Women's Health Nurse Practitioner DNP

The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialty of the DNP program prepares nurses to provide advanced practice care to women throughout their lifespan and encompasses the unique needs, challenges and life transitions in women’s lives.Nurses with patient

Graduates specialize in becoming effective at educating women on prevention and health and serving as primary care providers through chronic or acute illnesses.

Students gain expertise in educating women on prevention and health as well as diagnosing, managing and treating common and complex prenatal and reproductive health conditions.

Length and commitment

  • 3-year, full-time program
  • On campus: Each semester for a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, advisor meetings; beginning second year of program: 2 additional times per semester for 1–2 days each time for coursework
  • Clinical sites: Complete 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school

What makes our program distinct?

Graduates are fully prepared to provide primary care for women of all ages

Because the women’s health specialty includes many of the same primary care courses as the family nurse practitioner, the adult/gerontological nurse practitioner, and nurse-midwifery programs, graduates are fully prepared to provide primary care for women.

In addition, your experiences in this integrative, holistic, interprofessional program are augmented by the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center collaborative practice initiatives and its Center for Spirituality and Healing.

Our graduates are prepared to:

  • Serve as clinicians, educators and leaders in providing women’s health services with a strong focus on patient centered care, health promotion and disease prevention
  • Provide well-woman care, prenatal and postpartum care addressing common and complex women’s health issues throughout the lifespan
  • Serve as providers in women’s health clinics and hospital setting, primary care settings, family planning clinics, infertility clinics, urogynecologic clinics, gynecological oncology clinics, health departments, public health clinics, community clinics and women’s correctional facilities
  • Care for women across the lifespan with an understanding of women’s unique responses to illness
  • Provide integrative holistic care to women in an interprofessional teams
  • Develop, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives for women’s health in their practice settings applying evidence-based practice.


Completion of the program specialty and required clinical hours prepares graduates to take the Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam administered by the National Certification Corporation.

River of Life event
Students participated in the breast cancer screening event  at the River of Life Church in St. Paul in November.

Contact us

George Sakkal
Doctoral Programs Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

Linet Nyangau

Linet Nyangau
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner DNP

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

2016 Brazil trip

Our students took a trip to Brazil—view on Facebook

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