Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Admits only in fall

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

Graduates of this specialty track are eligible to apply for national certification by examination. You will learn more about the certification organizations appropriate for this specialty during the completion of your program. Upon successful completion of the certification examination, 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 Registered Nurse (APRN) and is required for practice.

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.​

The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) option focuses on the healthcare 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.​