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Vanderbilt University – Online Women’s Nurse Health Practitioner Program2019-03-06T19:50:24+00:00

Vanderbilt University – Online Women’s Nurse Health Practitioner Program

Program Overview

According to Vanderbilt University:

“Vanderbilt University offers a rigorous curriculum – one of the largest women’s health programs in the country – taught by nationally known, doctorally prepared faculty who share their own, diverse, real-world experiences and provide clinical experiences in a variety of practice settings. Through a comprehensive curriculum that uses traditional classroom settings, simulated experiences and clinical training, you will develop deep primary care knowledge and clinical reasoning skills. You will examine influences that affect women’s lives, and emphasize promoting and maintaining wellness. Curriculum content includes topic areas such as breast health, contraception, pregnancy options counseling, hormone therapy, sexually transmitted infections, oncology, substance abuse and interpersonal violence. Graduation from this MSN specialty prepares you to take the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the National Certification Corporation.”

At a Glance


Total credit hours


Tuition per credit                 

Tuition and fees


Vanderbilt University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; the School of Nursing is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing; and the Nurse-Midwifery program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education

Practicum, internship and/or on-campus intensive                 

  • Practicum: 630 clinical hours are required.
  • On-Campus Intensives: Students will come to the Vanderbilt campus four times during fall, three times during spring and two times during summer. For clinical placement, travel is often a requirement of the program, so every student has a vast array of clinical experiences to enrich the student experience.



Time to complete                 

Length of time to complete the entire program varies depending on your background prior to enrollment.

Admission requirements

According to the Vanderbilt University, to be eligible for admission to the WHNP program, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Students admitted to the School of Nursing have earned an undergraduate grade point average of at least a “B” or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. While the online application accepts unofficial transcripts, the School of Nursing requires official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • A satisfactory Graduate Record Exam score taken within 5 years of the application is required.
  • All applicants must provide three letters of professional reference.
  • All applicants must respond to the four application questions (dual specialty applicants have five questions)..
  • Students admitted contingent upon NCLEX–RN examination results are subject to immediate withdrawal from courses with a clinical component if they aren’t successful on the NCLEX-RN.
  • All applicants must meet the competencies necessary for the professional practice of nursing. RN applicants must be eligible to practice in the state where they will be completing their clinical practica and/or preceptorship. Non-RN applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for nursing licensure in Tennessee.