Women's Health Nurse Practitioner: The Master of Science Degree
Carlow University's new master's degree-Women's Health
Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)-is being offered by our
acclaimed College of Health and Wellness. The only
WHNP graduate program in Western Pennsylvania, it's
already received a "thumbs up" from many of the leading regional
providers of women's health care-which means there's a really good
outlook for employment and career advancement.
National workforce data indicates that many current women's
health nurse practitioners are nearing retirement age. That's not
good news for women-or for women's health.
Carlow University is responding to the critical need for women's health nurse practitioners who are specifically trained to provide obstetrical and gynecological care across a woman's lifespan -- from puberty, through the child-bearing years, post-menopause, and as elders.
Apply now. Classes begin Fall 2017. And space is
What You Need to Know About the WHNP
- The program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of
- The master's degree in nursing programs at Carlow University
are accredited by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing
- Classes are offered in a hybrid format: in-person, online and
- You can complete the program in a little more than two years
(if enrolled full-time); no GRE or GMAT required
- Number of credits to be completed at Carlow: 49
- Graduates are eligible to sit for board certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner through the NCC (National Certification Corporation)
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Fall 2017: Human Pathophysiology;
Advanced Practice Nursing Pharmacology
Spring 2018: Advanced Physical Assessment
& Diagnostics; Clinical Practicum;
Evidence-Based Nursing Practice; Statistical Applications
Summer 2018: Nursing Leadership;
Professional Collaboration and Communications; Community and Family
Fall 2018: Advanced Practice Nursing in
Primary Healthcare; Clinical Practicum; Advanced Nursing in Women's
Health; Clinical Practicum
Spring 2019: Advanced Practice Nursing in
Women's Health Theory; Clinical Practicum; Advanced Practice
Nursing in Women's Health Theory; Clinical Practicum
Summer 2019: Health Risks in Communities;
Leadership in Health Ethics and Policy
Fall 2019: Integration of Advanced
Practice Nursing Role; Clinical Practicum
NOTE: WHNP is also available as a certificate and
a part-time option is also available.
- Dr. Deborah Mitchum, Program Director, Graduate Nurse
Practitioner Programs, Carlow University; 412.578.6586; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monica Sieber, Admissions, Carlow
University; Office: 412.578.6125; email@example.com
Classes are offered in hybrid format combining online with regular live sessions at the Oakland campus. View an outline of courses in the Plans of Study (PDF) document. All members of the WHNP faculty maintain clinical practice and national certification.
WHNP Program Information
Course Requirements: 49 credits/600 clinical hours
Degree: Master of Science in Nursing
Locations: Main Oakland Campus
The total number of credits in the WHNP program is 49 and includes 4 credits each of Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Advanced Physical Assessment and Diagnostics. Clinical hours in the WHNP program total 600, and will take place in a wide variety of urban and rural health care agencies providing specialty care for women. Graduates will find employment in a wide variety of health care settings such as health care systems, physician’s offices, health maintenance organizations, women’s health centers, and clinics in both urban and rural medically underserved communities.
NU752 Advanced Practice Nursing in Women's Health
The focus of this course is the management of acute and chronic health problems in women’s and reproductive health. It will incorporate planning and management of both nursing and medical care by the advanced practice nurse. Particular emphasis will be placed on high-risk groups and individuals living in medically underserved populations.
NU756 Advanced Practice Nursing in Women’s Health Theory II
This course continues to provide the framework for clinical practice in well woman gynecologic care and care of the pregnant woman. Topics include common variations experienced by the woman with a healthy pregnancy, psychosocial factors influencing adaptation to pregnancy, and cultural factors impacting childbearing. The clinical setting provides students information about assessment skills specific to care of pregnant women, and skills for gynecological assessment.
NU757 Advanced Practice Nursing in Women's Health Theory III
This third women’s health course focuses on complex issues in gynecologic care of women. The student will synthesize and integrate research, theories, concepts, and advanced skills into a framework for advanced nursing practice in women's health care. Analysis is used to evaluate contemporary trends and issues, as well as policy that have an impact on the delivery of health care to women.