Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Online Program
100% Online » MSN, DNP, & Post-Graduate Certificate
Women’s Health NP Program Overview
Kent State’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NP) program will prepare you to provide the highest level of primary nursing care for women involving health promotion and disease prevention.
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) students gain competency in advanced nursing management of common acute and chronic conditions.
You will 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 will also learn clinical judgment and primary care skills through faculty mentorship and clinical preceptors in a variety of ambulatory care settings and specialty clinics.
In this role, you may be employed in medical centers, physician's offices, free clinics, Planned Parenthood clinics, administration, and education.
Why Kent State? We offer you:
Expert faculty. Students receive faculty mentorship and advising from nationally certified advanced practice nurses, as well as active researchers with decades of experience.
Excellent online courses. Classes are held 100% online and delivered by expert nurses via leading edge instructional technology.
Maximum flexibility. Choose the path that is best for you – MSN or DNP (or certificate for graduate-degree holding nurses). Start in the fall or spring semester and complete the program full or part-time.
Affordability. The program costs only $525 per credit hour, no matter where you live.*
Credibility. Kent State’s graduate program is recognized by employers and universities around the world for its excellence.
Hands-on learning. Students complete 675 clinical practicum hours in the state in which they reside with qualified preceptors in a wide variety of settings.
Meet the Faculty
Learn more about the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner course instructors:
DNP, RN, CNP-BC
Proudly CCNE Accredited
The MSN, DNP, and Post-graduate APRN certificates at Kent State are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education†. Kent State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Kent State: An NLN Center of Excellence
Kent State University is a two-time designated Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (2013-2017, 2017-2022). We are recognized in the "Advancing the Science of Nursing Education" category for our dedication to innovative and evidence-based nursing education.
MSN & Post-graduate Certificates
Graduates will be able to:
Acquire educational eligibility to meet standards for advanced practice certification or other advanced professional distinction.
Acquire competencies based on professional standards to assume advanced roles in nursing, and for leadership and career advancement, including doctoral study.
Communicate, integrate and apply advanced nursing knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based, culturally sensitive nursing care and promote quality outcomes in nursing and health care.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Graduates will be able to:
- Develop systems and strategies to promote health and fiscal outcomes across the healthcare continuum.
- Provide expert, advanced nursing care to select populations within a variety of settings based on evidence, ethics, theory, professional standards and models of care.
- Provide leadership and interdisciplinary consultation and collaboration to plan, implement and evaluate programs of care delivery to improve health outcomes.
- Synthesize and translate evidence for implementation and dissemination to improve healthcare outcomes
* This program is only offered in select states. See the Admissions section for more information.
† The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kent State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Admission to the Women’s Health NP Program
We invite you to apply if you meet the criteria for the degree in which you are interested:
Is the GRE required? Yes for BSN-to-DNP applicants. No for MSN and Post-graduate Certificate applicants.
International applicants: Under most student visas, international applicants are not eligible to complete online-based programs. We strongly encourage international applicants to discuss their eligibility with the Office of Global Education at +1-330-672-7980 or firstname.lastname@example.org prior to applying.
Priority Application Deadlines
Fall 2020: March 1, 2020
Spring 2021: October 1, 2020
Approved States for Online Learning
Kent State University is authorized to offer the Women’s Health NP program in the following states:*
* In order to be compliant with federal and state laws related to online education and consumer protection, as well as State professional licensure/certification regulations, Kent State University may not be able to offer online programs to students residing in certain states. In addition, some state laws may impose limitations that could affect a program of study, including inability to offer clinical practicum courses. Since these regulations undergo continuous updates (1) non-Ohio residents interested in pursuing any College of Nursing online program are advised to consult with their State licensing/certification agency and official Kent State information on state authorization before applying to this program (2) any student that is planning to move or practice in a different state after having been admitted to either the RN BSN, MSN, Certificate, or DNP programs must immediately inform the Office of Student Services at 330-672-7911 to determine whether or not he/she can continue in the program.
