Aspiring fertility nurses must complete a bachelor of science, associate degree or a nursing diploma program. The degree of certification in this field is determined by the level of education attained by the nurse. Licensing, professional experience in the field of infertility and certification are also necessary. Nurses specializing in the field of fertility issues help patients understand causes for infertility and possible treatments. Topics covered on the certification examination cover both male and female reproductive health issues.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Enroll in a state board of nursing accredited bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. Finish the pre-nursing and liberal arts requirements prior to the third year of study. The necessary pre-nursing coursework includes chemistry, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, developmental psychology, microbiology and statistics. Schedule your nursing coursework and clinical rotations during the third and fourth years of study. Graduate after you have completed all BSN requirements over the four-year program.
Register for the National Council for Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse by sending an application for licensure to your state board of nursing. Receive clearance from the state board by ensuring that your criminal record is clear of any infractions and that your academic credentials are verifiable. Prepare for the six-hour examination with test preparation materials.
Attain at least two years of work experience with 2,000 hours in the field of reproductive endocrinology/infertility nursing. Prepare for the certification examination by studying the topics covered on the examination including reproductive endocrinology and physiology, female and male stages of puberty, reproductive span, perimenopause, in vitro fertilization (IVF), gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) and surrogate parenting.
Associate Degree in Nursing/Diploma
Research state board of nursing accredited associate degree in nursing and diploma programs in your area. Keep in mind that ADN and diploma programs follow the same curriculum plan and offer similar career opportunities; the difference between the programs is in name only. Also note that certification for ADN/diploma and BSN graduates is the same, although career prospects for BSN graduates are generally greater due to the level of education attained by those nurses. Enroll in the nursing prerequisites during the first year of study and complete all nursing coursework prior to the end of the second year.
Register for the National Council of Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) after graduation from an ADN/diploma program. Submit an application for licensure to your desired state board of nursing. Attain authorization to test once you have completed the criminal background investigation, academic verification and health check. Study for the exam with test preparation materials.
Register for the reproductive endocrinology/Infertility nursing certification examination after attaining at least two years of work experience and 2,000 hours in the field of reproductive endocrinology/infertility. Study the topics of endocrine disorders, tubal/pelvic disorders, cervical disorders, uterine factors and male factors that may account for infertility. Ensure a passing score on the examination in order to garner certification.
Kate Barber has been working as a freelance writer for over five years and currently lives in Santa Barbara, California. She worked as a writer for "Humanus," a journal on human rights, and is a graduate of New York University with a Master of Arts degree in economics.