academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) during those seven full-time semesters.
  1. Acceptance to the CU Nurse-Midwifery Program (MS, PGC, or BS-DNP)
  2. Full-time Plan of Study
  3. Eligible to work in the United States
  4. Intention to work as a midwife in a rural healthcare setting for 2 years after graduation

Students who are admitted to a program (or plan to apply to a program) that will graduate in 2026 or 2027 can apply to the Rural Midwifery Track when they complete their midwifery program application in NursingCAS. Please use the following application links and deadlines.

Planned Graduation DateApplication Deadline
Application to Complete
December 2024 or 2025

December 2026
May 31, 2024
Rural Midwifery Track Application - 2026 Graduation
December 2027
May 31, 2025
Rural Midwifery Track Application - 2027 Graduation

If you have questions about the Rural Midwifery Track or the application process, please contact Project Coordinator Dr. Shannon Pirrie, DNP, CNM.

You can review the recorded info session from November 2023.


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