Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Programs
Veronica Deatrick, MSN, PMHNP
"What a wonderful experience it was to study at University of San Diego! The curriculum prepared me to enter the field as an APRN with confidence. Faculty made my journey memorable by providing one on one support and encouragement along the way. I look forward to a wonderful career as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner."
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 tracks which range from 46 to 52 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.