Women’s Health/Gender-Related

Women are often at the grassroots of health in their communities. As independent practitioners, graduates of our program play a unique role in advancing their wellbeing.

About the Program

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. 

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Program Information


Program Length

14 months

Financial aid available?


Start Semester


Learning Format

In-person *

Although this program is in-person, to accommodate the busy schedules of our students some courses will be offered in an online or hybrid format. All clinical experiences for this program are in-person on Penn’s campus or at affiliated clinical sites.
Part-Time 2-years

Program Length

2 Years

Financial aid available?


Start Semester

Summer or Fall

Learning Format


Part-Time 3 years

Program Length

3 Years

Financial aid available?


Start Semester


Learning Format


Program Details


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.

We offer the program full-time and part-time (2 year fall start, 2 year summer start, or 3 year).

Click the link below to view the curriculum for this program in the University catalog or download a sample plan of study: Full-time, Part-time Fall Start, Part-time Summer Start, Part-time Three Year.

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Minimum qualifications for the program

BSN degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher


College level statistics course



**All students are required to know and abide by policies and practices stated in the University of Pennsylvania’s Pennbook, Penn Nursing MSN Handbook, and Nurse-Midwifery & Women’s Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner Supplemental Guide.

Application Deadlines

*Please note: BSN students who graduate in May and who are interested in applying to Women’s Health / Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner Program are not eligible to apply to the program full-time of the same year (of their BSN graduation) due to licensure requirements, but can begin part-time fall of the same year, OR can apply direct entry into the Clinical Cohort the following summer.

Full-time Enrollment Deadline: November 4, 2024

Decision Notification: late-February

Part-time Enrollment

Spring 2025 Start Deadline: October 15, 2024

Decision Notification: late-December

Summer 2025 Start Deadline: March 15, 2025

Decision Notification: late-April

Summer 2025 Start Deadline: April 1, 2025

Decision Notification: mid-May

*Dates subject to change without notice.

Costs & Tuition

Your program costs will depend on how many course units (CU) you take per semester.

Applicants to this program may be eligible for the Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program Fellowship, which offers a free Penn education to budding NPs who are committed to working in underserved communities after graduation.

Discount available for employees of our Academic Practice Partners. Click here to learn more.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this advanced level of nursing education, Penn Nursing MSN graduates will:

  • Use scientific inquiry to translate evidence into practice and promote clinical scholarship
  • Perform advanced nursing skills for specialty and subspecialty nursing practice
  • Lead quality improvement and manage care delivery models across settings
  • Leverage strong networks to advance in professional role


After graduation, you’ll be eligible to become certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Women’s Health Care Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP). Successful completion of the program also qualifies you to apply for national certification as a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner by the National Certification Corporation (NCC).



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