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Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Specialty Post Graduate Certificate Program

The Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Dermatology Nurse Practitioner (NP) Certificate Program prepares NPs with the knowledge and skills for specialization in general dermatology to care for patients across the life span. Masters and doctoral prepared NPs will acquire foundational core competencies in their population-focus areas. Most often, NP educational preparation includes little dermatology education and training. Therefore, NPs who wish to specialize in dermatology are left to develop competencies through on-the-job training or in a rare fellowship program.

NPs who complete the FAU Dermatology NP Certificate Program will acquire the breadth and depth of dermatology specialty knowledge, skills and abilities that are essential for the development of entry-level competencies. Focus will be placed on advancing their scientific knowledge in areas like immunology, dermatopathology, and pharmacology.

Program Features
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  • Taught by Certified Dermatology Nurse Practitioners and Board-Certified Dermatologists who are leading educators in the specialty
  • Hybrid Program with online coursework, on-campus clinical intensive, “hands-on” skills workshops, on FAU’s Boca Raton campus and clinical residency hours with approved preceptors

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Florida Board of Nursing (FBON) Accredited Provider

Entry Options/Prior Degrees Accepted: MSN or DNP graduate of FNP/ANP/PNP programs with certification through ANCC or AANP, or NP students in last semester of FNP/ANP/PNP program.

Faculty: Margaret Bobonich, DNP, FNP-C, DCNP, FAANP and Mary E. Nolen, MS, ANP-BC, DCNP

  • Minimum MSN GPA 3.0
  • Licensed ARNP in good standing with Post Master’s ANCC or AANP certification
  • Master’s NP student from an accredited Family, Adult or Pediatric concentrations enrolled in last semester before graduation
  • Two Letters of recommendation from healthcare colleagues or supervisors
Contact Joseph Lotito at for application information

Course Start Date: January 9, 2021


This is a 3 course series. Courses are taken in the following sequence:

Dermatology Essentials Didactic: 40 hours Clinical: none On-campus: 3 days
Dermatology Clinical I Didactic: 40 hours Clinical: 160 hours On-campus: 3 days
Dermatology Clinical II Didactic: 60 hours Clinical: 320 hours On-campus: 3 days

Online Didactic hours: 140 hours

Didactic content will focus on dermatology knowledge and skills for acquisition of the nationally published Competencies for Dermatology Nurse Practitioners .

Clinical Hours: 480 hours total

Students will be responsible for identifying and securing qualified clinical sites and preceptors. Licensure and regulations vary from state to state and may require travel to clinical site. Clinical preceptors must be approved by FAU course directors. Clinical hours during the program will count toward eligibility.


Course title Begin date/end date CEUs Cost
Essential Dermatology for NP Practice 1/9/2021 – 4/26/2021 40 $4000
Clinical Dermatology I 5/15/2021 – 8/6/2021 40 $4000
Clinical Dermatology II 8/21/2021 – 12/4/2021 60 $6000

Application deadline was December 30th, 2020

*All fees are non-refundable

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