Cardiovascular Subspecialty

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Subspecialties are specialty areas not considered primary areas of advanced practice nursing. Students in all programs can add these subspecialties if they are pursuing any appropriate area of advanced practice nursing.

The Cardiovascular subspecialty option allows graduates to provide advanced care to patients with acute and complex cardiovascular disorders. The curriculum can be added to MSN or DNP specializations as noted under the Curriculum tab below and will prepare the Nurse Practitioner to function as an integral part of the Cardiovascular team.


▼   Curriculum

Cardiovascular subspecialty - students can add these 8 credit hours to multiple advanced practice nursing specialties. Specialty Track Options well-aligned to the CV Subspecialty completion include but are not limited to Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Dual Role Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Dual Role Family/Emergency ENP, and Post Graduate Emergency NP. Students in other specialty tracks may be reviewed based on nursing experience. Students with a strong background in cardiovascular and/or acute care nursing are encouraged to apply.

  • AHN 630 – Dysrhythmias and the Heart (2 credit hours)

  • AHN 631 – Foundations of Cardiac Care for the APN (2 credit hours)

  • AHN 632 – Diagnosis and Management of Acute CV Disorders (2 credit hours)

  • AHN 633 – Diagnosis and Management of Complex CV Disorders (2 credit hours)
▼   Subspecialty Admissions

Students currently in a graduate program may add a subspecialty to their current schedule without applying for admission to that subspecialty. Students who request to add the CV Subspecialty Option will be reviewed to ensure requisite experience in areas of practice that promote success in the specialty track. Students should contact their advisor for assistance with a new curriculum schedule.

Prospective students who only want to return to complete a Post Graduate Certificate subspecialty are required to contact the graduate advisor for the MSN program and complete the appropriate admission requirements.


Please feel free to contact Dr. Jennifer Miller, DNP, ACNP-BC for more information about this specialty at