UC Offers New Online Nursing Programs
Published September 2005
The College of Nursing is to introduce
two new master's level distance-learning programs--one in nurse
midwifery, the other in women's health nursing--believed to be among
the first in the country to offer the option of dual certification in
the two specialties.
The online programs, says program
director Nancy Moss, PhD, will help fill a growing need for nurses with
advanced training, including certified nurse midwives and women's
health nurse practitioners, who provide health care to women from birth
"Students can maintain their jobs and
family responsibilities without leaving their communities to come to
campus for regularly scheduled classes," says Dr. Moss, a certified
nurse midwife. "Research shows that when someone leaves their region
for education, they're less likely to return and practice. By staying
in their communities, hopefully they'll practice in their communities
and increase access to health care for women.
"We're also offering an unprece-dented
opportunity for dual certification. Nurse midwifery students may choose
to complete one additional women's health nursing course and concurrent
clinical experiences to become eligible for the women's health nurse
practitioner certification exam," says Dr. Moss.
Students complete coursework online at a
time and location convenient for them, and College of Nursing faculty
and staff assist them in identifying qualified clinical preceptors in
their community. Students graduate from the program in about two years
and are eligible for American Midwifery Certification Board or National
Certification Corporation examinations.
The nurse midwifery program is accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
For more information on the UC programs, call (866) 225-6764 or visit www.nursingonline.uc.edu.
Founded in 1889, the UC College of Nursing was the
first school in the country to offer a baccalaureate program in
nursing. The college has more than 800 students, including
undergraduate, graduate and PhD candidates, making it the 12th largest
nursing school in the United States.