East Carolina University - College of Nursing Midwifery Education Program
The purpose of the Nurse-Midwifery concentration is to prepare professional nurses as safe and competent practitioners of nurse-midwifery who are eligible for certification by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).
The ECU Nurse-Midwifery Education Program is currently accredited by the Acrreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)(formerly the ACNM Division of Accreditation)
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
8403 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Our students have a variety of backgrounds: some have been labor and delivery nurses for a number of years and others have a baccalaureate degree in something other than nursing. Click on Baby Steps to Nurse Midwifery to see how you can enroll in our program at East Carolina University.
Started in 1991, our program has been offered in an online format since 2003. Our students come to campus 2-4 days at the beginning of each clinical course to learn certain skills prior to going to their clinical site. Students are given a weekly schedule with individual units of learning to assist them with their educational goals. These units of learning have assigned readings, worksheets, and quizzes to assist students in meeting objectives. Online chats are assigned throughout the semesters to discuss topics covered in units of learning. Plans of study for full time, part time and post-masters students may be viewed by clicking Curriculum.
Our nurse midwifery faculty has a rich history of homebirth, private and public practice and research experience. We are very excited to meet you and assist you through your educational journey. Click on Meet the Faculty to learn more about our interests and experience.
Students are assigned to a group and will develop a virtual practice during an exercise assigned in each clinical course. Students name the practice, write a philosophy, and then develop a call schedule for a week. During their 1-2 days on call, students receive a call from a faculty member who acts out a patient scenario. The student then writes up the SOAP note on a thread in Blackboard and other students critique the encounter. This gives students a safe environment to practice phone triaging and developing a management plan.
Students are assigned to a clinical site where they are precepted by a CNM with whom the College of Nursing has developed a contract. Clinical sites are usually near the student’s home; however, we also try to match student needs with certain sites and sometimes this requires traveling 1-2 hours. Click on Clinical Sites to visit some of our clinical sites.
Midwifery Links will take you to a number of links that provide excellent information on midwifery and women’s health.