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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.
Adding the Specialization to the BSN-DNP program only adds 3 credits (1 course) to your curriculum.
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 »)
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
Current SN Students - Please fill out an Application
Everyone else - Apply at Graduate Admissions
Send completed applications to Dr. Willard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specializing only adds 1 total course to your BSN-DNP curriculum
HIV Specialization Course
Fit within BSN-DNP program
HIV Care Symposium I – Diagnosis, Care and Treatment for Primary Care Providers
HIV Care Symposium II – Social Determinants of Health and the Impact on HIV Care
Replaces general Social Determinants Course
HIV Care Symposium III – Responses to the HIV Epidemic
Courses will be taken beginning in the Summer term of the second year of your program.
1 page overview (pdf)
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.