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The women's health nurse practitioner (WHNP) track prepares students for advanced practice nursing in the management of gynecological, prenatal and primary care of women. Advanced practice nurses (APRNs) provide high-quality health care services in a wide range of problems from acute, chronic and wellness care to health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. The core courses provide a solid foundation in the use of evidence based practice guidelines and theory as a basis for the diagnosis and treatment of illness and the promotion of wellness. Clinical experiences are precepted in community or outpatient settings. UMKC SoNHS provides two degree options to obtain entry to practice as a WHNP; the MSN or DNP degree.
The BSN-DNP prepares women's health nurse practitioners (WHNP) to assume the responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of client problems including the prescription of pharmacologic agents within their specialty area of clinical practice. The DNP degree is also for those nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice that offers an alternative to research focused doctoral programs. DNP prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in PhD, DNSc and other research focused nursing doctorates.
Official nameDoctor of nursing practice with an emphasis in women's health nurse practitioner
CampusUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
Academic homeSchool of Nursing and Health Studies
Delivery modeBlended, some campus visits required
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
Graduates take the national certification exam for their specialty and practice as a nurse practitioner in any area of the United States. They may also accept faculty positions at schools of nursing.
Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but on-campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two courses each semester and finish in four to five years.
Course work includes
- Advanced physiology across the lifespan
- Ethics in practice and research
- Health care policy and advocacy
- Cultural diversity and values
- Health promotion, across the lifespan
DeliveryBlended, some campus visits required
Typical program length4-5 years
Typical course load1-2 courses per semester
Dr. Cheri Barber teaches in both the Graduate and DNP programs while serving as the Coordinator for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner programs at UMKC. Dr. Barber has served on many national boards as the prior President for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and for the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (AFPNP). Dr. Barber's areas of interest are in adolescent behavior and eating disorders. She continues to practice part-time in a pediatric primary care clinic.