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8 credit hours (minimum)
Specialty course sequence begins in fall semester only
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.
How to Enroll
Duke University School of Nursing students interested in adding this specialty to their academic plan must complete the Add a Specialty Form. This form must be submitted to the MSN Program Office via email (son‐firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester.
Nurse practitioners with an MSN degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution and nurse practitioner students from other regionally accredited colleges or universities interested in earning a certificate in this specialty should follow instructions for the Non-degree Enrollment Option. Enrollment decisions are made by the lead faculty of the specialty based on space availability.
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 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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