Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

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Providing medical services takes skill. Serving more than half of the U.S. population takes specialized expertise. That’s where the online Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Women’s Health Nursing Practice makes its mark. With Regis College’s MSN WHNP, you can learn to treat women’s specialized health needs across their lifecycle.

As a WHNP, you have the opportunity to work with complex issues, including pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal care, wellness examinations, family planning, and health issues that occur more commonly in women, such as breast cancer. Our industry-relevant coursework can help you learn how to promote overall health for women through nurse management or advanced practice.

What can you do with an advanced women’s health nursing degree?
Where do women’s health nurse practitioners work?

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Length: 28-36 months
Total Credits: 46-61

Application Deadlines:
Fall: 7/17/2023

Upcoming Start Dates:
Summer: 04/30/2023
Fall: 8/28/2023


Why Choose Regis for Your Online MSN in WHNP?

Transfer credits accepted

Complete in as few as 28-36 months

Qualify to sit for ANCC certification

At 100%, our NP exam pass rates exceed national average*

Transfer credits accepted

*Based on Regis online and on-campus NP exam pass rates

Our Curriculum Can Prepare You for New Leadership Opportunities.

We’re here to support you. With several degrees of student support, no GRE requirements, and a flexible learning environment, we’re breaking down barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential in advanced practice. Our inclusive approach to leadership starts with three entry points:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
  • Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN


Check out this video overview of the online Master of Science in Nursing WHNP program and get to know the WHNP Online Program Director, Lawana Brown, MSN, WHNP-BC.

A Virtual Extension of Our Highly Regarded On-campus Program

The online MSN is a virtual extension of our highly regarded on-campus program, one of the largest nurse practitioner programs in Massachusetts. The Regis School of Nursing was the first in New England to be designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nursing.

At Regis, we work directly with active nursing professionals. That means we have an insider’s perspective on the leadership qualities the field demands, and we design our courses to build those skills. While other schools eliminate women’s health concentrations, we’re taking our WHNP specialization to the virtual classroom to help expand nursing expertise and leadership with this population.

Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing 2008-2020

Master’s Programs Guide ranked Regis #16 in 50 Best Online Master of Science in Nursing Programs.

Ranked among the Top 25 Fastest-Growing Colleges by The Business Journals

Ways to Save on Your Tuition

Employee Discounts

Regis partner employees can receive a discount on their tuition. Find out if your employer is a partner.

Federal & Military Discounts
Federal government employees as well as active and reserve military and veterans are eligible for a 15% discount on tuition. Find out more.

Alumni Discounts
Regis alumni who have earned a previous degree from Regis are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition. Speak to an advisor for more information.

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Regis discounts cannot be combined with any other discount or scholarship offered by Regis. Some exceptions may apply.

Women’s Health Nursing Practice by the Numbers


The average salary for women’s health nurse practitioners in the U.S. (Payscale.com)


The percentage of nurse practitioners who specialize in women’s health, with top clinical focus as OB/GYN (66.5%) and top practice setting as private group practices (23.6%) (AANP)


The approximate percentage of females in the U.S. between age 19-64 who had health insurance coverage in 2019 (KFF.org)

What Can You Do with an MSN WHNP Degree?

In 2019, there were approximately 166.7 million women in the U.S., and each one requires specialized health services to lead a healthy life (U.S. Census Bureau). As a women’s health nurse practitioner, you can help provide the services and counseling that women need to achieve that goal. With our online WHNP-focused MSN, you can develop the skills to undertake a variety of duties, including:

  • Delivering primary care to women
  • Providing family planning assistance and counseling
  • Conducting wellness examinations, such as Pap smears, mammograms, and sexual health screenings
  • Interpreting medical histories
  • Delivering prenatal care through supplements and monitoring
  • Diagnosing acute illnesses and developing treatment plans

Women’s health tackles a broad spectrum of issues and illnesses that affect the female population. To narrow your focus even further, you can specialize beyond general women’s health upon graduation. Your options for increased specialization include:

  • Cardiovascular care
  • Geriatric care
  • Oncology
  • Women’s primary care
  • Gynecological care
  • Childbirth and delivery issues
  • Reproductive health
  • Puberty and menopause
  • Antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum issues

Where Do Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners Work?

Like all nurse practitioners, WHNPs are in high demand due to an influx of newly insured patients, our rapidly aging population, and higher standards in primary care. Women’s health nurse practitioners are also needed worldwide to help prevent illnesses that affect women at a higher rate, such as breast cancer and the Zika virus. This means that WHNPs can apply their skills in a variety of work settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • OB-GYN clinics
  • Family planning clinics
  • Women’s health clinics
  • Prenatal clinics
  • Women’s prisons
  • Private practices

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this program, students must meet the following qualifications:

Registered Nurse with Associate Degree Entry or Registered Nurse with Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Entry:

  • An Associate Degree in Nursing or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Active unencumbered RN license
  • Complete 15 bridge credit hours with a B or better
  • Must complete a college-level statistics course prior to the start of classes
  • For RNs with an Associate Degree in Nursing, general education courses may be required, depending on your prior undergraduate coursework

Registered Nurse with Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Entry:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution and accredited program
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Active unencumbered RN license
  • Must complete a college-level statistics course prior to the start of classes

Application Requirements

You can begin your application process today. To get started you will need to submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Proof of active unencumbered RN license
  • Current resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

Meet Our Faculty

About Regis

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.

“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”

Dr. Antoinette Hays RN, Ph.D.


When you choose Regis, you join a closely knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid health care foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest standard.