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The Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse-Midwifery track (DNP-NM) prepares actively practicing RNs to lead the way in women’s and gender-related healthcare using the midwifery model.

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Transform Lives as a DNP Nurse-Midwife 

As one of the top DNP midwifery programs, Baylor's online DNP-NM provides a unique and holistic approach to women’s healthcare. 

Our program is committed to preparing nurse-midwives to provide compassionate care throughout women's lifespans using the midwifery model, all within a supportive Christian environment. We also prioritize diversity and cultural competency, offering clinical experiences that focus on caring for vulnerable populations.

Explore our curriculum and the American College of Nurse-Midwives' core competencies here.

 Online DNP - Nurse-Midwifery Fast Facts

The requirements to apply for the online BSN-DNP NM program are:

  • BSN from a regionally accredited school of nursing
  • 3.0 GPA
    • Courses taken pass/fail will not be eligible for admission
  • At least one year of full-time experience as a professional nurse in labor and delivery, on the mother-baby unit, or in an outpatient OB/GYN setting at time of application. Extensive observational experiences of birth, or education and practice as a doula will be considered. Applicants with other experiences in the maternal-child health specialty will be considered individually.
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Complete an acceptable written personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, as follows: one must be from an immediate supervisor, one must be from a peer nurse, and one must be from an MSN, DNP, or PhD-prepared nurse
  • No GRE or MAT Required

The requirements to apply for the online Post Master's DNP program are:

  • Verification of an unencumbered license to practice as an APRN
  • Master's degree with a major in nursing
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation as follows: One must be from an immediate supervisor, one must be from a peer nurse and one must be from an MSN, DNP, or PhD-prepared nurse
  • Verification of total clinical hours obtained for the Master's degree
  • Complete a written personal statement
  • Current clinical practice within the last two years
  • Successful completion of graduate-level statistics course with a grade of B or better (must be completed prior to matriculation into the program)

Clinical Placement Support

Clinical placement is a required educational component of Baylor’s online nursing programs. The hands-on learning, supervision and applying theory into practice prepare you for your future role in the field. Many students also find potential employment opportunities at their placement site upon graduation.


How Does This Benefit You?

At Baylor, we believe you are only as successful as your training—that’s why we collaborate with our students to identify and secure sites and preceptors for all clinical rotations. Our staff will sort through the logistics of clinical placement so you can focus more on coursework and building competencies as a nurse.


How Does the Clinical Placement Process Work?

As a newly enrolled student, you’ll partner with our clinical team to determine unique placement needs. We’ll collaborate with you to identify placement opportunities, including locating and securing a quality site and preceptor during your program. You’ll be responsible for several preparation tasks, including filling out forms, passing a drug screening, background check and proof of recommended vaccinations.


What is the Placement Experience Like?

During your placement experience, you’ll have access to faculty and resources to support you on and off-site, including mentorship and guidance for procedures, patient interactions and proficiencies. At the end of your rotation, you and your preceptor will review requirements and complete any surveys. You may receive new details for your next clinical experience if you have multiple rotations.


What Can I Expect from My Preceptor?

Your preceptor is your on-site role model and will help you develop as a nurse during your clinical rotation. They will focus on helping you bridge gaps between theory and practice, orientate you to the practice setting, help you plan clinical assignments, provide 1:1 supervision, give daily feedback and complete required paperwork on your behalf.

Do I Qualify?

See below for the states in which we accept applicants for the online DNP Nurse-Midwifery program:

  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
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 DNP Midwifery Curriculum At-A-Glance

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Emphasizing healthcare services for women and for gender-related health needs, the curriculum provides a detailed study of antepartum, labor and birth, gynecological, newborn and preventive care.

The role and image of, and misconceptions about, the nurse-midwife in contemporary society are explored. The historic, political, social, and economic bases of nurse-midwifery practice are examined. Students become familiar with the role of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) in professional practice and resources available through the ACNM, as well as regulations and legislation which guide, interpret, and provide a legal and ethical base for future nurse-midwifery practice.

This course focuses on application of the Nurse-Midwifery process for the care of healthy women during childbirth and the newborn.

This course focuses on application of the Nurse-Midwifery process to the care of mothers and newborns with complications. The goal of this course is to further develop the roles and responsibilities of the health care provider in caring for women and families who have high risk situations or conditions. Complex gynecologic care is discussed for mastery level.

 Why Nurses Choose Baylor

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Our faculty are award-winning experts in their specialties, providing exceptional instruction & guidance.

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Our dedicated advisors offer personalized support for students' growth & success.

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Baylor University, a renowned research institution, is ranked among the top graduate schools for DNP programs.


Our online DNP program offers 6 clinical tracks for nurses to excel & pursue their ideal careers.


I knew Baylor was the right fit for me because they are holistically training providers in leadership, policy change, and preparing them for the entire role.

