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Schools for Aspiring Women's Health Nurse Practitioners

Dec 08, 2019

Students may seek certificate and master's degree programs specializing in women's health nurse practitioner studies. Online programs offer more flexible scheduling opportunities and could be appealing to students with a concurrent nursing job or other obligations.

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 (2018-2019)*
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, private not-for-profit $42,698
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 4-year, private not-for-profit $1,556 per credit
Frontier Nursing University Hyden, KY 4-year, private not-for-profit $13,920
Emory University Atlanta, GA 4-year, private not-for-profit $1,906 per credit
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 4-year, private not-for-profit $2,071 per credit
Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL 4-year, private not-for-profit $1,130 per credit
MGH Institute of Health Professions Boston, MA 4-year, private not-for-profit Check website for information
Wayne State University Detroit, MI 4-year, public $897 per credit
University of Missouri-St. Louis St. Louis, MO 4-year, public N/A
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 4-year, private not-for-profit $1,404 per credit

Source: *U.S. News and World Report

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.

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