Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

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Prepare for Women's Health

The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program prepares nurses to deliver primary care to women throughout the life span. The program is based on in-depth knowledge of theory, pathophysiology, research, pharmacotherapeutics, and clinical decision-making skills, and the program emphasis is on the primary care of women, including reproductive-gynecologic health. 

The curriculum meets the guidelines for education established by both the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, and it is the only master’s program accredited by the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health. 

The WHNP program requires 39 credit hours and may be completed in one calendar year of full-time study or may be pursed part time. Graduates are prepared to take the national women's health nurse practitioner certification exam.

Unique Highlights
Students have the opportunity to provide care for women across the lifespan, from adolescence to old age. The program seeks to prepare health professionals who will provide care to women in rural and underserved areas. Resources such as the Emory Women’s Center enrich academic studies. In the first semester of study, students choose a population of women of particular interest to them and initiate the process of developing, implementing, and evaluating a community health education project that will continue through the degree program.

Clinical Experience
A variety of clinical sites offer students the choice of working in many different health care settings with diverse populations of women. Clinical sites include rural clinics, student health services, Planned Parenthood agencies, public health clinics, HIV clinics, oncology treatment centers, and infertility clinics. There is an opportunity to participate in service-learning projects such as the migrant farm worker summer project.

Career Opportunities
The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities in a variety of environments, including private practice, public health, correctional health, family planning agencies, and reproductive health.

Student Enrollment

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has a long-standing history of educating women and men to be leaders on the forefront of the health care community. 

  • Total students: 665
    • Females: 602 (91%)
    • Males: 63 (9%)
    • Minorities: 298 (45%)
    • Total BSN students: 374
    • Total MSN students: 236
    • Total DNP students: 21
    • Total PhD students: 34

Post Graduation Placement Information

2015-2016 BSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 73 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 88 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $53,000.

2015-2016 MSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 52 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 87 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $96,000.

Academic Distinctions

  • Ranked No. 4 in the nation for graduate nursing education by US News & World Report 
  • Leader in service learning and global health 
  • Internationally recognized faculty researchers 
  • 24 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows 
  • Students work in 500+ diverse clinical sites nationwide 
  • Located in Atlanta, a leading health care center in the US

Full-Time Program of Study, 50 Credit Hours

Semester 1 (Fall)

NRSG 524 Becoming an APRN

2

NRSG 528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

NRSG 544 Advanced Health Assessment

3

NRSG 575 Optimal Wellness

2

NRSG 576 Introduction to Clinical Seminar: Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

2

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 505 Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

NRSG 517 Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I

2

NRSG 522 Advanced Pharmacology

3

NRSG 600 Women's Health NP I

5

Semester Credit Hours

14

Semester 3 (Summer) 

NRSG 518 Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II

2

NRSG 591 Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

3

NRSG 601 Women's Health NP II

5

NRSG 652 Mental Health Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing

2

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 599 Business of Healthcare: Finance 

2

NRSG 589 Leadership for Health Professions

2

NRSG 602 Women's Health NP III

6

NRSG 657 Palliative Care across the Spectrum

2

Semester Credit Hours

12

 

Total Credit Hours

50

Part-Time Program of Study, 50 Credit Hours

 

Credit Hours

Semester 1 (Fall)

NRSG 524 Becoming an APRN

2

NRSG 528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

NRSG 575 Optimal Wellness

2

 Semester Credit Hours

7

 Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 522 Advanced Pharmacology

3

NRSG 505 Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

Semester Credit Hours

6

 Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 591 Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

3

NRSG 652 Mental Health Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing

2

NRSG 678 Issues in Women’s Health

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

 Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 544 Advanced Health Assessment

3

NRSG 576 Introduction to Clinical Seminar: WHNP

2

NRSG 589 Leadership for Health Professions

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

Semester 5 (Spring)

NRSG 517 Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I

2

NRSG 600 Primary Care of Women (WHNP I)

5

Semester Credit Hours

7

Semester 6 (Summer)

NRSG 518 Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II

2

NRSG 601 WHNP II

5

Semester Credit Hours

7

Semester 7 (Fall)

NRSG 599 Business and Finance

2

NRSG 631 WHNP III

5

NRSG 657 Palliative Care across the Spectrum

2

Semester Credit Hours

9

Total Credit Hours

50

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for MSN admission include

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia
  • GRE Test Scores

 Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework
  • Official GRE score report
    • The GRE must be retaken if scores are older than 5 years
    • TOEFL scores are required if English is a second language
  • Resume

The average GPA for admitted students is 3.5. Students are encouraged to submit GRE test scores that fall within the 50th-99th percentile of all test takers

The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants meeting at least ONE of the following criteria**: 

  • GPA greater than or equal to a 3.5 from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • Previous master’s degree (or higher) completed from an accredited college or university+

**It is at the discretion of the Admission Committee to request test scores despite meeting GRE waiver.

Please visit the Graduate Program Financial Aid Page for information about financial aid options.

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