HIV Care Specialization

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Program Description

Number of Courses: 3 plus clinical experiences (Only one extra course within the BSN-DNP Curriculum)

The HIV Care Specialization is an advanced practice nursing program that trains students to provide direct primary patient care, focusing on HIV-infected patients, in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team. In addition to the requisites for certification for a Nurse Practitioner, the program is comprised of three seminars covering the spectrum of health and healthcare issues related to HIV disease. The types of patients you will be caring for will be most likely infected with HIV and other co-morbidities. The program is designed for full-time or part-time study. You must have a minimum of a BSN for the BS to DNP Program.

The program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced practice nursing care to individuals with HIV infection; advocate for communities and populations at risk for or with HIV infection; and, provide nursing care to individuals and families affected by HIV. Students’ residencies will be focused in HIV care settings and the capstone project will also be connected to HIV care.

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This program is offered as a specialization for the following clinical graduate programs

Adding the Specialization to the BSN-DNP program only adds 3 credits (1 course) to your curriculum.

Specialty Certificate program

For potential students who are already certified Nurse Practitioners with an interest in HIV, we are offering the courses as a Specialty Certificate Program that can be taken as a stand-alone set of courses with a mini-residency of 16-32 hours. (view mini-residency info »)

Helpful Links:

The Association of Nursing in AIDS Care
AIDS Education and Training Center, National Resource Center
New York/New Jersey AIDS Education and Training Center, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center
The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource 




Deadline to Apply

  • Apply by October 1st for Spring Term
    (BSN-DNP students should apply during the Fall of their first year)

Application information

Current SN Students - Please fill out an Application

Everyone else - Apply at Graduate Admissions

Send completed applications to Dr. Willard at

Admission criteria

Current School of Nursing Student or applicant to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)





Specializing only adds 1 total course to your BSN-DNP curriculum

HIV Specialization Course

Fit within BSN-DNP program

Social Determinants of Health and the Impact on HIV Care

Replaces general Social Determinants Course

Diagnosis, Care and Treatment for Primary Care Providers


Responses to the HIV Epidemic

Extra course

Courses will be taken beginning in the Summer term of the second year of your program.

  • Diagnosis, Care and Treatment for Primary Care Providers
    Course Number: 45:705:500
    3 credits

    The focus of this course is the diagnosis and pharmacological management HIV disease through the continuum. Special emphasis on issues of managing comorbid conditions and the medical needs of special populations will be included. This course is designed to synthesize advanced nursing practice content relevant to care in the primary care settings. Resources will include standards of HIV care that reflect current knowledge of HIV pathogenesis and effects on all body systems. Assessment, diagnosis and management of all facets of HIV disease will be addressed.
  • Social Determinants of Health and the Impact on HIV care
    Course Number: 45:705:502
    3 credits

    The focus of this course is an exploration of social determinants of health at the local, national and global levels and the impact on HIV prevention and care strategies across communities and populations at various levels of risk factors. Theories of behavioral change and transcultural perspectives of caring for those infected and affected will guide the course to prepare the students to provide patient-centered care across communities and settings.
  • Responses to the HIV Epidemic
    Course Number: 45:705:501
    3 credits

    The focus of this course is the historical review of the responses to the HIV epidemic from the social, cultural, legal, ethical, religious, economic, political, medical, nursing and global perspectives. The impact on policies governing the healthcare system (including clinical and behavioral research), international aid and travel will also be explored. This course is designed to prepare the student to actively engage in efforts to address the epidemic at the personal, local, national and international levels.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number: H4AHA26222, National AIDS Education and Training Centers. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


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