Nurse Midwifery

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Program of Study
- Required courses for program.

The Nurse-Midwifery Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago was started in 1972 by Lillian Runnerstrom PhD, CNM, FACNM and has operated continuously since that time. In 2017 we will celebrate our 45th anniversary with over 500 alumni and more than 10,000 babies. We were the first and only program in Illinois, and graduates of our program have served women, mothers and babies throughout the world, while improving the health of women and their families.

The Nurse Midwifery Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago has repeatedly been ranked as one of the top ten programs in the United States. The College was also the first World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery. In 2002, our Nurse-Midwifery Program was the first Program in the country to receive the first “Midwifing Midwives for a Lifetime” Award in recognition of our 30 years of providing outstanding education to nurse-midwives.

Our nurse midwifery program cares for women and their families across the lifespan. We take advantage of a large established midwifery community in Chicago and the State of Illinois. Our Chicago students all begin clinical in our University Health Sciences Hospital, in the largest midwifery practice in the State. We practice in a campus-based outpatient center, hospital and a large community based Federally Qualified Health Center. Regional students practice with midwives in a variety of community based practices. Students can also have clinical experiences in out of hospital birth in selected areas if that is of interest to them. We strive to have students practice in a variety of settings. We place students in all clinical sites, students do not find their own clinical sites.

Nurse midwives practice across all practice settings from small private practices, to larger hospital based practices. Some practice in out of hospital settings like a birth center or a home birth practice. Midwifery is well established in Illinois, so job opportunities are available. Midwives are poised as the professionals to assist in meeting our impending maternity care provider shortage. So it’s a good time to become a CNM!


The mission of the Nurse-Midwifery and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner programs is to prepare competent clinicians who practice in a collaborative environment and provide safe, satisfying, comprehensive and individualized care to women throughout their life span. Additionally, our programs prepare clinicians who contribute to their professions through clinical practice, service, research, scholarship and education.


The Nurse-Midwifery and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner programs educate clinicians to provide comprehensive health care by forming partnerships with women that emphasizes health promotion through education, advocacy, support, and comprehensive health care services throughout women's lives. Comprehensive health care includes primary care, reproductive health care services, as well as pregnancy related care and other women's health and pregnancy related problems. Students learn to actively involve women and their families in making health choices that optimize health and wellness. This learning process is founded upon a fundamental respect for cultural and lifestyle choices as well as the individuality, spirituality and dignity of every woman. Physiological and developmental processes throughout women's lives are supported through education and the appropriate use of technology and healthcare resources.

Our programs recognize that learning is a collaborative process based upon the principles of mutual respect intellectual curiosity and a commitment to excellence. Students learn to think critically and be self-directed, while taking full advantage of the resources of the faculty, the College of Nursing and the University. Students learn through coursework and clinical experiences that include science and evidence as well as the art and aesthetics of practice.


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Program Information

  • We offer full and part-time program plans in both specialties and will help students choose a plan of study that will work for them.
  • The Doctorate of Nursing Practice prepares our students to be excellent practitioners and have the knowledge and expertise to be an effective leader and change agent in our ever changing and complex health care environment.
  • UIC College of Nursing is everywhere in Illinois.  Midwifery and WHNP students may attend courses and have clinical experiences at 5 campuses including Chicago, Rockford, Quad Cities, Peoria and Urbana. Students outside of Chicago take all their core courses at their site and then connect via video to specialty courses. Clinical experiences are arranged near their regional campus.

Our alumni have gone on to accomplish amazing things including…

  • 4 presidents of the American College of Nurse Midwives
  • 1 World Health Organization Chief Nurse Scientist
  • Many directors of Nurse Midwifery Educational programs
  • Many alumni began their own practices in a variety of settings.
  • Hundreds of Publications
  • Cutting edge research on topics like 2nd stage labor and Centering Pregnancy


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Students will be eligible to sit for the certification exams offered by American Midwifery Certification Board after completing the didactic and clinical practicum requirements.


Midwifery Certification Pass Rates

2017 100% (first attempt) None (repeat) National 91.95%
2016 91% (first attempt) 100% (repeat) National 90%
2015 100% (first attempt) 84% (repeat) National 93.4%

Graduation Rates:2017

Full-time 4 students 100%
Part-time 17 students 94%


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The Midwifery program at the University of Illinois at Chicago is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374.

For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly.
Tel: 240-485-1802,

Upon successful completion of the program, demonstrating all the professional core competencies, the graduate will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) [849 International Drive, Suite 120, Linthicum, MD 21090, Tel: (866) 366-9632].


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Additional Information

We encourage prospective students to learn more about the practice of Midwifery and Nurse Practitioners.