University of Missouri-Kansas City

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Quick Facts


Doctor of nursing practice

Delivery Mode

Blended, some campus visits required

Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost



1-2 courses per semester


4-5 years

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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The women's health nurse practitioner (WHNP) track prepares students for advanced practice nursing in the management of gynecological, prenatal and primary care of women. Advanced practice nurses (APRNs) provide high-quality health care services in a wide range of problems from acute, chronic and wellness care to health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. The core courses provide a solid foundation in the use of evidence based practice guidelines and theory as a basis for the diagnosis and treatment of illness and the promotion of wellness. Clinical experiences are precepted in community or outpatient settings. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences provides two degree options to obtain entry to practice as a WHNP; the MSN or DNP degree.

The BSN-DNP prepares women's health nurse practitioners to assume responsibility and accountability for health promotion, assessment, diagnosis and management of client problems, including the prescription of pharmacologic agents within their specialty area of clinical practice. The DNP degree is also for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice that offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in Ph.D., Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) and other research focused nursing doctorates.

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Graduates take the national certification exam for their specialty and practice as a nurse practitioner in any area of the United States. They may also accept faculty positions at schools of nursing.


Employment growth


Median salary

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is blended. You will complete most course work online, but on-campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two courses each semester and finish in four to five years.

Course work includes:

  • Advanced physiology across the lifespan
  • Ethics in practice and research
  • Health care policy and advocacy
  • Cultural diversity and values
  • Health promotion, across the lifespan


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

The DNP at the School of Nursing and Health Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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