Deborah Mitchum DNP, ANP-BC, Maribeth McLaughlin BSN, MPM, Vice President Operations at Magee Women's Hospital, & Lynn George, PhD, RN, CNE
Carlow University's newest master's program -
a women's health nurse practitioner master's degree - is
answering a critical need in the community, and some of the
region's experts in women's healthcare are noticing.
"Carlow has developed a much needed program to train additional
providers dedicated to women's health," said Maribeth McLaughlin,
BSN, MPM, vice president of operations at
Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC. "Magee is focused on providing
high-quality care for this population across the region, and the
students enrolled in Carlow's WHNP program will graduate with the knowledge and
skills to support these efforts in the years to come."
This program is coming at a critical time. Since
1987, the mortality rate for women in childbirth has more than
doubled. Women in 2017 are also more likely to die from
a first heart attack than men are.
"The students will be specifically trained to provide primary,
gender-specific, gynecological and obstetrical care across a
woman's lifespan," said Lynn E. George, PhD,
dean of the College of Health and Wellness at Carlow.
The Carlow program, which is the only women's health nurse
practitioner program in western Pennsylvania, has already been
approved by the
Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by
the Commission on
Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
"Our primary goal is twofold: to increase the number and
distribution of advanced practice WHNP in designated medically
underserved and health care provider shortage areas in western
Pennsylvania and beyond, and to meet the growing health care needs
of women from puberty, through the child-bearing years,
post-menopause, and as elders," said Deborah Mitchum,
DNP, ANP-BC, the program director of the Graduate Nurse
Practitioner Programs at Carlow. "Through this
program, Carlow also plans to prepare optimally qualified advanced
nurse practitioners to serve as leaders of practice innovation and
Carlow's WHNP program can be completed in a little more than two
years by taking classes offered in a hybrid format: in-person,
online, and practicum. Graduates will be eligible to sit for board
certification as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner through
Certification Corporation (NCC).
For more information about the WHNP program at Carlow, please visit the WHNP webpage or call (412)