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Herzing's Career Pathways to Women's Health Nursing

Whether you hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), there's a pathway in women’s health for you to advance your career.

Are you a nursing professional looking to elevate your career in women's health? Herzing University's latest offering might be what you are looking for. The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) Master's Degree Program is a groundbreaking opportunity designed to equip nurses with the specialized skills needed to excel in this critical healthcare field.

Whether you hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), there's a pathway in women’s health for you to advance your career.

Why Choose Women's Health Nurse Practitioner?

Women's Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNPs) are indispensable figures in healthcare, serving as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) dedicated to the health and well-being of women. They offer a variety of healthcare services tailored to women's unique needs including obstetrics and gynecology, and preventive and educational primary care across all ages and stages of life. 

By emphasizing the importance of preventive measures, WHNPs help their patients proactively manage their health and reduce the risk of future complications while being a source of knowledge that women can trust.

What Can You Do with a WHNP Degree?

Upon completion of the program, graduates become eligible to sit for the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certification (WHNP-BC) exam, a credential that opens doors to many career opportunities. WHNPs can work in diverse settings, including:

  • Doctor's offices
  • Women's health centers
  • Family planning centers
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Academic institutions (as educators or researchers)

Their roles encompass a wide range of responsibilities, including:

  • Performing comprehensive physical examinations
  • Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests
  • Prescribing medications and treatments
  • Developing and implementing individualized treatment plans
  • Providing preventive care and health maintenance services
  • Conducting routine screenings and assessments
  • Offering patient education and counseling on various health topics
  • Collaborating with other healthcare professionals to ensure holistic patient care
  • Advocating for women's health rights and initiatives

Advancing Your Nursing Career

There are multiple options available to you as you decide to earn a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP).

One option is to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) right from the outset. If you already possess a non-nursing bachelor's degree, you might qualify for an online MSN Direct Entry program, offering a streamlined route to your advanced nursing career.

Alternatively, you may opt to pursue an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. These undergraduate programs serve as a foundation for the WHNP specialty. Once you've obtained your undergraduate nursing degree, you'll need to successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and fulfill the requirements set forth by your state's board of nursing to begin practicing as an RN.

Herzing University's School of Nursing provides various pathways for current RNs to pursue an MSN-WHNP:

  • BSN to MSN: Our MSN-WHNP program caters to RNs holding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), offering a direct route to specialized education and training in women's health.
  • ADN/ASN to MSN: For RNs with an associate degree in nursing, our Accelerated RN to MSN-WHNP option offers an expedited pathway to an MSN, equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the WHNP specialty.

Regardless of the pathway you choose, advancing your nursing career to specialize as a WHNP opens doors to greater autonomy, expanded scope of practice and enhanced professional fulfillment.

Why Herzing University?

At Herzing University, we prioritize your success and offer a range of features that set us apart as your partner in achieving your educational and career goals.

  • Pathways to Success: Many of our online programs provide pathways for continuous learning, allowing you to seamlessly progress from one degree level to another. Whether you're pursuing an associate degree or aiming for your MSN, Herzing offers a structured pathway to help you reach your ultimate educational aspirations.
  • Flexible and Convenient: With Herzing, flexibility and convenience are paramount. Our online learning platform enables you to earn your degree from the comfort of your own home, without rigid schedules dictating your learning journey.
  • Personalized Attention: Despite the online format, you're never alone at Herzing. Our dedicated faculty and support staff are committed to guiding you through your academic journey, offering individualized assistance and mentorship every step of the way.
  • Online and/or On-Campus Options: At Herzing, we recognize that every student's learning preferences are unique. That's why we offer a blend of online and on-campus learning experiences, providing you with the flexibility to choose the format that best suits your needs and lifestyle.

With Herzing University, you're not just embarking on an educational journey; you're joining a supportive community dedicated to empowering you to achieve your academic and professional aspirations, wherever they may lead.

Learn More About Our Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Degree


* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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