Women's Health Nurse Practitioner  (WHNP) 

The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program prepares mission-ready, primary care focused nurse practitioners for the Air Force, Army, Navy and PHS. The dynamic curriculum includes trauma and combat casualty care, operational and medical readiness, bedside ultrasonography, battlefield auricular acupuncture, and sexual assault survivor care. Students achieve over 1700 hours of direct patient care experience in a variety of clinical and operational training situations over the three year
program. The program utilizes CONUS and OCONUS clinical training sites that meet the objectives for each specific rotation. In the 3 rd year of the program, nurse practitioner students PCS to one of 12 sites designated for the year-long clinical immersion.

Women’s Health students have the opportunity to apply for dual enrollment in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program during the second year of the program. Women’s Health and Family Nurse Practitioner students take the same academic curriculum, but differ in the allocation of clinical time. 

Dual enrolled students will meet the requirements to sit for both the Women’s Health and Family Nurse Practitioner certification exams.

Students perform clinical rotations at clinical sites around the world. Women’s Health students have the option to dual enroll in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Dual enrolled students. The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner track requires clinical experiences in year three that are unique to women's health. While the program was created for the Air Force, FNP students are welcome to dual track in FNP and WHNP.

Beyond the Classroom

Those who call American Samoa home, face challenges with poor drinking water quality, inadequate clinical capabilities and a shortage of health care providers, and health disparities. Now, thanks to a new educational agreement, Graduate School of Nursing students are working to help address some of those issues.

Clinical Rotations

The Doctor of Nursing Practice project translates research into practice in the form of a system or practice improvement in clinical settings on bases around the world. Students identify inconsistencies, inefficiencies, or other issues within the clinical setting and propose a solution based on existing research.

FNP Projects

Military readiness is the top priority of USU with many different field experiences carefully created to insure students are prepared for any scenario they may find themselves in throughout their military career from medical dive medicine to mountain medicine courses to courses that are a part of the curriculum like Operation Bushmaster.

Field Exercises