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NURS 5601/6601/7601 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5601/6601/7601 - FNP I Women's Health

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course focuses on advanced nursing care to women in diverse populations. It is designed to introduce the student to the role of the nurse practitioner as a provider of women’s health in primary care settings. The emphasis will be on health maintenance and illness prevention.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Recognize and describe the normal growth, development and assessment of adolescent, adult and older adult women. ( GRC 1,OPO2,EPOSLO1,23)
  • Analyze current issues and barriers to care in women's health using evidence-based guidelines, research and expert opinions. ( EPOSLO1,2,3).
  • Design strategies to improve the delivery of health care to women. (EPOSLO1,2,3)
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to formulate diagnoses and intervention strategies to promote health and manage selected acute and chronic health alterations in women. (EPOSLO1,2,3)
  • Utilize relevant evidence-based research finding for application in clinical management of women's health issues in collaboration with other disciplines. (EPOSLO1,2)
  • Evaluate the health status of women in diverse populations throughout the lifespan. (EPOSLO1,2)
  • Relate the role and scope of practice of the family nurse practitioner to health care situations in women's health issues. (EPOSLO1,2,3)
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; prerequisites:  NURS 5101/5102; NURS 5103; NURS 5104;  co requisite: NURS 5602.

Course Topics:
  • Growth, Development and Assessment of Adolescent, Women and Older Adult Health
  • Access, Barriers, and Ethical Issues in Women’s Health
  • Health Promotion and Wellness in Women
  • Family Planning, Contraceptive Methods, Reproductive Disorders
  • Health Promotion Before, During and After Pregnancy
  • Menopausal Care
  • Common Primary Care and Chronic Illnesses in Women’s Health
  • Recognition and Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Management of Breast, Cervical and Gynecological Malignancies
  • Management of Psychosocial Conditions 
Specific Course Requirements:

Knowledge and skill of D2L navigation.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

American Nurses Association. (2015). Essentials of nursing practice package . Atlanta, GA: Author. PUB# FNDN2015. This package contains the three documents listed below at a discounted rate.

  • American Nurses Association (2015). Guide to Nursing’s social policy statement: Understanding the profession from social contract to social covenant .Silver Springs, MD: Author. ISBN 9781558102705
  • American Nurses Association (2015). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretative statements. Silver Springs, MD: Author. ISBN 978-1-55810-599-7
  • American Nurses Association (2015). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice (3rd ed.). Silver Springs, MD: Author. ISBN 978-1-55810-619-2
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Completion of all graded assignments and projects determines the course grade. Assignment guidelines and the rubrics used for grading these assignments are provided in the course content area.

All quizzes and exams are not limited to course content, course links, or readings and will include information from evidence-based resources. Students are not allowed to view quizzes or exams, but instructors will provide a comprehensive review of test items that were most frequently missed.

If barriers or challenges to progress in this course are encountered, the student must discuss those issues with the course faculty prior to the achievement of a final grade in this course.

The TN eCampus MSN Curriculum Committee strongly recommends, and the Executive Committee has approved, that the course faculty assign a grade of ‘F’ for the course when a student submits another person’s work as their own, or re-submits their own work from a previous course.

All exams and quizzes within this course will be considered proctored learning assessment activities unless otherwise specified.

Grading Procedures:

All graded assignments are to be submitted to the respective drop box by the due date. (Assignments sent by email will not be accepted for credit). 

If barriers or challenges to progress in this course are encountered, the student must discuss those issues with the course faculty prior to the achievement of a final grade in this course.

The TN eCampus MSN Curriculum Committee strongly recommends, and the Executive Committee has approved, that the course faculty assign a grade of ‘F’ for the course when a student submits another person’s work as their own, or re-submits their own work from a previous course.

Grading Scale:

Point Range

Assigned Grade

93 - 100 Points


85 - 92 Points


77 - 84 Points


70 - 76 Points


under 70 Points



Graded Items



10 Discussions, @ 10 points each (100 pts)


1 Diagnostic Readiness Test @ 5 points5%

3 Quizzes, @ 100 points each (300 pts)


1 Well-start Self-Study Module @100 points each (100 pts)


1  Final Exam @ 100 points each (100 pts)


Total (605 pts)


Assignments and Projects:


Class Participation:

Assignment guidelines, discussion board criteria, and grading rubrics are provided in the Getting Started Module.

The discussion module topics are available for viewing the entire semester. However, you must post by the due date, as the discussion board will not be reopened for late post. Please see the discussion board criteria located in the course content area. 

Late Policy:

Late assignments will receive a 1 point grade deduction for each day or portion of a day that the assignment is late - even if the portion of a day is only one minute. The standard time zone in this course is Central Standard Time (CST).

The discussion module topics are available the entire semester for review. However, though discussion topics are available for review, you cannot post after the designated due date. See additional discussion board criteria in the 'Discussion's area".

Late quizzes/exams earn the grade of 0 (zero). Rare exceptions may be considered. If a student has extenuating circumstances believed to be reasonable to request an extension on any assignment, the request must occur before the assignment is due. It is at the sole discretion of the course faculty whether or not to allow any variation in the due dates. Examples that may be approved are unexpected illness, hospitalization, death in the family,etc. Work schedules and things of that nature will not be approved. Students must plan their personal/work schedules accordingly. If the student has an event that will require them to be without internet service for any extended period of time, they must plan to complete assignments ahead of time.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 25, 2018