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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 is made to arrange this in the student's geographical area. In the event that clinical sites are unavailable in that area or if 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.
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 meet the eligibility requirements to take the national women's health nurse practitioner certification examination. In addition to completing didactic courses, students complete 14 credit hours (630 clock hours) of practicum experiences in a community setting.