CNM programs are designed to prepare nursing students to become Certified Nurse Midwives. The primary focus of the academic and the clinical aspects of this type of nursing program is the management of care for pregnant women whose pregnancies are classified as uncomplicated and not high risk as well as the management of care for their newborn children. Aside from courses that teach students how to provide care to their patients during their pregnancies, however, CNM programs also include courses which teach them about other areas of women's health. Generally, graduates of CNM programs are expected to be equipped with education and training about gynecology, family planning, normal newborn care, and antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum care.

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CNM programs are typically offered by colleges and universities and should be accredited by the ACNM or the American College of Nurse-Midwives so that graduates can be eligible to take the National Certification Examination. The National Certification Examination is administered by the AMCB or the American Midwifery Certification Board and is a test that a graduate of a CNM program should take and pass so that he or she can become a CNM or a Certified Nurse Midwife.

CNMs work closely together with OB/GYN doctors. They can also refer or consult with other types of healthcare providers in the event that they have a patient with a condition that is outside of their experience, such as when their patient has a high-risk pregnancy or a chronic illness.