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. 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.

Fast Facts

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 healthcare community. Below are some notable facts and figures about Emory University’s School of Nursing:

  • Total students – 491
    • Females – 450
    • Males – 41
    • Minorities – 173
  • Total BSN students – 298
  • Total MSN students – 172
  • Total PhD students – 21
  • Rankings 
    • #21 for Nursing in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
    • #11 for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
    • #13 for Nurse-Midwifery in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
    • #21 for Family Nurse Practitioner in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
  • Student to Clinical Faculty ratio – 8:1

Highlights

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.

Curriculum

Full-Time Program of Study, 51 credit hours

Semester 1, Fall, 12 credit hours
NRSG 524 Becoming an APRN (1 hour)
NRSG 575 Optimal Wellness (3 hours)
NRSG 544 Advanced Health Assessment (3 hours)
NRSG 505 Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3 hours)
NRSG 589 Leadership for Health Professions (2 hours)

Semester 2, Spring, 14 credit hours                                                          
NRSG 517 Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I (2 hours)
NRSG 528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (3 hours)
NRSG 522 Advanced Pharmacology (3 hours)
NRSG 600 Women's Health NP I (6 hours)

Semester 3, Summer, 13 credit hours
NRSG 678 Issues in Women’s Health (2 hours)
NRSG 601 Women's Health NP II (6 hours)
NRSG 652 Mental Health Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing (2 hours)
NRSG 591 Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety (3 hours)

Semester 4, Fall, 12 credit hours
NRSG 657 Palliative Care across the Spectrum (2 hours)
NRSG 602 Women's Health NP III (6 hours)
NRSG 525 Becoming an APRN II (1 hour)
NRSG 559 Genetics (2 hours)
NRSG 559A Embryology (1 hour)

Part-time program of study is available.

Tuition

Fall 2014

Category Description

Amount

Tuition Expenses

20,200.00

Fees

3377.00

Living Expenses

8,982.00

Books and Supply Expenses

1,154.00

Transportation Expenses

335.00

Loan Fees

576.00

Health Insurance

1,400.00

Term Total

32,984.00

Spring 2015

Category Description

Amount

Tuition Expenses

20,200.00

Fees

267.00

Living Expenses

8,982.00

Books and Supply Expenses

1,154.00

Transportation Expenses

335.00

Loan Fees

576.00

Health Insurance

1,400.00

Term Total

32,914.00

Total Cost of Attendance

65,898.00

*Living, transportation, and books/supplies expenses are estimated.

Financial Aid

The School of Nursing recognizes many students have concerns about funding their nursing education. In order to maximize the financial support that may be available to you, we encourage students to explore all University-level, private, and School of Nursing financial aid options. Click here to learn about the financial aid process and deadlines.

Robert W. Woodruff Clinical Fellowship

The Robert W. Woodruff Clinical Fellowship is awarded to BSN-prepared nurses who have been accepted to the Master of Science in Nursing program and who demonstrate strong potential or commitment to improving the quality of health care. Candidates should have interest in improving health care delivery in areas such as quality and safety, bioethics, health policy, or healthcare economics/finance. Qualified applicants demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, motivation for the study of nursing, impressive skills in communication, significant leadership and creativity in school of community and clear potential for enriching the lives of their contemporaries at Emory University. Candidates must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in previous college-level work and a minimum GRE score of 1200. Scholarship applications must be submitted by January 15th. Finalists will participate in campus interviews. The Fellowship carries a full-tuition award for four semesters of graduate study.

2014 Robert W. Woodruff Clinical Fellowship Application

Merit-based and Endowed Scholarships

All applicants that apply by the priority deadline for admission and are admitted will automatically be considered for merit-based and endowed scholarships. No additional applications for these awards are necessary.