Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Certified Nurse Midwife

General Information - Qualifications

Completion of a Post-Graduate certificate midwifery program, or a Master’s in Nursing Degree midwifery program or another appropriate Master’s degree program; national certification, continuing education, and recertification required.

What they do

Provide well-woman and gynecological care for women of all ages (including family planning, infertility, preconception, menopause, and treatment of common health problems), obstetrical care including prenatal, postpartum, intrapartum, and newborn care. Certified Nurse Midwives attend births in hospitals, out of hospital birth centers, and at home. Certified Nurse Midwives have prescriptive authority in North Carolina.

Employment options

May be salaried or self-employed. Certified Nurse Midwife services are reimbursable by insurance.

Who regulates

Midwifery Joint Committee


ARTICLE 10A - Practice of Midwifery
Prescriptive Authority

CNM approval includes prescriptive authority for legend drugs and Controlled Substance Schedules II – V consistent with the scope of practice as determined by educational preparation and national certification.

DEA Numbers

If a CNM is going to prescribe or order controlled substances, the CNM must obtain a DEA number.

Phone: 1 (800) 882-9539 (8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST)

Dispensing of Drugs

Information regarding dispensing of drugs other than samples may be obtained from:

North Carolina Board of Pharmacy
P.O. Box 4560
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Phone: (919) 246-1050

Application Processes

Last Changed: 11-April-2024