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Cardiology Specialty


8 credit hours (minimum)

The cardiovascular specialty offers students the opportunity to become expert clinicians in the care of individuals with cardiovascular disease. The online coursework includes content from the American College of Cardiology Core Curriculum and incorporates the latest evidence based knowledge in the field. On campus intensives provide students opportunities to engage with cardiovascular clinicians and inquire about novel research and innovative practice. As a synthesis, the student participates in clinical practice under the mentorship of an expert clinician in a cardiovascular specialty.

Employment Preparation

Coursework and clinical experiences prepare graduates to practice in both inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular settings across the country. The specialty courses provide the requisite knowledge and skills to demonstrate expertise in cardiovascular care. Upon successful completion of this program students have found employment in general cardiology, electrophysiology, heart failure, cardiac transplant, vascular and lipid specialties.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Curriculum includes three specific cardiovascular courses integrated within the Nurse Practitioner major
  • Clinical experiences available with internationally renowned Duke cardiovascular faculty in the Duke Heart Center ranked in the top 5 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, as well as in community and rural settings across the country
  • Faculty teaching in this program are active in clinical practice
  • Provides 224 clinical hours in cardiovascular settings across the spectrum of care

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