Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Nurse working with patient in Labor and Delivery


A Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) is a master’s or doctorate-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.
▼   Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, and MSN specialty courses for a total of 45 credit hours.  The MSN degree must be completed within five years of matriculation.

Support Courses
NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credit hours
NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credit hours
NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credit hours
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 credit hours
NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours
NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credit hours
Women’s Health NP Specialty Courses
MCN 538 – Introduction to Women's Health NP 3 credit hours
MCN 541 – Health Promotion / Disease Prevention & Issues for Women's Health NP 2 credit hours
MCN 542 – Women's Health NP I 3 credit hours
MCN 543 – Women's Health NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
MCN 544 – Women's Health NP II 3 credit hours
MCN 545 – Women's Health NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
MCN 546 – Women's Health NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
MCN 547 – Women's Health NP III 3 credit hours
RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.
RN-MSN Courses
NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credit hours


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