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Albuquerque, NM 87131

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Nurse-Midwifery Ranked 7th in the Nation

March 23, 2017

The UNM College of Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery program was ranked 7th in the nation in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools for 2018."

The mission of the Nurse-Midwifery concentration is to educate graduates to serve the needs of rural and underserved populations. To accomplish this, students are placed outside of the Albuquerque metropolitan area for two thirds of their clinical rotations, with more than 1,000 hours of clinical experience upon graduation. According to Dean Nancy Ridenour, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, FAAN, “UNM midwives are dedicated to improving the health of New Mexicans. New Mexico has the highest rate of midwifery-attended births in the nation. The high quality and expertise of our graduates is known nationwide.”

The enrollment of the midwifery concentration has been steady over the last 23 years, increasing 20% in the last2 years, under the leadership and support of Dean Ridenour and with support from the New Mexico Legislature. As of 2016, 168 students have graduated from the Nurse-Midwifery Program, with a majority still practicing in New Mexico.

Over the past two decades, UNM has had a 100% American Midwifery Certification Board pass rate. The program's aggregated annual American Midwifery Certification Board first-time pass rate for all test takers is 98%.

The Nurse-Midwifery Program was first accredited in 1993 by the Division of Accreditation of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, with continued accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.

To read more about the other top-ranking UNM Health Sciences Center programs, click here. (http://hscnews.unm.edu/news/unm-school-of-medicine-third-nationally-in-rural-medicine;-top-20-in-primary-care-5916153)