A women's health nurse practitioner (WHNP) is an individual trained in the study of nursing who has specialized in health concerns specifically relevant to women. Women's health nurse practitioner programs are offered at the graduate level and can be found at 4-year colleges and universities.
10 Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Schools
These ten schools offer nursing programs that focus on women's health:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, private not-for-profit||$38,060|
|Vanderbilt University||Nashville, TN||4-year, private not-for-profit||$1,219 per credit|
|Frontier Nursing University||Hyden, KY||4-year, private not-for-profit||$535 per credit|
|Emory University||Atlanta, GA||4-year, private not-for-profit||$1,750 per credit|
|Case Western Reserve University||Cleveland, OH||4-year, private not-for-profit||$1,891 per credit|
|Loyola University Chicago||Chicago, IL||4-year, private not-for-profit||$1,060 per credit|
|MGH Institute of Health Professions||Boston, MA||4-year, private not-for-profit||$1,170 per credit|
|Wayne State University||Detroit, MI||4-year, public||$805 per credit|
|University of Missouri-St. Louis||St. Louis, MO||4-year, public||$436 per credit|
|Boston College||Chestnut Hill, MA||4-year, private not-for-profit||$1,248 per credit|
Source: *U.S. News and World Report
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School Selection Criteria
Here are some considerations for aspiring women's health nurse practitioners who are choosing between schools:
- In selecting a WHNP study program, students should first consider what qualifications they already hold and which programs are best suited to enhance their existing skills.
- Students interested in specialty areas, such as midwifery, gynecology or obstetrical studies, may want to consider schools that offer concentration or dual certification options.
- Students should find out about the clinical experience and practicum opportunities offered by schools they are considering.
- Students who plan to pursue professional certification as WHNPs from the NCC should make sure that the school of their choice offers an accredited program.
Master's Degree Programs for Women's Health Nurse Practitioners
MSN programs offering specialization options for WHNPs are offered to students who hold bachelor's degrees in nursing, and in some cases to students that hold bachelor's degrees in unrelated fields. Multiple clinical experiences, possibly in multiple settings, are typically mandatory. Students who hold bachelor's degrees in unrelated fields may need to complete substantial prerequisite courses before beginning the WHNP-specific component of the curriculum.
Certificate Programs for Women's Health Nurse Practitioners
Certificate programs for WHNPs are typically available to individuals who have already obtained an MSN and seek further specialization. Programs cover the diagnosis, management and treatment of medical conditions specific to or prevalent in women, such as gynecological issues, pregnancy, depression and menopause. Clinical practicums may be required for some programs.
Aspiring nurse practitioners who want to focus specifically on women's health can enroll in graduate-level programs that provide field-specific instruction and practical training.