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Midwives are the traditional care providers for mothers, and our graduates care for women throughout their lives.

The UIC nurse-midwifery program prepares midwives to care for women and their families across the lifespan. Midwives perform physical exams, prescribe medications including contraceptive methods, order laboratory tests as needed, provide prenatal care, gynecological care, labor and birth care, as well as health education and counseling to women of all ages.

Nurse midwives practice across all practice settings from small private practices to larger, hospital-based practices to out-of-hospital settings like a birth center or a home-birth practice. At UIC Nursing, students are not responsible for finding their own clinical sites; practicum sites and highly qualified preceptors are arranged for students by faculty. Students in Chicago all begin clinical practicums at UI Health, the largest midwifery practice in Illinois, while students at our satellite campuses study with midwives in a variety of community-based practices.

  • #13 Rank of our nurse-midwifery program among all such programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report

  • 1st Our Nurse-Midwifery Program was first in the nation to receive ACNM's “Midwifing Midwives for a Lifetime” Award

  • 10000 Number of babies delivered by faculty and alumni during the program's 46-year history

Required courses for the program

Our Mission

The mission of the Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner programs is to prepare competent clinicians who practice in a collaborative environment and provide safe, satisfying, comprehensive and individualized care to women throughout their life span. Additionally, our programs prepare clinicians who contribute to their professions through clinical practice, service, research, scholarship and education.

Read more: Our Philosophy

Our graduates' pass rates on certification exam

In 2019, 100% of full-time students and part-time students completed and graduated from the program. Students who complete the didactic and clinical practicum requirements are eligible to sit for the certification exams offered by American Midwifery Certification Board. It is the UIC College of Nursing's goal that 90% of Midwifery graduates attain certification within one year of completing the program.
Year # of graduates Certified @ 1 year Rate
2020 10 10 100%
2019 5 4 80%
2018 11 11 100%

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The Midwifery program at the University of Illinois at Chicago 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, contact ACME directly: 240-485-1803;;

Upon successful completion of the program, demonstrating all the professional core competencies, the graduate will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) [849 International Drive, Suite 120, Linthicum, MD 21090, Tel: (866) 366-9632].

Carrie S. Klima, PhD, CNM, FACNM

Director, Nurse Midwifery Program

845 S. Damen Ave., 818 NURS, (MC 802), Chicago, IL 60612