This specialty 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. 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.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the University of Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Watch the Women's Health DNP program's introductory video.
The post-baccalaureate option of the DNP program is a three-year full-time program. All DNP students are required to come to campus for a four-day session (Tuesday through Friday) each semester that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, and meetings with their advisor.
In addition, beginning in the second year of the program, students in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialty are expected to be on campus for coursework two additional times per semester for one to two days each time. Students also complete 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school.
- NURS 5222 Advanced Human Physiology (2 cr)
- NURS 6305 Women's Reproductive Healthcare (3 cr)
- NURS 5229 Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3 cr)
- NURS 7310 WHNP Clinical and Professional Integration (2 cr)
- NURS 7400 Health Policy Leadership (3 cr)
Applicants who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents should understand that the University of Minnesota’s DNP program does not meet the requirements for eligibility needed to obtain the appropriate F-1 student visa or status because it has limited (fewer than four) face-to-face on-site classes per DNP course. During the application process, we ask that international students use ECE or WES credential services for the evaluations.
Our graduates are prepared to:
- serve as educators and leaders in women’s health services with a strong focus on patient centered care, health promotion, and disease prevention.
- 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.
- 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.
While growing up in Kenya, Linet Nyangau’s grandmother would use natural remedies to treat ailments, while her mother, a nurse, relied only on hospitals and conventional medication. Having briefly pursued a career in accounting, Nyangau changed her course because she felt it was her duty to provide quality health care, particularly for women. Though she moved to America more than ten years ago, she carried these formative experiences with her.
Her childhood in Kenya exposed her to a society facing diseases like malaria, and TB-HIV co-infection, and a significant population that prefers natural cures using tree leaves, roots, and soil. These situations taught her the importance of listening carefully to people and understanding their belief systems. Quality health care, she says, includes quality communication: “It has been with me since I was a child to find my way into being part of the solution, be it to eradicate hunger and incurable diseases on one end or encouraging healthy lifestyles on the other end.”
Nyangau is enrolled in the program while working full time as a registered nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center, where she floats to different units doing everything from developing patient care plans to emergency response and supervising nursing assistants. She particularly enjoys being an advocate for her patients and being their contact for all involved in their recovery process.
Because the DNP in women’s health program is delivered partially online, Nyangau says she is able to balance work, school, and caring for her two boys, ages 8 and 10. “The online option affords me the opportunity to work on my homework at home while helping the boys work on their school assignments,” she said.
Upon completing the DNP program, she looks forward to caring for women as an advanced practice nurse. Once her sons are on their own or in college, she imagines starting or working for a women’s health clinic in the US or in a developing country, providing primary and advanced care.
“In the future,” she said, “I see myself directly involved in promoting and providing health care and choices to women—focusing mostly on disadvantaged girls, women and their families in developing countries.”