Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) Online Program

Providing medical services takes skill. Serving more than half of the U.S. population takes specialized expertise. That’s where the online Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Women’s Health Nursing Practice makes its mark. With our MSN WHNP, you can learn to treat women’s specialized health needs across their life cycle.

As a WHNP, you have the opportunity to work with complex issues, including pregnancy, childbirth, post-natal care, wellness examinations, family planning, and health issues that occur more commonly in women, such as breast cancer. Our industry-relevant coursework can help you learn how to promote overall health for women through nurse management or advanced practice.

What can you do with an advanced women’s health nursing degree?

Where do women’s health nurse practitioners work?


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Our curriculum can prepare you for new leadership opportunities.

We’re here to support you. With several degrees of student support, no GRE requirements and a flexible learning environment, we’re breaking down barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential in advanced practice. Our inclusive approach to leadership starts with three entry points:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
  • Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN


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Length: 28-36 months
Total Credits: 46-61

Application Deadlines:

Fall: 07/05/2021
Spring: 11/02/2021

Upcoming Start Dates:

Fall: 08/30/2021
Spring: 01/04/2022

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Why choose Regis for your Master of Science in Nursing?

The online MSN is a virtual extension of our highly regarded on-campus program, one of the largest nurse practitioner programs in Massachusetts. The Regis School of Nursing was the first in New England to be designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nursing.

At Regis, we work directly with active nursing professionals. That means we have an insider’s perspective on the leadership qualities the field demands, and we design our courses to build those skills. While other schools eliminate women’s health concentrations, we’re taking our WHNP specialization to the virtual classroom to help expand nursing expertise and leadership with this population.


Transfer credits accepted

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Complete in as few as 28-36 months

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Qualify to sit for NCC certification

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At 100%, our NP exam pass rates exceed national average*

*based on a 3 year aggregate of Regis online & on-campus NP exam pass rates

Women’s Health Nurse Practice by the Numbers

$91,000 The average salary for women’s health nurse practitioners in the U.S., according to Payscale.com (2020)

2.7% The percentage of nurse practitioners who specialize in women’s health, with top clinical foci as OB/GYN (66.5%) and top practice setting as Private Group Practices (23.6%) (AANP 2019)

89% The approximate percentage of females in the U.S. between age 18-65 who had health insurance coverage in 2017, according to Nationalpartnership.org (2018)

Ways to save on your tuition

Employee Discounts

Regis Partner Employees can receive a discount on their tuition. Find out if your employer is a partner.

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Federal & Military Discounts

Federal government employees as well as active and reserve military and veterans are eligible for a 15% discount on tuition. Find out more.

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Alumni Discounts

Regis Alumni who have received a previous degree from Regis are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition. Speak to an advisor for more information.

Regis discounts cannot be combined with any other discount or scholarship offered by Regis. Some exceptions may apply.

Hear what our students are saying:

“My experience with Regis surpassed all of my expectations. The curriculum was comprehensive, well formulated, had small class sizes promoting relationships among students and faculty that facilitated and supported learning. The program prepared me well for board certification and I was pleased with the availability and expertise of the faculty.”

– Alison Tetrault, online MSN student



Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).


Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)


Designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing

Ranked #16 Master of Science in Nursing programs

Master’s Programs Guide ranked Regis #16 in 50 Best Online Master of Science in Nursing Programs.

What can you do with an MSN WHNP degree?

In 2019, there were approximately 166.7 million women in the U.S., and each of these women requires specialized health services to lead a healthy life (U.S. Census Bureau). As a women’s health nurse practitioner, you can help provide the services and counseling that women need to achieve that goal. With our online WHNP-focused MSN, you can develop the skills to undertake a variety of duties, including:

Delivering primary care to women

Providing family planning assistance and counseling

Conducting wellness examinations, such as PAP smears, mammograms, and sexual health screenings

Interpreting medical histories

Delivering prenatal care through supplements and monitoring

Diagnosing acute illnesses and develop treatment plans

Women’s health tackles a broad spectrum of issues and illnesses that affect the female population. To narrow your focus even further, you can specialize beyond general women’s health upon graduation. Your options for increased specialization include:

Cardiovascular care

Geriatric care


Women’s primary care

Gynecological care

Childbirth and delivery issues

Reproductive health

Puberty and menopause

Antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum issues

Where do women’s health nurse practitioners work?

Like all nurse practitioners, WHNPs are in high demand due to an influx of newly insured patients, our rapidly aging population, and higher standards in primary care. Women’s health nurse practitioners are also needed worldwide to help prevent illnesses that affect women at a higher rate, such as breast cancer and the Zika virus. This means that WHNPs can apply their skills in a variety of work settings, including:


OB-GYN clinics

Family planning clinics

Women’s health clinics

Prenatal clinics

Women’s prisons

Private practices

Meet Our Faculty

About Regis

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.

“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”


President Dr. Antoinette Hays, RN, Ph.D.

When you choose Regis, you join a closely-knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid health care foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest standard.


Let’s move forward

Wherever you are in your career and wherever you want to be, look to Regis for a direct path. Fill out our form to learn more about our program options or to get started on your advanced health care degree today.