Women's Health/Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 37.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3822
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1171

About the Program

The online Women's Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner program supplies nurses with the skills necessary to provide advanced care to women and their partners throughout the lifespan with a specialized emphasis on reproductive and gynecologic health needs. Graduates are also qualified to provide a myriad of gender related services focusing on health promotion and disease prevention that range from well-woman care, prenatal and postpartum care, and common and complex women’s health issues in both primary settings and women's health specialty practices. Additionally, this track offers the opportunity for students to work in transdisciplinary simulated scenarios to promote a better understanding and respect of discipline-specific roles, improve existing communication and collaboration within disciplines, and initiate teamwork development in order to promote patient safety and high-quality patient care

This certificate is offered to those individuals who have earned a master's degree in nursing and seek further preparation to become a Women's Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner (WH/GRNP). Transcripts will be reviewed and course work will be determined on an individual basis. Students meet on campus for a mandatory On-Campus Intensive (OCI) learning experiences, simulation, and evaluation. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCC's Women's Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

The nurse practitioner faculty is committed to quality and excellence in the nurse practitioner (NP) programs. Students meet on campus for mandatory On Campus Intensive (OCI) learning experiences, simulation, and evaluation. Mandatory on-campus visits are essential to students transitioning into the NP role. These mandatory on-campus visits occur during the following times:

  • 2nd Year, Summer Term – students come to campus during the first clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
     
  • 3rd Year, Fall Term – students come to campus during the second clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
     
  • 3rd Year, Winter Term – students come to campus during the third clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
     
  • 3rd Year, Spring Term – students come to campus during the fourth clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).

For more information about this program, visit Drexel's MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs web page.

Admission Requirements

  • A Master's degree with a major in nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited program with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
  • A copy of your current, unrestricted United States RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. License verification from your nursing license registry website are acceptable. Once accepted, applicants must have a current RN license in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, students are required to have a RN Nursing License for the state in which the clinical practicum rotations are being completed.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended. Instead of hard copy transcripts, you may supply official electronic transcripts issued by a post-secondary institution directly to Drexel University Online through a password secured link or website (use our email address, customerservice@drexel.com). You must supply transcripts regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school you attended. If you do not list all post-secondary institutions on your application and these are listed on transcripts received from other institutions, processing of your application will be delayed until you have submitted the remaining transcripts. Click here to use our Transcript Look-up Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions. If you attended a Diploma School of Nursing and the school was affiliated with a college/university, the official transcript must be submitted from the college for any non-nursing courses for which you received credit.
  • Current Curriculum vitae and/or resume detailing work experience, including specific job responsibilities and departments.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation (from either a previous or immediate supervisor and/or a former nursing faculty member who can attest to the applicant's clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study). References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members. Drexel University Online now accepts electronic letters of recommendation. Click here for instructions regarding their submission. If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter of recommendation, please remind the recommender that it must be signed and submitted in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by the recommender.
  • Personal statement (800-1,600 words) that will give the Admissions Committee a better understanding of why you are choosing this particular program of study, your plans upon completion of this program, and how your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program.
  • International applicants: Please click here to view additional requirements.
  • Once the student is accepted into the program, a GAP analysis may be completed to determine credit eligibilty for previously faculty supervised clinical hours. Note: The Gap Analysis is not mandatory for acceptance into the program. If the prospective student chooses to have a Gap Analysis completed, it is performed after confirmed admissions.
  • A personal interview may be required (online or telephone options will be available).

Program of Study
All incoming post-master’s students have the opportunity for previous coursework to be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer of credit. Students should check with the program Transfer Credit Evaluator for the exact schedule. The mandatory on campus visits are as follows:

  • 2nd Year, Summer Term – students come to campus during the first clinical course for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
  • 3rd Year, Fall Term – students come to campus during the second clinical course for 2-3 days for a standardized patient lab experience (SPL) and/or human patient simulation (HPS) experience.
  • 3rd Year, Winter Term – students come to campus during the third clinical course for 2-3 days for a second standardized patient lab experience (SPL) and/or human patient simulation experience (HPS).
  • 3rd Year, Spring Term – students come to campus during the fourth clinical course for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
Required Courses
Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
NURS 680Primary Care for Women’s Health3.0
NURS 682Pharmacology for the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner3.0
Concentration Courses
NURS 690WHNP I: Mngmnt & Care of the Common Gyn and Gender Related Issues throughout the Lifespan5.0
NURS 691WHNP II: Mngmnt & Care of the Complex Gyn and Gender Related Issues of Women throughout the Lifespan5.0
NURS 692WHNP III: Management & Care of the Low Risk Obstetrical and Post Partum Needs of Women and Families5.0
NURS 693WHNP IV: Mngmnt & Care of the High Risk Obstetrical and Post Partum Needs of Women and Families5.0
Total Credits37.0
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