UNM College of Nursing students
UNM College of Nursing students
Credit: Sara Mota

The University of New Mexico College of Nursing ranks seventh in the nation for its Midwifery Program in the April 2017 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for 2018. The program has been in the top 15 nationally for the past 15 years.

New Mexico has a long history of midwifery, beginning in the Spanish Colonial times with the use of traditional Hispanic midwives (parteras). Nearly one-third of all births in the state are attended by midwives. The college’s Nurse-Midwifery concentration is a full-time graduate program. Graduates are eligible for national nurse midwifery certification and licensure in New Mexico and all other U.S. states after successful completion of the American Midwifery Certification Board’s exam.

“Our Nurse-Midwifery Program has represented an important opportunity for aspiring health professional in New Mexico,” says College of Nursing Dean Nancy Ridenour. “Perhaps more importantly, it’s always been highly valued by families and prospective mothers. This continued national recognition validates the effectiveness of our training and fulfilling the health needs of New Mexicans.”

These health school rankings are based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline. Only fully accredited programs in good standing during the survey period are ranked. Rankings were based on selected measures of academic quality, including academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, and the percentage of graduating physicians who go into the primary care specialties of family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics.