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 who pursue cultural competency and focus their service and clinical experiences caring for vulnerable populations.
In order to provide the best preparation for professionals, the education 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 that is rich in experiences. 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. The program coordinator is 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
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.
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:
- Complete the online graduate school application.
- Baccalaureate Degree with a major in nursing
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE or MAT scores, taken within the last 5 years.
- 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