As a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), you will be a skilled health care professional who provides primary health care to women, with emphasis on health promotion, education and disease prevention.

Are you interested in joining students from a variety of professional backgrounds, sharing perspectives and valuing what each other brings to the educational experience? Do you want to gain hands-on clinical learning in a variety of settings? Vanderbilt’s program with a stellar reputation, supportive faculty and a broadly diverse student population offers opportunities to work alongside certified nurse-midwives in settings both in and out of the hospital.


What Will You Do as a Certified Nurse-Midwife?

Midwives have been part of the human experience since ancient times. The English translation of midwife is “with woman.” Today, the word indicates a philosophy of care that focuses on the specific needs of women, offers a variety of options and minimizes unnecessary intervention. As a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), you will be a skilled health care professional who provides primary health care to women, with emphasis on health promotion, education and disease prevention. You will provide preconception counseling, care during pregnancy and childbirth, immediate newborn care, gynecological services and care of the peri-menopausal and post-menopausal woman. You will consult, collaborate with and refer to other health care providers as indicated. Health education will be a primary focus of your relationship with patients, as you help women prevent problems and assist in developing and maintaining good health habits.


Where Will You Practice?

Both during your educational experience at Vanderbilt and upon graduation and certification as a nurse-midwife, you will have opportunities to practice in a variety of urban and rural settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • OB-GYN Clinics
  • Private OB-GYN Practices
  • Public Health Clinics
  • Birthing Centers
  • Other Settings

How Will Vanderbilt Prepare You for Practice?

Vanderbilt’s innovative and supportive Nurse-Midwifery faculty will help prepare you to be a primary health care provider to women and newborns through first-rate experiences in and out of the classroom. Didactic classes provide you with a rich theoretical and research-based foundation. Advanced technologies and nursing informatics enhance your experiences in our state-of-the-art laboratories and various clinical settings, as well as through innovative teaching and learning tools. Rotations to different clinical settings create a broad-based exposure to real-world learning and to the strengths and knowledge of various expert preceptors. Vanderbilt School of Nursing also encourages and supports your involvement in the national nurse-midwifery organization and helps prepare you for the business of health care as well as your role in the system of health care locally, nationally and internationally. Due to State Boards of Nursing and/or State Higher Educational rules, the School may not be able to provide clinical placements in your location of choice, but every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your placement request.


Hybrid Course Format

Faculty value the education and transformation process that occurs when students and faculty meet face-to-face. As such, the nurse-midwifery program does require students to be in the Nashville area for on campus classes.

Each semester in the program, the schedule for clinical, as well as the clinical site, changes. There is one clinical day in the first fall semester of the specialty year, and all students spend that at a VUSON faculty nurse-midwifery site. During the second semester spring clinicals, students are in the outpatient nurse-midwifery clinical course, and spend three days per week at a clinical site either in Nashville, or within driving distance from Nashville. For summer intrapartum/post-partum and newborn clnical rotations, students spend the first month of the semester on campus, learning those skills they will need to use as they begin attending births.


Once they have completed skills check offs, students then begin attending their first births at clinical sites which may be in Nashville, or may be in a variety of other states. In the final clinical practicum, fall semester, students are on campus for approximately one week at the beginning and end of the semester. The remainder of the semester is spent at their clinical site, which again, may be in Nashville, or may be in another state. Travel is a requirement of the program, as we strive to give the student a vast array of clinical experiences, which ultimately enriches the student experience. 


Nurse-Midwifery Faculty Practice

The Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwifery Faculty Practice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides a complete range of OB-GYN women’s health services. Our nurse-midwives are clinical faculty members at Vanderbilt School of Nursing. Visit our site to learn more.



The Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwifery program is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; Tel: 240-485-1802,, email contact for ACME: Jaime Sampson, Administrative Assistant,