MSN Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

MSN Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
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Miss our information session? Watch the recording to learn about the application process and admissions requirements from program director, Tamara Pavlik-Maus, MSN, WHNP-BC,

What is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)?

A Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) is an advanced-practice nurse who is able to diagnose and manage common and some complex medical conditions in female patients throughout their lifespan. WHNPs focus on reproductive, obstetric, and gynecological health, providing diagnostic care and treatment, as well as preventive health maintenance. WHNP’s are required to have a BSN and MSN with previous experience working as an RN.


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University of Cincinnati’s MSN Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program

The University of Cincinnati’s online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program is ideal for registered nurses seeking an advanced degree in women’s health. Previous women’s health experience is strongly preferred, but consideration for other work experiences will be considered. The program prepares nurses to become primary care providers for female patients, promoting wellness and disease prevention throughout a woman’s life.

UC’s WHNP online program is one of the top Women’s Health NP Programs online, and is nationally recognized for our academic standards, diversity and inclusion efforts, technology application, and research activity.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner online program is designed for working nurses with busy schedules, and our online MSN program enables you to pursue your professional goals on your own time.

The University of Cincinnati’s WHNP online program helps students gain insight into the unique needs and challenges of working with women of all ages. Our courses focus on promoting the importance of the client-provider relationship and empowering women to make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being.

Women’s Health NP Program Overview

  • 100% online
  • Certification exam pass rates of 96%*
  • Eligible to sit for the National Certification Corp. certification exam.
  • Taught by doctorally prepared faculty who are practicing nurses and are up-to-date clinically.
  • Three start dates a year.
  • You must already have a BSN to enroll in the program.
  • Previous women’s health experience is strongly preferred.
  • Requires 49 credit hours and 672 hours of clinics.

* ANCC certification pass rates are based on 2022 graduates. Data published 2/27/2024.

Accreditations and Rankings

  • The baccalaureate, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001. Contact CCNE at 202-887-6791. CCNE is the accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
  • The University of Cincinnati Master’s Degree in Nursing Program (all tracks except AGACNP, NNP, and ACPNP tracks are delivered via distance education) pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. 202-909-2487. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

Is a MSN Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program Right for Me? 

Are you a registered nurse with a BSN who wants to take your career to the next level by earning an advanced degree that includes training in the diagnosis and management of female patients throughout their lifetime? Then a career as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner may be the perfect career for you.

As a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, you’ll treat women from adolescence through adulthood — assessing, diagnosing, and performing clinical management of sexual and reproductive health concerns. WHNPs take great pride in their services to the community and play an integral role in patient care and recovery. WHNPs have varying levels of autonomy.

Women’s Health NP Career Options

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner examining patient

Career opportunities for Women’s Health NPs are likely to be very strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the nurse practitioner workforce is projected to grow 38 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.

This growth is due to an increase in the demand for healthcare services, including an increased emphasis on preventive care and demand for healthcare services from the aging population.

The average annual salary for nurse practitioners is $125,900, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduates of our Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner online program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Corp. certification exam. Once passed, a licensed nurse practitioner qualifies as an independent healthcare provider with prescriptive authority in all 50 states.


Graduates of Women’s Health NP Online Programs can work in healthcare departments such as:

  • Cardiovascular Care
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Services
  • Geriatric
  • Occupational Health
  • Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Acute Care for Women
  • Women’s Primary Care
  • Antepartum, Intrapartum, and Postpartum Issues
  • Non-Surgical Gynecological Care
  • Childbirth and Delivery Issues
  • Reproductive Health
  • Puberty and Menopause

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