** MSN and Certificate programs only.
* Kent State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) concentrations within the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and APRN Certificates, along with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) program qualify graduates to sit for national APRN certification and APRN licensure in Ohio. States other than Ohio may have additional requirements to apply for or obtain an APRN license, including but not limited to specific state examinations, letters of recommendation, or proof of completion of an accredited nursing program. The College of Nursing is in the process of collecting information from all states and has not yet made a determination whether graduates from the Kent State University College of Nursing MSN, Certificate, and BSN-to-DNP programs meet the requirements for APRN licensure outside the state of Ohio.
Courses are 100% online – students are never required to come to campus.
Summary of Program Requirements
|Program||Minimum Credit Hours||Practicum Hours||Timeframe to Complete|
|MSN||42 credit hours||675 practicum hours||2-3.5 years|
|DNP||76 credit hours||1,200 practicum hours||3.5-6 years|
|Certificate||21 credit hours||675 practicum hours||2-2.5 years|
Tuition & Aid
A top-tier education at an affordable price.
Tuition & Costs at a Glance
|Program||Residential Status||Cost per Credit Hour||Distance Learning Fee||Out-of-State Surcharge||Total Hours||Estimated Cost|
|MSN||Ohio Resident||$525||$12 per hour||N/A||42||$22,554|
|Non-Ohio Resident||$10 per hour||$22,974|
|DNP||Ohio Resident||$525||$12 per hour||N/A||76||$40,812|
|Non-Ohio Resident||$10 per hour||$41,572|
|Certificate||Ohio Resident||$525||$12 per hour||N/A||21||$11,277|
|Non-Ohio Resident||$10 per hour||$11,487|
Costs are as of the 2019-2020 academic year. Totals are estimates and do not include books, practicum fees, or other incidental fees. Rates are subject to change at any time by the Board of Trustees. For more information about Kent State's tuition and fees, see the university fee register.
At Kent State University, we try to make the financial aid process as simple as possible. Our financial aid services and scholarship programs help a wide range of students make their goals affordable. Financial aid options for Women's Health NP students include:
- Tuition Reimbursement: Many employers will pay some or all of the cost of a graduate degree program. Talk with your human resources department to find out if you qualify.
- Scholarships: Kent State University, the College of Nursing, and many nursing and health care organizations provide scholarship support for nursing students. See our Financial Aid & Scholarships page for more information.
- Federal Loans and Grants: You may be eligible for federal and/or private loans and federal/state grants. Contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000 for more information.
Tuition can be paid online using a credit card or check, by mail with a check, or in-person with a check.
Monthly payment plan options are available.* Tuition can be spread out over 3, 4, or 5 monthly payments.
Students who are receiving tuition reimbursement through their employer can apply to defer tuition payment to after the semester ends.*
* Fall and spring semester only
Online Learning at Kent State
E-learning is unparalleled at Kent State University.
Kent State online students have access to the same resources as on-campus students, without ever stepping foot on campus. From applying to the program to applying for graduation, Kent State provides the tools to complete these tasks online.
Although there are no on-campus requirements, online students are more than welcome to visit our campus in Kent, Ohio (or take a virtual tour online). You will be invited to various events throughout your time at Kent State, including our pinning (Convocation) and graduation (Commencement) ceremonies.
Some of the benefits to earning your graduate degree online from Kent State include:
- Courses developed by expert faculty and delivered via Blackboard Learn, the industry-leading learning management system (LMS).
- Small class sizes and individualized attention from nurse educators with decades of practical experience.
- Innovative learning activities tailored to the online environment.
- 24/7 technical support through Kent State’s TechHelp.
- Tests and exams proctored virtually – no need to go to a testing center.
- FlashLine, the university’s centralized portal system, will allow you to schedule classes, track your degree progress, schedule advising appointments, pay your tuition, and more right from your computer.