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Women's Health Nurse Practitioner


The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) education program at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing (CU) prepare graduates who are eligible for certification as Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners.

Graduates of our program are eligible to apply for certification by examination from the National Certification Corporation as board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners. Upon successful completion of the national certification exam process, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners are eligible for licensure in all 50 states, including Colorado (visit the Colorado Board of Nursing APRN application forms page), where licensure is granted as an Advanced Practice Register Nurse ( APRN).

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Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program Data (2017 – 2018)

100% - National Certification Corporation (NCC) pass rate for participants

The University of Colorado Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Programs prepares the next generation of WHNP’s to lead and provide care to women as primary care practitioners. Our focus includes unique conditions for women from menarche to the end of their lives, and reproductive health care to men.

Our goal is to provide teaching excellence in the classroom, clinical sites, and provide leadership which includes interprofessional collaboration.

Objectives are met by providing the following items:

  • Education: We offer course work accessible to Colorado and students in other states. Our clinical faculty sites, related health care providers, and agencies provide quality education.
  • Clinical Placements: Our program provides students with clinical placements in the metro Denver, and throughout Colorado when possible. We will work with students to provide clinical placements in other states. Clinical practicums include faculty practices, private offices and other health care facilities, such as public health clinics and other offices that provide reproductive health care services.
  • Research: The University of Colorado has been a leader in women’s health and contributed to provide increasing knowledge regarding quality of care, safety and cost-effectiveness in reproductive health.

Please contact Linda L. Johnson, DNP, WHNP-BC, Specialty Director for further questions.

AWOHNN and NPWH strongly recommend that all graduates of a WHNP program attain and maintain national certification as a WHNP.

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​


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.

How do I apply and get information for the urban underserved track?

Visit the Urban Unserserved Track page.


What is Urban Underserved Track?

The Urban Underserved Track (previously CU-UNITE) is a longitudinal track started in 2010 by Dr. Allegra Melillo. The Urban Underserved Track (UUT) is designed for students passionate about: working with ethnically and racially diverse populations, serving individuals with limited access to health care and for those interested in working to eliminate inequities in health. The track accepts medical, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students from the School of Medicine, College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program and the Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) program.

Why should I consider it?

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 UUT is for you. Students completing the UUT 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 Urban Underserved Track page.​​​​​