Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
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.
BSN to DNP students and MSN to DNP students adding a certification in a new specialty 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 initially enrolled in the Women’s Health Specialty Option courses are required to attend Women’s Health specific Clinical Skills Intensives during that fall semester. Attendance in mandatory and is scheduled for specific dates during the fall semester.
Clinical Skills Intensive Dates: 2019 September 30th and October 1st
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.
|MSN Core Courses|
|NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours|
|NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 credit hours|
|NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours|
|NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credit hours|
|Women’s Health NP Specialty Courses|
|MCN 538 – Introduction to Women's Health NP 3 credit hours|
|MCN 541 – Health Promotion / Disease Prevention & Issues for Women's Health NP 2 credit hours|
|MCN 542 – Women's Health NP I 3 credit hours|
|MCN 543 – Women's Health NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours|
|MCN 544 – Women's Health NP II 3 credit hours|
|MCN 545 – Women's Health NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours|
|MCN 546 – Women's Health NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours|
|MCN 547 – Women's Health NP III 3 credit hours|
|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 credit hours|
|NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credit hours|
|NU 410 - Concepts of Professional Nursing 6 credit hours|