Georgetown Adds Standalone Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty to Online Master’s Program

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New Nursing@Georgetown specialty prepares nurses to take on leadership roles in a variety of women’s health care settings

WASHINGTON (April 29, 2015) — Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies (new window), a part of Georgetown University Medical Center, announces a new addition to its online master of science degree in nursing program offerings — a specialty for aspiring Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNP).

“The WHNP specialty program builds upon our longstanding Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialty program,” says Julia Lange Kessler, DNP, CM, FACNM, who directs both of these programs. “We will now offer both to allow aspiring APRNs to pursue the advanced practice specialty that aligns best with their personal and professional passions.”

The innovative WHNP specialty will provide students with the skills and experience needed to treat and prevent illnesses unique to women, with an emphasis in areas such as prenatal and postpartum care, general wellness and preventative care, and guidance for ailments related to menopause, Lange Kessler says.

Launched in 2011, Nursing@Georgetown — the online master’s program in nursing at Georgetown — includes specialties in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

2U Inc. (new window) provides the innovative technological platform that Georgetown faculty members utilize to bring the dynamic coursework online. Nursing@Georgetown currently operates in 47 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The WHNP specialty is now accepting applications. For more information about Nursing@Georgetown and WHNP, please visit (new window) or call 877-910-HOYA (4692).

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis — or “care of the whole person.” The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization, which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health.