BSN to MSN (Women’s Health)

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As part of a BSN to MSN degree program, students are able to choose a medical specialty. Women’s health is a popular choice for many MSN students, especially for MSN students interested in becoming nurse practitioners. In women’s health, students treat female patients from young adult to senior citizen dealing with a variety of medical conditions, but the emphasis is reproductive health, women’s hormones, and diseases the most commonly affect the female population.

BSN to MSN Degree in Women’s Health: What You Need to Know

A BSN to MSN degree program takes about two years to complete and include classes covering topic areas like disease prevention, birth and labor, anatomy, menopause, and other areas that are relevant to female patients. After completing an MSN program, students are eligible to apply for state certification, allowing them to begin working in this field.

Required Steps

Once you have found a school that offers a BSN to MSN degree program in women’s health, the following requirements will likely be required for graduation:

  1. Complete all core nursing courses that comprise the BSN-to-MSN curriculum.
  2. Register for specialization courses in nurse midwifery.
  3. Complete any required elective courses.
  4. Finalize clinical rotations and/or nursing capstone project.

Advanced Nursing Licensure: What’s the Purpose?

Once you have completed the steps listed above, it’s time to prepare for your licensing examination to become a certified women’s health nurse or to acquire additional training. Job candidates with certification or additional professional training can expect higher salaries and better job prospects. Research the following organizations below to find additional information about licensure requirements and CE credits:

Women’s Health Career: What You Can Do

A registered nurse with an advanced education and clinical experience in women’s health can work in a variety of settings. Outpatient centers and primary care clinics are the most common facilities. Depending on level of experience, career goals, desired work schedule, graduates can find employment in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Private or independent practices
  • Health departments
  • Birthing centers
  • Community organizations

As a nurse practitioner working in women’s health, students can expect to earn anywhere from $53,798 – $92,105 annually, according to PayScale.com reports. The job tasks depend on the facility, geographic location, and years of experience.

Typical Job Duties

Women’s health nurses work directly with patients and collaborate with medical staff. While daily tasks vary depending on the patients they see, typical job duties include:

  • Prenatal/postpartum care for expecting mothers
  • OB-GYN annual checkups
  • Family planning education
  • Health assessments
  • Fertility treatment

BSN to MSN Degrees Online

It was not always possible to earn a family nurse practitioner degree online, but shifts in education have allowed more accredited schools these programs entirely online. While online FNP programs are still relatively new, dozens of master and doctoral nurse programs are available. To see if a school offers the right program for you, use the links below to contact a school to learn more.

Georgetown University
MSN in FNP Specialization
Georgetown University — Georgetown University is one of the few schools offering an online program for student pursuing a career as a family nurse practitioner. Established in 1789, Georgetown is one of America's oldest institutions for higher education and now offers over 100 programs through its eight schools from business to medicine and healthcare.
University of Cincinnati
MSN in Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
MSN in Nurse Midwifery
University of Cincinnati — If you want to advance your career in nursing, the University of Cincinnati offers online degrees for nursing professionals including an MSN in Women's Health or Nursing Midwifery. UC was founded in 1819 and while the school now has over 42,000 students, the student to faculty ratio is only 15 to one, so you get the support and attention you need as you pursue your degree.
Catholic University of America
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Catholic University of America — The MSN in Family Nurse Practice from the Catholic University of America is an online program tailored for students who are working professionals and need to balance work, family, and academics. Founded in 1887, CUA has over 50 programs, nearly 7,000 students, and almost 100 student organizations. Click Here
Kaplan University
MSN to DNP in Family Nurse Practitioner
Kaplan University — In addition to its several online nursing programs, Kaplan University has a MSN to DNP in Family Nurse Practitioner. Originally the American Institute of Commerce founded in 1937, Kaplan is one of the largest online schools with 70 campuses across the country and offers almost 200 online programs at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels.
Philadelphia University
MS in Midwifery
Philadelphia University — An online MSN in Midwifery degree from Philadelphia University is a great option for students wanting to become family nurse practitioner. Founded over 100 years ago, PHU is an accredited college with three schools and undergraduate and graduate programs in over 40 areas of study from design and commerce to science and healthcare.

Other Related Degrees

Capella University
MSN in Nurse Educator
MSN in Educator Bridge
Capella University — Capella University is an accredited school based in Minneapolis offering 46 undergraduate and graduate degrees in 146 areas of study online. This includes several nursing degrees like the MSN in Nurse Education (bridge option also available). Capella was founded in 1991, but has already amassed over 37,000 students from almost 60 countries.
South University
MSN in Nurse Practitioner
South University — South University has an impressive online division that is convenient for working professionals trying to earn their MSN. A Georgia-based school, South U was founded in 1889 and now offers almost 30 online programs and has schools in eight states.

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