MSN Women's Health Care Curriculum

Nurse Practitioner Specialty

Program Format

The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum includes 53 semester units of graduate nursing coursework. The program can be completed in 2 years of full time study or 3 years with the first year being part time and the second and third years being full time.

Students complete the majority of the didactic coursework in a face to face classroom setting on the CSUF campus. Supervised clinical hours are completed each semester at partner clinical facilities. Clinical placements are facilitated by the CSUF Women's Health Care concentration leads. Clinical courses require between 8 and 40 supervised clinical hours per week.

STUDY PLANS

Full Time Option

  Semester Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 501 Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 540 Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2)
NURS 542/L Advanced Health Assessment (2)/Lab (1)*
NURS 544 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (2)
NURS 552 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 45
13
Spring NURS 505A Nursing Research and Evaluation for Practice (3)
NURS 508 Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3)
NURS 546 Primary Care of Women I: Family Planning/Gynecology (3)
NURS 548A Primary Care: Acute Problems I (2)
NURS 548L Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical Practicum II (3)*
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 135
14
Summer NURS 505B Seminar in Nursing Research (3) 3
Year 2 Fall NURS 570 Basic Women’s Health Assessment and Management I (2)
NURS 573B Basic Women’s Health Care Practicum (3)*
NURS 596A Comprehensive Exam (2)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 135
7
Spring NURS 574 Intermediate Women’s Health Assessment and Mgmt I (2)
NURS 577B Intermediate Women’s Health Care Practicum (3)*
NURS 594 Professional Role for the Advanced Practice Nurse as a Midwife or Nurse Practitioner (3)
NURS 596B – Comprehensive Exam (2)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 135
10
Summer NURS 579B – Advanced Women’s Health Care Practicum (5)*
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 225
5
TOTAL UNITS 52

All Courses and Course Sequences are subject to change at any time.

Part Time Option

  Semester Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 501 – Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 505A – Nursing Research and Evaluation for Practice (3)
6
Spring NURS 505B – Seminar in Nursing Research (3) NURS 508 – Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3) 6
Year 2 Fall NURS 540 – Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2) NURS 542/L – Advanced Health Assessment (2)/Lab (1)* NURS 544 – Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (2)
NURS 552 – Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 45
10
Spring NURS 546 Primary Care of Women I: Family Planning/Gynecology (3) NURS 548A Primary Care: Acute Problems I (2)
NURS 548L Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical Practicum II (3)*
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 135
8
Year 3 Fall NURS 570 Basic Women’s Health Assessment and Management I (2) NURS 573B Basic Women’s Health Care Practicum (3)*
NURS 596A Comprehensive Exam (2)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 135
7
Spring NURS 574 Intermediate Women’s Health Assessment and Mgmt I (2) NURS 577B Intermediate Women’s Health Care Practicum (3)*
NURS 594 Professional Role for the Advanced Practice Nurse as a Midwife or Nurse Practitioner (3) NURS 596B – Comprehensive Exam (2) *Supervised Clinical Hours = 135
10
Summer NURS 579B – Advanced Women’s Health Care Practicum (5)* *Supervised Clinical Hours = 225 5
TOTAL UNITS 52

All Courses and Course Sequences are subject to change at any time.  

Nurse-Midwife/Nurse Practitioner Specialty

Program Philosophy

The focus of the nurse-midwifery specialty is to provide quality education that will be accessible to a diverse student population. The specialty emphasizes development of safe primary care providers to care for women throughout their life, and the newborn as appropriate, through the acquisition of knowledge and skills that are commensurate with current evidence.  Faculty are dedicated to preparing nurse-midwives with a strong foundation in primary care, research, theory and practice.  Faculty create an environment to foster adult learning, student self-motivation, professional ethics, transition to independent practice, and the concept that learning is a life-long activity.  The faculty believes that emphasis on normal processes of health is paramount to understanding disease, illness and dysfunction.  There is recognition that care involves bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual components of individuals, families and communities.  Teaching is accomplished within the framework of independent and collaborative practice between the midwife and client as well as with other health professionals.  Provision of care is on a continuous and comprehensive basis utilizing the hallmarks of midwifery as the framework for education and practice.  Students will accept responsibility to identify strategies that allow them an opportunity to learn and acquire the necessary skills for professional advanced practice as a midwife.

Program Format

The Nurse-Midwifery/Nurse Practitioner curriculum includes 53 semester units of graduate nursing coursework. The program can be completed in 2 years of full time study or 3 years with the first year being part time and the second and third years being full time.

Students complete the majority of the didactic coursework in a face to face classroom setting on the CSUF campus. Supervised clinical hours are completed each semester at partner clinical facilities. Clinical placements are facilitated by the CSUF Women's Health Care concentration leads. Clinical courses require between 8 and 40 supervised clinical hours per week.

STUDY PLANS

Full Time Option

  Semester Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 501 Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 540 Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2)
NURS 542/L Advanced Health Assessment (2)/Lab (1)*
NURS 544 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (2)
NURS 552 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 45
13
Spring NURS 505A Nursing Research and Evaluation for Practice (3)
NURS 508 Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3)
NURS 546 Primary Care of Women I: Family Planning/ Gynecology (3)
NURS 548A Primary Care: Acute Problems I (2)
NURS 548L Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical Practicum II (3)*
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 135
14
Summer NURS 505B Seminar in Nursing Research (3) 3
Year 2 Fall NURS 570 Basic Women’s Health Assessment and Management I (2)
NURS 572 Basic Women’s Health Assessment and Management II (3)
NURS 573A Internship in Basic Midwifery Practice (5)*
NURS 596A Comprehensive Exam (2)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 225
12
Spring NURS 574 Intermediate Women’s Health Assessment and Management I (2)
NURS 576 Newborn Assessment and Management (1)
NURS 577A Intermediate Women’s Health Care Practicum (7)*
NURS 594 Professional Role for the Advanced Practice Nurse as a Midwife or Nurse Practitioner (3)
NURS 596B – Comprehensive Exam (2)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 315
15
Summer NURS 579A – Advanced Women’s Midwifery Internship (5) *
Supervised Clinical Hours = 225
5
TOTAL UNITS 62

All Courses and Course Sequences are subject to change at any time.

Part Time Option

  Semester Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 501 – Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 505A – Nursing Research and Evaluation for Practice (3)
6
Spring NURS 505B – Seminar in Nursing Research (3)
NURS 508 – Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3)
6
Year 2 Fall NURS 540 – Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2)
NURS 542/L – Advanced Health Assessment (2)/Lab (1)*
NURS 544 – Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (2)
NURS 552 – Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 45
10
Spring NURS 546 Primary Care of Women I: Family Planning/ Gynecology (3)
NURS 548A Primary Care: Acute Problems I (2)
NURS 548L Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical Practicum II (3)*
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 135
8
Year 3 Fall NURS 570 Basic Women’s Health Assessment and Management I (2)
NURS 572 Basic Women’s Health Assessment and Management II (3)
NURS 573A Internship in Basic Midwifery Practice (5)*
NURS 596A Comprehensive Exam (2)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 225
12
Spring NURS 574 Intermediate Women’s Health Assessment and Management I (2)
NURS 576 Newborn Assessment and Management (1)
NURS 577A Intermediate Women’s Health Care Practicum (7)*
NURS 594 Professional Role for the Advanced Practice Nurse as a Midwife or Nurse Practitioner (3)
NURS 596B – Comprehensive Exam (2)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 315
15
Summer NURS 579A – Advanced Women’s Midwifery Internship (5)*
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 225
5
TOTAL UNITS 62

All Courses and Course Sequences are subject to change at any time.