Master of Science in Nursing for Nurse Practitioners

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Programs

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.here

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.

Entrance SemestersFall
Application DeadlinesMarch 1
Standardized Admission Test
Required LicensesCurrent California Registered Nurse license
Additional RequirementsBSN degree from an approved, accredited school
One year of clinical experience preferred
Basic computer literacy
Basic statistics course
Basic nutrition course
GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Completion of the University Application for the Master of Science in Nurisng (MSN) Program
One official transcript from each college or university attended
Three professional recommendations
Resume/CV
Interview (only qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview based on initial review of their application)
Evidence of specified immunizations and screening tests, a report of recent physical examination, and BLS certification if admitted into the program
International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission http://www.sandiego.edu/admissions/graduate/international/

A. Family Nurse Practitioner

(Total units: 46)

This curriculum prepares family nurse practitioners for advanced practice roles in the provision of primary care to individuals and families across the age span in a variety of ambulatory care settings. Graduates are eligible for state NP certification and national certification as family nurse practitioners.

MSN Core
DNPC 611Methods of Translational Science/ Evidence Based Clinical Practice3
DNPC 648Health Policy Analysis3
APN Core
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
APNC 521APRN Physical Assessment and Diagnosis4
APNC 523Pharmacology in Health Management3
Emphasis
NPTC 602Primary Care I4
NPTC 604Primary Care IIA6
NPTC 605Primary Care IIB6
NPTC 608Primary Care IIIA7
NPTC 609Primary Care IIIB7

B. Dual Certification Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner

(Total units: 52)

This curriculum prepares pediatric and family nurse practitioners for advanced practice roles in the provision of primary care to individuals and families across the age span in a variety of ambulatory care settings. Graduates are eligible for state NP certification and national certification as pediatric and family nurse practitioners.

MSN Core
DNPC 611Methods of Translational Science/ Evidence Based Clinical Practice3
DNPC 648Health Policy Analysis3
APN Core
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
APNC 521APRN Physical Assessment and Diagnosis4
APNC 523Pharmacology in Health Management3
Emphasis
NPTC 602Primary Care I4
NPTC 604Primary Care IIA6
NPTC 605Primary Care IIB6
NPTC 608Primary Care IIIA7
NPTC 609Primary Care IIIB7
NPTC 549Primary Pediatric Health Care: Selected Topics for Primary Care of Children6

C. Dual Certification Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner

(Total units: 52)

This curriculum prepares adult and family nurse practitioners for advanced practice roles in the provision of primary care to individuals and families across the age span in a variety of ambulatory care settings. Graduates are eligible for state NP certification and national certification as adult-gerontology and family nurse practitioners.

MSN Core
DNPC 611Methods of Translational Science/ Evidence Based Clinical Practice3
DNPC 648Health Policy Analysis3
APN Core
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
APNC 521APRN Physical Assessment and Diagnosis4
APNC 523Pharmacology in Health Management3
Emphasis
NPTC 602Primary Care I4
NPTC 604Primary Care IIA6
NPTC 605Primary Care IIB6
NPTC 608Primary Care IIIA7
NPTC 609Primary Care IIIB7
NPTC 535Primary Adult-Gerontology Health Care: Management of Older Adults with Long-Term Health Problems6

D. Family/Lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

(Total units: 46)

This curriculum prepares psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners for advanced practice roles in the provision of primary care to individuals, families and groups across the age span in a variety of ambulatory care settings. Graduates are eligible for state NP certification and national certification as psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners.

MSN Core
DNPC 611Methods of Translational Science/ Evidence Based Clinical Practice3
DNPC 648Health Policy Analysis3
APN Core
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
APNC 521APRN Physical Assessment and Diagnosis4
APNC 523Pharmacology in Health Management3
Emphasis
NPTC 627PMHC I: Biopsychosocial Foundations of Behavior & Psychopathology4
NPTC 651PMHC II: Psychiatric Assessment & Diagnoses4
NPTC 624PMHC III: Psychopharmacology5
NPTC 653PMHC IVA: Individual Psychotherapy I7
NPTC 655PMHC IVB: Individual Psychotherapy I5
NPTC 657PMHC V: Psychotherapy with Group and Family Systems5