Nursing - Nurse Midwifery (MSN)

Nurse MidwiferyThis two-year program begins with the first year of advanced practice nursing content offered by Old Dominion in the Tidewater region and at distance sites. The second year will be offered by the Nurse-Midwifery program at Shenandoah University. The Master of Science in Nursing will be awarded by Old Dominion University and a Certificate of Endorsement in Nurse-Midwifery will be awarded by Shenandoah University.

Graduates will be eligible to take the national nurse-midwifery certification examination offered by the American Midwifery Certification Examination to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife.


Please visit the School of Nursing web site for course details.

Admission Information

In addition to meeting University requirements for graduate admission, a separate application to the School of Nursing is required. To be considered for this MSN program, you must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a NLNAC OR CCNE accredited program (preferred) or a bachelor's degree in a related field. Degrees earned from nationally accredited institutions do not meet admission requirements for graduate study at ODU.
  • An undergraduate degree with quality grade point average of 3.0 overall and
      - 3.0 in the major
      - undergraduate courses in statistics and health assessment
  • One year of recent clinical nursing experience, preferably post-baccalaureate experience.
  • A current license as a registered nurse.

Learning Environment

Courses in this program may be offered in these technologies:

Online Asynchronous: Access course materials online from any location. These courses require little to no synchronous (same-time) scheduled class meetings, but assignments and exams are scheduled by the instructor. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Practicum / Internship: A practicum or internship is a required part of this program.

Nurse Midwifery Careers

  • Family Practice/Primary Care clinic
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health
  • Obstetrics
  • Neonatal Nursing 
  • Emergency Services
  • HMO/Insurance
  • Public Health
  • Community Health Clinic

Calculating Cost

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $464
Students living outside of Virginia $501
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $1160

Rates are effective Fall 2015 and subject to change. Please visit ODU's main Admission & Financial Aid web site for complete tuition details, including fees and deadlines.

For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please click here.