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.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The LHSON-NM PROGRAM exists in order to:
1. Educate individual in a unique Christian environment to become safe, culturally competent, and inherently ethical beginning clinical practitioners of nurse-midwifery.
2. 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.
3. Promote the adoption of professional roles inherent in nurse-midwifery.
A graduate from the LHSON NM/DNP PROGRAM will be able to:
1. Practice as a competent nurse-midwife and help meet the unmet health care needs, particularly within the state of Texas.
2. Manage the care of women and families using the nurse-midwifery process that includes a 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.
Mary Ann Faucher, CNM, PhD.
Global mission experiences are available for all students. Clinical site placement done by the faculty including out of hospital experiences offered. Students obtain a high volume of birth experiences and skills. Midwifery faculty are notable for experience in teaching midwifery, for research and publications and clinical practice expertise.
The nurse-midwifery/DNP program consists of 75 credit hours of study from the bachelor to the DNP degree. The typical matriculation is 9 semesters of full-time study. Part-time matriculation is an option. Upon successful completion of the course of study, graduates will be eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).
The curriculum provides didactic (theory) and clinical components organized within the framework set forth by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Core Competencies for Nurse Midwifery Practice and the American College of Nurse-Midwives Practice Doctorate in Midwifery and the Association of Colleges of Nursing's The Essentials of DNP Education for Advanced Practice Nursing. Additionally, the curriculum complies with the APRN Consensus model in identifying the population of care for the Midwifery program as gender specific (women) and the role as a primary care provider. Individual courses are offered across the lifespan in Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Health Assessment and Advanced Pathophysiology.
Application process for the Nurse Midwifery program:
- Create an account through the NursingCAS
- Baccalaureate Degree with a major in nursing
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE or MAT scores optional
- Optimally, although not required, have one year of clinical practice preferably in Labor and Delivery, extensive observational experiences of birth or education and practice as a doula.
If selected to be interviewed for admission
- A writing sample on site
- A personal interview
- Current licensure to practice as an RN in Texas before beginning course of study
- Documentation of successful completion of a graduate level statistics course
Graduate student tuition is based on credit hours, not a flat rate and is consistent with that of Baylor University. Fees are added after the per credit tuition rate. Required texts are likely to range from $500-600 for the program
For the fall start date applicants should plan to complete all admission materials on or before February 1.
For More Information Contact:
Ms. Elaine Lark
Coordinator of Recruitment and Enrollment