Dermatology Nurse Practitioner

  1. I'm currently an Aesthetic RN and have worked in this specialty for around two years. I love the industry and would like to continue my education to become a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Dermatology.

    I would like to know which program would be more beneficial for me to study - Adult NP program or Family NP program? In addition, if I want to open my own practice in Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology which degree/program would be most desired and marketable - DNP from a less prestigious program (ASU) or MSN from a more prestigious program (UPenn)?
    Last edit by Cosmetic RN on Dec 25, '13
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    About Cosmetic RN, BSN

    Joined: Apr '12; Posts: 9; Likes: 14
    RN; from US
    Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Aesthetics


  3. by   OkieICU_RN
    This might be of interest to you....Google: nurse practitioner dermatology residency. I saw at least 2 places that offer. Those sites may give you more info on what you want to know.
  4. by   nursetim
    Always go FNP. Broader range. The hardest part of dermatology is the description. Biopsy it, shave or punch, steroid cream-weak, medium, strong, if steroid didn't work, anti fungal, or anti viral. SCC/BCC gets excised, malenoma gets referred to hemonc.
  5. by   DymeAPNP2B
    I am interested in Dermatology NP as well. Currently in school for FNP, I thought this was the best option. My background is mainly in Peds/Women's health. Do you have any suggestions for breaking into this area? I actually am looking to relocate to the AZ area, Chandler is beautiful! Perfect place for me and my children. So since you already work in the area of Aesthetics what would you recommend or suggest that I do to get into this area?
  6. by   403RN
    I, too, am very interested in Dermatology NP and would love to know more about it! I will take the FNP route but am a little unsure of doing online vs physical classroom. Then when I earn my FNP, what will I need to do to be known particularly as a Dermatology NP?
  7. by   Cosmetic RN
    What a small world because I currently reside in Chandler! I would suggest applying to plastic surgery clinics, dermatology clinics, or medical spas. If you don't have experience in dermatology it will be difficult for you to get into the industry; however, if you possess the right personality and clinic skills than you will be able to get your foot in the door.

    I believe working in the field of Dermatology will enable patients to distinguish you as a Dermatology NP as oppose to a FNP.

    Thank you all for your input!