To meet the education requirements for licensure as a midwife in New York State, you must present evidence of completion of a master’s or higher degree program in midwifery or a related field that is:
- registered by the Department as licensure qualifying; or
- accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education*; or
- determined by the Department to be equivalent of such a registered** or accredited program.
*If the midwifery program you completed did not culminate in a master’s or higher degree, you will be required to complete an additional program in midwifery at the graduate level to meet the current education requirements for licensure as a midwife in New York State.
**For a curriculum that is offered by a post-secondary institution outside of New York State to be determined by the Department to be the equivalent of a registered program in midwifery, the curriculum shall be recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the school is located as an acceptable education program for licensure as a midwife in that jurisdiction; and equivalent in scope, content, and level of study to a program registered by the Department as defined in §52.20 of Commissioner’s Regulations.
Admission requirements to the graduate midwifery program shall include successful completion of a baccalaureate degree, or the equivalent, and successful completion of the educational content in the biological, physical and social sciences supportive to health care, provided that such admission requirement may be integrated as part of the master’s midwifery degree program and shall include, but are not limited to, the following curricular areas:
- embryology, human, development and genetics;
- human anatomy and physiology, including pathophysiology;
- psychology; and
- sociology or cultural anthropology
The graduate midwifery program shall include didactic courses accompanied by supervised clinical experiences which include, but are not limited to, the following curricular areas:
- technical health care skills;
- preconceptional, antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care;
- physical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of health problems of women;
- primary care of women, including preventative care;
- neonatal care;
- family planning and gynecological care of prepubescent through postmenopausal women;
- professional, legal, and ethical aspects of midwifery practice;
- nutrition related to the practice of midwifery; and
- pharmacology as described in section 79-5.5 of Commissioner’s Regulations.
Evidence of receipt of your degree(s) must be presented on Form 2-Certification of Professional Education and must be submitted directly to the Office of the Professions by the school where you obtained your degree. If the program was not a NYS licensure-qualifying program or accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education after December 31, 2009, an official transcript is also needed.
Prescriptive privilege 1
An applicant who satisfies all requirements for licensure as a midwife may be authorized to prescribe and administer drugs, immunizing agents, diagnostic tests and devices, and to order laboratory tests, limited to the practice of midwifery, after providing evidence of:
1 New York State Education Law, Section 6951(2)
If your midwifery program did not include the required three-semester hour course or the equivalent in pharmacology, you should contact an accredited midwifery program for information about completing a satisfactory course.
Evidence of completion of the three semester hour pharmacology course or the equivalent must be presented on Form 2A-Certification of Pharmacology Course or the Equivalent of not Less Than Three Semester Hours and must be submitted directly to the Office of the Professions by the school providing the pharmacology course.
If your midwifery program was located outside New York State or if your program in New York State did not include the law component, or you are looking for information about the component relating to New York State and federal laws related to prescriptions and record keeping, contact one of the following:
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Midwifery Program
450 Clarkson Avenue, MSC 1227
Brooklyn, NY 11203
The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State
12 Corporate Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065
The New York State Nurses Association
11 Cornell Road
Latham, NY 12110
When you have successfully completed the pharmacology component which included instruction in New York State and federal laws relating to prescriptions and record keeping from one of the three institutions listed above, forward Form 2B-Certification of Instruction in New York State and Federal Laws Relating to Prescriptions and Record Keeping to the institution. Form 2B-Certification of Instruction in New York State and Federal Laws Relating to Prescriptions and Record Keeping must be submitted to the Office of the Professions by the institution where you completed instruction.
After your license with prescriptive privilege is issued, you should contact the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), at 1-800-882-9539 for information about obtaining a DEA number.