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Women's Health Nurse Practitioner


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Women's health nurse practitioners (WHNPs) provide comprehensive primary health care services to women from adolescence through the older years in a variety of health care settings. WHNPs assess the status and problems of women related to reproductive health, pregnancy, birth and menopause, including other primary health care problems. WHNPs provide health promotion and continuing care to women experiencing acute and stable chronic health care problems. WHNPs ensure that women receive personalized, comprehensive, and quality health care across the lifespan. Graduates of the program will make a significant impact on the health care of women.

Key features of the WHNP program include:

  • Clinical sites in both rural and urban areas and the opportunity to work with a diverse group of patients.
  • Opportunities to work in both generalized primary care as well as specialty and sub-specialty practices.
  • A curriculum with a strong emphasis on health promotion, genetics, reproductive healthcare, acute disease management, and gender-specific health problems.

Plans of Study

The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) option focuses on the health care needs of women from adolescence through older adulthood. Program content examines the comprehensive health needs of women: gynecological, prenatal, post-partum care, common minor and acute health problems, as well as influences that affect women's lives. The WHNP program is based on in-depth knowledge of nursing and scientific theory, physiology and pathophysiology, research utilization, and clinical decision-making. A minimum of 630 hours of cli​nical practicum are required; these hours are available in a variety of women's health, primary care, and specialty settings.

*Additional Certificate Information Post-Graduate Certificate Information

A post-graduate certificate is available in this specialty.​

Gainful Employment and Program Statistics for Post-Graduate Certificate

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.​​​​​​​​

Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate – Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Gainful Employment Disclosure​

FAQs

How long will it take to complete women's health nurse practitioner program?

The WHNP program is a 46 semester hour program. This includes the 14 credits of clinical. Most students successfully complete the program in 2 to 3 years by taking 6 to 9 credits in the fall and spring semesters and 3 to 6 credits in the summer. The program must be completed in 5 years.

Will I be required to do any clinical experiences?

Yes, 14 credits of practicum are required to complete the WHNP option. This is equal to 630 contact hours.

Is the WHNP program offered completely online or in class?

Over two thirds of the didactic courses are offered in both an online and in class format which alternate semester to semester. Your academic advisor will work with you to develop a program plan to meet your individual needs and learning preferences.

Will this program prepare me to sit for certification as a women's health care NP?

Yes. Women's health care nurse practitioners are certified by the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

Will I be required to come to Colorado?

Yes. Clinical placements are in Colorado and require a current and unencumbered Colorado registered nurses license. Additionally, although we have many distance learning options some courses must be completed on campus.

Can I take a course before I apply?

Yes, you may take up to 12 semester credits as a non-degree student prior to being accepted to the program. You must meet all prerequisite requirements of the course. Non-degree students register on a space available basis during open enrollment just prior to the beginning of the semester. Students enrolled as non-degree seeking are not eligible for financial aid. Please see the Office of Professional Development [CON > Programs and Admissions > Professional Development] for more information.

What is CU-UNITE?

The Colorado Urban UNderserved Interprofessional Health Training & Education track (CU-UNITE) is a new longitudinal curriculum for students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program and the Child Health Associate/ Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Program. The CU-UNITE track is specially designed for students interested in working with urban underserved communities. The track will provide the skills and support needed for future health care providers serving urban underserved populations.

Note: This track is open only to students who have been accepted into the program.

Why Should I Consider CU - UNITE?

If you are passionate about working with ethnically and racially diverse populations, serving the uninsured and those with limited access to health care in urban areas, then CU-UNITE is for you. Students completing the CU-UNITE curriculum will have a thorough understanding of healthcare disparities and inequities, the multifaceted role of the health care provider in urban communities, and knowledge about health issues of specific populations of patients in urban areas.

For more information, visit the CU-UNITE page.​​​

How do I apply and get information for the CU-UNITE multidisciplinary urban underserved track?
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What is CU - UNITE?

The Colorado Urban UNderserved Interprofessional Health Training & Education track (CU-UNITE) is a new longitudinal curriculum for students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program and the Child Health Associate/ Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Program. The CU-UNITE track is specially designed for students interested in working with urban underserved communities. The track will provide the skills and support needed for future health care providers serving urban underserved populations.

Note: This track is open only to students who have been accepted into the program.

Why Should I Consider CU - UNITE?

If you are passionate about working with ethnically and racially diverse populations, serving the uninsured and those with limited access to health care in urban areas, then CU-UNITE is for you. Students completing the CU-UNITE curriculum will have a thorough understanding of healthcare disparities and inequities, the multifaceted role of the health care provider in urban communities, and knowledge about health issues of specific populations of patients in urban areas.

For more information, visit the CU-UNITE page.​​​

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