Top Online Women’s Health and Gender-Related NP Programs

The women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP) is specifically prepared to serve women from adolescence through adulthood, WHNPs address the unique needs of women during the childbearing years and beyond. According to Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), the women’s health nurse practitioner role includes:

  • Pregnancy testing
  • Evaluating and diagnosing problems with menstruation
  • Breast cancer screening and evaluation
  • Fertility evaluation
  • Urinary problems such as infections and incontinence
  • Issues with menopause
  • Contraceptive care
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening, prevention, and treatment
  • Well-woman exams
  • Health management
  • Self-care before, during, and after pregnancy
  • Pap smears and other screenings
  • Endometriosis evaluation, diagnosis, and recommended treatment options
  • General health assessment, evaluation, and care

Aspiring women’s health nurse practitioners must earn a graduate nursing degree prior to pursuing professional WHNP certification, and may opt to earn a master of science in nursing (MSN), post-master’s certificate (PMC), or doctor of nursing practice (DNP).

Online WHNP Program Rankings

The NPSchools.com team gathered data for all online WHNP programs accepting students for the 2019-2020 academic year, and ranked them by cost, admissions flexibility, and program variety. Our database of more than 700 online NP programs includes only programs that require nine or fewer total campus visits.

Nursing schools based in several different states offer online WHNP programs, and many allow students from across the country to enroll, although more often than not there are at least some state residency restrictions. To learn more about a program’s specific requirements and restrictions, please check out its detailed profile by clicking on the school name in the list below.

Typically offering mostly online or all online coursework, practicums local to the student, and a minimum number of campus visits, these distance-based programs offer flexibility for working nursing professionals.

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Women’s Health NP Career and Salary

As a percentage, about 2.7 percent of nurse practitioner students choose to focus on women’s health, while 12 percent focus on adult health which can overlap into women’s health (AANP, 2018). WHNPs typically focus on obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) and work in private group practices, hospitals, nursing homes, home health care situations, and OB/GYN clinics.

Salaries for nurse practitioners range from about $80,000 to $182,000 with the median wage falling at $107,030 (BLS, 2018). In addition, the nurse practitioner field is growing at a much faster pace than the average 5 percent, with an expected increase of 28 percent between 2018 and 2028 (BLS, 2018).