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What classes would you take if you wanted to become a nurse midwife?

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Raquel’s Answer

Hi Eugenia, if you are interested in becoming a nurse midwife the website that Jennifer recommended is a great comprehensive resource. But the down and dirty of it is that you will need to first get into and graduate from nursing school to become a registered nurse. There are two main paths to do this, you can go to a community college which is generally faster or you can go to a university which will provide you with a four year bachelors degree. Most hospitals require a bachelors in nursing (BSN) now and most all graduate schools also require a BSN to start a program to become a nurse midwife. Each nursing school will have its own set of prerequisite courses you will have to take before applying so it is important to decide which school you want to go to and figure out what classes you need to take. Most require the same basic courses like English, math, and anatomy & physiology but all have unique courses they require. You will then have to take an entrance exam, the main two are the ATI-TEAS and the HESI both test your reading comprehension, grammar, math, and anatomy & physiology. You will want to have good grades and a good score on this exam to get into nursing school. Once you get in you will go through your designated programs courses and clinicals. Once you graduate you will be able to take the NCLEX-RN exam to get your nursing license. Once you have this license you can work as a nurse and then look towards graduate school for midwifery. Many schools require 2 years of experience as a nurse before applying, you could try to work on a labor and delivery floor to be in the same specialty as you are interested and gain experience there. But there are some graduate programs you can start right after getting your license, you just have to find what is right for you. Graduate programs vary on length of the program but many have large online components which makes it more flexible for you to work and do school at the same time if that is something you are interested in. You will need to apply for a program to specialize in midwifery, once you graduate you will be able to take the exam to become a nurse midwife and then fully begin your dream career.
Best of luck! Nursing is a great profession!

Thank you so much for all the information. Eugenia L.

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Jennifer’s Answer

Hi, Eugenia!

What a wonderful profession to enter! The American College of Nurse-Midwives has a very useful, robust website that gives insightful information about midwifery. For example, the following webpage offers the various pathways in education toward becoming a nurse midwife and the accredited programs that are available: https://portal.midwife.org/education/education-pathway. This is a great way to start exploring your options.

Wishing you all the best on your educational journey!

Thank you for the information. Eugenia L.