Nurse Midwifery DNP Program

Program Overview
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) offers a Doctor of Nursing (DNP) education program, majoring in nurse-midwifery. Students pursuing this degree are prepared to practice in concert with standards of nurse-midwifery practice as established by the American College of Nurse Midwives. The DNP nurse midwifery major is 75 credits completed in 9 semesters of full-time study.

U.S. News & World Report rankings for the 2017 Best Graduate Schools ranked LHSON's Midwifery program in its new "Health Disciplines" category ranking #10 nationally.

The LHSON-nurse-midwifery (NM) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) education program is committed to the education of nurse-midwives in a unique Christian environment who are prepared to practice in concert with standards of nurse-midwifery practice as established by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Additionally, the LHSON-nurse-midwifery program is committed to enrolling diverse and qualified students that pursue cultural competency and focus their service and clinical experiences caring for vulnerable populations. The role of the modern certified nurse-midwife encompasses clinical competency as well as professional responsibilities. Thus, the education program is committed to facilitating the adoption of the professional roles inherent in nurse-midwifery.

In order to provide the best preparation for professionals, the educational program believes that each student should be recognized as an adult learner, who comes to the program with already existing skills and knowledge. To expand these skills and knowledge, optimal learning occurs in an environment which is rich in experiences. Students learn best when the multidisciplinary nature of knowledge is appreciated and there exists access and incorporation of faculty scholars and resources of the entire academic and clinical communities.

In order to promote clinical expertise, the nurse-midwifery program is committed to disseminate information necessary for the delivery of health services to women and children which is scientific in nature, current in content, family centered in approach and reflects the art and skill of nurse-midwifery. The delivery of comprehensive care to women and families should be individualized and reflect cultural variations, physical and psychological needs, and the right to self-determination in health care. Strategies to maintain wellness or treat illness should incorporate modalities that promote safe, effective and satisfying care, are innately ethical, and recognized the human worth and dignity of the individual.

In order to provide optimal care for women and children, the use of the interdisciplinary health care team, including the woman as an active member of the team with rights to information and active participation in her health care should be promoted.

Admission Requirement

  • Unencumbered license to practice as an RN
  • Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Acceptable writing sample
  • Graduate level statistics course
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal or telephone interview
  • One year experience as a professional nurse preferred; ideally in Labor & Delivery

Nurse-Midwifery Objectives
Graduates from the LHSON DNP Program/ Nurse-Midwifery major are prepared to:

  1. Be a competent nurse-midwife and help meet the unmet health care needs, particularly within the state of Texas.
  2. Have the skills to manage the care of women and families using the nurse-midwifery process that includes use of theory that is scientific in nature and current in content with an application that is family-centered in approach and reflective of the art and skill of nurse-midwifery.

LHSON’s Nurse-Midwifery Statement of Purpose includes:

  • Educate the individual in a unique Christian environment to become safe, culturally competent, and inherently ethical beginning clinical practitioners of nurse-midwifery.
  • Increase the number and diversity of certified nurse-midwives who provide direct nurse-midwifery care for women and families, especially among the disadvantaged populations in Texas.
  • Promote adoption of professional roles inherent in nurse midwifery.

The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; 240-485-1802, www.midwife.org/acme.

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