Curriculum: MSN Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Feb 01, 2021
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The University of Cincinnati’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program helps students gain insight into the unique needs and challenges of working with women of all ages. Our courses focus on promoting the importance of the client-provider relationship and empowering women to make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being.

This degree requires 49 credit hours and 672 hours of clinics. This coursework can be completed in six semesters or two years of study. Our courses are taught online by our team of accomplished and practicing professors. What’s more,  the University of Cincinnati’s Nursing Program is ranked #7 for online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News and World Report.

To learn more, we encourage interested students to view a sample of our curriculum.

 

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 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, physiology, and pathophysiology of disease across the life span. The emphasis is on applied physiology and pathophysiology to enable advanced practice nurses understand how and why the clinical manifestations of disease occur so that appropriate therapies can be selected.

Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses

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 life span. Mechanisms of action, pharmacologic response, usual doses, adverse effects, indications, interactions, compatibilities, contraindications and routes of administration are 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.

Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning

This course examines approaches for the translation of the best available evidence into practice for improved outcomes in healthcare.

Advanced Health Assessment

This course provides opportunities for the advanced practice nurse student to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the performance of comprehensive and focused health assessment. This course addresses clients across the lifespan and the pediatric and family students receive additional pediatric information in their lab sessions.

Advanced Reproductive Dynamics

This course explores the anatomical and physiological basis for advanced nursing practice in reproductive health care. Emphasis is on anatomy, physiology, and reproductive endocrinology in the adult female, male, fetus and neonate. Fetal development is examined from the perspective of maternal and environmental contexts.

Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning

This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of nursing practice, research, and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on applying a range of theories from nursing and related fields when making clinical decisions.

Primary Care of Episodic Illness in Women Practicum

This course prepares the student to engage in comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and collaborative management of women’s health and care across the lifespan using evidence-based practice. Students assume leadership and professional practice roles and responsibilities in managing common health pattern variations to improve or maintain gynecological and primary health care of women. Using principles of ethics, emphasis is on family-centered community-based health care for culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse client systems aimed to achieve safe, desired quality outcomes for health and care of women.

Primary Care of Episodic Illness in Women

This course prepares the student to engage in comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and collaborative management of women’s health and care across the lifespan using evidence-based practice. Students assume leadership and professional practice roles and responsibilities in managing common health pattern variations to improve or maintain gynecological and primary health care of women. Using principles of ethics, emphasis is placed on family-centered, community-based health care for culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse client systems aimed to achieve safe, desired quality outcomes for health and care of women.

Advanced Women's Health: Practicum I

In this course, the student engages in comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and management of women’s health care across the lifespan. The student assumes a professional leadership practice role assuming responsibility for the management of normal and common health pattern variations pertaining to gynecological care. Emphasis is on interprofessional, collaborative management of care that is family-centered and community-based for diverse client systems to achieve safe quality outcomes.

Advanced Women's Health I

This course 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 (7 clock hours) of pharmacology content. Emphasis is on family-centered, community-based health care for diverse client systems.

Healthcare Policy for the Advanced Practice Nurse

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

Advanced Women's Health: Practicum II

This course prepares students to assume the professional and leadership roles in clinical practice while caring for women from diverse backgrounds during the antepartum and postpartum periods. Emphasis is placed on the interprofessional, collaborative management of care using interventions to achieve quality, safe outcomes. Students use scholarly inquiry to further develop their practice. Evidence-based research about normal and at-risk client systems is applied to maintain, enhance or improve quality of care.

Advanced Women's Health II

This course prepares students to assume professional roles in the care of normal antepartum and postpartum 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 (7 clock hours) of pharmacology content. Students use scholarly inquiry to further develop their practice knowledge. Research related to normal and at-risk client systems are applied.

Advanced Women's Health: Practicum III

This course prepares the student to assume a professional and leadership role for the fully integrated practice of a women’s health nurse practitioner that includes care of women seeking primary care, gynecologic, and perinatal services across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the interprofessional, collaborative management of care using appropriate interventions to achieve quality, safe outcomes. The professional, social, political, legal, ethical, economic and financial factors that affect women’s health care practice are analyzed.

Integration and Professional Issues for Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners

This course prepares the student for fully integrated practice as a women’s health nurse practitioner. Included are at least 0.5 credits (7 clock hours) of pharmacology content. The professional, social, political, legal, ethical, economic and financial factors that affect advanced nursing practice are analyzed. Knowledge is further integrated through the use of comprehensive exams.

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