[color=#464f32][font=lucida grande]okay. i am considering two possible routes to obtaining cnm licensure. one is to enroll concurrently in the midwifery education program at my local hospital along with their associated master's program. total cost for this would be humongous, but it is a highly respected program and would give me good contacts for employment. my other option is to complete my ms in nursing education online for a fraction of the cost, and then apply to the hospital's post-ms certificate in midwifery. this would save me a tremendous amount of money and only add an additional 6-12 months total to my schooling. i would also get the same benefits of career contacts, a respected degree, etc.
[color=#464f32][font=lucida grande]my worry is about being competitive. the school i would get my ms in nursing education from is pass/fail only, and does not give gpas (this is the only online school i will consider because it has a stellar reputation and is very fast paced). i have a 3.97 gpa from nursing school and midwifery school (i am a cpm), and was valedictorian in high school. i think these things give me a competitive edge, but i don't know. i think i am also competitive because i am a cpm to begin with. i know that someday i will want to do nursing education, but not anytime soon so an ms in education isn't going to be all that useful for me if it doesn't get me to my cnm.
[color=#464f32][font=lucida grande]what should i do? i am so torn. the idea of saving gajillions of dollars by getting my ms online is very tempting, but i also don't want to take the "easy" route and end up getting passed over in admissions. this program only admits 8 students a year, so i really need a good application.