Nurse Midwifery Program

The Nurse Midwifery Program is designed to prepare nurse midwives. The focus of the academic and clinical aspects of this program is the midwifery management process of pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care. All of our students are full-time with a 100 percent graduate rate.

Graduates are prepared for full scope midwifery practice, including well-woman gynecology, family planning, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, primary care and normal newborn care. Intensive clinical experience is provided in each of these areas in a variety of settings, exposing students to diversity in patient populations and practice options. Students learn to provide independent care for healthy women and collaborative care for women with medical and/or obstetrical complications.

Graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). Graduates are also eligible to register with New York State as a licensed nurse midwife.

Objectives of the Nurse-Midwifery Program

The Nurse Midwifery Program provides an education with a sound foundation in health science theory and clinical preparation in primary health care for women and newborns. Midwifery education is based on a theoretical foundation in the health sciences as well as clinical preparation, which focuses on knowledge, judgment and skills and that incorporates appropriate medical consultation, collaborative management or referral. The program objectives focus on the following components of midwifery care: professional responsibilities, midwifery management process, primary health care, the childbearing family- including: pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum period, care of the newborn- and the family planning and gynecologic needs of women. The Program strives to foster critical thinking in the students and cultural sensitivity and awareness in all aspects of the curriculum.


Graduates will be able to:

  1. Manage the care of essentially uncomplicated women from menarche throughout the life cycle and newborns using the midwifery management process:
    1. Collect systematically all pertinent data for complete assessment of the individual.
    2. Make an accurate decision as to the normalcy of findings and identify existing or potential problems (emergencies) based on correct interpretation of the data.
    3. Identify and assume the appropriate role in the planning and provision of care, including collaboration with other health team members.
    4. Develop a comprehensive plan of action based on the decisions made and supported by valid rationale.
    5. Implement and/or direct implementation of the plan of action safely and efficiently.
    6. Evaluate the effectiveness and completeness of the care given.
  2. Recognize and utilize the concepts of research as applied to nurse-midwifery.
  3. Develop strategies by which nurse-midwives can affect the delivery of health care services through knowledge of the functioning of health care systems.
  4. Utilize knowledge of historical and current professional issues to develop role identity and contribute to the growth of the profession of nurse-midwifery.

The Nurse Midwifery Program Director is Laura Zeidenstein DNP, CNM, FACNM and the Assistant Director is Rebekah Ruppe, DNP, CNM.


The Columbia University School of Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240- 485-1802,


Nurse-Midwifery Program Data (2015 - 2017)

  • 100% - Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) pass rate for all test takers
  • 100% - Aggregated Annual American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) pass rate for first-time and retake test takers
  • 100% - Graduates employed as a Certified Nurse-Midwife one year after graduation (2017)
  • 95% - Aggregated Annual American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) pass rate for first-time test takers over a five-year period