MSN Women's Health Care Curriculum

Nurse Practitioner Specialty

Program Format

The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum includes 49 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.

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 59 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 PLAN

Full Time Option

  Semester Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 502 - Theoretical and Research Perspectives for Advanced 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 - Advanced Pharmacology: Prescriptive Authority (3)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 45
13
Spring NURS 505 Seminar in Nursing Research (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
Year 2 Fall NURS 570 - Basic Women’s Health Assessment and Management I (2)
NURS 572 - Intrapartum Management (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 59

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

Part Time Option

  Semester Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 502 - Theoretical and Research Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 540 - Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2)
5
Spring NURS 505 - Seminar in Nursing Research (3)
NURS 508 - Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3)
6
Year 2 Fall NURS 542/L - Advanced Health Assessment (2)/Lab (1)*
NURS 544 - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (2)
NURS 552 - Advanced Pharmacology: Prescriptive Authority (3)
*Supervised Clinical Hours = 45
8
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 59

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

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MSN Core Classes

NURS 502 Theoretical and Research Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
Knowledge development and utilization of theory, evidence-based practice, and research methods, interpretation, critique, and utilization.

NURS 505 Seminar in Nursing Research (3)
Concepts and issues related to evidence based-practice. Develop and refine the directed project/research proposal. Proposal includes problem/purpose statements, literature review, measurement tools, work plan, timeline, method and evaluation (analysis/synthesis) plan.

NURS 508 Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3)
Prerequisites: NURS 501 and NURS 505A. Applies epidemiological model to analyze the health risk factors that place populations at risk for health conditions and plan nursing interventions to promote health and prevent disease. One or more sections offered online.

MSN Core Clinical Classes

NURS 540 Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Principles of normal body functioning, pathophysiologic and psychological changes occurring with altered health across life span. Clinical case studies utilized to demonstrate the pathophysiologic basis for assessment and management of common health problems.

NURS 542 Advanced Health Assessment (2)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Application of theoretical concepts related to comprehensive health assessment of patients across the lifespan. Analyzing, synthesizing and applying comprehensive health assessment data, including the bio-psychosocial, development and environmental needs of patients and families.

NURS 542L Advanced Health Assessment Laboratory (1)
Corequisite: NURS 542. Clinical application of advanced health assessment skills and strategies necessary for advanced practice nursing role in a particular area of specialization. Credit/No Credit only. (3 hours practicum per week)

NURS 552 Advanced Pharmacology: Prescriptive Authority (3)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Advanced course of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutic content and application relevant to the Advanced Practice Nurse.  One or more sections offered online.

NURS 544 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (2)
National clinical preventive services guidelines for health promotion, disease prevention, health assessment and screening pertinent to various age groups. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units.

NURS 546 Primary Care of Women I: Family Planning/Gynecology (3)
Primary health care by advanced practice nurses for women, including assessment, diagnosis prevention, research and management of common gynecologic and family planning problems. Supporting reproductive pathophysiology and patient education. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisites: NURS 540, NURS 542, NURS 542L.

NURS 548A Primary Care: Acute Problems I (2)
Theory and research related to the problems affecting patients and families across the lifespan. Health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, differential diagnosis, management and patient/family education and counseling related to these conditions. Quality health care, resource management and shared-decision making. Prerequisites: NURS 540, NURS 542 , NURS 542L.

NURS 548L Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical Practicum II (3)
Continued clinical field study applying theory, research and developing clinical skills related to the provision of care to pediatric and adult patients and their families, including gynecology and family planning, in increasingly complex clinical situations. (9 hours practicum per week) Corequisite: NURS 548A.

NURS 570 Basic Women’s Health Assessment and Management I (2)
Reviews theory, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of ambulatory care for women during childbearing and postpartum/family planning periods in culturally diverse populations. Research findings within the framework of the normalcy of childbearing.

NURS 572 Intrapartum Management (3)
Theory, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of women during labor, birth and the immediate postpartum. Corequisite: NURS 570.

NURS 573A Internship in Basic Midwifery Practice (5)
Applying basic midwifery knowledge in the clinical setting. Clinical internship of health promotion, diagnosis and management of low risk childbearing women and newborns. Clinical management of women needing gynecologic and primary care.Pre- or corequisite: NURS 570, NURS 572.

NURS 573B Basic Women’s Health Care Practicum (3)
Applying basic Advanced Practice Nursing knowledge in the clinical setting. Clinical practicum of health promotion, diagnosis and management of low risk childbearing women. Clinical management of women needing gynecologic and primary care. (minimum 12 hours practicum per week) Pre- or corequisite: NURS 570.

NURS 574 Intermediate Women’s Health Assessment and Management I (2)
Theory, research, assessment, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of complications related to ambulatory health care of women. Reviews domestic violence. Evaluation of research findings.Prerequisite: NURS 570.

NURS 576 Women’s Health Care: Newborn Assessment and Management (1)
Assessing and managing newborns through the first 28 days of life.Prerequisites: NURS 570, NURS 572, NURS 573A. Corequisite: NURS 577A.

NURS 577A Internship in Intermediate Nurse Midwifery Practice (7)
Clinical application of knowledge in midwifery practice for childbearing women and newborns with moderate to high risk factors. Co-management and collaborative management. Clinical management of women needing gynecologic and primary care. Prerequisites: NURS 570, NURS 572, NURS 573A. Corequisite: NURS 574, NURS 576.

NURS 577B Intermediate Women’s Health Care Practicum (3)
Clinical application of knowledge in Advanced Practice Nursing for care of women with moderate to high risk conditions in pregnancy. Co-management and collaborative management. Clinical management of women needing gynecologic and primary care. (Minimum 9 hours practicum per week)Prerequisite: NURS 573B. Corequisite: NURS 574.

NURS 579A Advanced Nurse Midwifery Internship (5)
Synthesis of clinical knowledge and skill for advanced practice in women’s health. Residency incorporates full scope practice and primary care to prepare for independent practice as a nurse-midwife.

NURS 579B Advanced Women’s Health Care Practicum (5)
Synthesis of clinical knowledge and skill for advanced practice in women’s health. Residency incorporates full scope practice and primary care to prepare for independent practice as a women’s health care nurse practitioner. (Minimum 9 hours practicum per week)

NURS 594 Professional Role for the Advanced Practice Nurse as a Midwife or Nurse Practitioner (3)
Critical thinking and decision-making theory specific to issues in women’s health care. Professional, ethical, legal, public policy aspects of nurse practitioner/nurse-midwifery practice. Legal basis of practice, national international trends in women’s health care, developing strategic business skills, promoting the profession.

NURS 596A Comprehensive Clinical Practicum (2)
Low- to high-risk patient assessment and management through case study and skills lab competency. Simulated patient evaluation/management and comprehensive examination demonstrating student’s application of knowledge and skills. A full-year course over two semesters. (Minimum 6 hours per week per semester) Prerequisites: NURS 505A, NURS 505B.

NURS 596B Comprehensive Clinical Practicum (2)
Low- to high-risk patient assessment and management through case study and skills lab competency. Simulated patient evaluation/management and comprehensive examination demonstrating student’s application of knowledge and skills. A full-year course over two semesters. (Minimum 6 hours per week per semester) Prerequisites: NURS 505A, NURS 505B.