Master of Science in Nursing Program

Nurse Practitioner Programs

We will no longer accept applications to the MSN FNP or MSN PMHNP programs starting Fall 2020. Please visit our DNP program to learn about our NP program offerings.

Best Grad Schools by U.S. News Nursing 2020 Masters DegreeThe Master of Science in Nursing program offers the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialties. The Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage acute and chronic health care needs of individuals of all ages. The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program provides a lifespan perspective focusing on acute and chronic mental health conditions and prepares graduates with skills in individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

Graduates of the FNP program are eligible to sit for Family Nurse Practitioner certification (FNP-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB), Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified (FNP-C).

Graduates of the PMHNP program are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification (PMHNP-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

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Alexandra Sietsma, MSN, PMHNP-BC

"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