Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
This program prepares students for the role of Nurse Practitioner of Advanced Women's Health Nursing.
A Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) is a master’s or doctorate-prepared advanced practice nurse who provides advanced nursing care across the continuum of primary care, gynecologic, and obstetrical services. Care of the female patient from adolescence to the elderly and the male patient with sexual dysfunction, infertility, and sexually transmitted infection diagnoses are within scope of practice. The emphasis of care rests within health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, and health restoration.
Students applying for a new certification must complete Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span if the student has not yet taken them.
BSN to DNP students and MSN to DNP students adding a certification in a new specialty area must have two years of nursing experience in the area of Women's Health Nursing prior to starting the clinical portion of their program.
All students enrolled in the first clinical course are required to attend a mandatory three to four day clinical orientation on campus that fall term. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation. Attendance is required and will allow for questions and interaction with course faculty.
Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate program require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements. Please review the list of Clinical Affiliations on the College of Nursing Web Site. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum
BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, and MSN specialty courses for a total of 45 credit hours. The MSN degree must be completed within five years of matriculation.
NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credits
NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credits
NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credits
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 credits
NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credits
NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credits
Women’s Health NP Specialty Courses
MCN 538 – Introduction to Women's Health NP 3 credits
MCN 541 – Health Promotion / Disease Prevention & Issues for Women's Health NP 2 credits
MCN 542 – Women's Health NP I 3 credits
MCN 543 – Women's Health NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits
MCN 544 – Women's Health NP II 3 credits
MCN 545 – Women's Health NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits
MCN 546 – Women's Health NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credits
MCN 547 – Women's Health NP III 3 credits
RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.
CMN 411 - Nursing in Community Systems 4 credits
NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credits
NU 410 - Concepts of Professional Nursing 6 credits
NU 425 – Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 credits
NU 530 – Accelerated MSN Advanced Health Assessment 4 credits