In recent years there has been a broader understanding of the role genetics play in illnesses, both physical and psychological. Based on that fact, genetics is one of the fastest growing specialties in nursing. An Advanced Genetics Nurse uses their vast knowledge of genetics and applies it to patients afflicted by illness with a genetic component.
The Education of an APGN
To become an Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics, you must first get a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, followed by a Master’s in Science, Nursing, or Science in Nursing. To qualify for board certification, you need to have worked a minimum of two years as a Registered Nurse. You will need a minimum of 1500 practice hours in Advanced Genetic Nursing, plus an additional 30 hours of advanced genetics/genomics. You will need to fulfill at least two of these requirements along with a letter of verification: academic credits, publication and research, presentation, preceptor, and professional service, all in the area of genetics. Board Certification is achieved through a portfolio process. All certifications need to be renewed every five years.