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Which specialty first??


Specializes in Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula. Has 9 years experience.

Hello! I am a prospective MSN student considering my options for advanced practice specialties. I'm fairly certain that I'd like a dual specialty in both PMHNP and WHNP. My interests have always lied in perinatal mental health, sexual wellness, and trauma recovery.

My question is- what specialty to start first? I know there is a significant need for PMHNPs, yet becoming a WHNP first would allow me to work clinically in the primary care practice I'm currently managing while I complete my other specialty. Any other considerations I should take for this decision?

I'm also reaching out to the admissions team at my preferred university, so we'll see what they say. :)

Thank you!!