Becoming a CNM requires an advanced degree, and graduate-level nursing programs require one or more years of nursing experience for admission.
Earn an advanced degree in nurse-midwifery
Most advanced practice registered nurse programs prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you take the associate degree route to become an RN, you will most likely have to find a bridge program that will allow you to go straight into a master’s program. Depending on the program (and whether or not you’re starting out with a bachelor’s degree), it can take two or more years to complete your degree.
Become a CNM
You’ll have to pass the national qualifying exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board. You’ll then be licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
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