University of Cincinnati Offers New Online Nursing Program
The UC College of Nursing is to offer two new master’s level distance-learning programs—one in nurse midwifery, the other in women’s health nursing—believed to be among the first in the country to offer the option of dual certification in the two specialties.
The online programs, said program director Nancy Moss, PhD, will help fill a growing need for nurses with advanced training, including certified nurse midwives and women’s health nurse practitioners who provide health care to women from birth through menopause.
“Students can maintain their jobs and family responsibilities without leaving their communities to come to campus for regularly scheduled classes,” said Dr. Moss, a certified nurse midwife. “Research shows that when someone leaves their region for education, they’re less likely to return and practice. By staying in their communities, hopefully they’ll practice in their communities and increase access to health care for women.
“We’re also offering an unprecedented opportunity for dual certification. Nurse midwifery students may choose to complete one additional women’s health nursing course and concurrent clinical experiences to become eligible for the women’s health nurse practitioner certification exam,” said Dr. Moss.
Students complete coursework online at a time and location convenient for them, and College of Nursing faculty and staff assist them in identifying qualified clinical preceptors in their community. Students graduate from the program in about two years and are eligible for American Midwifery Certification Board or National Certification Corporation examinations.
The nurse midwifery program is accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation.
Founded in 1889, the UC College of Nursing was the first school in the country to offer a baccalaureate program in nursing. The college has over 800 students, including undergraduate, graduate and PhD candidates, making it the 12th largest nursing school in the United States.