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 provide health care to women throughout the life span. Students are engaged in Women's Health Care practice across the life span and emphasizes is on addressing the access to health care and sociocultural disparities issues faced by women. Graduates are prepared to take the national women's health nurse practitioner certification exam.

Flexible studies
The WHNP program requires 48 credit hours and may be completed in four semesters of full time study or may be pursed part time. The majority of the WHNP courses offered have online/hybrid options. The WHNP specialty can also be completed as a dual major with the Nurse Midwifery, Family and Pediatric programs.

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 with a particular focus on those disadvantaged by gender or sexual discrimination. In Addition, Emory WHNP students are provided with a unique opportunity to receive specialized training in forensic nursing and meeting the needs of patients who are survivors of violence.

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, reproductive health clinics, public health clinics, HIV clinics, oncology treatment centers, and infertility clinics. There are opportunities to participate in service-learning projects such as the migrant farm worker summer project or in a FQHC in rural Appalachia. Clinical placements do not need to occur in the Atlanta area.

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: 718 (90%)
    • Males: 76 (10%)
    • Minorities: 293 (37%)
    • Total BSN students: 443
    • Total MSN students: 269
    • Total DNP students: 52
    • Total PhD students: 30

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 
  • 37 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows
  • 8 faculty members are Amercian Association of Nurse Practitioner Fellows 
  • Students work in 500+ diverse clinical sites nationwide 
  • Located in Atlanta, a leading health care center in the US

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

 

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

 

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness:

Promoting and Maintaining Health          

2

 

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty:

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

2

20

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 Nurse Practitioner I

5

180

Semester Credit Hours

13

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 Nurse Practitioner II

5

180

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

NRSG 602

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner III

5

240

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

Semester Credit Hours

11

Total Credit Hours

48

Total Clinical Hours

620

 

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

 

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness:

Promoting and Maintaining Health          

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 for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

5

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty:

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

2

20

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

20

Semester 5 (Spring)

NRSG 517

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I

2

NRSG 600

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner I

5

180

Semester Credit Hours

7

180

Semester 6 (Summer)

NRSG 518

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II

2

NRSG 601

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner II

5

180

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

180

Semester 7 (Fall)

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

NRSG 602

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner III

5

240

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

Semester Credit Hours

9

240

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours

48

Total Clinical Hours

620

 

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.

MSN

Tuition (per credit hour)*$1850
Academic Fees (per semester) **$500
Health Insurance***$6328

* Tuition is based on 2017-2018 tuition rates approved by the Board of Trustees. Future academic year tuition rates are subject to change. Tuition is charged per hour up to 12 semester hours.

** Academic fees will vary based upon the semester. This is an average amount per semester.

*** Health insurance is required for all students. You will be billed automatically for the university’s student health insurance plan if you do not provide proof of adequate coverage by another insurer.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance budget is considered sufficient to support a basic lifestyle for a single student. It does not include expenses for dependents, travel, vacations, or luxury items such as automobiles, household furniture, or appliances. The estimated cost of attendance for 2017-2018 for a full time (12+ semester hours) MSN student enrolled for fall, spring and summer semesters is $100,552. This is not the amount you will owe. The cost of attendance is not the amount you will pay for the year. The cost of attendance is the budget used to determine the financial aid amount offered each year and is more than a student's full time tuition and fees to provide assistance for living expenses if needed.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Spring, Summer and Fall 2018. Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation. Application deadlines are below.
  • 10/15/2017*
  • 12/15/2017**
  • January 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2018
*Priority deadline to be considered for merit-based aid
** Final priority deadline for admission

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

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

Thank you for your interest in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Please complete this form to receive updates about Emory's admissions process and academic programs.

Trisha Sheridan DNP, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, SANE-P

Assistant Clinical Professor | Office of Academic Advancement

trisha.sheridan@emory.edu