Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Admits only in the 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.

Current plan of study for WHNP program.

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.

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 healthcare to men.

Our goal is to provide teaching excellence in the classroom, clinical sites, and provide leadership which includes inter-professional 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 healthcare 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 healthcare facilities, such as public health clinics and other offices that provide reproductive healthcare 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.

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

National Certification Corporation
676 N Michigan Ave. Suite 3600
Chicago, Il 60611


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