Bethel University Online Nurse-Midwifery Program

The School of Nursing, through Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, offers an online MSN Nurse-Midwifery (NM) program online coursework and two three-day campus intensives. A third three-day intensive is held synchronously online. Clinicals are completed local to the student.

Bethel University educates nurses from a Christian worldview that addresses a woman’s mental, physical, and spiritual health throughout the lifespan. A special focus of the program is on serving under-served populations locally and internationally. Bethel offers small class sizes, online peer/faculty interaction, and a focus on ethical healthcare.

Certified nurse-midwives are prepared to provide care to women of all ages, from adolescence through older adulthood. In addition, nurse-midwives are certified to care for newborns and infants. Nurse-midwives conduct primary and gynecology care, as well as prenatal, birth, and newborn care. Typical locations where nurse-midwives work include private and public primary care clinics, hospitals, educational settings, managed care settings, and birthing centers.

Graduates will know how to assist women in childbirth with minimal medical intervention, know how to use medical intervention when necessary that is safe and scientifically backed, establish a midwifery practice, manage a midwifery practice, and teach midwifery to others. In addition, students will learn how to conduct clinical research, utilize nutrition and overall health and wellness information in practice to promote good health and help infants thrive, and help reduce the infant mortality rate, especially in under-served populations.

Graduates will be eligible to take the nurse-midwifery exam through the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). This program fulfills the requirements for licensure in MN. Non-residents should check with their state of residence to determine licensure requirements.

Bethel University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The online MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).

What to Expect from the Bethel University Online Nurse-Midwifery Program

General Graduate Nursing Admissions Requirements: Nurse-Midwifery applicants must meet the requirements for the Bethel Graduate School in addition to the School of Nursing. Graduate School requirements include a completed application, official transcripts, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a CV or current resume, and a signature of acceptance of Bethel Community Expectations. International students must be current U.S. residents and submit proof of English language proficiency and transcript evaluations.

Prospective students must hold a current, unencumbered RN license. In addition, applicants much hold a BSN from a regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent. An undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course must have been completed. Students must also submit two letters of reference, a statement of purpose, proof of health insurance, a copy of the RN license in the respective state, a resume indicating work experience, and GRE or GMAT scores if the cumulative GPA is 3.3 or lower.

Applicants must have at least one year of clinical work experience, preferably in a labor and delivery or women’s health setting. Students will be asked to complete an interview. If accepted, students must submit their nursing immunization record, proof of CPR certification, and documentation of a 2-step Mantoux and negative chest x-ray.

State Restrictions: Bethel University accepts students from most states and is part of the NC-SARA program. Prospective students should also contact the state nursing board for their state of residence to determine licensing eligibility for out-of-state nursing programs, as well as the School of Nursing through Bethel University to determine distance education eligibility.

Study Plan: The nurse-midwifery program is offered in a two-year (full-time) or three-year (part-time) schedule. Students do not attend school in the summers, nor is it recommended that students work full-time while completing the program. The RN to MSN Bridge program can be completed in three to four years, depending on if students choose the full-time or part-time MSN portion. The program begins in the Fall. MSN students come to campus for two three-day on-campus intensives and attend one synchronous three-day intensive online.

BSN to MSN – Nurse-Midwifery Curriculum: The online BSN to MSN-NM program comprises 57 credits plus completion of the required clinical hours. Courses include Midwifery Perspectives; Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses; Advanced Health Assessment For Advanced Practice Nurses; Nurse-Midwifery I: Health Care for Women and Primary Care; Global Perspectives of Health; Nurse-Midwifery II: Antepartal Care; Nurse-Midwifery III: Intrapartum and Postpartum Care; Nurse-Midwifery IV: Newborn Care; Fetal Evaluation; Evidence Translation for Practice; Reproductive Physiology for Advanced Practice Nurses; Advanced Pathophysiology; Nurse-Midwifery Practicum I-IV; Professional Issues for Nurse-Midwives; Clinical Integration for Nurse-Midwives; and Nurse-Midwifery Masters Project.

Online Experience: Bethel University utilizes Moodle as its online Learning Management System (LMS). Online courses for the MSN comprise 12 to 15 students per class. Students should have basic competency with computer programs such as Microsoft Office, a computer no more than three years old, high-speed internet access, a microphone, speakers, headphones, a combined headset with a microphone, and a webcam. In addition, students need virus protection and an updated web browser.

Online student services include academic planning, academic advising, technical support, academic enrichment and support, career development, library services, disability services, and Christian formation and church relations services. In addition, students can access the Office of Off-Campus Programs/International Studies for face-to-face experiences in MN and worldwide.

On-Site Requirements: MSN students must come to the St. Paul, Minnesota campus for two 3-day campus intensives. A third intensive is delivered synchronously online. All other course material is completed online, and clinicals are completed at approved locations near the student. Students are also welcome to visit the St. Paul, MN campus at any time and participate in graduation ceremonies.

Paying for the Bethel University Online Nurse-Midwifery Program

Bethel University charges the same tuition for both resident and non-resident students. Program tuition and fees are listed in the tables below. Prospective students should contact the School of Nursing through Bethel University for updated tuition costs and fees. Note that tuition generally changes each year.

Bethel University offers unsubsidized federal graduate loans to online graduate students who qualify through the FAFSA. Online students may also inquire about a tuition reimbursement program through their employer, as well as outside scholarships and grants.

Bethel University

The Bethel University nurse-midwifery program with BSN and non-nursing bachelor's entry points is delivered from a Christian worldview and addresses a woman's physical, mental, and spiritual health and ethical healthcare.

APRN Programs

MS in Nurse-Midwifery

Campus Address

3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota 55112

Bethel University – MS in Nurse-Midwifery

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing


NM – Nurse-Midwife

Program Start Dates


100% Online?


Campus Visits Required


Credits Needed to Graduate


Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate


Program Accreditation

ACME – Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes, GRE or GMAT Required if GPA < 3.3

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)


Program Tuition

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Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)


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Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.

Sara Navratil

Sara Navratil


Sara Navratil is a freelance writer and a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer. She’s the owner of Sara Liza Life, a company dedicated to helping people rewrite their lives. She enjoys researching and writing about healthcare-related topics, including information on online NP programs. When not working she likes to read, bake, and spend time with her family.