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Certified Nurse Midwife

Career data updated last on 10/6/2014
Certified Nurse Midwife A certified nurse midwife (CNM) provides health services to women throughout their lifespan, but in particular before, during and after childbirth. Care is also extended to their newborns. The CNM provides well-woman healthcare, including gynecological, inter-conceptual and menopausal care. Approximately 100,000 babies each year are delivered by certified nurse midwives.
Salary $44.78 hourly- $93, 150 annually
Significant Points One of the 10 occupations projected to have the largest numbers of new jobs. Earnings are above average, particularly for advanced practice nurses who have additional education or training.
Specializations
Work Environment Certified nurse midwives work in hospitals, birthing centers, health maintenance organizations, public health departments, private offices, clinics and in the home. Some have their own private practices.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including one biological science, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and one in civics.
Academic Requirements Nurse midwives are registered nurses who receive extensive instruction in clinical midwifery, reproduction anatomy and physiology, and newborn care. Educational programs provide either certificate education or masters degrees. Programs in nurse midwifery take one to two years (beyond the education as an RN) depending on the program and its prerequisites. Graduates must then pass an examination given by the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Schools/Organizations

University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
Masters Degree Master's    On-line program available On-line program available

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