Dermatologists are responsible for looking after the largest organ in the human body – the skin. They look at everything from sun burns to suspicious moles to lesions and rashes. To become a fully licensed and practicing dermatologist requires many years of school work. However, if you have an interest in dermatology but don't have the time or money to pursue a full license, a dermatology associate degree opens the door for you to work as a dermatology nurse.
Earning a Dermatology Associate Degree
A dermatology associate degree will typically take either two or three years to complete, depending on what college you attend and how you structure your course work. Your class work will consist of both a general and specialized nursing curriculum. You'll learn about the anatomy of the human body and how it functions, as well as learning about people skills, including things like bedside manner and how to deal compassionately with patients' families. After more general work, you'll have the chance to take courses specializing in fields that interest you – in this case, dermatology.
Once you've completed your associate degree, you'll have the opportunity to increase your career prospects by completing a bachelor's degree if you so choose. Some employers may offer to pay part of your tuition if you take this path.
With a dermatology associate degree, your end goal will be to work in a hospital or a private clinic with a licensed dermatologist. Once there, you'll be treating patients with a variety of skin conditions, and will work with the dermatologist, assisting them when necessary. Though your formal education may be over at this point, nursing is a career that requires constant education. You'll need to pay attention to any medical advances and learn how they will impact your job as a dermatology nurse.
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