Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

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This certificate program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is designed for nurses with a master's degree in nursing who seek to become women's health nurse practitioners or for nurse practitioners with a master's degree or DNP who seek additional certification as women's health nurse practitioners.

This women's health nurse practitioner certificate program is offered in a hybrid iCourse and in-person format that requires students to travel to campus for orientation and then two or three times per semester. Women's health care theory and clinical courses include theories, principles and clinical skills in the care of women and their families. Courses focus on critical thinking, diagnosis, problem-solving and nursing management of women throughout the maternity cycle and with common gynecological problems. Client education, communication and collaboration are emphasized.

Focused clinical experiences are arranged with appropriate preceptors and administrators. Every attempt will be made to arrange this in the student's geographical area. In the event that clinical sites are unavailable in that area or if the faculty determine the student needs additional faculty supervision of skills, the student is required to complete the clinical experience in the Phoenix area. Rural health and experiences with disadvantaged and multicultural populations are encouraged, and sites are available for these experiences.

Degree Offered

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)



Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

Application Deadline

Priority Deadline: December 15

Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis after this deadline. Apply as soon as possible for consideration.

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Admission Requirements

ASU has set minimum standards for admission to graduate programs. This program has additional requirements that must be met in order to be considered for the program.

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency per the Graduate College requirement and all requirements for the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.

All students are also required to have an unencumbered Arizona RN license or an unencumbered compact state RN license as mandated by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The RN license must remain unencumbered throughout enrollment in any nursing program.

Applicants are required to have an in-person interview with the program faculty.

Applicants are asked to submit an admission essay addressing:

  • Describe your career goal(s) for the next 5-10 years and discuss how obtaining a NP certificate from Arizona State University will help you meet these goals.
  • Read The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006) from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Focus on one of the first seven essentials and describe how meeting this essential will further your career goal(s).

All College of Nursing and Health Innovation students are required to complete health and safety requirements, and must have a passing disposition on a background clearance and satisfactory completion of a substance screen with the program's identified agency.

One year of clinical experience working within the student's specialty population is preferred.

For U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Program Disclosure information, students should refer to the College of Nursing and Health Innovation website.

Degree Requirements

Required Core (23 credit hours)
DNP 613 Women's Health Promotion I (3)
DNP 614 Women's Health Practicum I (3)
DNP 615 Management of Common Problems in Women's Health (3)
DNP 616 Advanced Women's Health Practicum II (5)
DNP 617 Management of Complex and Chronic Disease in Women (3)
DNP 618 Advanced Women's Health Practicum III (6)

Additional Curriculum Information
Nurses who complete this certificate will meet the eligibility requirements to take the national women's health nurse practitioner certification examination. In addition to completing didactic courses, students will complete 14 credit hours (630 clock hours) of practicum experiences in a community setting.

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