Certified Nurse Midwife - Masters degree or more?

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    What are the degree requirements to be a CNM in the near future (2015)? Will you now need a Doctorate degree like with Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Or is it still just a Masters degree? I always wanted to be a midwife, but have taken so long to get my BSN that I don't know if another degree is possible this late in my stage (age 44) and definitely not sure about TWO more advanced degrees.
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    I am wondering as well and hope someone answers.
    I am currently in an ADN program, but have my BA in Sociology, and would also like to be a CNM. NOt really sure I want to be an NP but if required, I guess I would
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    Last I heard it is going to a doctorate, but I am not sure when exactly. This website may be helpful: How to Become a Midwife check out the education section.
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    Dalla, they are talking about it for the future (not exactly when because they keep tweeking the degree). Please don't let the length of your schooling deter you from your dreams. Age is a number, and just because you might be older than some in your class doesn't mean you cannot succeed. Most colleges do a combined Master's with CNM in one track so it's not like you have to do a Master's then go back for CNM. With a bit of luck by the time you finish your CNM they still won't be requiring a Doctorate degree. :-) Please keep going with your schooling, there are many women out there that need midwives!
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    I am not sure where you are at; but Baylor university offers a 3 year BSN to DNP program for nurse-midwife. That is what I plan to do once I have some experience in L&D.
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    I have a friend finishing up her first year at Baylor for that program. Frontier offers the DNP program too. That said I don't know what will be required and when. They've been talking about it for years. At University of Florida they changed there program to match that of Baylor. They have the BSN-DNP
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    Hi Dalla,

    To become a CNM, you will only need a master's degree, about 2 years. There has been talk about creating a doctorate in midwifery, but that is most likely an advanced degree of choice, not affecting your license. Even if eventually, it turned out to be true, you would be "grandfathered" in. Midwives started out with a bachelor's degree, and the same thing happened when the Master's program was instated.
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    I had the same concern. I called up the American College of Nurse Midwives today and the woman I spoke to said that they DO NOT plan on switching the minimum degree for practice to DNP. I was glad to hear that because I plan on enrolling in a MSN program and I wouldn't be done before 2015.
    The woman only spoke on behalf of midwives. Nurse Practitioners may still make the move.. idk about that.

    P.S. don't quote me!! I'm just spreading what I heard!
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    Yeah! That is what I heard from an admissions counselor at Georgetown University - which charges $80,000 for an 18-month program! And they don't require experience in L&D - but $1,650 per credit? Get real!
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    WOW that is HIGH!!
    Im glad they won't be requiring a DNP as I would really like to get my Masters and be done with school!


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