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MSN Women's Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner

Curriculum

This program is comprised of 55 credits and can generally be completed in 3 years of part-time study.  As part of the curriculum, 640 clinical hours are required. View the recommended plan of study.

Transfer Credits: Coursework completed more than five years ago will not be accepted for the following courses: Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Physical Assessment.  Additionally, nurse practitioners practicing in the state of Pennsylvania, who do not have prescriptive authority, will need to take both the Advanced Pharmacology course and the Track Specific Advanced Pharmacology courses.



Core Courses (15 credits)
INFO 526Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice3.00 credits
NURS 500Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.00 credits
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.00 credits
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics 3.00 credits
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.00 credits


Support Courses (17 credits)
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.00 credits
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.00 credits
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.00 credits
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.00 credits
NURS 680Primary Care for WHNP 3.00 credits
NURS 682Pharmacology - Women's Health Nurse Practitioner3.00 credits


Clinical Courses (20 credits)
NURS 690WHNP I: Management and Care of the Common Gynecologic and Gender Related Issues throughout the Lifespan5.00 credits
NURS 691WHNP II: Management and Care of the Complex Gynecologic and Gender Related Issues of Women throughout the Lifespan5.00 credits
NURS 692WHNP III: Management and Care of the Low Risk Obstetrical and Post Partum Needs of Women and Families5.00 credits
NURS 693WHNP IV: Management and Care of the High Risk Obstetrical and Post Partum Needs of Women and Families5.00 credits


Elective Course (3 credits)
In addition to the courses listed above, students are required to take one 3 credit elective as part of this program.


Course Descriptions

INFO 526 Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice - 3.00 credits

This course is designed to provide an in-depth introduction to information systems and technologies that support practice and improve patient care and outcomes. Development of information management and technology skills (which meet ANA Informatics Competencies) will be incorporated throughout the course. Content is directed toward assisting the student in understanding the relationship between patient care and complex information and data issues involved in clinical practice.

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NURS 500 Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments - 3.00 credits

Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments examines Health care policy and policies in terms of contemporary issues related to advanced practice nursing, health care access, quality and cost. The focus of this course is the critical analysis of health policy and legal issues.

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NURS 502 Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care - 3.00 credits

This is a course for masters students who have already had some experience in ethical decision making, both academically in the classroom and in practice. This course will take an interdisciplinary focus, as ethical decision making at this level rarely ever is the decision of a single discipline. A variety of ethical topics will be analyzed from various perspectives and depths in an effort to more broadly and more profoundly address the moral difficulties that the advanced practice practitioner in an interdisciplinary environment is likely to encounter.

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RSCH 503 Research Methods and Biostatistics - 3.00 credits

This course provides an exploration of research concepts, literature searches, research methods, designs, data collection, analysis, and interpretation techniques. This course is designed to provide graduate students with the skills necessary to evaluate the relationship between practice and published research.

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RSCH 504 Evaluation and Translation of Health Research - 3.00 credits

This course provides specific approaches to the evaluation of the quality and translation of relevant research. The student will learn to conduct efficient literature searches, evaluate the quality of that research through the appraisal of research design, methodology, and data analysis. Each student will develop and evaluate a plan for the translation of the research into their practice.

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NURS 548 Advanced Pathophysiology - 3.00 credits

Building on a foundation of normal physiology, students are exposed to the major disturbances of normal function and the basic mechanisms involved in disease of the major organ systems. The course includes discussion of the general aspects of the common human pathophysiological conditions and syndromes.

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NURS 549 Advanced Pharmacology - 3.00 credits

This course is designed to build on prior pharmacologic study of actions and effects of drugs on the human system across the life span. Students will study pharmacologic mechanisms of action, effects on organ systems, routes of administration, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic uses, considerations related to age and physiologic state, adverse reactions, contraindications, and drop interactions.

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NURS 550 Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan - 4.00 credits

This course is designed to introduce the experienced clinical nurse to diagnostic reasoning, advanced clinical history taking, and physical assessment for individuals/families across the life span. Course content focuses on the concepts, theory and practice related to obtaining comprehensive health histories for patients of all ages and states of health.

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NURS 664 Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners - 1.00 credits

This required course is the application and integration of the role and competencies of the nurse practitioner. The roles of the nurse practitioner as clinician, educator, researcher, expert, and leader are presented and explored. Interpretation and application of professional issues, practice issues, legislative issues, certification issues, insurance issues, legal issues and ethical conflict resolution in advanced nursing practice are explored and integrated into a model of interdisciplinary collaborative practice.

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NURS 680 Primary Care for WHNP - 3.00 credits

This course focuses on primary health care needs of women throughout the lifecycle concentrating on prevention, screening, risk factor assessment, health maintenance as well as signs and symptoms, assessment, management.

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NURS 682 Pharmacology - Women's Health Nurse Practitioner - 3.00 credits

This course is designed to prepare the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner student for the safe managing and prescribing of therapeutic agents used in Obstetrics/Gynecology and primary care settings for women's health care. Students will build on prior pharmacologic study of actions and effects of medications on the human system across the life span.

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NURS 690 WHNP I: Management and Care of the Common Gynecologic and Gender Related Issues throughout the Lifespan - 5.00 credits

This is the first course in a series of four clinical courses for the graduate student who is studying to become a (WHNP). This course is designed to introduce the WHNP student to the gynecological needs of women and their partners from puberty throughout the post reproductive years. Clinical practicum of 160 hours in Women’s Health occurs concurrently.

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NURS 691 WHNP II: Management and Care of the Complex Gynecologic and Gender Related Issues of Women throughout the Lifespan - 5.00 credits

This is the second women's health course in a series of four clinical courses for the graduate student who is studying to become a WHNP. This course is designed to build upon the didactic and clinical content presented in N690 by addressing more complex gender related issues throughout the lifespan. Clinical practicum of 160 hours in Women’s Health occurs concurrently.

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NURS 692 WHNP III: Management and Care of the Low Risk Obstetrical and Post Partum Needs of Women and Families - 5.00 credits

This is the third course in a series of four clinical courses for the graduate student who is studying to become a WHNP. This course is designed to introduce the WHNP student to low risk obstetrics. Clinical practicum of 160 hours in Women’s Health Low Risk Obstetrical Care.

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NURS 693 WHNP IV: Management and Care of the High Risk Obstetrical and Post Partum Needs of Women and Families - 5.00 credits

This is the fourth course in a series of four clinical courses for the graduate student w studying to become a WHNP. The course is designed to introduce the WHNP student to the assessment of high-risk obstetrical care of the pregnant woman, the fetus, and the family unit. Clinical practicum of 160 hours in high risk obstetrics occurs concurrently.

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