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 healthcare 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.

UMKC SoNHS provides two degree options to obtain entry to practice as a WHNP; the MSN or DNP degree.

The students who select the MSN degree as entry to practice, which includes successful completion of the WHNP National Certification Exam (NCC), are encouraged to continue on to the DNP degree through the post-MSN program option.

Review the National Certification Corporation (NCC) information here.  For additional information, please reference the Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) information.

The UMKC NP graduate programs include three separate courses in:

  • advanced physical/health assessment
  • advanced pharmacology
  • advanced pathophysiology

AND content in

  • health promotion and disease prevention, and
  • differential diagnosis and disease management

On Campus Intensive Requirements

Students are required to come to campus for an intensive each semester during their clinical courses.  Faculty and advisors communicate campus dates early so students can plan their schedules.

State Regulation Requirements

We are now a part of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which allows us to offer online programs to students in other SARA states.  We are able to accept and enroll students into most of our online programs in 48 states, including Washington, DC. We highly recommend that you review this information prior to submitting your application. Please review the state regulatory map to verify the status of your state’s regulations.

How Does Online/Hybrid Distance Education Work?

We designed the graduate programs to give professionals flexibility. Our courses are conducted online, with some may require class/chat times.  Class/chat times are scheduled on Thursdays or Fridays and are communicated well in advance.

Students use the Web-based software, Canvas, for their online courses. Courses are conducted in synchronous and asynchronous modes depending on the professor and class. You can log on to find homework, class assignments, a class list, a syllabus and more at any time. The program allows students to engage in interactive learning with faculty and other students in an online platform.

Spring 2025 Clinical Institute: Wednesday, January 15th & Thursday, January 16th

*Held via Zoom

 Summer 2025 Clinical Institute: Wednesday, May 28th & Thursday, May 29th

*Held via Zoom

The MSN educated Nurse Practitioner is prepared to enter advanced practice, ready to assume responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient problems including the prescription of pharmacologic agents within a specialty area of clinical practice.

See the MSN AACN Essentials and the National Nurse Practitioner Faculties Core Competencies for all nurse practitioners.


The BSN-DNP prepares Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner’s (WHNP) to assume the responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of client problems including the prescription of pharamcologic agents within their specialty area of clinical practice.

The DNP degree is also for those 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 PhD, DNSc, and other research focused nursing doctorates.

See the DNP AACN Essentials and the National Nurse Practitioner Faculties Core Competencies for all nurse practitioners



MSN Spring Sample Plan of Study (PDF) MSN Summer Sample Plan of Study (PDF) BSN-DNP Sample Plan of Study (PDF) Certificate Sample Plan of Study (PDF)



Corrina Beck
Senior Student Services Coordinator (A-K)
Georgia Freidhof
Senior Student Services Coordinator (L-Z)
Dr. Sherri Sellers
Women's Health Track Coordinator