The transition to Web-based education: Enhancing access to graduate education for women's health providers

Melissa D. Avery, Debbie Ringdahl, Catherine Juve, Peg Plumbo

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Nurse-midwives and women's health nurse practitioners have a long history as positive change agents in health care as well as education. This article chronicles the transition of a traditional face-to-face nurse-midwife and women's health nurse practitioner graduate curriculum to a Web-based format with campus seminars and clinical laboratories. This change was made to increase access to these graduate programs. A total of 20 courses, including both graduate core and specialty courses, was converted to the Web-based format over a 3-year period. Practical considerations for implementing a similar program, including faculty development and support, student orientation and ongoing support, development of a learning community, and time management, are discussed. The importance of listening to student feedback and partnering with them as the program continues to develop is emphasized as a key element of program evaluation and improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-425
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2003

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project is supported by funds from the Division of Nursing (DN), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number 6 D09-HP 00115-02-01, NM, WHCNP, and PHN Graduate Education Via Technology for $1,630,100. The information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the Division of Nursing, BHPr, DHHS, or the U.S. government. This article is also based on work done under the Partnerships for Training program, a national initiative funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


  • Distance education
  • Education
  • Midwives
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurse-midwives
  • Web-based curricula


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