Five years after the DNP nurse-midwifery program was granted pre-accreditation status from the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, it’s been elevated to initial accreditation through February 2027.
It’s the first midwifery program in Western Pennsylvania and the only DNP Midwifery program in Pennsylvania.
“A lot of people did a lot of work to make this happen,” said Nancy Niemczyk, an assistant professor who played an instrumental role in getting the midwifery program started at the School of Nursing in 2016. “I’m really proud of the whole staff.”
“I’ve been practicing as a midwife in Pittsburgh since 1995 and since 1996 I’ve been saying, ‘we need to get a program in Pittsburgh,’” she said. “Before this, the nearest places to become a midwife were at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, or the University of Pennsylvania.”
Read more on the School of Nursing website.