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.

If you like the idea of delivering primary health care to women from adolescence through child bearing and advanced years, the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program is for you. In addition to well woman care, you will provide normal and high-risk prenatal management, family planning, fertility, uro-gynecology and well-woman care. Your wide scope of practice will include health care management, disease prevention and health promotion.

 

Our Strengths

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is ranked as the #15 graduate school of nursing, according to U.S. News and World Report. We are also next door to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. But most importantly, we are committed to the success of our students. We offer a rigorous curriculum – one of the largest women’s health programs in the country -- taught by nationally known, doctorally prepared faculty who share their own, diverse, real-world experiences and provide clinical experiences in a variety of practice settings. Our students benefit from close-knit faculty-student group, personalized attention, and customization to your areas of interest within women’s health. You will also benefit from your classmates who have diverse backgrounds and experiences that will enrich your learning experience.


Our Curriculum

Through a comprehensive curriculum that uses traditional classroom settings, simulated experiences and clinical training, you will develop deep primary care knowledge and clinical reasoning skills. You will examine influences that affect women’s lives, and emphasize promoting and maintaining wellness. Curriculum content includes topic areas such as breast health, contraception, pregnancy options counseling, hormone therapy, sexually transmitted infections, oncology, substance abuse and interpersonal violence. You will be exposed to a group of faculty members who combine classroom instruction with hands-on clinical practice experience for a wider frame of reference.

 

Graduation from this MSN specialty prepares you to take the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the National Certification Corporation. Our students consistently score above national rates on this exam.

 

Educational Format

If you have a nursing background, this specialty is offered in a modified distance learning format that allows you to earn your degree without having to relocate or give up employment. If you do not have a prior nursing education background, you must first complete your PreSpecialty year within a daily commute of Nashville. When you progress to the specialty portion of your education, you will learn via modified distance learning and will not have to live in the Nashville vicinity. (More Info)

 

Career Opportunities

As a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, you can serve your patients in a variety of practice settings, such as:

  • Adult/Internal Medicine
  • 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

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