The WHGRNP program requires 46 credit hours and may be completed in four semesters of full-time study or may be pursued part time. All courses are online with limited in person intensives. Residency in Georgia is not required. Students come to campus 1-2 times a semester for simulations, procedural skills labs, and competency validations. Online content delivery allows schedules to be tailored to meet students' individual needs.
The program seeks to prepare health professionals who will provide inclusive sexual and reproductive healthcare along with primary care of women from puberty to end of life. There is a particular focus on meeting the needs of those disadvantaged by gender or sexual health inequities. In addition, Emory WHGRNP 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.
Graduates are required to complete 630 hours of directly supervised clinical practice. A variety of clinical sites offer student learning opportunities with diverse populations in the hospital and outpatient settings such as family planning, student health, public health, HIV, breast, urogynecology, hormone, and infertility clinics. There are opportunities to participate in service-learning projects such as providing cancer screenings in rural areas of Peru. Clinical placements do not need to occur in the Atlanta area.
The program prepares students to take the national Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Exam from the National Certification Corporation (NCC). Graduates provide holistic, client-centered, evidence-based, primary, sexual and reproductive health care that is non-judgmental, respectful, and inclusive. Former students are employed in a variety of roles and environments, including academic health centers, private clinics, public health, family planning agencies, as well as LGBTQ health centers.
DNP Program Option
This specialty is also offered in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) format.
Trisha Sheridan DNP, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, SANE-P, FAANP
ASSISTANT SPECIALTY DIRECTOR:
Sharlene Maynor, WHNP-BC, APRN
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