Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Picture of a Nurse taking a woman's blood pressure.

Serving as Important Health Care Providers to Women Throughout the Lifespan

‌Women's health nurse practitioners (WHNPs) are experts in woman-focused health promotion and disease prevention. As specialists, WHNPs deliver comprehensive health care to women, with emphasis on reproductive and gynecologic health needs. They provide well-woman care, care during and after pregnancy, and care before and after menopause. They also care for women experiencing episodic acute or chronic illnesses. WHNPs see a broad range of patients in practice settings that include primary care centers, adolescent health centers, and private practice.

The WHNP major, as part of FPB's MSN program, requires 38 credit hours of coursework, plus about 600 hours of clinicals. With full-time enrollment, coursework is usually completed within 12 months (four semesters). Core MSN courses are offered in an intensive format that requires limited trips to Cleveland.

Sample Full-Time Curriculum: Beginning Fall 2015

First Year

Fall Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 2
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 459 Assessment for Advanced Practice 3
NURS 454 Well Woman Health Care 3
  Total 12

Spring Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NURS 455 The Childbearing Family 4
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
  Total 12

Summer Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
May Intensive
NURS 444A
Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 559 Primary Care for Women 4
NURS 451 Leadership for Quality Healthcare in Systems 3
  Total 8

Second Year

Fall Semester II

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NUNP 410 Health Promotion 2
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 6

Accumulated Total Hours: 38

The Advanced Practice Core courses are co-requisites or pre-requisites for the clinical nursing courses. Clinical nursing courses must be taken in the semester and sequence listed above. Clinical course availability is based upon enrollment.


Sample Full-Time Curriculum: Prior to Fall 2015

First Year

Fall Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 3
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 459 Assessment for Advanced Practice 3
NURS 454 Well Woman Health Care 3
NUNP 410 Health Promotion 2
  Total 15

Spring Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NURS 455 The Childbearing Family 4
  Total 10

Summer Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 559 Primary Care for Women 4
  Total 4

Second Year

Fall Semester II

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NURS 503 Inquiry Practicum 1
NURS 443B Professionalism in Advanced Practice: Role Development 1
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 9

Accumulated Total Hours: 38

The Advanced Practice Core courses are co-requisites or pre-requisites for the clinical nursing courses. Clinical nursing courses must be taken in the semester and sequence listed above. Clinical course availability is based upon enrollment.