Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Online

Kent State's Women's Health Nurse Practitioner master's concentration 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.

Graduates of this program meet educational eligibility requirements to take the NCC examination for the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. 2018 MSN graduates attained an average pass rate of 98% on board certification examinations.

Why Kent State? We offer you:

  • Faculty mentorship and advising from nationally certified advanced practice nurses, as well as active researchers with decades of experience
  • 100% online courses
  • Full- and part-time customizable academic plans
  • Fall and spring semester start dates
  • A program that is known for its intellectual rigor and clinical quality

Admissions Criteria

We invite you to apply to the MSN program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's and/or graduate degree from an accredited registered nursing program.1
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate/graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale. 2
  • The completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum C grade.
  • Active, unrestricted registered nurse license in the state in which clinical coursework will be completed.

Additional Requirements

  • A résumé or curriculum vita.
  • Essay (2-3 pages) describing reasons for seeking the master's degree in the identified specialty and professional goals.
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities.
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 560 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 83 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 78 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 55 PTE score
Admission to the MSN degree is a selective process. In the selection process for applicants, program faculty will consider years of registered nurse experience, professional experience relevant to the specific MSN concentration and evidence of scholarship and involvement in the nursing profession as indicated on the applicant's résumé, along with GPA and intent for full-time study.
1. Applicants with an RN license and a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field will be considered based on faculty review of a portfolio submitted with the application.
2. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the University's Graduate Student Admission Policy.
Additional Requirements


The Women's Health NP concentration is 42 credit hours which includes 675 practicum hours.

Below you will find a sample curriculum plan for 2-year full-time students. Other options for part-time plans of study are also available.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60015: Advanced Assessment / 3 credits
  • NURS 60140: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner I / 2 credits
  • NURS 61492: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60101: Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice / 3 credits
  • NURS 60045: Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60240: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner II / 2 credits
  • NURS 62492: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60441: Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing / 3 credits
  • NURS 60403: Methods of Inquiry / 3 credits
  • NURS 60506: Clinical Diagnostics / 3 credits

Summer Semester

  • NURS 60340: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner III / 1 credit
  • NURS 63492: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum III (75 hours) / 1 credit
Year 2

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60440: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner IV / 2 credits
  • NURS 64892: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60010: Advanced Nursing Informatics / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60540: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner V / 2 credits
  • NURS 65892: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum V (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60025: Health Policy and Advanced Nursing Practice / 3 credits

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Post-Master's Certificate

We also offer a Women's Health NP post-master's certificate for nurses who already hold a Master's degree or higher in nursing. 

Learn more about the Women's Health NP post-master's certificate

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the Women's Health NP course instructors:

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Eldy Lazaroff

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Patricia Baller
Senior Lecturer


Get to know all of the MSN Faculty

Begin Your Transformation

Discover why Kent State's WHNP master's concentration is right for you. Enrollment advisors can be reached at 330-672-7911.

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