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Women’s Health and Midwifery, MS

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Graduate School

Keiser University’s Master’s in Women’s Health Program explores the complexities of providing primary care to women throughout the birthing process and focuses on cultivating nurses who are sensitive to the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of the women in their care.


To earn a MS WHM degree from Keiser University, students must accomplish the following:

  • Earn a minimum of 64.0 graduate semester credit hours
  • Earn a minimum grade average of 3.0
  • Have no more than one course with a grade of “C”
  • Complete all MS WHM credits through Keiser University
  • Complete a minimum of 675 precepted clinical hours
  • Complete two, scheduled, four-day residencies
  • Complete all MS WHM degree requirements within five years of beginning coursework; exceptions for extenuating circumstances reviewed by Dean of the Graduate School or Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for Graduate Education
  • Register for The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) prior to completing the last course (The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) is the national certifying body for candidates in nurse-midwifery and midwifery who have received their graduate level education in programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME))

Program Objectives

The overall objective of the program is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to be women’s health and nurse-midwifery leaders who are empowered to generate, explore, and apply nursing and midwifery knowledge for evolving health care environments. The program goals are:

  • Integrate theoretical perspectives from nursing science and related sciences as a framework for planning holistic care in various environmental contexts.
  • Demonstrate competence in providing and evaluating nurse-midwifery practice with an emphasis on safety and quality.
  • Demonstrate leadership for nurse-midwifery practice as a member of an interprofessional team within various environmental contexts.
  • Apply evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and/or communities.
  • Critically appraise evidence in the planning, delivery and evaluation of safe and effective care within various environmental contexts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills that promote access to equitable health for all individuals and help shape the health delivery system through policy, processes and advocacy.
  • Develop and deliver culturally sensitive, ethical, and financially sound comprehensive nurse-midwifery care to individuals, aggregates, and/or communities.
  • Demonstrate professional roles to operationalize standards of care and to influence reasoned change in nurse-midwifery practice.
  • Analyze implications of legal, ethical, and financial accountability from the perspective of nurse-midwifery practice and within various environmental contexts.
  • Exhibit a commitment to excellence in nursing/nurse-midwifery practice in order to advance the disciplines of nursing and midwifery.

Program Outline

To receive a Master of Science in Women’s Health and Midwifery, students must earn 64 graduate semester credit hours as described below. The length of this program is approximately 44 months.

Graduate Division Courses

Master Of Science In Women’s Health And Midwifery (64.0 credits hours)
Core Women’s Health and Midwifery Courses (49.0 credits hours)
* NUR501 Leadership and Professional Development in Nursing 3.0 credit hours
NUR510 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3.0 credit hours
NUR502 Nursing Theory for Research and Practice 3.0 credit hours
NUR680 Research for Evidence-Based Practice and Outcome Management 3.0 credit hours
NUR650 Advanced Pathophysiology for Practice 3.0 credit hours
NUR661 Principles of Pharmacology for Advanced Practice II 3.0 credit hours
NUR671 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning II 3.0 credit hours
NUM700 Fundamentals in the Primary Care of Women 3.0 credit hours
NUM701 Introduction to the Role of the Nurse Midwife 3.0 credit hours
NUM702 Midwifery Care of Pregnant Women 3.0 credit hours
NUM703 Midwifery Antepartum Care 3.0 credit hours
NUM704 Midwifery Care of the Mother and Newborn 3.0 credit hours
NUM705 Advanced Midwifery Care of the Mother and Newborn 4.0 credit hours
NUM706 Fundamentals of Women’s Health 3.0 credit hours
NUM710 Foundational Skills for Advanced Clinical Practice 1.0 credit hours
NUM711 Fundamental Skills for Midwifery Care 1.0 credit hours
NUM712 Fundamentals of Independent Midwifery Practice 3.0 credit hours
** NUM720 Midwifery Final Comprehensive Exam Review 1.0 credit hours

* NUR501 Prerequisite course
** Students must successfully complete all courses prior to enrolling in NUM720

Midwifery Care Experiences (15.0 credit hours)
NUM713 Midwifery Care Experience I (135 clinical hours): Residency I 3.0 credit hours
NUM714 Midwifery Care Experience II (135 clinical hours) 3.0 credit hours
NUM715 Midwifery Care Experience III (135 clinical hours) 3.0 credit hours
NUM716 Midwifery Care Experience IV (135 clinical hours) 3.0 credit hours
NUM717 Midwifery Care Experience V (135 clinical hours) Residency II 3.0 credit hours

Note: Courses in the program are 8-weeks in length. Most courses are asynchronous in nature; however, some courses may require students to participate in activities at set times. The M.S. in Women’s Health and Midwifery requires two courses (NUM713 and NUM717) where students will receive on-campus instruction during an intensive weekend. Students will focus on skill development in women’s health and midwifery, applying knowledge gained in coursework. Students will receive individual interaction, direction, and feedback from faculty members, opportunities to share experiences and insights with peers, and preparation for clinical work in practicum settings. Attendance of the intensive weekend portion of these courses is required and part of the course grade. Courses are offered at specific times during the program. When following a typical student program plan, students will come to campus during the third year of the program and again while completing the final practicum experience.

Clinical Experiences: Toward the end of the program, students will complete clinical experiences, referred to as midwifery care experiences. During this time, students will have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned in their coursework. Students will practice foundational nursing skills and gradually integrate more advanced skills, while receiving individual and group supervision. Students will be responsible for selecting an appropriate site that can provide the types of activities, clients, and clinical supervision required. Students should consult with their academic advisor for details regarding their required experiences and supervisor qualifications. Students are required to obtain a minimum of 675 hours of midwifery care experiences. The program prepares students for, but does not guarantee, certification by The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). Students are strongly encouraged to contact their state licensing board to determine the requirements needed in the state in which they are seeking certification prior to beginning the Master of Science and Midwifery program.

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