Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
School of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
With Georgetown University’s online WHNP program, you can become a primary care provider for women’s health in as few as 27 months. RN/BSN required.
- CCNE Accredited
- Complete the 44 credit program in as few as 23 months
- Clinical Placement Support
How to Become a WHNP
- Become a Registered Nurse
In order to apply to a women’s health nurse practitioner program, you must have completed a degree in registered nursing and be certified as a registered nurse in a US state or territory. Passing the NCLEX-RN examination is required for certification as a registered nurse. Working one to two years before applying for a nurse practitioner program is highly recommended.
- Apply to a WHNP Program
WHNP programs are accredited under the standards of any nurse practitioner program, as set forth by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
WHNP programs will vary depending upon the type of enrollment and student availability. Online WHNP programs offer students the ability to learn on flexible schedules, participate in discussions with classmates and are held to the same accreditation standards as their on-campus counterparts.
- Apply for the WHNP Exam From the National Certification Corporation (NCC)
The exam tests comprehension of physical assessment, primary care, gynecology, obstetrics, pharmacology and professional issues. A copy of your diploma and your official transcript documenting completion of a women’s health nurse practitioner program are required.
- Apply for WHNP Certification in Your State of Practice
Typically certification and/or registration as a women’s health nurse practitioner could resemble or be a recognition as a nurse practitioner in your state with women’s health as a specialty area. Be sure to check your state’s nursing requirements.
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Certification
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Salary
A WHNP, or women’s health nurse practitioner, is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) trained to specialize in the healthcare and treatment of women, focusing on reproductive, obstetric and gynecological health.
While WHNPs provide care to women before and after pregnancy, they do not deliver babies. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioner’s (AANP) role of a women’s health nurse practitioner, WHNPs provide prenatal visits, after-pregnancy care and fertility evaluations, but they do not deliver babies.
Although a women’s health nurse practitioner mainly sees female patients, they may provide sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care for all individuals, inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
According to AANP’s role of a women’s health nurse practitioner, WHNPs used to be titled as “obstetric-gynecologic nurse practitioners” or OB/GYN nurse practitioners. These titles may exist in some states, but for the most part, a women’s health nurse practitioner certification is awarded for this practice.
Interested in other women-health related fields? Check out the guide to becoming a certified nurse midwife (CNM) or certified nurse midwife online programs.