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. Post-master’s certificate 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 certificate 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.
Graduate courses in health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology must be completed prior to or concurrent with enrollment in the concentration area courses.
The following plan is an example of curriculum:
|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|