Ann Gianoglio Burk, MBA
Once you complete your degree you will take an exam called the NCLEX to become a registered nurse. From there you will need to get 1 to 2 years in nursing experience before you are eligible to start your Master's degree.
You will them need your Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) next. Some students choose to become Nurse Practioners instead. Depending on the school and your state's requirements either could work.
Lastly, you will go on for a specialized advanced certification in midwifery. I hope this helps. Good luck!
Ann recommends the following next steps:
Dr. Colette Forde’s Answer
1. The most common path remains becoming a registered nurse first and then entering a Nurse Midwifery program (you will then earn the title of Nurse Midwife). You will need a Masters degree to practice as a Nurse Midwife so most students take a Masters program where they specialize in becoming a Nurse Midwife. Once you graduate , you then have to apply to take the certification exam issued by ACNM (American College of Nurse Midwifery). You will not be able to practice as a Nurse Midwifery until you pass this certification exam. Note that most Nurse Midwives are now working towards obtaining a Doctorate or PhD (DNP Midwifery program) as the majority of professional nursing organizations support the DNP as the basic level of education required of all advance practice nurses.
2. There are certifications programs available in Nurse Midwifery but you must already have a Masters degree in nursing to enter these programs. (post Masters certification in Nurse Midwifery)
3. A newer option to becoming a Certified Midwife are Masters Direct Entry (MDE) Programs in Midwifery. These programs are a minimum of three-years, when attending a full-time program. You still have to pass the certification exam (ACNM) in order to practice as a Certified Midwife.
Professional licenses vary state by state so you will need to research your state to see if they accept the Masters option (CM - certified midwife) or if you have to become a registered nurse first (certified nurse midwife). Look into the website hosted by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) as you will find more information there that will help guide you in your journey.
Good luck in your journey.