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Master of science in nursing (MSN), women's health nurse practitioner (WHNP) degree

Promote women's health and advance in your nursing career by earning a master of science in nursing degree with a specialization as a women's health nurse practitioner.

National workforce data indicates that many current women's health nurse practitioners are nearing retirement age. At Carlow University, we are responding to this critical need by offering the only WHNP graduate program in Western Pennsylvania. As such, this MSN program, is leading the way for many regional providers of women's health care, providing a means to employ qualified, compassionate, and dedicated women's health nurse practitioners specifically trained to provide obstetrical and gynecological care.

If you are passionate about women's health issues across the lifespan, from puberty, through the child-bearing years, to post-menopause, and as elders, the master of science in nursing program is right for you.

Program highlights

  • Flexible, hybrid format: Mix of in-person and online classes
  • Part-time and full-time scheduling options
  • Available at 3 locations: Oakland, Greensburg, and Cranberry
  • Can be completed in a little more than two years (if enrolled full time)
  • Easy to apply - no GRE or GMAT required
  • Also available: A post-graduate certificate in WHNP

Graduates of this WHNP program are eligible to sit for board certification as a women's health nurse practitioner through the NCC (National Certification Corporation). The program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. All members of the WHNP faculty maintain clinical practices and national certification.

Program Requirements

In this program, you will complete a total of 49 credits, including courses in each of the areas of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and advanced physical assessment and diagnostics. You will also complete a total of 600 clinical hours, which will take place in a wide variety of urban and rural health care agencies providing specialty care for women.


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WHNP program information

The total number of credits in the WHNP program is 49 and includes coursework in pathophysiology, pharmacology and advanced physical assessment and diagnostics. Clinical hours in the WHNP program total 600, and will take place in a wide variety of urban and rural health care agencies providing specialty care for women. 

Review our course offerings in our course catalog or view the plan of study.

Graduates will find employment in a wide variety of health care settings such as health care systems, physician’s offices, health maintenance organizations, women’s health centers, and clinics in both urban and rural medically underserved communities.