For registered nurses interested in providing primary care to women across the life span, becoming a women’s health nurse practitioner offers you a rewarding career path. Since 1977, the VCU School of Nursing WHNP concentration has prepared graduates to provide comprehensive primary care to women, with an emphasis on gynecologic and reproductive health issues. Master of Science graduates who complete the WHNP concentration are prepared to provide holistic care focused on health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and treatment of health problems that are unique to women. Students will learn to address women’s health needs from menarche through the adult lifespan as well as assess the interrelationships among gender, social class, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status and socio-political power differentials and their implications for the provision of women’s health care.
Students who successfully complete the WHNP concentration within the master’s program are eligible to apply for certification as a women’s health nurse practitioner by the National Certification Corporation of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the accreditation body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance.
Below is a sample curriculum.
|Women’s health nurse practitioner core courses||Credits|
|NURS 501 Advanced Professionalization I||1|
|NURS 502 Advanced Nursing Practice: Pharmacotherapeutics||3|
|NURS 503 Advanced Nursing Practice: Psychosocial||3|
|NURS 504 Advanced Nursing Practice: The Biological Basis of Health and Illness Across the Lifespan||3|
|NURS 508 Advanced Nursing Practice: Systems||3|
|NURS 509 Health Program Planning||3|
|NURS 511 Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice||3|
|NURS 512 Advanced Nurse Science||3|
|NURS 601 Advanced Professionalization II||1|
|Women’s health nurse practitioner concentration courses|
|NURS 632 Health Promotion in Women||3|
|NURS 633 Common Health Problems of Women||3|
|NURS 634 Advanced Practice: The Childbearing Woman||3|
|NURS 661 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care||3|
|NURS 676 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Practicum I||2|
|NURS 682 Women’s Practicum I||1-4|
|NURS 683 Women’s Practicum II||1-4|
|NURS 685 Women’s Practicum III||1-5|