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Orthopaedic Nurse Practioner Program?

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Hi! I am interested in being a orthopaedic nurse practitioner and I cant find any schools to see if there is a specialty nurse practitioner program or if it is a family practice nurse who completes the minimum required hours and then is able to take the certification exam. I went to the ortho nurse website which helped alittle and I even called their number and they didnt know the education pipeline to get there!

If anyone here knows how to become one I would appreciate it! :)

AbeFrohman, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac, Pulmonary, Anesthesia. Has 2 years experience.

Hi! I am interested in being a orthopaedic nurse practitioner and I cant find any schools to see if there is a specialty nurse practitioner program or if it is a family practice nurse who completes the minimum required hours and then is able to take the certification exam. I went to the ortho nurse website which helped alittle and I even called their number and they didnt know the education pipeline to get there!

If anyone here knows how to become one I would appreciate it! :)

There is no specialty track in ortho or a certification exam in it. Go to NP school, do rotations with ortho in it, get a job in ortho. That's all there is.

I found this, I thought it may help you...

Orthopedic Nursing Certification | eHow.com

OCNS-C and ONP-C Examination

•The examinations for the OCNS-C and the ONP-C cover either the role of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or the role of the nurse practitioner (NP). Questions cover the CNS's and NP's roles as educators, clinicians, consultants, managers and researchers. The test also cover client problems such as degenerative diseases, orthopaedic trauma, metabolic bone disease, inflammatory disorders, sports injury, neuromuscular/pediatrics/congenital and orthopaedic oncology, according to the ONCB. Both of these tests consist of 150 questions.

Fees

•There are various fees associated with attaining any of the ONCB certifications. The initial certification for the OCN credential costs $275 for National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) members to take the ONC test while it costs $390 for those who are not members, according to ONCB. As of May 2010, recertifying your credential costs $200 for NAON members and $315 for non-members. Initial certification fees for the OCNS-C and the ONP-C credentials are $325 for NAON members and $440 for non-members. Their recertification fees are $255 for NAON members and $370 for non-members.

Read more: Orthopedic Nursing Certification | eHow.com Orthopedic Nursing Certification | eHow.com

There is a Post masters degree certificate from Umass Lowell

Here is the description--

The 12-credit Post-Master’s Certificate in Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Nursing provides MS-prepared nurse practitioners with the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions across the life span.

This blended format program combines on-campus didactic, on-line teaching, laboratory, and clinical practicum learning experiences. Those who complete the certificate and additional clinical hour requirements are eligible to sit for the National Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

Required Courses:

  • Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Nursing I (3 credits)
  • Advanced Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Nursing II (3 credits)
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Conditions I Practicum (3 credits)
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Conditions II Practicum (3 credits)

You can see more info at the UMass Lowell website

Thanks everyone for your suggestions!

@ Jahra- thank you for the message and the info, I am looking into it right now and hopefully can call tomorrow. I will post an update once I find something :)

@ Jahra- thank you for the message and the info, I am looking into it right now and hopefully can call tomorrow. I will post an update once I find something :)

Good luck! Looking forward to your update..