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Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

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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. Master’s 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

  • 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
  • Attend the annual FAU Summer Dermatology Symposium

Entry Options/Prior Degrees Accepted: MSN or DNP graduate of Family, Adult, Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner programs with certification through ANCC or AANP.

Program Director, Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program: Debra Shelby, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, DCNP, FACDNP, FAANP, Founder and President of the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (NADNP) About Dr. Shelby



  • Minimum MSN GPA 3.0.
  • Licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner (APRN) in good standing with an ANCC or AANP certification. Minimum 1 year of NP experience required
  • 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:

Essential Dermatology for NP Practice 40 Contact Hours Weekly Live Zoom Sessions
One on-campus skills workshop
Clinical Dermatology I 40 Contact Hours Monthly Live Zoom Sessions
One on-campus skills workshop
Clinical Dermatology 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 TBD 40 $4000
Clinical Dermatology I 6/5/2024 - 8/11/2024 40 $4175
Clinical Dermatology II 8/28/2024 - 11/20/2024 60 $6175

*All fees are non-refundable

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