Rachel Berry (Carmichael) | DNP-FNP

Nursing student in the online DNP program at Baylor University Online
Dr. Spies reached out to me to do some graduate research assistant work for her. And that was exciting for me because it's something I was definitely interested in.

Lucinda Bush | DNP-FNP

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I chose Baylor for my DNP-FNP degree because the university has an exceptional academic reputation, which captured my interest.

Saidara Eribo | DNP-FNP

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 Baylor Nursing By The Numbers

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100% certification pass rate for FNP and Nurse-Midwifery graduates.
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Baylor University is ranked higher than 98% of nursing schools in Texas in 2024 -
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Baylor’s DNP program is ranked higher than 83% of the Best DNP Programs in the nation for 2024 - U.S. News & World Report

 Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Baylor University's Online DNP-Midwifery program

Students typically complete the DNP program in the following timeframe. Please note that actual length to program completion will vary depending on the student's background and selected track.

  • BSN holders typically complete our DNP program in three (3) years and four (4) months, skipping the Master’s degree program entirely
  • MSN holders typically complete our DNP program in 18 to 24 months

Yes. Baylor University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE**). The DNP Nurse-Midwifery online program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME*).

A Doctor of Nursing Practice is the optimal pathway for registered nurses who are seeking preparation at the highest level of nursing practice. As a terminal degree, a DNP degree is the highest level of education in the field and represents the most advanced nursing degree available. There is no further opportunity for educational advancement within this profession. Graduates of Baylor’s online DNP program are prepared as exemplary nursing leaders and visionary nurses who can actively shape and improve patient outcomes, policy, processes and the future of nursing.

DNPs earn a higher average salary than an MSN (on average) and have more overall options for career goals. Many DNP graduates enter into positions with more responsibility to care for both individual and population health needs as nursing team leads and other expanded roles. The career outlook for DNPs is anticipated to be very strong as the AACN is advocating to require a DNP for all APRN roles by the year 2025.

If your MSN degree is in any of the following disciplines, you may need to participate in our full program. Please speak with an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

  • MSN-Nurse Educator
  • MSN-Clinical Leadership
  • MSN-Informatics
  • MSN-Leadership
  • MSN-Administration

You must have completed your MSN in Nurse-Midwifery with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and Nurse-Midwifery Board Certification. Additional documents or experience may be required - download your course guide to learn more.

Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing understands the needs and challenges of busy RNs. Our online coursework allows you to balance your career with your other commitments.

 DNP vs. MSN?

The DNP is a terminal degree that prepares nurses for leadership, given the constantly changing demands of the U.S. healthcare system. Currently, steps are being taken to transition the DNP degree as the standard for entry-level advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). While the profession is not yet there, earning your DNP helps future-proof your career as a qualified nurse leader.

According to AANC, nurses desiring an APRN education with the choice between a doctoral or master's level preparation would find it far more cost-effective to spend additional time towards their DNP and be prepared for future practice.

"Job opportunities are far greater, and it provides you with the knowledge and expertise to have a seat at the board table," according to Angela Renee Stewart, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, TTS, Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor University, Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

DNP - Nurse-Midwifery Faculty

The faculty for the Online DNP - Nurse-Midwifery degree program are committed to delivering state-of-the-art instruction through innovative learning methodologies. They embody the unique mission of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing of Baylor University by preparing nurse-midwives, within a Christian community, for professional practice, health care leadership, and worldwide service. Click here to learn more about the faculty for this program. 

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Online DNP Nurse-Midwifery Program Outcomes

The Online DNP Nurse-Midwifery program outcomes are designed to meet the standards of core competencies established from the American College of Nurse-Midwives and regulated by ACME.

Essential I and III: Synthesize scientific evidence and methods to design, direct, and evaluate strategies to promote effective Patient-Centered care.

Essential II: Incorporate leadership skills and interprofessional team-building strategies to improve quality metrics within health care systems, organizations, and diverse practice settings.

Essential I and III: Synthesize scientific evidence and methods to design, direct, and evaluate strategies to promote effective Patient-Centered care.

Essential IV: Employ information systems and technology in the delivery of transformative health care.

Essential V: Advocate for evidence-based health policy to improve local, national, and/ or global patient and health population outcomes.

Essential VI: Utilize effective interprofessional communication and collaborative skills to facilitate improvement in population health.

Essential VII and VIII: Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and systems thinking in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care for clinical prevention and population health.

Essential VII and VIII: Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and systems thinking in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care for clinical prevention and population health.
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We rigorously adhere to the accreditation standards established by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)**.

*The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), c/o American College of Nurse-Midwives, Suite 1230, 8403 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-6374.
For information please contact ACME directly. Tel: 240-485-1800 | Fax:240.484.1818 | |

**The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Baylor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The DNP program of study conforms to the educational guidelines for the state of Texas and the National Task Force Criteria for Nurse Practitioner Programs.



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