Women's Health Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

If you want to provide care to men and women from adolescence throughout the lifespan, the dual certified Women’s Health/Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse practitioner is for you. You will assess and treat acute and chronic adult health problems and meet the unique health care needs of women, including gynecologic health. Your wide scope of practice will include health care management, disease prevention and health promotion.

Our Strengths

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is ranked as the #15 graduate school of nursing, according to U.S. News and World Report. We are also next door to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. But most importantly, we are committed to the success of our students. We offer a rigorous curriculum taught by doctorally prepared faculty who are passionate about the contributions these dual certified practitioners make to society. Our students benefit from close student-to-faculty ratios, personalized attention and hands-on learning, side-by-side with seasoned health care providers. You will also benefit from your classmates who bring diverse backgrounds and experiences that will enrich your learning experience.

Our Curriculum

Ours is a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum that includes content from both specialty areas and requires just two additional semester of study for full-time students. The further breadth of scope is well worth the extra courses. We combine traditional classroom settings, simulated experiences and clinical training, you will develop deep primary care knowledge and clinical reasoning skills. You will also learn about promoting and maintaining wellness. You will be exposed to a group of faculty members who combine classroom instruction with hands-on clinical practice experience for a wider frame of reference.

Graduation from this dual MSN specialty prepares you to take the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by The National Certification Corporation and the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Our students consistently score above national rates on both of these exams. (Certification pass rates)

Educational Formats

If you have a nursing background, this specialty is offered in a modified distance learning that allows you to earn your degree without having to relocate or give up employment. If you do not have a prior nursing education background, you must first complete your PreSpecialty year within a daily commute of Nashville. When you progress to the specialty portion of your education, you will learn via modified distance learning and will not have to live in the Nashville vicinity. More Info >

Career Opportunities

As a Women’s Health/Adult -Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, you can practice in a variety of settings like:

  • Adult/Internal Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care Centers
  • OB-GYN Clinics
  • Community Clinics
  • Family Planning Clinics
  • Home Health/Assisted Living/Nursing Homes
  • Indian Reservations
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Prenatal Clinics
  • Private Practices
  • Infertility Clinics/Practices
  • Uro-gynecology Practices
  • Specialty Clinics
  • Women’s Health Clinics
  • Women’s Prisons