Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner focus on the primary health care needs of women across the lifespan – from adolescence through the advanced years, with an emphasis on reproductive-gynecologic health.

Are you interested in delivering primary health care to women from adolescence through child bearing and advanced years? Do you want to commit to health promotion of the “whole woman,” including psycho-social well-being? Are you a good listener, non-judgmental and compassionate? Consider becoming a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.


What Will You Do as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner?

You will focus on the primary health care needs of women across the lifespan – from adolescence through menopause and beyond, with an emphasis on reproductive-gynecologic health. You will be a specialist in the field of women’s health, addressing a range of women’s health issues, including normal pregnancy and prenatal management, family planning, well woman health care, uro-gynecology, aesthetics, and menopause. You will emphasize health promotion and maintaining wellness.


Where Will You Practice? (clinical sites)

In delivering primary care to women, the WHNP has many practice settings from which to choose – both during your Vanderbilt program and upon graduation and certification:

  • Adult/Internal Medicine Practices

  • Aesthetics
  • Ambulatory OB-GYN Clinics

  • Family Planning Clinics

  • Home Health/Assisted Living/Nursing Homes

  • Indian Reservations

  • Planned Parenthood

  • Prenatal Clinics

  • Private Practices

  • Infertility Clinics/Practices

  • Uro-gynecology Practices

  • Women’s Health Clinics

  • Women’s Prisons

How Will Vanderbilt Prepare You for Practice?

The Vanderbilt School of Nursing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates for entry-level practice. The program focuses on the primary health care needs of women from adolescence through the advanced years. It examines influences that affect women’s lives, and it emphasizes promoting and maintaining wellness. Health problems including oncology, substance abuse and violence against women are also addressed. You will be exposed to a group of professional faculty members who combine classroom instruction with hands-on clinical practice experience for a wider frame of reference in advanced practice settings. Upon graduation and certification as WHNP, you will be prepared to collaborate with physicians and other health team members to provide care within a health care delivery system using approved protocols

Learn from Where You Live – Convenient for Working Nurses and Others

The WHNP specialty program is one of several specialties at Vanderbilt School of Nursing offered in a modified learning (block) format that allows students to attend graduate school without having to relocate or give up employment.


Distance and distributed course delivery methods, courses offered in blocks of time on campus (including weekends), online conferencing and clinical practicum placement in your home area where possible let you earn your MSN degree without being away from home for extended periods. Due to State Boards of Nursing and/or State Higher Educational rules, the School may not be able to provide clinical placements in your location of choice, but every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your placement request.