Bethel University Online Nurse-Midwifery Programs

The School of Nursing through Bethel University offers an online MSN Nurse-Midwifery (NM) program with two entry points: BSN or RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree (Bridge Program). Graduates of the bridge program will earn both a BSN and MSN-Nurse-Midwifery at the end of the program. Students complete coursework online and come to the St. Paul, MN campus for two to three intensives. Clinicals are completed locally 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 conduce 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 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 programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Bethel University is located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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

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 as well as 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, or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. 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 contacting 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 one week of intensives each year. Bridge program students come to campus for three on-campus intensives lasting three days each.

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.

RN to MSN – Nurse-Midwifery Curriculum (Bridge Program): The online RN to MSN Nurse-Midwifery bridge program is offered to students who hold an RN license and a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. The program comprises 78 credits plus completion of the required clinical hours. Courses required in addition to the MSN curriculum include Community, Self, and Formation: Ancient and Contemporary Narratives; Examining Crucial Questions; Public Health Nursing; Public Health Nursing Clinical; Management in Nursing; Leadership in Nursing; and Clinical Care Change Project.

Online Experience: Bethel University utilizes Moodle as it’s online Learning Management System (LMS). Online courses for the MSN comprise 12 to 15 students per class and the bridge courses for RN to MSN students comprise 5 to 10 students. Students should have basic competency with computer programs such as Microsoft Office, a computer no more than three years old, high-speed internet access, 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 around the world.

On-Site Requirements: BSN to MSN students are required to come to the St. Paul, Minnesota campus for two one-week intensives taking place once per year. RN to MSN Bridge program students come to campus for three 3-day campus intensives. 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 Programs

Bethel University charges $820 per credit plus fees for both residents and non-residents. 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

APRN Programs

MS in Nurse-Midwifery
MS in Nurse-Midwifery (for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)

Campus Address

3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota 55112

Bethel University – MS in Nurse-Midwifery

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

NM – Nurse-Midwife

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

57

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 MAT Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, DC, NC, NY, PR

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

57

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$820.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$46,740.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$820.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$46,740.00

Bethel University – MS in Nurse-Midwifery (for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

NM – Nurse-Midwife

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

3

Credits Needed to Graduate

78

Program Accreditation

ACME – Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes, GRE or MAT Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, DC, NC, NY, PR

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

78

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$820.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$63,960.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$820.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$63,960.00

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.