Nurse-Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner (NMW/FNP)

As a Certified Nurse-Midwife/Family Nurse Practitioner you will deliver comprehensive care to individuals from preconception through adulthood

Do you want to practice as a nurse-midwife who is also prepared as a family nurse practitioner to care for children and families – delivering comprehensive care to individuals from preconception through adulthood? This dual-focus program will prepare you. It’s especially popular among those choosing to work in rural or international locations.


What Will You Do as Certified Nurse-Midwife/Family Nurse Practitioner?

As a result of the nurse-midwifery specialty courses, you will be prepared to manage the obstetric and primary health care needs of women across the lifespan as well as newborn infants. Curriculum and clinical experiences in the Family Nurse Practitioner program will expand your delivery of primary care to children and men, so that you can also treat these individuals with acute illnesses such as bronchitis or headache and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Preventive health services, patient education, disease management, illness prevention and other kinds of care are provided within the context of family and community. Through the combination of specialties, you will be prepared as a family nurse practitioner and midwife to deliver comprehensive primary care to individuals from preconception through adulthood.


How Will Vanderbilt Prepare You for Practice?

This dual-focus program is built upon respected, successful specialties offered by Vanderbilt School of Nursing.


The Nurse-Midwifery Program is one of the largest U.S. programs offered in a university setting, where students have the benefits of a rigorous education and varied clinical experiences, while having a high level of faculty support and involvement. It is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (formerly ACNM Division of Accreditation).


The Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Vanderbilt is one of the oldest and most progressive in the country. Rich in experience and resources, the majority of faculty are seasoned FNP professionals who are actively involved in clinical practice in today’s managed care environment.


Cutting-edge clinical practice sites and extensive research opportunities will give you an advantage in your development as an advanced practice health care delivery specialist.

Visit these two program sites to learn more.


Program Directors

Mavis Schorn

Nurse-Midwifery Program

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.


Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Amy Bull

Program Director
Geri Reeves,


Dr. Reeves is a board certified family nurse practitioner and is an experienced nurse educator. She also has expertise as a primary care provider in addition to experience in management of NP run clinics. She received her MSN from Vanderbilt school of nursing and her PhD from the University of Kentucky. Her research interests are the impact of depressive symptoms on chronic disease outcomes. She joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 1996 in a joint practice and academic role. Currently, she practices part-time at the Vanderbilt Williamson County walk in clinics in Franklin and Spring Hill, TN. She also volunteers her time as healthcare provider at a VUSN’s Mercury Court Clinic.



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,