Quote from austinj97
Can a Nurse Practitioner open/own a cardiology practice?
I'm not sure if you are being serious....
In order to be an expert in cardiology, one needs a basic science background (med school) plus 3 years of internal medicine residency and 3 years of cardiology fellowship, just to independently practice cardiology.
Don't get me wrong, APN's serve an important role in the healthcare arena. I'm going to school to become one. But to think of practicing a medicine subspecialty without the background and training of medicine is foolish and is not in the best interest of the patient. An internal medicine doctor, for example, has much more knowledge of the cardiovascular system than most APN's and yet isn't qualified enough to practice cardiology - do you really think it's a good idea for a NP to be doing it? Not to mention the fact that hospitals are not going to credential you and therefore insurance companies won't reimburse you.
Again, APN's are important. But they don't have the knowledge base or training to practice subspecialties of medicine independently. There are only a small amount of APN's that have this attitude, but they give a bad name to the rest of us. If you want to practice medicine, go to med school.
If your family member had a heart issue, would you go to a NP or to a fellowship-trained cardiologist? It really is a no-brainer.