Faculty of Nursing & Health Sciences

Midwifery Program in Nursing

Course Description

MDWF 011 Practicum:  Basic Nursing  (Cr. 2)    
This course is designed to prepare student midwives with basic Nursing skills that are needed during their work in addition to practicing their ability in applying nursing processes.

MDWF 012 Practicum:  Adult Health   (Cr.1)                                                           
This course enables students to apply theory into practice and to improve their ability to deal with different cases, acute and chronic, in both medical and surgical units.

MDWF 013 Practicum: Advanced Adult Health  (Cr.1)
This course enables students to apply theory into practice.  It improves their ability to deal with critical cases and to work in critical care units as well as provide life support and appropriate help in a variety of emergency situations.

MDWF 014 Practicum: Pediatrics  (Cr.1)
This course gives the opportunity for students to apply the theory presented in MDWF 222, which facilitates the students to deal with this age group and to be aware of problems faced by a woman in her childbearing period.

MDWF 015 Practicum:  Neonatology (Cr.1)
This course provides the opportunity for students to differentiate between the healthy and the unhealthy neonate and working with high risk neonates by spending a period of time in normal nurseries as well as neonatal intensive care units.

MDWF 016 Practicum:  Antenatal  (Cr. 1)
This course offers students the opportunity to apply theory and skills previously studied.  Emphasis is placed on management offers to pregnant mothers during antenatal period, following up the progress of pregnancy during this period and the ability to diagnose and manage high risk cases.  Students practice their role as health educator by arranging for ante-natal classes.

MDWF 017 Practicum: Community Health  (Cr. 1)
This course gives the opportunity to apply theories learned independently.  It facilitates students to gain skills at different community institutions that concern with women's health.  Students practice their role as counselor for women and deal with certain psychological problems, in addition to broadening their experience in practicing their role as community midwives.

MDWF 018 Practicum: Labor (Cr. 2)
This course offers the opportunity for students to apply the theory learned, and to manage normal child birth as well as complicated ones.

MDWF 019, 020 Practicum: Post Natal & Gynecology (Cr. 1,1)
These courses provide the opportunity for students to practice their role as care giver, educator and councilor at postpartum units as well as giving them the opportunity to practice their role at the gynecological units.

MDWF 024 Practicum: Management  (Cr.1)    
This course gives students the opportunity to apply the presented theory into practice as well as to facilitate them to practice their role as managers and supervisors.

MDWF 021, 022, 023 Advanced Practicum: Labor and Delivery, Antenatal & Postnatal (Cr. 3, 1, 1)     
These courses provide the opportunity for students to reach the competency level through practicing independently.  Facilitate them to use clinical judgment and decision making when providing care for low risk mothers before taking action in high risk situations. Students are given the opportunities to offer holistic care for women during their child bearing journey (Antenatal, Child birth and Postnatal) throughout pregnancy, labor and post-natal.

MDWF 111 Basic Anatomy and Physiology (Cr. 3, 3)
This course is designed to provide the midwifery students with knowledge about human anatomy and physiology. It introduces students to the human body systems which include skeletal, muscular, neurosensory, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, and hepatobiliary. Emphasis is on detailed anatomy and functional physiology.
Prerequisite for MDWF 221

MDWF 112 Introduction to Midwifery  (Cr. 3) 
This course aims to provide students with a cultural and historical context for midwifery practice and provide them with various health, nursing and midwifery concepts.  It stressed on the need of women within Palestinian society to explore the scope of midwifery practice as well as to introduce students to midwifery terminology.
Prerequisite for MDWF121

MDWF 121 Basic Nursing  (Cr. 4)
This course provides concepts basic to the practice of clinical nursing with emphasis on basic principles and techniques that the midwife needs in her practice and emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge and skills required in the delivery of quality nursing care for clients in hospitals, homes and in the community.  In addition emphasis is placed on the nursing process as a frame of reference in meeting human needs and the delivery of health care in a variety of settings.
Prerequisite for MDWF 211

MDWF 123   Pharmacology (Cr. 3)                                                                          
This course is designed to give general information about medicine including generic and trade names for common drugs in use.  Emphasis is on issues surrounding the prescription, administration, action, interaction, doses, uses, side effect and contraindication of medication use.

MDWF 211 Adult Nursing  (Cr. 4)
This is a comprehensive course that is designed to provide students with the knowledge of various medical and surgical health-related diseases.  Special consideration is placed upon the introduction of medical and surgical health and illness concepts by the utilization of the nursing process module.  It also focuses on the care, counseling and education of adults affected by acute and chronic alterations in their physical health.  It provides nursing practice opportunities in health promotion, restoration and support of adults in acute care.  Furthermore, emphasis is placed on the psychological, patho-physiological and socio-spiritual needs and problems of patients.
Prerequisite for MDWF 212

MDWF 212 Advanced Adult Health (Cr. 2)
This course introduces students to critical care nursing concepts by the utilization of the nursing process. It focuses on proper and timely nursing assessment in order to implement effective nursing interventions for critically ill patients and to prevent additional injury. It also provides nursing practice opportunities in health promotion, restoration and support for patients in critical care units. Furthermore, emphasis is placed on the psychological, patho-physiological and socio-spiritual needs and problems of critically ill patients and their families.

MDWF 213  Patho-physiology (Cr. 2)
This course builds on student's knowledge of physiology so that the development of patho-physiological symptoms is recognized promptly and incorporate the development of decision-making and diagnostic skills as well as the utilization of support and preventive measures.

