Meet the Program Director
Michelle Collins, PhD, CNM
Dr. Collins joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2005, coming from a widely diverse clinical practice background. She began her career in nurse-midwifery as the first certified nurse-midwife in the city where she lived in Illinois, initiating a successful waterbirth service at that site. Her goal is to help students develop their passion in caring for women through every stage of a woman's life, and to guide them as they become excellent nurse-midwives who deliver evidence based-care. Dr. Collins is active in the Vanderbilt nurse-midwifery practice, having a special interest in cervical dysplasia, diagnosis and treatment. She has received awards for teaching and expertise in working with the media. Dr. Collins loves clinical practice, as well as teaching the next generation of certified nurse-midwives. She has had publications in such journals as the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, and Nursing for Women's Health.
Dual-focus Program Expands Scope of Practice
The dual-focus Nurse-Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner program at Vanderbilt School of Nursing is an attractive option for students who want to practice as nurse-midwives and also care for their patients’ families and others. Vanderbilt is home to one of the oldest and most progressive Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) programs in the country. Graduates of the dual-focus specialty program will be prepared both as a nurse midwife and as a Family Nurse Practitioner to deliver comprehensive primary care to individuals from preconception through adulthood.
The Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwifery program is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (formerly ACNM Division of Accreditation). For information, contact:
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (formerly ACNM Division of Accreditation)
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-6374
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-0498