Nurse-Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (CNM/WHNP)

Important Notice

The dual program of study for the Nurse-Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (CNM/WHNP) sunsetted admissions as of fall 2022. All Master of Science and Post-Master's applicants who are applying for admission in the future, including for fall 2023 admission, will be applying to a dedicated nurse-midwifery specialty.


Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, the United States has higher rates of maternal and infant mortality compared to many countries that use midwifery as their primary model of care. Studies have indicated that midwife-attended births have lower cesarean birth rates, higher breastfeeding rates and lower NICU admission rates.

Nurse-midwives provide primary care to childbearing individuals in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including hospitals, homes and birth centers. They provide care that is informed by a core beliefs in patient autonomy and the importance of supporting physiologic processes, including birth.

Graduates of our nurse-midwifery specialty are also eligible to sit the national board examination to be certified as a women's health nurse practitioner (WHNP). [Note: Beginning Fall 2023, the WHNP dual specialty will no longer be offered. The specialty will be nurse-midwifery only.] A WHNP is a registered nurse who has completed advanced education with a focus on the primary health care needs of women across the life cycle, with emphasis on conditions unique to women from menarche through the remainder of their lives. The specialty is dedicated to increasing service to vulnerable and underserved individuals and families. We adhere to the philosophy of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), but our unique specialty values are captured by the specialty's own mission, philosophy, purpose and objectives, which we encourage all applicants to review prior to applying.

Certifications and Licenses

Students who complete this specialty are eligible for the following certifications:


  • California Board of Registered Nursing, Nurse-Midwife certificate
  • California Board of Registered Nursing, Nurse-Midwife Furnishing certificate
  • National Board certification by American Midwifery Certification Board as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (for cohorts entering no later than fall 2022)* 

  • California Board of Registered Nursing, Nurse Practitioner certificate
  • California Board of Registered Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Furnishing certificate
  • National Board certification by the National Certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP-BC)

*Note: Beginning fall 2023, the WHNP dual specialty will no longer be offered. The specialty will be nurse-midwifery only.

View the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) exam passage rates as well as the graduation rates for this specialty.


Clinical rotations include antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, gynecology, family planning, and newborn care. Our clinical preceptors are skilled and knowledgeable providers who volunteer their time to teach.

  • Most clinical rotations are throughout the greater Bay Area and may not be accessible by public transportation; access to a car is necessary.
  • The final quarter of this program is a full-scope, 10-week clinical rotation. Many members of the class will be assigned to an integration site away from the Bay Area, which may require temporary relocation.
  • Many of our clinical care sites have high numbers of monolingual Spanish-speaking patients. Spanish-language skills will make a difference in patient care and your learning experience; we strongly encourage strong Spanish-language ability.
  • Our clinical rotations include nights and weekends (e.g. L&D).
  • It is part of the role of nurse-midwives to provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care. Our program includes required competencies in abortion and contraception, and there may be optional rotations in abortion care.

Review the sample curriculum for this specialty. Please note that courses are subject to change.


The Nurse-Midwifery specialty at UCSF is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1230, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374. For information about accreditation, please contact ACME directly. Tel: 240-485-1803, [email protected],


Ifeyinwa Asiodu, PhD, RN
Cynthia Belew, MS, RN, CNM
Amber Bell, MS, RN, CNM
Kim Q. Dau, MS, RN, CNM
Vanessa Evers, NP, CNM

Contact Us

Director: Kim Q. Dau, MS, CNM, FACNM
[email protected]