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Advanced Practice Nursing, Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty

The Women's Health  advanced practice nursing specialty prepares you to provide comprehensive wellness care, as well as acute, episodic, and chronic care to women as older adolescent, adult, and older adult patients.

School of Nursing Programs Offering the Women's Health Specialty

Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner

The Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) specialty is ideal for students interested in providing primary reproductive health and/or specialty care to female patients ranging from young adults to seniors. Graduates are also prepared to provide sexual and reproductive care to men, and others across the non-binary gender identity continuum. 

With a collaborative model for delivering holistic care, this track places special emphasis on gender-focused health assessment and health conditions that are unique to women, with consideration of factors including social determinants of health and other external influences that affect health, such as public policy.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Prior to entering the program, many work in settings serving women, such as domestic violence shelters, research settings or family planning clinics. Some have no clinical experience but majored in women's health or gender studies in college. 

Key Strengths

In the Women's Health Care NP specialty, you'll join others who share a commitment to providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care to women and others in a sensitive manner. In addition, you'll develop close relationships with faculty members who are engaged in research, advocacy and clinical practice focused on sexual and reproductive health and women's health. 

Boston is one of the best locations in the world in which to gain the knowledge and skills to become a health professional. At the MGH Institute, you'll have opportunities for clinical placements at locations such as: 

  • Planned Parenthood health centers
  • OB-GYN clinics in underserved communities in Boston and throughout New England
  • Specialty clinics (e.g. infertility, transgender care, breast and gynecologic cancers, urogynecology, adolescent health)

You'll also have superb access to clinical rotations in other clinical areas or with patient populations that interest you. 

A Path to Board Certification

Program graduates are eligible to take the Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner examination through the National Certification Corporation. Over the past three years (2014-2016), the pass rate for this exam among our graduates has been between 94-100%. 

Career Opportunities 

Women's health NPs can work in a range of settings focused on delivering care to women, including: 

  • Planned Parenthood health centers
  • OB-GYN clinics
  • Specialty clinics
  • Community health centers
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Family planning site

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