Quote from jfailla
Nope, each state may be different but our state's Board of Nursing provides for nurses (RN's) who have a Master's Degree in a "nursing specialty" such as psychology, can apply for an advanced practice credential but without prescriptive authority until additional classes are taken that satisfy that requirement. I am taking the NCLEX in the next few weeks and will be applying for my CNS/APN credential right afterwards. Anyway, I was able to find two programs that would consider an RN with a master's degree in another field to apply for their DNP program. UMass at Amherst is one of them.
One little problem with this. Medicare. The medicare rules are as follows:
- Hold an active license as a registered nurse, authorized to perform the services of a clinical nurse specialist, in the state where he or she practices;
- Have a master's degree in a defined clinical area of nursing from an accredited educational institution; and
- Hold current certification as a clinical nurse specialist from an appropriate certifying body.
Your degree is not in a defined clinical degree of nursing. It is not a nursing degree. In addition ANCC requires:
Hold a master's, post-master's, or doctorate from a clinical nurse specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). A minimum of 500 faculty supervised clinical hours in the Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health CNS role and specialty must be included in the educational program. The Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health CNS graduate program must include course work in:
> advanced health assessment
> advanced pharmacology
> advanced pathophysiology
> clinical training in at least two psychotherapeutic treatment modalities
Since your psychology degree is presumably not from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program you would not be eligible for certification (which is required for Medicare billing).
Notice that the Medicare rules are different from your state requirements. So presumably you could get a state license but reimbursement is going to be difficult if not impossible.
The DNP may or may not help things. Currently a DNP without a Masters cannot be reimbursed by Medicare. There is a proposed emergency rule in January to fix this but it will probably be challenged. The law currently reads you must have a Masters in nursing for NP. It doesn't say anything about higher degrees.
David Carpenter, PA-C