The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) Program focuses on the development of an advanced practice nurse who provides primary care to women across the life span, from adolescence to the elderly.
The WHNP Program encourages students to consider the uniqueness of the individual woman and the woman in the context of her community, her relationship with family and others, and her environment. Such woman-centered care is appropriate across populations, social classes, socioeconomic and age groups, and in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
The School’s scientific foundation of research, theory, and practice is integrated with a focus on the impact of health policy and social issues on health. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of women’s health needs by spending classroom and clinical time developing a solid knowledge base of women’s health problems, practices, and issues. Initial clinical experiences incorporate primary care in the ambulatory, gynecological, obstetrical, and family planning settings. Advanced clinical offer students an intense experience in such specialized areas as breast disease, osteoporosis, oncology, and hypertension.
Graduates of the program are prepared to practice health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment by:
In addition to their traditional role in primary care, obstetric, gynecology, and family planning settings, WHNPs work in specialized areas of women’s health care, bringing with them a specific focus on health promotion and prevention in the context of that setting. They apply the practices of women-centered primary care to complex patients in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team. By ensuring communication with the team and promoting shared decision making with the patient, WHNPs reinforce the humanistic approach necessary to ensure positive health outcomes.
Graduates are eligible for certification as a nurse practitioner in all states in which certification is required as well as for professional certification exams.
The Program Director for the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner specialty is Adena Bargad, PhD, CNM.
Clinical sites are available in the tri-state area and beyond, and can be permanent or rotating. Clinical sites vary in setting and you can be assigned location at hospitals, out-patient clinics, home care, or schools to name a few.
Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages.
*RN's with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree are required to complete 5 credits in community health in addition to the course requirement listed. The courses that fulfill the community health requirement are N6703, The Science of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Community (3 didactic credits) and N5292, Nursing Practice in the Community (2 clinical credits).
For Applicants Who Hold an Undergraduate Degree in Nursing
A sample program plan is provided on the back of this document to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this program plan is a sample, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits||Type|
|Summer I: 13 Credits|
|N6826||Evaluation and Application of Research||3||Core|
|N8786||Advanced Clinical Assessment Across the Lifespan||3||Core|
|N8789||Advanced Clinical Assessment: Women's Health||2||Specialty|
|Fall I: 14 Credits|
|N6760||Primary Care of Women Across the Lifespan I||3||Specialty|
|N6920||Health and Social Policy: The Context for Practice and Research||3||Core|
|N8460||Comprehensive Women's Health||3||Specialty|
|N8462||Practicum in Comprehensive Women's Health||2||Specialty|
|Spring I: 12 Credits|
|N6121||Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan||3||Core|
|N8465||Primary Care of Women Across the Life Span II||3||Specialty|
|N8482||Care of Childbearing Women: Antepartum and Postpartum Care||3||Specialty|
|N8485||Practicum: Childbearing Woman||3||Specialty|
|Summer II: 7 - 9 Credits|
|N6930||Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Prevention, Assessment and Intervention for Health Care Professionals||1||Core|
|N6940||Management and Advanced Practice Nursing||1||Core|
|N8468||Advanced Practicum in Women's Health||4-6||Specialty|
|Total Credits||46 - 51|
This page was last updated on 03/29/2012 and is subject to change at any time.