Online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program (WHNP)

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Are you a working nurse interested in becoming a nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in women’s primary care? Regis College’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a focus in Women’s Health Nursing Practice (WHNP) can help you take that next step.

Advance your career to a new level as you learn to care for women’s unique health needs from preadolescence through postmenopause. Our online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares you to help women with sexual health, pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal care, wellness examinations, family planning, and health issues common among women, such as breast cancer and osteoporosis.

Designed to be inclusive with three available entry points (Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN, Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN), the program’s 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:
Summer: 3/26/2024

Upcoming Start Dates:
Spring: 1/2/2024
Summer: 4/29/2024


Benefits of an Online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program

Like all nurses, you’re busy. Trying to earn a master’s degree while working and balancing personal and family commitments can be challenging. When you choose the online WHNP program at Regis, you can earn an advanced degree while still having time for other priorities.

  • Take the same high-quality courses and learn from the same expert faculty as our on-campus program.
  • Enjoy the flexibility to complete coursework on your schedule, when and where it’s convenient for you.
  • Make personal connections as you engage with faculty and peers.
  • Get the individual attention and support you need to succeed.

What Can You Do with a WHNP Online Program Degree?

As a women’s health nurse practitioner, you can provide the vital services and counseling women need to maintain their health. Our online WHNP-focused MSN can help you 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 addresses a broad spectrum of issues and illnesses. Should you wish to narrow your focus even further, you can specialize beyond general women’s health upon graduation. 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?

Today’s changing health care industry means that women’s health nurse practitioners can apply their skills in a wide range of settings. Our online WHNP program can prepare you to work in:

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

What Is the Typical Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Salary?

The median annual salary for a women’s health nurse practitioner was about $98,500 as of February 2023, according to Payscale. This is roughly 26% higher than the median salary of $77,600 for registered nurses (RNs). Several factors can influence a women’s health nurse practitioner’s salary, including their level of experience, education, and the setting in which they work.

Online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program Job Outlook

Employment of nurse practitioners is projected to grow by an extraordinary 46% from 2021 to 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This growth will result in the addition of nearly 113,000 new jobs.

Factors driving growth in this sector are an expected increase in the demand for health care services, a greater emphasis on preventive care, and the expected health care demands of an aging population. Furthermore, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are increasingly becoming accepted as a primary source of health care, capable of performing many of the same services as physicians.

Why Choose Regis for Your Online WHNP Program?

Transfer credits accepted

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Complete in as few as 28-36 months

Qualify to sit for ANCC certification

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

Transfer credits accepted

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

WHNP Online Program Curriculum

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

The online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program curriculum builds on the skills you already have with core MSN coursework in subjects such as nurse leadership, nursing theory, community-based nursing, health promotion/disease prevention, health policy, and advanced clinical pharmacology. In addition, you’ll take WHNP-specific courses that include Care of the Childbearing Woman and clinical concentration courses and seminars in Primary Care of the Woman.


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.

Ways to Save on Your Online WHNP Program 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.

Financial Aid
We are here to support you through the process. Speak to an advisor to learn more.

Graduate Assistantship
Earn financial aid helping fellow students while also gaining valuable professional skills. Get more details.

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

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.

New England Commission of Higher Education

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.

Fastest Growing College in the U.S. Top 25

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

Online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program 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

Online WHNP Program 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 Online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program 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.