Keiser University’s Master’s in Women’s Health Program explores the complexities of providing primary care to women throughout the birthing process and focuses on cultivating nurses who are sensitive to the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of the women in their care.
To earn a MS WHM degree from Keiser University, students must accomplish the following:
The overall objective of the program is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to be women’s health and nurse-midwifery leaders who are empowered to generate, explore, and apply nursing and midwifery knowledge for evolving health care environments. The program goals are:
To receive a Master of Science in Women’s Health and Midwifery, students must earn 64 graduate semester credit hours as described below. The length of this program is approximately 44 months.
|Master Of Science In Women’s Health And Midwifery (64.0 credits hours)|
|Core Women’s Health and Midwifery Courses (49.0 credits hours)|
|* NUR501 Leadership and Professional Development in Nursing||3.0 credit hours|
|NUR510 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention||3.0 credit hours|
|NUR502 Nursing Theory for Research and Practice||3.0 credit hours|
|NUR680 Research for Evidence-Based Practice and Outcome Management||3.0 credit hours|
|NUR650 Advanced Pathophysiology for Practice||3.0 credit hours|
|NUR661 Principles of Pharmacology for Advanced Practice II||3.0 credit hours|
|NUR671 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning II||3.0 credit hours|
|NUM700 Fundamentals in the Primary Care of Women||3.0 credit hours|
|NUM701 Introduction to the Role of the Nurse Midwife||3.0 credit hours|
|NUM702 Midwifery Care of Pregnant Women||3.0 credit hours|
|NUM703 Midwifery Antepartum Care||3.0 credit hours|
|NUM704 Midwifery Care of the Mother and Newborn||3.0 credit hours|
|NUM705 Advanced Midwifery Care of the Mother and Newborn||4.0 credit hours|
|NUM706 Fundamentals of Women’s Health||3.0 credit hours|
|NUM710 Foundational Skills for Advanced Clinical Practice||1.0 credit hours|
|NUM711 Fundamental Skills for Midwifery Care||1.0 credit hours|
|NUM712 Fundamentals of Independent Midwifery Practice||3.0 credit hours|
|** NUM720 Midwifery Final Comprehensive Exam Review||1.0 credit hours|
* NUR501 Prerequisite course
** Students must successfully complete all courses prior to enrolling in NUM720
|Midwifery Care Experiences (15.0 credit hours)|
|NUM713 Midwifery Care Experience I (135 clinical hours): Residency I||3.0 credit hours|
|NUM714 Midwifery Care Experience II (135 clinical hours)||3.0 credit hours|
|NUM715 Midwifery Care Experience III (135 clinical hours)||3.0 credit hours|
|NUM716 Midwifery Care Experience IV (135 clinical hours)||3.0 credit hours|
|NUM717 Midwifery Care Experience V (135 clinical hours) Residency II||3.0 credit hours|
Note: Courses in the program are 8-weeks in length. Most courses are asynchronous in nature; however, some courses may require students to participate in activities at set times. The M.S. in Women’s Health and Midwifery requires two courses (NUM713 and NUM717) where students will receive on-campus instruction during an intensive weekend. Students will focus on skill development in women’s health and midwifery, applying knowledge gained in coursework. Students will receive individual interaction, direction, and feedback from faculty members, opportunities to share experiences and insights with peers, and preparation for clinical work in practicum settings. Attendance of the intensive weekend portion of these courses is required and part of the course grade. Courses are offered at specific times during the program. When following a typical student program plan, students will come to campus during the third year of the program and again while completing the final practicum experience.
Clinical Experiences: Toward the end of the program, students will complete clinical experiences, referred to as midwifery care experiences. During this time, students will have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned in their coursework. Students will practice foundational nursing skills and gradually integrate more advanced skills, while receiving individual and group supervision. Students will be responsible for selecting an appropriate site that can provide the types of activities, clients, and clinical supervision required. Students should consult with their academic advisor for details regarding their required experiences and supervisor qualifications. Students are required to obtain a minimum of 675 hours of midwifery care experiences. The program prepares students for, but does not guarantee, certification by The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). Students are strongly encouraged to contact their state licensing board to determine the requirements needed in the state in which they are seeking certification prior to beginning the Master of Science and Midwifery program.
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