Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

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Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice
The focus of this course is the understanding of biostatistics for application to nursing and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of, and appraisal of, data analyses for the selection and use of best evidence for making practical conclusions about empirical data.

Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
This course builds upon basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. It provides an in-depth consideration of molecular physiology while integrating examples of physiological principles most likely to be encountered by the advanced practice nurse. Basic and translational research into biochemical, molecular and organ system function will be emphasized. Current thought concerning age-related changes and theories of physiology across the life span will be included.

Advanced Reproductive Dynamics
Explores the anatomical and physiological basis for advanced nursing practice in reproductive health care. Includes genetics and reproductive endocrinology in the adult female, male, fetus, and neonate. Examines normal and abnormal fetal development from the perspective of maternal and environmental influences.

Health Care Policy
This course guides students in exploring political, economical, ethical, and social forces that currently impact decision making in health care. Patterns of influence that drive current policy development are examined and proposal of advocacy behaviors is encouraged.

Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning
This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on applying a range of theories from nursing and related fields for the provision of high quality health care.

Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning
This course is designed to assist the graduate student to develop knowledge and skills needed for the application of research findings to evidence- based practice and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and application of quantitative and qualitative research methods, directed at risk reduction and health promotion.

Advanced Health Assessment
Develops the knowledge and skills necessary for the performance of a comprehensive health assessment. Synthesis of data including diagnostic study interpretation is emphasized.

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
This course prepares nurses for professional roles in advanced nursing practice with knowledge of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of common drug categories used to prevent illness and to restore and maintain health for client systems across the lifespan. Mechanisms of action, pharmacologic response, usual doses, adverse effects, indications, interactions, compatibilities, contraindications and routes of administration will be emphasized in acute and chronic conditions. Six hours of legal, ethical and financial content related to prescribing is addressed in this course as required by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Conceptual Frameworks for Women’s Health
Introduces advanced practice nursing role in Women’s Health. Addresses concepts of care management, the nursing process, utilization of paradigms of wellness and health, and communication pertinent to women’s health nursing practice.

Primary Care of Episodic Illnesses in Women
This course provides students with the theoretical base to assess, diagnose, and manage the care of client systems across the lifespan with selected episodic health pattern alterations. Students will focus on the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of client system’s health patterns. Culturally competent, holistic, ethical, age and gender specific, and risk stratified care will be discussed. Non-pharmacologic aspects of care such as teaching and coaching will be addressed as well as the pharmacologic management designed to help clients achieve desired outcomes. Evidence based practice will serve as the basis for care management. This course includes 0.5 credits (5 clock hours) of pharmacology content.

Primary Care of Episodic Illnesses in Women Practicum
This course is part of a series of sequential clinical courses in Women’s Health Care and prepares the student to provide primary care of episodic illnesses throughout the lifespan. Students will engage in comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and women’s health care management for women across the lifespan and assume professional practice roles and responsibilities in managing common health pattern variations pertaining to gynecological and primary care. Emphasis is on family-centered, community-based health care for diverse client systems.

Advanced Women’s Health I
This course, the first in a series of two sequential courses, lays the foundation for the women’s health care management process and the care of women across the lifespan. It prepares students to assume professional roles and responsibilities in the management of normal and common health pattern variations pertaining to gynecological care. There are at least 0.5 credits (5 clock hours) of pharmacology content. Emphasis is on family-centered, community-based health care for diverse client systems.

Advanced Women’s Health Practicum I
This course is the first in a series of three sequential clinical courses in Women’s Health Care. The student will engage in comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and management of women’s health care across the lifespan. The student will assume a professional practice role and responsibility for management of normal and common health pattern variations pertaining to gynecological care. Emphasis is on family- centered, community-based health care for diverse client systems.

Advanced Women’s Health II
This course, the second in a sequence of two, prepares students to assume professional roles in the care of normal antepartal women and those with health pattern variations with an at-risk pregnancy. Emphasis is placed on the collaborative management of interventions to achieve desired outcomes during pregnancy. Included are at least 0.5 credits (5 clock hours) of pharmacology content. Students use scholarly inquiry to further develop their practice knowledge. Research related to normal and at-risk client systems is applied.

Advanced Women’s Health Care Practicum II
This course, the second in a series of three sequential clinical courses in women’s health care, prepares the students to assume the professional practice roles in the care of normal antepartal women and those with health pattern variations with an at-risk pregnancy. Emphasis is placed on the collaborative management of interventions to achieve desired outcomes during pregnancy. Students use scholarly inquiry to further develop their practice. Evidence-based research as related to normal and at-risk client systems is applied.

Women’s Health in a Contemporary Society
The course is designed to present a global perspective of selected contemporary physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural issues and concepts associated with women’s health. Variations in women’s health conditions are discussed from a diagnostic, treatment, and intervention perspective.

