Vanderbilt School of Nursing has recently obtained new funding from HRSA to support midwifery students. Nurse-midwifery students may qualify for MEADOW funding and dual nurse-midwifery/family nurse-practitioner students may qualify for both MEADOW and CAP funding. Learn More.

We are the nation's #1 Nurse-Midwifery program. If you are interested in providing a full range of primary health care services to women/individuals, from adolescence throughout the lifespan, Nurse-Midwifery is for you. The approach of a certified nurse-midwife is to meet the specific needs of women/individuals, offer a variety of options and minimize unnecessary intervention. You will be a skilled health professional emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention, providing preconception counseling, care during pregnancy and childbirth, gynecologic services and peri- and post-menopausal care. Certified nurse-midwives also care for newborns through the first 28 days of life.

Our Strengths

We are next door to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. But most importantly, we are committed to the success of our students. We offer a rigorous curriculum and one of the nation’s largest nurse-midwifery faculty practices in a university setting in the country. Our doctorally prepared, practice-active faculty use a mix of traditional classroom settings, simulated experiences and clinical training to fully prepare you for a career in this field. Our students benefit from low faculty-to-student ratios, mentoring and personalized attention

Our Curriculum

Our 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. Your learning experience will be enhanced through the use of advanced teaching technologies and nursing informatics as well as through the faculty’s use of innovative teaching styles and techniques. Rotations in a variety of 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, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), 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.

Educational Formats

The Nurse-Midwifery specialty requires students to be in the Nashville area for all classes. Clinical sites, both in the Middle Tennessee area, and in other states, are used for clinical rotations. As students progress in their specialty year, a variety of innovative technology tools are used for coursework, as students do not meet together as frequently on campus as they do in the first semester of the specialty year. We call this a hybrid course format. Each semester, the schedule for your clinical experiences and your clinical site changes.
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Nurse-Midwifery Faculty Practice

There is a thriving School of Nursing midwifery practice. We have an extensive nurse-midwifery faculty practice that provides outpatient care at three clinics and intrapartum care at a free-standing birth center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  The practice provides a complete range of health services for women/individuals. They are active on Instagram as vumcbirth.   

Nurse-Midwifery Program

Career Opportunities

As a Certified Nurse-Midwife, you can provide care to individuals in urban and rural settings, such as:

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

Life of a Midwife

Hear from Katrina Despisos or Hannah Diaz below, or watch Lila Humbert's stories.


Interested in learning more about the NM specialty? Watch a previously-recorded webinar (Summer 2024), which:

  • Describes the program in detail
  • Explains the application requirements
  • Provides tips for preparing a competitive application

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