Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

A WHNP is a master’s or doctorally-prepared advanced practice nurse who provides advanced nursing care across the continuum of primary care, gynecologic, and obstetrical services.

Program Information

Women's Health NPA Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) is a master’s or doctorally-prepared advanced practice nurse who provides advanced nursing care across the continuum of primary care, gynecologic, and obstetrical services.  Care of the female patient from adolescence to the elderly and the male patient with sexual dysfunction, infertility, and sexually transmitted infection diagnoses are within scope of practice. The emphasis of care rests within health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, and health restoration.

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner FAQ

Support Courses

Students applying for a new certification must complete Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span if the student has not yet taken them.

Clinical Experience

BSN to DNP students and MSN to DNP students adding a certification in a new specialty must have two years of nursing experience in the area of Women’s Health Nursing prior to starting the clinical portion of their program.

Clinical Orientation

All students initially enrolled in the Women’s Health Specialty Option courses are required to attend Women’s Health specific Clinical Skills Intensives during that fall semester. Attendance in mandatory and is scheduled for specific dates during the fall semester.

Clinical Skills Intensive Dates: 2019 September 30th and October 1st

Clinical Affiliations

Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate program require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements. Please review the list of Clinical Affiliations on the College of Nursing Web Site. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.

DNP Residency

The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete an evidence-based scholarly project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care and patient outcomes. Residency requirements for the scholarly project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor.


BSN-DNP students complete all support, MSN core, MSN specialty, DNP Core, DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses for a total of 69 credit hours.  Both MSN and DNP degrees must be completed within seven years. The MSN portion must be completed within the first five years of the program.

MSN-DNP students Adding a New Specialty must complete the support courses if they have not previously completed the courses in their MSN program.  They must complete the Dual Role specialty courses and support courses, if need, to complete the Post Graduate Certificate. The MSN Core, DNP core, and DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses are required for completion of the DNP degree.  This program is a total of 60 credit hours or 69 credit hours if support courses are needed. The Post-Graduate Certificate must be completed within two calendar years. The student has seven years to complete both the Post Graduate Certificate and DNP degree for this program.

MSN-DNP for Advanced Practice Roles must only complete the MSN core, DNP core, and DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses to complete the DNP degree. This is a total of 36 credit hours.  The student has a total of five years to complete the degree requirements.

Support Courses

NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credits

NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credits

NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credits

MSN Core Courses

NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits

NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 credits

NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credits

NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credits

Women’s Health NP Specialty Courses

MCN 538 – Introduction to Women's Health NP 3 credits

MCN 541 – Health Promotion / Disease Prevention & Issues for Women's Health NP 2 credits

MCN 542 – Women's Health NP I 3 credits

MCN 543 – Women's Health NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits

MCN 544 – Women's Health NP II 3 credits

MCN 545 – Women's Health NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits

MCN 546 – Women's Health NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credits

MCN 547 – Women's Health NP III 3 credits

DNP Core Courses

NU 611 - Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 credits

NU 612 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 credits

NU 615 - Quality Improvement and Outcomes Assessment 3 credits

NU 616 - Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 credits

Women’s Health NP DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency

NU 600 - DNP Project Planning & Development 3 credits

MCN 645 - Women's Health NP Residency I - 180 specialty clinical hours 3 credits

MCN 646 - Women's Health NP Residency II - 180 specialty clinical hours 3 credits

MCN 647 - Women's Health NP Residency III - 180 specialty clinical hours 3 credits


Please feel free to contact Dr. Terrie Platt for more information about this specialty: tplatt@southalabama.edu.