Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

This program prepares students for the role of Nurse Practitioner of Advanced Women's Health Nursing.

Program Information

Women's health patient

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 area 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 enrolled in the first clinical course are required to attend a mandatory three to four day clinical orientation on campus that fall term. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation. Attendance is required and will allow for questions and interaction with course faculty. 

Orientation Dates: October 1-3, 2018

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

Post BSN Track (MSN)

RN to MSN for Associate/diploma RN’s

RN to MSN for associate/diploma RN’s with a BS/BA degree in a non-nursing discipline


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