Master of Science in Nursing Program
Nurse Practitioner Programs
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses as advanced practice registered nurses in primary care. Nurse practitioners assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, and initiate and manage treatment plans including prescribing medications. Along with providing skilled clinical services, nurse practitioners bring a comprehensive perspective to healthcare including health promotion, disease prevention, and health education while guiding patients to making smarter health and lifestyle choices.
Students may choose from four different tracks which range from 49 to 55 units: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner (PNP/FNP), dual Adult-Gerontology/Family Nurse Practitioner (AGNP/FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The FNP track prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage acute and chronic health care needs of individuals at all ages. The PNP track offers emphasis on managing acute and chronic health care problems from birth through 21 years of age with a foundation on variations in growth, development, and behavior in these age groups. The AGNP track focuses on provision of both acute and chronic primary care health care needs for adolescents 13 years of age and older, and adults of all ages with special emphasis on managing the care of the frail elderly. The PMHNP track includes a lifespan perspective focusing on acute and chronic mental health conditions that prepares graduates with skills in individual, family, and group psychotherapy.
"I am proud to have earned my graduate degree at the University of San Diego. Upon graduation I was prepared to enter into my new role as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. USD prepared me both clinically and professionally to establish and continue my career as a nurse. It is a great experience to be a student at USD as the curriculum and technologies are superior. The faculty know students on a personal level and are always available for assistance and guidance. I will always cherish my time at USD!"
-Alexandra Sietsma, MSN, PMHNP-BC