The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner role focuses on primary care for women. Primary care is first access to comprehensive care involving health promotion or disease prevention and nursing management of common acute and chronic condition.

As a student pursuing this concentration in women’s health, you’ll have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to give broad, comprehensive care within legal parameters to women across the life span in ambulatory settings.

You’ll learn how to practice directly or in collaboration with other health professional to provide continuity of health care and to maximize the effectiveness of community and health care system services. You’ll also learn clinical judgment and primary care skills through faculty mentorship and clinical preceptors in a variety of ambulatory care settings and specialty clinics.

Upon graduation from the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) concentration, you’ll typically have your choice of positions in:

  • Medical centers
  • Physician's offices
  • Free clinics
  • Planned Parenthood clinics
  • Administration and education

The WHNP concentration offers you:

  • Customized full and part-time program plans
  • Mentorship from faculty that are active researchers in their field
  • High quality clinical and theoretical preparation
  • Excellent clinical sites in a wide variety of urban and rural settings
  • Many online course offerings

The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner concentration is known for its intellectual rigor and clinical quality. This concentration has been accredited by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) since 1992 and by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) since 2002.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This advanced nursing practice (APRN) concentration is also offered at the doctoral level. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, the terminal practice degree in nursing, is recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing because "the changing demands in healthcare require the highest level of practice experience to assure quality patient outcomes. "

Kent State's DNP program is offered at both the post-baccalaureate and post-master's levels. 

Learn More about the DNP

Concentration Director

Cynthia Roller
Associate Professor

Post-Master's Certificate

Kent State's College of Nursing offers post-master's nursing certificate programs for individuals who hold a Master's Degree in nursing.

View information, requirements, and employment information for the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner post-master's certificate