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HIV/AIDS NP Specialty Concentration

Quick Facts

Admission Term: Fall and Spring Semesters
Enrollment Mode: Distance-Based
Enrollment Levels: Full or part-time available

Beginning in the fall semester of 2014, the Duke University School of Nursing's HIV/AIDS Nurse Practitioner Specialty Concentration will prepare advanced practice nurses to manage the primary care needs and improve the health and quality of life of those living with HIV infection and AIDS.

The HIV/AIDS concentration is open to students in the Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty tracks of Duke’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program. A certificate of completion is available for nurses who have already earned the MSN through the non-degree enrollment option. The concentration (in addition to the course requirements for the Nurse Practitioner program) includes foundational and clinical courses that address the prevention, care and treatment of adults living with HIV infection and AIDS, including those dually diagnosed with HIV and hepatitis B or C.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Distance-based program
  • Didactic instruction in HIV/AIDS pathophysiology, pharmacotherapy, psychosocial issues, and clinical management
  • Visits to the Duke campus each semester for intensive inter-professional group learning experiences complement the online learning and clinical practicum experiences
  • 400 HIV-specific clinical practicum hours in or near students’ home communities

How to Apply

Newly Admitted/Currently Enrolled Students

Duke University School of Nursing students interested in adding the Concentration to their academic file must complete the HIV/AIDS Concentration Enrollment Form. This form must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Student Services no later than 10 days prior to the start of the semester.

MSN prepared RNs

Members of the health care community not applying through the MSN pathway must submit a Non-Degree Student Application. Enrollment preference will be given to students expressing interest in obtaining the certificate of completion.