Nurse Practitioner Track: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
The online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) provides comprehensive care to women from adolescence through advance age with an emphasis on all aspects of reproductive and gynecologic health needs. Focusing on both wellness and complex health issues, the WHNP is well positioned to improve the health and quality of life for women of all ages while recognizing their individual physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner’s practice in primary care settings as well as in women’s health specialty practices providing a wide range of services targeted to meet the needs specific to women.
Drexel University's online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) Track prepares nurse practitioners for roles as advance practice clinicians, educators, researchers and leaders in a collaborative, multidisciplinary health care environment. The program is designed to include competencies and skill sets required for today’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner as knowledge expands, health care systems evolve, technology advances, and practice changes in response to current needs and evidence based research.
Students will come to campus to participate in collaborative, multi-fidelity standardized patient clinical learning experiences conducted in our new state of the art multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. The WHNP curriculum includes a wide range of issues specific to women, including well women evaluations, preconceptual, prenatal and postpartum care, menopausal issues, complementary and alternative therapy options, family planning, and various primary care issues related to the health care of women.
Key Program Features:
- Clinically current faculty.
- NURS 550 – Advanced Physical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning. Students are required to participate in mandatory weekly didactic lectures and to come to campus for up to 6 days — 3 days for midpoint review and skills evaluation and for a 3 day final re-demonstration of the physical examination. The Advanced Physical Assessment course is offered both in-class and on-line. The in-class course is offered one day per week in the Spring Quarter from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The on-line course has an on-campus component.
- NURS 690 WHNP I - Summer Residency 5 days.
- NURS 691 WHNP II - Fall Simulation Experience 2 days.
- NURS 692 WHNP III - Winter Simulation Experience 2 days.
- NURS 693 WHNP IV- Spring Residency 5 days.
- Program is online in a highly interactive, e-learning method that challenges and engages students. This is a 58 credit graduate program. A total of 640 clinical hours are completed in the last year of the program. The four clinical practicum courses require two 8 hour clinical days per week in addition to 3 hours of synchronomous didactic lecture per week.
- Clinical rotations in the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner track may not be cfompleted in the state of New York.
The online Women's Health Women's Nurse Practitioner Track offers students both a full and part time course of study option. Didactic and clinical education is delivered via distance online learning, campus residency visits & pre-approved community based clinical preceptorships.
The Nurse Practitioner Faculty are committed to quality and excellence in the online Nurse Practitioner (NP) Programs. Campus visits are essential to students transitioning into the NP role. Students meet on campus for Residency Visits at beginning of the clinical practicum rotations, midpoint during the clinical practicum rotations and at the end of the clinical practicum rotations. The residencies afford faculty the opportunity to provide students with direct support, guidance, and mentoring while they provide students with the opportunity to interact with faculty and collaborate with peers. The on-campus visits allow faculty to ensure that 1) students are adequately prepared to enter the clinical environment and 2) that students are adequately prepared to graduate from the program.