Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Programs
Lindani Sibanda, MSN, FNP-BC
"We cannot limit what God created us to be. As nurse practitioners we are to provide health care to people regardless of who they are and where they are from. I am thankful to the University of San Diego for preparing me for this noble and challenging journey."
The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program prepares nurses for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) role in primary healthcare. As an APRN, 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 programs: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner (PNP/FNP), dual Adult-Gerontology/Family Nurse Practitioner (AGNP/FNP), or Family/Lifespan Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The FNP Program provides knowledge and skills necessary to manage acute and chronic health care needs of individuals at any age. The PNP program focuses 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 of the well infant, child, adolescent, and young adult. The AGNP program examines provision of primary care to adolescents 13 years and older and adults of all ages with special emphasis on managing the care of the frail elderly. The PMHNP Program includes a lifespan perspective focusing on acute and chronic mental health conditions that prepares graduates in individual, family, and group psychotherapy. The MSN NP programs range from 46 to 53 units.