I was hoping if somebody could help me. I'm confused by UICs information. Is the CNM program included in the MSN program if CNM is the APRN route you are aiming for, OR, do you complete your MSN, then apply for the CNM program? According to the school's website, it takes 2-4 years (depending on FT/PT to obtain your MSN. Does this include your specialty area (like CNM)? If not, how long does the post cert CNM take, assuming full time. Thanks!
Feb 1, '13
I'm not familiar with that program, but a CNM is someone who has an MSN in nurse-midwifery. So yes, the MSN program would be in nurse-midwifery (unless you were doing a dual CNM/NP program). You don't get the MSN, and then go back to school to get the CNM. The MSN is the degree, and CNM is the certification. So yes, the 2-4 years is for the whole thing in its entirety.
Feb 1, '13
Thank you so much. You answered my question perfectly. I'm an RN continuing my education, and for a speech class we have to talk about the steps to becoming what we want to do. The UIC website confused me referring to CNM as "Post Master's" certificate. I didn't want to tell my classmates that once you obtained your MSN (in women's health) its then required to spend more time on Nurse Midwife courses specifically. What I meant by APRN is advanced practice registered nurse. At UIC, through their MSN program, you can go four routes as I understand it, for example pediatrics... Nurse Midwifery is another route. Thanks again!
Feb 2, '13
A post-Master's certificate is slightly different. It's for people who already have an MSN in another discipline, and want to obtain the education to get their CNM (for example - you can get a post-Master's certificate as an NP as well). Because you already have an MSN, a post-master's certificate usually requires less coursework and is done in less time.
Feb 5, '13
I believe UIC does a BSN-DNP program, actually. In this case you probably won't get a masters degree at all. Maybe the program is a bit different if you already have an MSN in a different field?
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