Online Nurse-Midwifery Programs

Nurse-midwifery is a unique branch of the nursing field. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) primarily care for women throughout pregnancy including prenatal and postpartum care. However, CNMs are also qualified to address the gynecologic and primary health care needs of women from adolescence through menopause, as well as caring for newborns and young babies. They are qualified to assess, evaluate, and diagnose women’s health care and newborn issues, prescribe medications, administer pregnancy tests, recommend treatment, recommend diagnostic measures, and develop care plans.

Aspiring nurse-midwives should seek to enroll in educational programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). The master’s, post-master’s, and doctoral programs listed below are all ACME-accredited nurse-midwifery programs.

These online programs are typically fully online with practicums local to the student, or mostly online with minimal campus visits required. They are available in several states and most allow students to enroll from states around the U.S.

Online Nurse-Midwifery Program Rankings

The programs listed here are ranked by cost, admissions flexibility, and program variety. Our database includes more than 650 online nursing programs at the MSN, DNP, and post-master’s certificate levels. A program must require no more than nine campus visits in total to qualify for our rankings.

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CNM Certification, Salary, and Career Outlook

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) may work in primary care clinics, OB/GYN clinics, birthing centers, hospitals, and in home-birth situations. Many nurse-midwives deliver babies in birthing centers, in homes, or at hospitals, with hospitals being the most frequent birthing location at 94 percent (American College of Nurse-Midwives). To become certified, nurse-midwives must pass the certified nurse-midwifery exam offered through the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

Salaries for nurse-midwives range from about $80,000 to $182,000 with the median wage falling at $103,770 (BLS, 2018). In addition, the nurse-midwifery occupation is growing at a much faster pace than the average of 5 percent, with an expected increase of 16 percent between 2018 and 2028 (BLS, 2018). In 2018 there were 6,500 nurse-midwives employed in the United States and that number is expected to increase to 7,600 by 2028 (BLS, 2018).