CNA to midwife?


Hello. I am currently a student in high school who had just completed a nursing program and have gotten my CNA license. I have one more year of high school to go and then i want to go into college and become a midwife but i am not sure what route to take or which college(s) to go into. I am in Pennsylvania currently looking for colleges to go into but i am just confused on what colleges have this kind of program. Or do i have to become an RN first? Any help would be appreciated :)

Specializes in Midwife, OBGYN. Has 4 years experience.

There are are a couple of paths to midwifery. I am also assuming that you currently reside in the United States.

I suggest as a first step that you go to and look through that website which will give you an idea what the path to midwifery looks like.

I also included a link below to a chart that talks about the different types of midwifery certifications in the United States. The type of midwifery certification that you obtain will determine which states you can practice in as well as the type of place that you might want to practice in (hospital, birth center, homebirth). Good luck!

To answer your question, you only have to be a RN first if you want to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) but both the CNM and CM will require that you have a graduate degree if you want to be certified while the CPM requires that you have at least a high school diploma.