Veterans Health Care Specialty

Military fatigue and stethoscopeThe veterans health care specialty is a legacy of the previous Duke University School of Nursing/Durham VA Nursing Academic Partnership in Graduate Education (VANAP-GE). The restructured veterans health care specialty has been expanded to include additional VA sites across the United States, additional majors, didactic courses, and a certificate of completion. It is available to DUSON students who are preparing to become certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurses or nurse practitioners with an MSN degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

Students selected for this specialty participate in veteran-centric courses that focus on the specialized health care needs of military service members, veterans, and families. The veterans health care specialty prepares students with additional knowledge and skills necessary to deliver high quality, veteran-centric health care, to the veterans and families in private practice and VA health care systems. Students will gain a portion of their clinical hours at dedicated primary care practice sites within Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

The Foundations in Veterans Health Care course, which is open to all health professions students, provides a unique and innovative educational opportunity to impact veterans health outcomes from a holistic perspective.

  • Currently, the only non-VA academic partnership Veterans Health Specialty of its kind

  • 3 course (8 credit) requirement

  • 168 clinical hours of training in veteran-centric settings

  • Precepted clinical experiences at VA Medical Centers and VA affiliated community-based outpatient clinic facilities

  • Academic enrichment activities beyond the traditional Nurse Practitioner curriculum

  • Focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver health care to the veteran population

Enrollment Options

Current Duke University School of Nursing students interested in adding this specialty to their academic plan must complete the Add a Specialty Form as the first step in the application and acceptance process. This form must be submitted to the MSN Program Office via email (son‐ at least one full semester prior to the start of a student’s first clinical rotation.

New applicants to the School of Nursing interested in applying for this specialty can indicate your desire to apply for this specialty through the standard admission application process.

Acceptance and enrollment decisions regarding the veterans health care specialty are made on a space-available basis.

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