I need to give you a little back ground about myself to help answer this question. In 2004 I graduated with a BS degree in liberal arts. After graduation I began working in sales until I was laid off. So at that time I decided to go back to school for an associated degree in nursing which I completed in May of 2011 and passed my boards. I am currently working at a local hospital on a progressive cardiac unit. I have been think about going back to school to become a nurse practitioner specializing in cardiac. My question is do I have to complete a BSN program and then go for my nurse practitioner degree or could I just enter into a nurse practitioner program. Plus is there any universities that specialize in cardiac if so is there any in the Pittsburgh Pa area or online. I needed some advice on my options and the best and quicks way to do it.