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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care (PNP-PC) concentration at LSU Health Sciences Centerís School of Nursing is the only one within an Academic Health Center in the state of Louisiana!

This concentration is within the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and includes a three-year plan of study preparing graduate nursing students to care for children from birth to adulthood with in-depth knowledge of primary health care. The PNP-PC plan of study immerses the student into primary care and community health settings designed to develop the studentís competency in the prevention and management of common acute and chronic pediatric illnesses all in an effort to support optimal health of children within the context of their families and community.

In addition to the concentrated knowledge and training of advanced nursing care of primary care pediatric populations, the student will be prepared to integrate DNP competencies into PNP-PC practice. This means the student is prepared to lead the translation of research into practice in an effort to improve the timeliness, efficiency, and quality of practice and/or patient outcomes. Students will collaborate one-on-one with DNP faculty throughout the curriculum and PNP-PC practice mentors during clinical experiences in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the studentís DNP project.