Philosophy for the Program
We value that every person has a right to be an active participant in their healthcare and be provided with accurate information to self-determine the best choices for themselves and their families.
We value a model of healthcare that includes the therapeutic use of human presence and communication, a full partnership that honors the woman and her individual experiences and knowledge, and one that is based on the best evidence available.
We value the normalcy of women’s life cycle events and believe that midwifery care balances watchful waiting and non-intervention with appropriate intervention, consultation, collaboration, and referral with other members of the healthcare team in order to provide optimal care.
We value formal education, lifelong learning, professional development, and research, to guide not only midwifery practice, but the development of the profession of midwifery and the education of midwives.
Masters in Nursing Program Outcomes
- Provide leadership in a variety of systems to promote high quality and safe care for individuals and communities.
- Integrate nursing knowledge, theoretical foundations, and evidence to inform practice changes that improve health.
- Improve practice through knowledge and use of current and emerging information technologies.
- Integrate ethical perspectives and Christian principles in advanced nursing practice.
- Advocate for improved health of populations through analysis of policy and systems that address health disparities and determinants.
- Promote culturally competent systems that support the global context of healthcare.
- Collaborate with the interprofessional healthcare team to improve patient and population health outcomes.
Additional Program Outcomes: Nurse-Midwifery
- Function as a nurse-midwife through integration of theory, research, ethical and Christian perspectives, global realities, policy-making issues, and information technologies.
- Influence clinical practice through theory application and use of evidence in order to improve care for women and their families.
- Manage holistically the healthcare needs of women across the lifespan and healthy newborns within the healthcare system.
Progression and Graduation
To progress in the program and graduate, the student must meet Bethel University requirements for academic progress. In addition to graduation requirements common to all master’s degree programs, students in nurse-midwifery must:
- Earn a grade of B- or better in each nursing course. This indicates satisfactory achievement of objectives and completion of course requirements.
Further details on departmental policies and procedures are described in the Nursing Program Graduate Student Handbook.
- All courses (except intensives) are delivered online using best practices in internet technology, instructional design, and adult learning.
- Three, Wednesday through Friday intensives are held on the Bethel University campus.
- Five practicums are required during the program.
- The program capstone is a master’s project.
- A supportive learning community is achieved through the cohort model—a small group of students progressing through a degree program together.
- The curriculum prepares students to take a national exam from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).
Program Performance Standards
Nursing is a practice discipline. All nursing practice and nurse-midwifery students must demonstrate a wide variety of cognitive, interpersonal, and motor skills. A list of core program performance standards is available from the nursing department. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to eligible students who can demonstrate need based on a qualifying disability in accordance with the applicable law. Students seeking reasonable accommodations must request them in a timely manner in order to avoid scheduling delays. A minimum of 30 days advance notice prior to the start of the academic term is required because of the complex nature of clinical and intensive courses. Consultation related to reasonable accommodations is available through the Office of Disability Resources and Services.
The required program for the M.S. in Nurse-Midwifery comprises a 57 semester credit sequence of courses. Students who do not already hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing are required to complete additional undergraduate course prerequisites (detailed in the College of Adult & Professional Studies catalog) prior to beginning the M.S. in Nurse-Midwifery program.
|NURS 602||Midwifery Perspectives 1||3|
|NURS 606||Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses 1||4|
|NURS 611||Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 1||3|
|NURS 614||Nurse-Midwifery I: Healthcare for Women and Primary Care 1||4|
|NURS 615||Global Perspectives of Health 1||3|
|NURS 616||Nurse-Midwifery II: Antepartal Care 1||3|
|NURS 617||Nurse-Midwifery III: Intrapartum and Postpartum Care 1||4|
|NURS 618||Nurse-Midwifery IV: Newborn Care 1||2|
|NURS 619||Fetal Evaluation 1||1|
|NURS 620||Reproductive Physiology for Advanced Practice Nurses 1||3|
|NURS 626||Evidence Translation for Practice 1||3|
|NURS 673||Advanced Pathophysiology 1||3|
|NURS 714||Nurse-Midwifery I: Practicum 1||2|
|NURS 716||Nurse-Midwifery II: Practicum 1||2|
|NURS 717||Nurse-Midwifery III: Practicum 1||3|
|NURS 718||Nurse-Midwifery IV: Practicum 1||1|
|NURS 753||Professional Issues for Nurse-Midwives 1||4|
|NURS 754||Clinical Integration for Nurse-Midwives 1||7|
|NURS 793||Nurse-Midwifery Master's Project 1||2|
Course must be taken for credit at Bethel.
The M.S. degree program in Nurse-Midwifery will consider applicants who:
- Meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
- Submit an official transcript (U.S. schools) or NACES or AICE evaluation (international schools) showing an earned baccalaureate degree and official transcripts or NACES or AICE evaluations from all graduate schools attended. Applicants must also submit an official transcript or NACES or AICE evaluation from any school that shows completion of any nursing program coursework or required program prerequisites.
- Have earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited (or internationally recognized as equivalent) institution. Registered nurses with non-nursing baccalaureate or higher degrees who apply will be considered on an individual basis, and additional prerequisite course requirements apply as well as an earlier application deadline.
- Have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the highest degree completed.
- Have successfully completed a college level prerequisite course in statistics. Inferential statistics content is recommended. The course must have earned at least two semester credits from a regionally accredited (or internationally recognized as equivalent) institution and may have been taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.
- TOEFL examination score report is required of all international applicants and all applicants whose primary language is not English. A minimum score of 84 on the internet-based test or 26 on the speaking test is required.
- Submit one professional and one supervisor Admission Reference.
- Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or lower must submit a Miller Analogies Test score report with a minimum score of 400 (taken within the last three years) or a GRE score report (taken within the last three years); GRE score benchmarks are 149, 149, and 3.6.
- Submit a written Statement of Purpose.
- Provide proof of health insurance.
- Submit a copy of current registered nurse license. Must be licensed in the state in which practicum experiences will occur.
- Submit a resume that includes prior education and work experience. Required- one year clinical experience; Labor and Delivery or Women’s Health suggested.
- Interview with program faculty or enrollment counselor.
- After admission into the program students will be required to submit:
- Completed Nursing Student Immunization Record.
- Documentation of a 2-step Mantoux and a current negative Mantoux/chest X-ray.
- Copy of current CPR certification.
Students who have not achieved the minimum GPA, grade standards, or other assessment criteria may still apply to be considered for provisional acceptance. See Admission Categories.
Adult Professional Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Post-Baccalaureate)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Degree Completion)