Women's health nurse practitioner

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Women's health nurse practitioner
Occupation type
Activity sectors
healthcare, advanced practice registered nurse
Education required
Master's degree or Doctorate degree
Related jobs
nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist

A women's health nurse practitioner (WHNP) is a nurse practitioner that specializes in continuing and comprehensive healthcare for women across the lifespan with emphasis on conditions unique to women from menarche through the remainder of their life cycle. [1]

Education and board certification[edit]

Following educational preparation at the master's or doctoral level, WHNPs must become board certified by an approved certification body. Board certification must be maintained by obtaining continuing nursing education credits. In the US, board certification is provided through the National Certification Corporation (awards the WHNP-BC credential).[2]

Scope of practice[edit]

WHNPs deliver a range of acute, chronic, and preventive healthcare services:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Competencies in Specialty Areas" (PDF). US Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Certification exams". NCC. Retrieved 12 January 2014.