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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

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Program Director Holly Fontenot talks about the women’s health nurse practitioner specialty.

The women's health specialty track prepares advanced practice nurses to give direct care to meet women's unique concerns and needs across the life span, including all women care from adolescence through old age, and care of women during normal pregnancies. It also provides preparation at the advanced practice level for roles such as participating in research; publishing; and serving as a case manager, or educator for patients, groups, communities and other health care professionals.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Sit for the certification examination offered by the National Certification Corporation (NCC) as a women's health nurse practitioner (formerly called OB/GYN NP)
  • Apply for advanced practice credentialing as a women's health nurse practitioner (in those states requiring such credentialing)
  • Apply for prescription writing privileges and be eligible for third party reinforcement (in states where NPs have these privileges)
  • Apply to doctoral programs in nursing
  • Assume a women's health nurse practitioner role both inside and outside of formal health care agencies and institutions

The women's health specialty is offered to students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds through a number of routes to entry and program options. Find your pathway to entry.


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