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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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    Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s online master’s degree in nursing is ranked No. 7 in the nation.
  • 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.

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.

Program Director/Faculty: Debra Shelby, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, DCNP, FACDNP, FAANP,  Founder and President of the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (NADNP)

Course Start Date: January 2023


  • Minimum MSN GPA 3.0.
  • Licensed APRN 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 (letters must be signed).
  • Copy of CV / Resume.
  • Copy of final transcript (will accept unofficial final transcripts).
  • Personal Statement / Essay

Contact Joseph Lotito at for application information.



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

Dermatology Essentials 40 Contact Hours Weekly Live Zoom Sessions
Dermatology Clinical I 40 Contact Hours Monthly Live Zoom Sessions
One on-campus skills workshop
Dermatology Clinical II 60 Contact Hours Weekly Live Zoom Sessions
One on-campus skills workshop


Online Didactic hours: 140 contact hours

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


Course title Begin date/end date Contact Hours Cost
Essential Dermatology for NP Practice 1/9/2023 – 4/24/2023 40 $4000
Clinical Dermatology I 5/15/2023 – 8/7/2023 40 $4175
Clinical Dermatology II 8/21/2023 – 12/4/2023 60 $6175

*All fees are non-refundable

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