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Advanced Certificate Program: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Advanced standing is available to applicants who already hold a Master of Science degree in an advanced practice nursing role and wish to earn an advanced certificate in Women's Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Individual program plans will be developed to maximize students’ educational and work experience toward fulfilling program requirements. Up to 24 of the 36 credits required for the certificate may be transferred or challenged by examination. An administrative fee is required for challenge examination.

The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares registered nurses with the advanced theoretical knowledge, clinical judgment, and practice skills that undergird the care of families across the age continuum. Women's Health Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive primary health care that emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, as well as the holistic management of socioeconomically high risk women of all ages in underserved urban settings.

Educational experiences include classroom instruction from a distinguished multidisciplinary faculty and supervised experiences in the clinical management of clients of all ages in a variety of care settings. As advanced practice nurses, Women's Health Nurse Practitioners perform comprehensive health assessments; conduct risk analyses; provide client education and counseling to promote wellness; diagnose and treat common health problems; and maximize the functional and self-care abilities of women of all ages.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science degree, graduates are eligible to apply for New York State certification by taking the national examination given by the National Certification Corporation (NCC) for obstetric, gynecologic and neonatal nursing specialists.