Quote from Altra
Perfusionists are different from respiratory therapists - different curriculum.
Could you share which state has legislated that only doctorally-prepared NPs will be licensed after a certain date?
Where I work, respiratory therapists are a part of the ECMO team, which requires the perfusionist program...saw them on my PICU during my orientation yesterday. The nurses and RTs run the machine, titrate, etc, etc..
A lot of my area local hospitals require perfusionists to have a background in RRT, as well as the formal study.
I also was looking into a perfusion program, and I cannot find the link I saw that required master's level completion, so I will stand corrected on the master's level information. I did looking into perfusionist programs in my area, and the requirement is a Bachelors.
Drexel university provides two distinct perfusion/CV programs, in their health professions, and one is included in the Radiology program-this is in response to the comment on the Radiology comment from the OP...tried to find more info, but difficult on my phone:http://www.drexel.edu/catalog/archiv...10_CNHP_UG.pdf
see pg 29. There are Rad Techs that can obtain BA degrees, nothing of Masters in my neck of the woods...not sure if that particular "go between" you were discussing...
Hope that provides clarity to my original response.
As for the DNP, There is no legislation on the table. My response was targeted in how programs in my area-I live in PA-have been gearing up programs where they are tailoring NPs to get a doctorate. One of the local colleges in Philly has already discontinued several NP programs and plan to restructure to a doctorate program; a colleague is in a program they discontinued admissions; she is in her last year. Here is a link to one that started tailoring DNP primary care practice:
They provide Geriatric and Family Practice.
Another Program at Drexel University:
Penn State University
Tailors the program to MSN first (has the NP curriculum in place) then to proceed into the PhD program.
More info: http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenu...28_416028.html
By the time I plan to be a NP as part of my semi retirement plan, there are options in my area; however, who knows if it will be a requirement then.