MDWF 214 Health Promotion  (Cr. 2)
This course emphasizes on the model and approaches used in health education and promotion philosophies, through reinforcing the positive behaviors where modification is necessary.

MDWF 221 Applied Anatomy & Physiology (Cr. 3)     
This course emphasizes male and female reproductive systems.  Related system structures are also examined in detail with more emphasis on the female. Embryology is explored in this course with a focus on fetal development and factors that contribute to fetal malformation and inherited factors. It also encourages midwifery students to explore issues concerning sexuality and sexual health and that sexual development and sexual health are influenced not just by physiological changes but also by psychological factors, cultural and gender issues.

MDWF 222 Pediatrics  (Cr. 3)
The course helps the students to develop an awareness of the importance of current child and infant health care.  It stress the health problems of the infant and child and the care necessary in restoring health to the child and family. Content is mainly focus on the development and health issues of the infants and children as well as their physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs.

MDWF 223 Neonatology (Cr. 2)
This course is structured to provide students with necessary knowledge about the assessment, immediate and continuous care of the newborn.  It also provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify the newborn at risk and to recognize abnormalities and birth traumas on the newborn. It emphasizes factors that place the fetus-newborn at risk.

MDWF 311 Women's Health - Antenatal (Cr. 4)
This course emphasizes on the role of the midwife towards women before and during pregnancy, and the care that should be provided for mothers from the initial contact with the client through the onset of labor.  Emphasis is on normal and high risk pregnancy, and on maternal and fetal risk factors that negatively affect the pregnancy outcome. Students are able to differentiate between normal and abnormal pregnancy.  Antenatal preparation is a major concern in this course. 
Prerequisite for MDWF 321, 411, 312

MDWF 312 Community Health (Cr. 4)
This course emphasizes on sexuality and reproductive health and provides students with a broad overview of issues affecting women’s reproductive health throughout their life. Issues that impinge upon or are a direct result of pregnancy are examined.  Issues concerning midwifery practice are a major focus as well as knowledge about pregnancy health as an approach that deal with health and disease. It also emphasizes on women’s health epidemiology and other concepts involved in Public Health that are a major concern of students.
MDWF 313 Genetics  (Cr. 1)        
This course is designed to give basic understanding of genetics including cell division, modes of inheritance and chromosomal influences on reproduction. It also encourages students to learn methods used in diagnosing fetal genetic abnormalities in addition to appreciating the significance of genetic engineering for midwifery practice.

MDWF 314 Preceptorship (Cr. 2)                                                                             
This course is designed to enable students to play an effective role in the clinical area and to participate in the orientation program for newly employed midwives or students.  With advanced technology used in health institutions, particularly in hospitals, as well as the level of intensity required in the client and community care, a structured orientation program is essential for new staff members to help them adjust to the new system.

MDWF 321 Women's Health – Labor (Cr. 4)
This course emphasizes the role of the midwife during intrapartum period and the ability to deal with normal child birth as well as to manage abnormal labor and to deal with critical cases. Emphasis is on managing normal child birth independently in various settings such as community clinics, home and hospitals.

MDWF 322 Obstetric Emergencies  ( Cr. 2)
This course introduces midwifery students to the complexity of midwifery practice and provides them with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide life support and midwifery management to obtain appropriate help in a variety of emergency situations.

MDWF 323 Midwifery Ethics & Professional Issues  (Cr. 2)
This course prepares students to practice in a manner that upholds ethical principles.  It also covers concepts of informed choices, advocacy and consent matters that are fundamental to midwifery practice.

MDWF 389 Midwifery Seminar (Cr. 1)
This course aims to address issues arising out of the students extended practicum and review the issues in the light of current research and deals with current issues in midwifery practice.

MDWF 411 Women's Health – Postnatal  (Cr. 3)
This course is designed to provide students with information concerning after birth.  Emphasis is on the ability of midwives to give the necessary supervision, care and advice to women during the postnatal period.  Physiological and psychological changes and adaptation are discussed, issues of self care and baby care are identified, and emphasis is on complications that affect women during this period and the management of each abnormality. The role of the midwife in following up the women at their homes is also considered a major concern.

MDWF 412 Gynecology (Cr. 2)                                                                                  
This course aims to provide the students with knowledge on how to provide care, support and to give information to women regarding their overall reproductive health including understanding the normal life cycle of women, causes of, evaluation of and treatment for problems associated with the female reproductive system, breast information, provision of various methods of contraception, issues involved in decision-making regarding unwanted pregnancy and recourse for counseling and referral, issues involving infertility and interpretation of lab results in addition to other gynecological problems.

MDWF 413 Mental Health (Cr. 3)       
This course introduces midwifery students to major concepts and theories in mental health and their relevance to midwifery practice.  Major emphasis is  placed on developmental psychology and major mental disorders  It  provides explanations of some behaviors, in addition to introducing methods of psychological adjustment for women with a variety of  conditions.

MDWF 414 Midwifery Research  (Cr. 2)
This course introduces students to essential concepts upon which midwifery is based, research processes, theories, methodological analysis, and the ability to critique information available internationally and nationally.

MDWF 421 Midwifery Management (Cr. 2)
This course introduces students to concepts of human resource management and the ability to utilize the management process. Emphasis is placed on learning their role in effecting and managing change in clinical areas as well as learning styles, theories of management and time management.

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