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Hi all!

I'm currently a senior in an accelerated BSN-MSN program. My ultimate goal is to work in an outpatient facility as an NP in rheumatology. I have spoken to a number of rheumatologists who all tell me that NPs are in high demand, but none of them seem to know how to BECOME an NP in rheumatology! :uhoh3: Several people have told me that there are universities that have Rheumatology NP programs, but I have yet to find them :down:

From the research I have done, it seems that I'd need an MSN in Family Care and then get certification to specialize in rheumatology. Can anyone who has specialized in rheumatology please let me know how you achieved the specialization?

Thank you,

Christine ;)

zahryia, LPN

Specializes in L&D, QI, Public Health.

I think that's a great question! Sorry I can't answer it fully. My understanding of this specialty is that it will be mostly on the job training.

I don't think a certification is necessary, although it wouldn't hurt. Family NP would be the best, followed by Adult NP.

There is a course targeted towards PA's and NP's for rheumatology: Advanced Rheumatology Course

I think you'll be fine, especially if you work as a registered nurse in the field.

Christen, ANP

Specializes in Critical Care, Orthopedics, Hospitalists. Has 6 years experience.

Generally, certification in a specialty is nice, but not available for NPs. In a legal sort of thought, the rule of thumb is that you have to be able to prove your competence in a specific field (ie - working in the ED then becoming an ED NP, working in whatever and becoming a whatever NP, going to a conference of some sort, etc). If you get your general ANP or FNP and decide to specialize and receive training on the job by a Rheumatologist, this should be enough to declare you "competent."

It would be very beneficial for you and your resume to work as an RN and precept in the field when you are in your MSN training, learning all you can about the labs, therapies, medications so you can slip right into the role when you are finished with your training. I am sure this is at least part of what the MD meant by his words. The certifications and degrees are crucial but the HR people also like to see some experience too.