Women's Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner, MSN

The Women’s Health/Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner program focuses on the primary health care needs of women from adolescence through the advanced years, concentrating on promoting and maintaining wellness. We put a premium on research that examines the influences that affect women’s lives, such as public policy, advances in technology, and environmental and socio-cultural factors.

We prepare you for interdependent practice, a care model that emphasizes the unique aspects each health professional brings to the patient. For you, as a nurse practitioner, this involves providing family-centered and comprehensive care to women and their families. We train you to provide care that is shaped by a deep respect for human dignity, an understanding of the nuance of culture, and the woman’s right to self-determination. Through collaborative classroom settings, specially-designed courses, and top-notch clinical experiences, you’ll study a range of women’s health issues including normal pregnancy, prenatal management, alternative medicine, clinical management of family planning, well-woman health care and menopause, and primary care that’s associated with women’s health. 


A total of 13 course units are required. We also provide plans of study for full time students, and part time students. Part time plans are two year summer start or fall start, and a three year plan.

Core Courses
NURS 6070Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology1
NURS 6080Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Nursing Practice1
NURS 6570Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making1
NURS 6370Introduction to Research Methods and Design 11
or NURS 5470 Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice
Theory Courses
NURS 5400Current Issues In Health and Social Policy1
NURS 6880Complementary/Alternative Therapies in Women's Health1
NURS 7430Fetal Evaluation1
NURS 7810Well Women Health Care, Theory1
NURS 7830Health Care of Childbearing Women, Theory1
Clinical Courses
NURS 7800Health Care of Women and Primary Care1
NURS 7820Well Women Health Care, Clinical1
NURS 7840Health Care of Childbearing Women, Clinical1
NURS 7850Integration I1
Total Course Units13

The alternate course, NURS 5470, is a graduate-level research methods course approved for Penn BSN students only.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.