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Online MSN in Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

An ACEN-Accredited MSN Offered Online

Hands-On Learning

Small Class Sizes

Professional Licensure Preparation

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  • Duration 5-8 semesters
  • Cost per Credit $732
  • Credit Hours 42

Program Benefits

  • Practicum opportunities to prepare you for realities in the workforce
  • Expert educators offer one-on-one attention to every student
  • Our ACEN-accredited curriculum prepares you for licensure exams

Advance as a Nurse Practitioner with Women’s Health Expertise

The online MSN WHNP degree focuses on a growing an in-demand area of nursing and provides you with the competitive edge to stand out in women’s health as a nurse practitioner. You’ll learn from the same expert faculty who teach on campus as you explore a challenging online curriculum that delivers the credentials you need to advance your career as a licensed NP.

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Top-Level Nursing Opportunities in Women’s Health

You’ll complete the online MSN WHNP program with the credentials and expertise required for some of the most competitive and rewarding roles in nursing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual salary for nurse practitioners in 2021 was $123,780.1 Take the next step towards becoming a trusted nurse practitioner with Florida A&M University.

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Study Every Aspect of Women’s Health

15 total courses

Practicum experience

The online MSN in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program requires the completion of 15 courses for a total of 42 credit hours. Courses are taught by leaders in nursing who are committed to helping you prepare for the NP licensure exam you need to pass for career advancement. You’ll complete all coursework online and gain hands-on experience in the field through practicum hours at the facility of your choice.

Course Include:

  • NGR 5141 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NGR 5172 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NGR 6347 Advanced Women’s Health Theory
  • NGR 6347L Advanced Women’s Health Practicum
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Transfer up to 6 credits

No entrance exam required

The first step towards becoming a nurse practitioner with specialized skills begins with submitting your application. The online MSN in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program offers three start dates per year to allow you to begin your next step at a time that works for your busy schedule. To get started make sure you have the following:

A 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
A BSN from an accredited institution
All official transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities
Due to restrictive state regulations, Florida A&M University (FAMU) is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students from some states. If you reside in a restricted state, you may not be permitted to enroll in or be admitted to a FAMU online program. Please contact your state’s higher education regulation authorities for more details.
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Invest in Yourself and Your Future with Florida A&M University

$732 per credit

Scholarships and financial aid opportunities available

The online MSN in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner degree costs $732 per credit hour. The total cost of the program is $30,750 before transfer credits. In addition to FAMU’s affordable and competitive tuition rates, financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available to those who qualify.

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What You’ll Learn

With the online MSN WHNP, you’ll build skills for patient-centered primary care for women across the lifespan. You’ll graduate with the clinical leadership knowledge and women’s health expertise to go farther in your career as a nurse practitioner.

Program Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge from the sciences, humanities, best evidence and nursing to support advanced practice nursing.
  • Utilize leadership skills to foster collaboration, change, and advocacy to influence advanced practice nursing and improve health care.
  • Use best available evidence to implement initiatives to continuously improve quality and safety in health care.
  • Integrate evidence, clinical guidelines, and clinical investigative skills to guide advanced practice nursing and improve health outcomes.
  • Utilize appropriate technologies and information literacy skills to optimize health outcomes in advanced practice nursing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the development, analysis, and evaluation of health policies and health care affecting advanced practice nursing and health outcomes.
  • Analyze complex health systems to improve the delivery of care and patient outcomes.
  • Apply ethical principles in decision-making to achieve sound solutions to issues related to individuals, populations and systems of care.
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for patient-centered care and professional development.
  • Provide competent evidence-based advance practice nursing care within a primary care setting to diverse individuals, families and groups and manage heath and illness for adults across the life span.

About Our Faculty

Our purpose is to prepare exceptional nurses by creating a dynamic atmosphere where intellectual leaders are prepared to assume advanced roles as esteemed members of the Health Care team in order to improve delivery of health care and scientific knowledge underpinning evidence-based, culturally appropriate nursing practice to the residents of the state, the nation, and the world. Our focus will be on educating quality individual practitioners rather than quantities of students.

Faculty Spotlight

Doctor Lisa H Gardner

Dr. Lisa Gardner, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Dr. Lisa H. Gardner holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida A&M University (FAMU), a Master of Science in Nursing from Florida State University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama Birmingham. She is a tenured Associate Professor and the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at FAMU School of Nursing. Dr. Gardner is also a nationally certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career expands over 25 years of combined academia and clinical nursing experience. Dr. Gardner’s passion is promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors and illness prevention. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate nursing courses and remains committed to educating nursing students to become excellent healthcare providers. Her love of nursing was displayed as the 2022 Daisy Award recipient for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty and the CRMC 30th Nurse of Excellence Award.

Faculty Spotlight

Doctor Carswella Phillips

Dr. Carswella Phillips DNP, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, CNE

Dr. Carswella Phillips completed her BSN and MSN in Nursing from Florida A &M University as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Nursing Administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Phillips is a tenured, associate professor with a variety of teaching experiences in ASN, BSN, and graduate level nursing coursework in both traditional campus and distance education settings. Her practice and teaching areas of interest include medical-surgical nursing, orthopedic nursing, primary care advanced practice nursing, health policy, nursing workforce sustainability and interprofessional approaches to evidence-based practice and teaching integration.

While serving as faculty and/or coordinator of several undergraduate and graduate courses, Dr. Phillips has been instrumental in developing best practices designed to increase NCLEX and certification pass rates,
increasing academic integrity, and elevating program retention and enrollment among diverse student populations. She is a nurse consultant, virtual NCLEX prep educator, board certified nurse educator and adult- gerontology nurse practitioner. Dr. Phillips serves as the Program Director of the Adult-Gerontology and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner concentrations within the Graduate Nursing Department at Florida A&M University.
Her research interests include nursing workforce shortage issues, experiential instructional practices, best practices among distance education programming, and implementation of evidence-based care in the primary care and acute care settings. Dr. Phillips is also active in several state and national organizations including serving on the board of directors of the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network (FNPN) and member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), Chi Eta Phi Sorority, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau International Society. She is the recipient of the 2022 inaugural Daisy award for Extraordinary Nurse Faculty at Florida A&M University. She demonstrates a commitment to the vision of FAMU School of Nursing, excellence, and compassion for patients, families, colleagues, and students. She is an avid reader and enjoys traveling with her husband.

Advance Your Career at Your Pace

Florida A&M University offers a selection of online degree programs designed to fit your schedule and prepare you for career advancement. As an online student, you’ll have the flexibility to access courses at the time and place of your choice as you learn from the same expert faculty who teach on campus and experience the rigorous curriculum our HBCU is known for.

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Answers to Common Questions

Explore our FAQ page to find answers to questions you may have about the online MSN in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program.

Yes. The online MSN in Women’s Health program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is offered part-time. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

No, prior work experience is not required. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

Yes, the online MSN in Women’s Health accepts up to 6 transfer credits. Students applying for the post-master’s program may transfer up to 22 credits based on their advanced practice specialization. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

The requirements for the online MSN in Women’s Health program include:

  • Completed application
  • 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of baccalaureate nursing studies
  • Official BSN transcript. MSN transcript is required for post-masters applicants

You can learn more about our admission requirements here.

There are 675 clinical hours required to complete the online MSN in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program.

The online MSN in Women’s Health degree will prepare you to become licensed in the following states: AL, AZ, AR, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MS, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI, and WY.

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Sources and Disclaimers

  1. Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Apr. 18, 2022. Retrieved July 13, 2022, from

*The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for Masters nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation.