Dermatology NP Training Program

Training for Dermatology Nurse Practitioners

The Lahey Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Training Program is a comprehensive, ANCC accredited two-year training program that begins in July of even-numbered years (2024, 2026, 2028, etc.). Launched in 2003, it is the oldest nurse practitioner training program in the country, and the first dermatology NP training program to receive accreditation in the country.

We accept applications from December 1st through January 2nd of year preceding the next cohort start. Please see the information below for more details.


Lahey Hospital & Medical Center offers a unique, intensive, full-time dermatology specialty training program for certified nurse practitioners.

Throughout the two-year course, trainees are provided a thorough didactic and clinical curriculum to establish themselves as valuable providers in any dermatology setting. Trainees foster and expand their knowledge base through exposure to various academic settings.

Funded by Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, this 40-hour per week residency-style training program allows for trainees to be hired as full-time nurse practitioner employees with full benefits.

Lahey dermatologists providers practice in Burlington, Lexington, Lynnfield and Peabody, MA, and a portion of the training will likely occur at each site. All department physicians and nurse practitioners participate as preceptors in the program.


Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Department of Dermatology is affiliated with the Harvard Medical School Dermatology Residency Program. This affiliation lets the Lahey nurse practitioner trainees participate in weekly Grand Rounds, and other instructional sessions sponsored by the residency.

All Grand Rounds and lectures are held in the Boston area between Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

Eligibility Requirements

The program is designed for certified nurse practitioners who desire a career in dermatology and are committed to life-long learning. Clinical experience as a nurse practitioner in a general medical setting is strongly preferred, although prior work experience is not required.

Trainees must have graduated from an accredited NP program and hold a certification in one of the major population groups.

Massachusetts state licensure can be obtained upon admission.

Application Procedure & Selection Process

Applications are accepted from December 1st to January 2nd the year prior to admission. The next cohort runs from July 2024 to June 2026. Applications will be accepted from December 1, 2023 through January 2, 2024. Applicants will be informed (by phone or email) if they were selected for an interview from the program director. All applicants will have the opportunity to shadow the program director at work for a day or have a one-on-one video meeting with the director before interviews are announced.

To apply for the fellowship, please submit the following materials:

  • A personal statement, including future professional goals in the field of dermatology
  • Optional – Please include a Diversity Statement that describes your accomplishments and goals to advance diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging.
  • A curriculum vitae, including a description of past dermatology experience, if any (not required)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, at least one from your current or recent supervising physician
  • Fee – a $200 donation made payable to Dermatology NP Fellowship

Questions and applications, including recommendation letters, should be directed to:
Victoria Garcia-Albea, NP, program director.

Applications may be mailed to:
Lahey Dermatology NP Training Program
Attn: Victoria Garcia-Albea, NP
Lahey Clinic and Medical Center
Department of Dermatology
41 Mall Road
Burlington, MA 01805

All applications will be reviewed by Victoria Garcia-Albea, NP.

For questions, please email Victoria Garcia-Albea, NP.

Finalists for the positions will be offered an interview in late winter (probably March) with selections completed by the end of March. The training program will commence in July.


The Lahey Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Training Program is a comprehensive 24-month program that begins in early July and ends on June 30th. Trainees are exposed to all aspects of dermatology over the course of the program. Although medical dermatology is the primary focus, trainees have an opportunity to observe and familiarize themselves with common cosmetic procedures through our affiliation with Lahey's Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. To successfully complete the program, trainees will learn about and demonstrate competency in various diagnostic and surgical procedures.

During most of the program, trainees give weekly lectures to the department on topics assigned by the director. Trainees participate in department educational activities, including department grand rounds, tumor board, and numerous lunch-time lectures/activities. Trainees are expected to attend all of the New England Dermatologic Society meetings during their training. These meetings occur on four Saturdays from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm between October and February, and are held all over New England. For more details, visit the New England Dermatological Society site.

Around 6-7 months into the program, the trainees will begin seeing patients on their own schedules, with an abbreviated schedule. By the end of the 2-year program, trainees will be seeing patients on their own schedules 3 days per week, they will be precepted one day per week, and they will continue to have one didactic/research day per week.

Trainees receive funding to attend the annual American Academy of Dermatology conference at least once during their training. They have the opportunity to attend other educational conferences such as ElevateDerm and MauiDerm NP/PA.

A wide range of clinical disease is presented, but continuous self-learning and independent research is an essential component to this program. Experience is gained in other aspects of dermatology including:

  • Dermoscopy
  • Phototherapy/PDT/XTract Laser
  • Cryotherapy
  • Wound care
  • Pharmacology/biologic therapies
  • Surgical procedures
  • Biopsies
  • Excisions

This program covers the full spectrum of medical dermatology for nurse practitioners interested in pursuing a career within this specialty. It is an intense and demanding experience with unique opportunities for clinical advancement and options for elective prospects.

At the completion of the program, trainees sit for the Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner Exam. Visit the Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Certification Board site for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When did you start offering this program? 
A: The program began in September, 2003.

Q: How many candidates are accepted for each cohort? 
A: We currently accept two candidates for each cohort.

Q: How will the second year differ from the first? 
A. Didactic and research sessions are continuous throughout the year. Clinical rotations emphasize independent practice with formal oversight and supervision. During year 2, there is a gradual decrease in time spent precepting with a simultaneous gradual increase in the number of patients seen independently. The trainees complete their lecture series a few months into year 2.

Q: How much experience do you require? 
A: At least one to two years of experience in a nurse practitioner role is strongly recommended. A solid foundation in internal medicine is preferred. Clinical experience in dermatology is not necessary.

Q: Which nurse practitioner certification do you prefer?
A: The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification offers the most flexibility. While the state of Massachusetts accepts all certifications, this isn't the case in all states. For example, If you're certified as a pediatric, women's health or adult nurse practitioner, you could be restricted to practicing dermatology within the guidelines of that certification, and in accordance with your state regulations. Please check with your state Board of Registration in Nursing.

Q: Would you consider a physician assistant for the program? 
A: As of now, the program is designed specifically for nurse practitioners.

Q: What are some of the responsibilities involved with the program? 
A: Our trainees spend eight, four-hour sessions each week with one of our staff physicians or nurse practitioners in the dermatology clinic. As trainees progress through the program, their responsibilities and procedural load increases.
One half-day per week is devoted to Grand Rounds with patient viewing and didactic lectures at three major Boston area teaching hospitals in collaboration with the the Harvard Dermatology Residence Program. Every other week, each trainee is responsible for delivering a clinical presentation (lecture) to the department during a lunchtime meeting. One, four-hour session per week is designated for presentation research and preparation.

Q: Where do your trainees usually end up working? 
A: The demand for highly skilled, formally trained dermatology nurse practitioners is continuously increasing. Several graduates have been hired by Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Others have joined private practices or large, multi-specialty group practices in the Boston area and beyond. All graduates have been employed after completing our program.