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Dermatology Nurse

Dermatology Nurse Job Description

A dermatology nurse generally cares for patients who suffer from burns or skin damage, cancer, disease of the skin, or injury.  They deal with bandaging, cleaning, and caring for wounds as well as pain management. 

Another path for dermatology nurses is within the cosmetic dermatology industry.  The development of laser treatments for acne scars, laser hair removal, and other aesthetic procedures has opened opportunity for individuals with an RN or NP (Nurse Practitioner).  In this field, it’s common for Physician Assistants (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) to see their own clients (under a physician’s license) administering Botox, laser treatments, Restylane, Juvederm, and other aesthetic treatments. 

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Dermatology Nurse Salary

Nurse salary varies greatly depending on your level of education. A basic RN salary (associates) is significantly less than a nurse practitioner (NP).  Dermatology Nurse Practitioners can make close to $200,000 per year.  It’s not uncommon for NPs to make over $100,000 per year. 

Education Needed for Dermatology Nursing  

There are nursing careers with in every field in the healthcare industry. Job descriptions will vary based on your level of experience. To work as a nurse, you have to first obtain your RN (registered nurse) which gives you the ability to work in your state.  This means you’ve passed the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX).  An RN may only have an associates degree.  Your associates degree of nursing will prepare you for entry-level nursing jobs. For higher-paying jobs, you will need at least a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or masters in nursing (MSN). The College of Medical Aesthetics offers certificates programs for applicants with an active nursing license.  Masters nursing programs require a bachelors of science in nursing but the now-popular RN-to-MSN provides students with an opportunity to earn their bachelors as part of their masters program. A certificate of aesthetic and dermatology will greatly improve your hiring potential and certainly prove your competency within the field.

Dermatology Nursing Programs

The following schools offer nurse practitioner programs that were ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the top nursing programs in the country:

University of Pennsylvania
University of California, San Francisco
University of Washington
Columbia University
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor
University of Pittsburgh
Rush University
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Yale University
Duke University
Diversity of Alabama Bernie
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
John's Hopkins University
New York University
Oregon health and science University
Vanderbilt University

Online nursing programs are an excellent opportunity for individuals who are already working toward their career and need the flexibility of a distance-learning program. Schools such as Kaplan University offer online nursing programs to anyone in the country.

Here are some other schools that offer online nursing programs and/or classes:

CALIFORNIA

Sonoma State University of San Francisco

CONNECTICUT

Sacred Heart University

FLORIDA

University of Florida

ILLINOIS

Saint Xavier University

IOWA

University of Iowa

MARYLAND

University of Maryland

MASSACHUSETTS

University of Massachusetts – Amherst

MICHIGAN

Grand Valley State University
Saginaw Valley State University
University of Detroit Mercy

NEW HAMPSHIRE

University of New Hampshire

NEW YORK

University of Rochester

OHIO

Cleveland State University
Otterbein College
The Ohio State University
Walsh University
Wright State University

OREGON

University of Portland

PENNSYLVANIA

University of Pittsburgh

RHODE ISLAND

University of Rhode Island

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota State University

TENNESSEE

Tennessee Technological University
Vanderbilt University

UTAH

University of Utah

WISCONSIN

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh