what will be my educational path if i want to become a cardiac nurse (practitioner)?

i'm starting college in a week and my heart is set on becoming a nurse. if i get my bsn, become an rn, work for a little while, go back and get my masters, will that be enough to become a cardiac nurse? i'm still a bit confused.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    Nurse Practitioners, also known as advanced practice nurses, are registered nurses (RN) who have obtained a graduate degree (MS or MSN), as well as becoming board certified in a specialty area (e.g. Adult Care, Family Nursing, Gerontological, Pediatrics, or Women’s Health Care). Generally, nurse practitioners work independently however, they maintain a very close working association with physicians and will confer with them when necessary.

    Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must also be licensed.Your path will be a BSN followed by a Master's Degree.


    In all nursing education programs, students take courses in nursing, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take four years to complete.

    All programs also include supervised clinical experience in hospital departments such as pediatrics, psychiatry, maternity, and surgery. A number of programs include clinical experience in extended and long-term care facilities, public health departments, home health agencies, or ambulatory (walk-in) clinics.

    Bachelor's degree programs usually include more training in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking, which is becoming more important as nursing practice becomes more complex. They also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings.

    After you obtain your BSN, and become a registered nurse by passing the licensure exams, you will want to look into an MSN program with a Nurse Practitioner specialization: http://lpntorndegreeonline.com/program/online-nurs...

    You will also need to complete the required training for further specialization and certification in the area of cardiology.

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    Hope this helps. Good Luck!

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  • 6 years ago

    Registered nurses with an educational background of at least a bachelors or masters degree in nursing can enroll themselves in a Master of Science in cardiovascular clinical nurse specialization program. Those interested in pursuing an advanced level of education in this field can opt for a Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship program or a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program with a specialization in Cardiology. Educational prerequisites vary depending upon the degree program. Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree with an above average GPA, good scores in GRE or GMAT, admission essays and recommendation letter.

  • 8 years ago

    Yes, that's generally the plan, working for a couple of years (preferably on a cardiac floor), then go to graduate school to become a Nurse Practittoner (Adult, pediatric, or family). There are no cardiac Nurse Practioner programs, but you could spend an extra year to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist In Cardiology (CNS).

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago


    It might help you in your situation



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