Carlow’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program Drawing Rave Reviews

Drew Wilson -

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner 2

Deborah Mitchum DNP, ANP-BC, Maribeth McLaughlin BSN, MPM, Vice President Operations at Magee Women's Hospital, & Lynn George, PhD, RN, CNE

Carlow University's newest master's program -  a women's health nurse practitioner master's degree - is answering a critical need in the community, and some of the region's experts in women's healthcare are noticing. 

"Carlow has developed a much needed program to train additional providers dedicated to women's health," said Maribeth McLaughlin, BSN, MPM, vice president of operations at  Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC. "Magee is focused on providing high-quality care for this population across the region, and the students enrolled in Carlow's WHNP program will graduate with the knowledge and skills to support these efforts in the years to come."

This program is coming at a critical time.  Since 1987, the mortality rate for women in childbirth has more than doubled.  Women in 2017 are also more likely to die from a first heart attack than men are. 

"The students will be specifically trained to provide primary, gender-specific, gynecological and obstetrical care across a woman's lifespan," said Lynn E. George, PhD, dean of the College of Health and Wellness at Carlow. 

The Carlow program, which is the only women's health nurse practitioner program in western Pennsylvania, has already been approved by the  Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

"Our primary goal is twofold: to increase the number and distribution of advanced practice WHNP in designated medically underserved and health care provider shortage areas in western Pennsylvania and beyond, and to meet the growing health care needs of women from puberty, through the child-bearing years, post-menopause, and as elders," said Deborah Mitchum, DNP, ANP-BC, the program director of the Graduate Nurse Practitioner Programs at Carlow.   "Through this program, Carlow also plans to prepare optimally qualified advanced nurse practitioners to serve as leaders of practice innovation and change."

Carlow's WHNP program can be completed in a little more than two years by taking classes offered in a hybrid format: in-person, online, and practicum. Graduates will be eligible to sit for board certification as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

For more information about the WHNP program at Carlow,  please visit the WHNP webpage or call (412) 578-6125.

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