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Georgetown University Online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) Program2019-03-06T18:54:28+00:00

Georgetown University Online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) Program

Program Overview

Georgetown University’s online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program is designed to prepare registered nurses (RNs) to advance their careers and take on leadership roles as primary care providers for women throughout the life span. This specialization is ideal for RNs interested in delivering focused and primary care for women, but who are not interested in attending births. Georgetown University also offers a dual Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program for students interested in managing the care of newborns.

 Total Credits  44 credits
 Full-Time/Part-Time  Part-Time
 Time to Complete  Seven (7) total terms / 23 months
 On-Campus Component?  Two (2) on-campus immersions
 Clinical Hours  784
 GRE Required?  GRE is not required, although it may strengthen your application

Prepare to Sit for the WHNP Certification Exam

Graduates of Georgetown University’s online WHNP program are eligible to pursue board certification through the National Certification Corporation (NCC). Georgetown’s WHNP graduates regularly achieve outstanding pass rates on the NCC’s board-certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP-BC) exam. This reflects the success of the program at preparing RNs to take the next step in their nursing careers as primary care providers for women.

Georgetown NCC WHNP-BC certification examination pass rates:

Year of Graduation NCC School Pass Rate
2017 96.15%
2016 94%
2015 93.4%
2014 93.4%

Online WHNP Curriculum

Georgetown University’s online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program helps RNs prepare to take on leadership roles as primary care providers for women through advanced coursework in pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment. The dynamic, self-paced online course content was developed by highly regarded Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies faculty and leading instructional designers.

The program also includes three on-campus intensives (OCIs). While on-site, students exercise and develop their skills through concentrated, rigorous practice with faculty and peers. Students will have the opportunity to participate in clinical training at the O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center within the School of Nursing & Health Studies. This state-of-the-art simulator helps students hone their skills in a safe, supervised environment by replicating physiological conditions and symptoms as well as pharmacological responses.

Georgetown WHNP sample part-time course schedule

​Semester ​Course
Semester 1 N548 – Principles of Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (4)

N518 – Health Care Ethics (2)

Semester 2 N544 – Advanced Concepts in Pharmacology (3)

N530 – Research Methods and Biostatistics for Health Care Providers (4)

Semester 3 N540 – Research Evidence and Best Practices in Health Care (3)

N528 – Advanced Health Assessment (3)

AHA OCI: Health Assessment On-Campus Intensive I

Semester 4 N510 – Introduction to Women’s Health (3)

N511 – Ambulatory Care (1)

N624 – Foundations of Health Systems and Policy (3)

Semester 5 N502 – Primary Care of Women (2)

N503 – Ambulatory Primary Care of Women (1)

NURO539 – Role of the APRN (2)

Semester 6 N671 – Women’s Reproductive (3)

N672 – Ambulatory Care of Women II (1)

N733 – Seminar in Advanced Women’s Health (2)

WH OCI: Integration On-Campus Intensive II

Semester 7 N710 – Care of the Family (1)

N724 – Integrated Health (2)

N725 – Ambulatory Care III (4)

Admissions Overview

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or CNL from an accredited institution
  • Hold a current U.S. registered nurse (RN) license
  • Have completed a 3-credit course in statistics with a C or better

If you meet the above eligibility requirements, you will need to provide or participate in the following to be considered for Georgetown University’s online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program:

  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Sealed official academic transcripts from all postsecondary institutions
  • Personal statement (one to two pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL score (if your native language is not English)
  • A live recorded interview

Georgetown University’s online WHNP program offers several start dates throughout the year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The chart below outlines start dates and corresponding application deadlines for upcoming WHNP cohorts.

About Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science in Nursing degree, delivered online by Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies. Taught by highly respected faculty, the online WHNP program is designed to help the next generation of nursing leaders gain the skills and knowledge they need to advance their nursing careers while maintaining their commitment to caring for individuals, families and communities, with a special emphasis on the underserved.

Using a blend of highly interactive online class sessions, social connections between peers and faculty, and real-world clinical experiences based on each student’s specialty and location, Nursing@Georgetown engages students and faculty in a personalized learning environment. The freedom to complete engaging, rigorous coursework online from across the country, combined with live, face-to-face collaborative classroom experiences with nursing leaders from the Washington, D.C., network, creates an online nursing education unlike any other.

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