Womens Health NP to FNP

  1. Is it difficult once your an NP to change from one area of expertise to another? I am currently pursuing my NP and have decided to get it in womens health. I would prefer to get my FNP but due to costs and school location I decided on womens health. Am I doing the right thing??? I really like the flexibility the FNP offers in its scope of practice along the life span. However, I don't know if it is worth moving or the expense of the local private university.... 40,000/year. Any advice would be great!
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    Joined: May '08; Posts: 18


  3. by   sirI
    Hello, SAM49,

    I am OB-GYN NP and then received post-grad FNP. For me, the FNP was a better fit regarding job security. But, that is just in my area. May be different in yours. Just research and see what the market will bear.

    You can always do a post-grad certificate if you want to pursue FNP.

    Good luck.
  4. by   SAM49
    What is a post grad certificate? Can you get one at any school that has the program you want? How long does it usually take and what does it entail... also what is the cost or does that vary from school to school?

    Thank you for your response
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I did a post-MSN certificate as an adult health CNS: I got an MSN in management and leadership but wanted an APN focus. For me, since I had an MSN already, all I needed to do was the clinical component: advanced health, advanced assessment, advanced pharm, and then do the three tracks: geriatric, acute and chronic - took one calendar year full time plus of course the 680 hours of clinical.