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Should I Pursue Dual NP Certification?

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by Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Advice Column) Writer Innovator Expert

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Dear Nurse Beth,

I have the option to pursue a dual specialty in Women's Health/Adult-Gerontology at a nurse practitioner program. My greatest concern now is the cost. I'd be paying an additional $30K than if I were to pursue a single specialty in the same program. I do have an interest in women's health, but I am debating whether the family nurse practitioner specialty would provide me with the same opportunities as I would still be able to care for adults and women. Is it worth it and will future employers compensate me accordingly for having an additional certification in another specialty? Thanks in advance for your time.

Dear Dual Speciality,

In talking with nurse practitioners, it's questionable if a dual speciality is worth the cost. Employers will not necessarily pay you more for an extra certification if it is not required for the role. 

Additionally, you will have to maintain 2 certifications in terms of continuing education and cost. Think about where you want to practice and if it really makes sense for you. 

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth

Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!


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I have written on this topic before, but dual certs are almost never in your favor.You won't be paid a nickel more.

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not.done.yet has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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In my part of the country FNP graduates are having difficulty finding employment. Research carefully.

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