HIV/AIDS Specialty

The HIV/AIDS specialty is designed to fulfill the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce the number of new infections, help people with HIV stay healthy by increasing their access to care, and reduce HIV-related health disparities. The HIV/AIDS nurse practitioner specialty is open to newly enrolled and currently enrolled students in the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner or women's health nurse practitioner majors in our MSN program. It is also available to students with the same majors who are enrolled in the Duke DNP Program. The distance-based specialty curriculum includes 12 credit hours of 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. A minimum of 392 clinical hours is required for completion of the specialty. The final synthesis course includes a HIV-specific clinical practicum in or near the student’s home community under the mentorship of an experienced clinician in the specialty.

The HIV/AIDS specialty prepares you to manage the full spectrum of primary health care needs of HIV-infected adolescents and adults in a variety of outpatient clinical settings such as community health centers, Ryan White-funded HIV clinics, infectious disease specialty clinics, health department clinics, and academic medical centers.

  • Didactic instruction in HIV/AIDS pathophysiology, pharmacotherapy, psychosocial issues, and clinical management

  • Up to 392 HIV-specific clinical practicum hours in or near your home community

  • Visits to our campus each semester for intensive inter-professional group learning experiences complement the online learning and clinical practicum experiences

  • 12 credit hours

  • Fall start only for non-degree certificate students

  • Fall or Spring start for MSN, Post-Graduate Certificate or Post-BSN to DNP students

  • NUR 840: Epidemiology and Pathogenesis of HIV/AIDS

  • NUR 841: Pharmacologic Aspects of HIV/AIDS

  • NUR 842: Psychosocial, Political, Legal and Ethical Aspects of HIV/AIDS

  • NUR 843: Clinical Care and Treatment Issues in HIV/AIDS (Spring & Summer only)

  • NUR 844: Clinical Care and Treatment Issues in HIV/AIDS: Clinical (Spring & Summer only)

  • NUR 845: Advanced Practice Nursing Adult-Gerontology/HIVAIDS Primary Care Synthesis

Enrollment Options

If you are interested in adding this specialty to your academic plan, you must complete the Add a Specialty Form. This form must be submitted to the MSN Program Office via email (son‐ at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester.

Licensed health care providers with a master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution (e.g., MSN-prepared nurse practitioners, physician assistants, MDs) interested in the HIV/AIDS specialty certificate should follow instructions for the Specialty Certificate application. Enrollment decisions are made by the lead faculty of the specialty based on space availability.

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