Advanced Women’s Health Practicum III
This course, the third in a sequence of three, prepares the student for the fully integrated practice of women’s health care to include primary care of episodic illness throughout the life span. The professional, social, political, legal, ethical, economic, and financial factors that affect women’s health care practice are analyzed.

MSN Capstone Project
Culminating experience in which one of three foci are selected: (1) integration of research findings into practice with evaluation of client system outcomes; or (2) evaluation of current nursing practice through examination of relevant client system clinical outcomes; or (3) description of new knowledge with potential for enhancing nursing practice.

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  • Nina said:

    What are your pass rates for the WHNP certification exam?

    • Nina, thank you for your inquiry. UC’s pass rate on the NCC WHNP Certification Exam was 96% in 2011. If you have additional questions, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764.

  • Marissa said:

    When is the application due for entering Fall 2013? Can a student start the program in the summer (2013) Is it possible to continue the program through the summer in order to finish sooner? Thanks

    • Hi Marissa, the application deadline for fall 2013 has not been established at this time. We are, however, accepting applications for the summer 2013 semester. The deadline is 2/11/13. The program can be completed in as little as two years and includes the summer months. Please contact an advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

  • Vicki said:

    Is there a part-time curriculum for the WHNP program?

    • Hi Vicki, the curriculum offered for the WHNP program is part-time. We do, however, advise students that the program is a full-time commitment due to the course content and the number of classes predetermined for each semester. Most nurses spend about 30 hrs. per week dedicated towards their studies. If you would like more details, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764.

  • Uilo said:

    Do you have a spring start date and secondly, do you have a part time WHNP program?

    • Hi Uilo! Thank you for your inquiry. Please click here to view our academic calendar. Also, our distance learning WHNP program is a part-time program. If you have additional questions, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764.

  • Mon207 said:

    For online program: Does the university help to locate a preceptor? Are clinicals done in the students living area or does the student need to move close to the school? Thanks

    • Monica, thank you for your inquiry. All clinical hours are completed where you live, and students are responsible for finding their own preceptors and clinical sites. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

  • jennifer richards said:

    I was wondering if there is a post master’s certificate option with your WHNP program I am in the middle of my FNP program here in Florida but we do not have any programs like this locally. I would like to consider it as a specialty once I graduate.

    • Hi Jennifer, thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, we do not offer a Post-Master’s Certificate in women’s health. Please click here to view other on-campus Post-Master’s offerings.

  • jessica said:

    I have a bachelors degree other than nursing. Should I first become an RN and work in nursing for a while before starting a NP program?

    • Hi Jessica, we do require an RN license and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree conferred from a regionally and nursing (NLNAC or CCNE) accredited institution for admission. Experience is highly recommended. Please click here for more details regarding the admission requirements.

  • Allegra said:

    Are students able to start in the Spring Semester for WHNP? I’m getting married next fall and I am very interested in starting Spring of 2014. Also, are GREs required for admission into the WHNP program?

    • Hi Allegra, thank you for your interest. We have three starts dates: Fall, Spring, and Summer. The GRE is not required for admission. For more information, please please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764.

  • Ellen Mandelbaum said:

    I have just completed my MSN in nursing education. Are there any courses for the NP WHC that I would be exempted from?

    • Hi Ellen! UC allows approximately 9-12 credit hours to be transferred into the program, however, this will be evaluated once you are a student. Please click here for more details. If you have additional questions, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764.

  • Sue said:

    I see from the above posts, the WHNP program is considered part-time with a full time time commitment. However, other programs I have looked into do not consider 10 credit hours/semester as part time. What happens in the case of a student not being able to keep up with the course work? Can they drop a class and pick it up at a later time? Thanks!

    • Hi Sue, great question! Typically we prefer that you follow the course of study. If you are unable to handle the course load, then you would work with your Program Manager. Please keep in mind that not all courses are offered every term, and that you are extending the length of the program if you deviate from the prescribed course of study. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

  • jackiw said:

    Do we need to attend the campus for orientation/ect, or is it 100% online and no attendance at the campus is needed?

    • The program is completely online, with no required visits to campus. Students complete their clinical requirements within their communities. If you have additional questions, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764.

  • Cassandra said:

    Hello,
    What if you are already attending a WHNP program at a different school and want to transfer to a different school?

    • Hi Cassandra. Transfer students must take at least 50% of the coursework from UC in order to obtain the degree from UC. Please click here to view the transfer credit policy. For your unique case, please contact an enrollment advisor at 866-225-6764.

  • Brandi said:

    I will have my BSN in July 2013. How soon can I apply for acceptance? I have been practicing as an ADN RN for 18 years in Womens Health

    • Hi Brandi, our BSN must be conferred by the start of classes. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6774 for more information.

  • Eilly Yang said:

    Hello. I saw that someone already asked when the deadline is for Fall 2013 WNHP program application, but the date was not set yet. Is there now a confirmation of the application deadline for Fall of 2013?

    • Hi Eilly, the Fall 2013 Semester application deadline is May 31, 2013. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

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