Certified nurse midwives play an important role in women’s health. They may practice autonomously or work in collaboration with the team. A graduate degree and certification is required, and you will learn to safely and competently care for women from puberty to menopause.
Some of the responsibilities of a nurse midwife in Alaska can include conducting physical examinations, providing prenatal care, delivering babies and ordering and managing diagnostic tests and procedures.
Contact the schools on our list to learn more about your options for becoming a nurse midwife in Alaska today.
Alaska has two accredited online programs for CNMs. Frontier Nursing University and Georgetown University are online nurse midwife programs that allow you to take classes at home and complete your clinical hours at a variety of healthcare settings. This is ideal for a working student or someone who is taking care of their family.
The admission criteria is similar between the two online programs. You must be a licensed RN, submit a curriculum vitae or resume, a sealed official transcript of al academic institutions you have attended, a 1-2 page personal statement addresses your intellectual interests, relevant clinical experiences and three letters of recommendation.
The 49 didactic credits and 15 clinical credits at Frontier Nursing University of curriculum includes:
- Principles of Health Promotion
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Evidence Based Practice
- Advanced Pathophysiology
- Advance Health Assessment
- Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan
- Primary Care of Woman
- Role of the Nurse Midwife
- Midwifery Care during Labor and Birth
- Midwifery Care during Pregnancy
- Midwifery Care during Postpartum
- Advance Midwifery Care of the Childbearing Woman
- Women’s Health
- Principles of Independent Practice
- Skills for Advanced Practice
- Skills for Nurse–Midwifery Care
- Nurse-Midwifery Clinical I-i
Following graduation you may take the credential exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board. This credential sets the standard in all 52 states as it protects and serves the public. It is considered the gold standard for midwifery. The cost of the exam is $500.
If you need tuition assistance, complete the FAASA application, which can be found in the Financial Aid Office. It is a federal government grant based on your income. Frontier Nursing University has several scholarships available, and there are also several financial aid programs available through the federal government. Nurse Corps is a program where you work for two years in one of their facilities, and they will pay 60 percent of your outstanding student loan at the conclusion of the two years.
According to O*Net (2015), Alaska Nurse Midwives earned an average income of $97,800 in 2014. This career is also rapidly growing and is expected to increase 22 percent by 2022. This job allows the nurse a measure of independence, but also a satisfying relationship with their patients.
If you want to make a difference in the lives of Alaskan women and children, contact the schools listed below to learn more about entering a CNM program today.