How to Become a Nurse Practitioner in a Dermatologist Office

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Nurse practitioners are nursing professionals who work closely with doctors in general and specialized fields. One of these specialized fields is dermatology, a branch of medicine dealing with skin and skin diseases. If you have an interest in this field, you can become a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner working in a dermatologist office by taking specific education and certification steps.

Becoming a Nurse Practitioner

  • Earn your bachelor's degree in nursing from an approved program, which takes four years of college. While you can get nursing jobs with an associate's degree, which can be earned in two years, "Education Portal" says that a bachelor's degree offers better preparation for your eventual licensure and certification.

  • Pass the national exam to get your nursing license. This enables you to begin work as an entry-level nurse in a variety of settings, such as offices, clinics and hospitals. If possible, get a job in a dermatologist's office, although at this point, it's not necessary. You will only need to gain specific dermatology experience after earning your master's Degree and beginning work as a nurse practitioner.

  • Enroll in a master's program to earn a master of science degree in nursing to prepare yourself for work as a nurse practitioner. Depending on the program you choose, you may have to gain a certain number of years of professional nursing experience before you can enroll. According to "Education Portal," this usually ranges from one to two years.

  • Get a job as a nurse practitioner in a dermatology office, working with a board-certified dermatology specialist. Use this job to gain the clinical practice hours required in the next step. You will be required to work in this position for three years prior to getting your certification as a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner.

  • Apply for your specialized certification as a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner. This credential is offered by the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA). To receive this certification, the DNA requires that you hold a current license as an RN and a license or state recognition as a nurse practitioner, depending on your state's requirements. It also requires you to have a minimum of 3,000 hours of clinical experience in the dermatology field, which must be earned during the previous three years

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you receive your certification as a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner from the DNA, it lasts for three years. You can renew this certification by taking a specific number of hours in continuing education classes.

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