Dermatology nurses help with patient care in a dermatologist's office or medical center that provides skin care, assisting with a variety of procedures, such as skin exams, mole removal or facial treatments. Dermatology nurses start their careers as registered nurses or certified nurse practitioners, and they must earn their associate or bachelor's degree. Then, they must work in a dermatology setting for a few years to get the experience needed to take one the certifying exam offered by The Dermatology Nurse's Association.
Dermatology Nursing Programs
Though a formal dermatology nursing program is not required, a few specialty training programs or residencies are available to give nurses additional education in the field of dermatology to make them more competitive for these jobs. These programs provide clinical, hands-on experience and didactic training in the specialty. Programs may be designed for professionals already in the field who want to advance or for nurses who want to specialize in the field of dermatology.
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Certified nurse practitioners are eligible for this two-year residency program in Massachusetts, which combines didactic instruction and clinical experience. The 40-hour-per-week program includes lectures, independent research opportunities, seminars and conferences. Students are not only given the opportunity to work in a dermatology clinic but also to learn about other areas of medical care related to dermatology, including wound care, cryotherapy, burns care, biopsies and even cosmetic procedures. Applicants are encouraged to have one to two years of experience as a nurse practitioner before applying to the program.
College Of Medical Aesthetics
Students in California have the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Aesthetic and Dermatology Nursing at the College of Medical Aesthetics in Newport Beach. The program includes 17 weeks of online course work, as well as seven days in a clinical lab to get professional, hands-on experience. Applicants must be registered nurses in good standing to be admitted. The program focuses not only on dermatology care but also on improving appearance through cosmetic procedures to reduce the signs of aging or to correct skin disorders.
University of South Florida
Professionals who desire advanced training can complete the Doctorate in Advanced Nursing Practice Dermatology Residency Program at the University of South Florida. The program prepares students for leadership roles in the field, such as in management or in research. Students must complete 96 credit hours of course work, complete advanced clinical practice and complete an evidence-based research project. Applicants should be registered nurse practitioners, and preference is given to those who already have certification.
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