What Makes Our Program Distinct?

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.

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

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

In addition, your learning in this integrative, holistic, interprofessional program is augmented by the University of Minnesota’s health sciences collaborative practice initiatives and the Earl E. Bakken 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 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.