Frontier Nursing University, the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University rank among the nation’s best schools with nurse midwifery programs, according to U.S. News &World Report’s 2015 rankings. The American College of Nurse-Midwives notes that each school offers graduate degree programs and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.
Frontier Nursing University’s midwife program is open to registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree. Graduates receive a Master of Science in Nursing. Students take online courses and complete clinical practicum in their own community. Students must be on campus for a four-day orientation session and five-day skills workshop before starting clinical practicum. If interested, graduates take another 17 hours of courses and 360 hours of clinicals to earn a Companion Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree, as stated on the school’s website.
The University of Pennsylvania offers a dual major for midwifery students. From the school's website, once they complete the program, graduates take one or two certification exams. The first is for the American Midwifery Certification Board. The second test, given by the National Certification Corporation, is for graduates to become certified women’s health care nurse-practitioners.
Vanderbilt University midwifery students take all classes on campus, but clinical sites are in various locations. Clinical sites change each semester, according to the program’s website.