Natural Family Planning Core Course: Theoretical Foundations

The core components of the Natural Family Planning: Theory and Application course is required and is a pre-requisite to both the Teacher Training and the Medical Applications tracks. The Core Course will focus on the theoretical foundations of NFP to prepare the student to confidently advance to the next stage of becoming a competent teacher and/or clinician.

Accreditation Statement for Joint Provider Activities:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University. The Mecical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this enduring material for a maximum of 21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 21.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals. 

Please note there is a $2.50 fee for electronic processing and maintenance of credits claimed.

Target Audience

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses (with a BA degree or higher interested in advancing their knowledge in womens/couples reproductive health)

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the historical and philosophical underpinnings of NFP methods.
  • Identify reproductive anatomy and physiology as it applies to NFP.
  • Critique  and demonstrate an understanding of the scientific foundations of natural family planning
  • Interpret biological signs of fertility as they pertain to NFP and the Marquette Model.
  • Analyze the normative and transitional patterns of the menstrual cycle (i.e., special reproductive circumstances that includes the post-partum/breastfeeding, post hormonal contraception, and the peri-menopause transitions).
  • Describe and compare methods of family planning.
  • Explain the ethical and psycho-spiritual aspects of fertility and NFP.
  • Recognize recent trends in marriage and family life as applied to NFP.
Additional information


Mary Schneider
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 288-3854
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 21.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 21.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Richard Fehring, PhD, RN, FAAN
Mary Schneider MSN, FNP-BC, CLC
Kathleen Raviele, MD (OB/GYN)
Thomas Bouchard, MD (Family Practice)
Kevin Miller, PhD (Bioethicist)

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Available Credit

  • 21.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 21.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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