Program Description

The Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at the Loma Linda University School of Nursing prepares health care providers to work in the community and ambulatory setting. It is designed to prepare the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) to exercise independent judgment in assessment, supervision, and management of the primary health care needs of pediatric patients in consultation and collaboration with primary-care physicians and other allied health professionals.

The PNP track prepare nurses for advanced training in quality nursing care for newborns through adolescents, with the focus on improving health care outcomes through leadership in the nursing field. The program emphasizes preventative care in addition to ongoing healthcare maintenance of acute and chronic diseases in the pediatric population. Upon completion of the PNP program, graduates will be equipped with the appropriate skills and knowledge to act as a primary care provider for patients 0-21 years of age.  Skills that PNP graduates will acquire through the program includes writing prescriptions, performing various outpatient procedures, as well as ordering and interpreting specific labs and diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, blood tests, etc. This program will also prepare the graduate to function as a leader through healthcare policy and advocacy, application of evidence-based practice, quality improvement and to build organizational leadership qualities.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners get great satisfaction knowing that they make a difference, by identifying and managing their patient problems in addition to counseling and educating the whole family during stressful and difficult situations. PNPs are trained to use data received from diagnostic tests, clinical exams, verbal communication, medical records and other sources to make decisions that are evidence based. PNP graduates will be prepared to manage various acute and chronic health problems in the primary health care setting, and be the coordinator of care for their pediatric patients.

The Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner BS to DNP program is 3 years and 9 months full-time. Part-time option is also available. 

The program is divided into 4 parts:

1- Core Courses: 4 days each quarter on-campus with online interaction, mentored-inquiry courses.
2- Concentration Courses: Pharmacology I & II, and Pathophysiology are taught in the hybrid format with 4 to 5 on campus seminar days throughout each quarter

3- Clinical Experience: students are required to complete on average 1000 clinical hours at a facility assigned by LLU School of Nursing in combination with theory classes taught on campus.
4- DNP Project: The DNP Project can be done in the workplace allowing students to collect evidence based research data.

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Program Length

4 years full-time, 5 years part-time

Possible Careers

Private practice, clinics, nursing homes, and any environment where primary care is given.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Winter of 2021 Sep 2, 2020 Nov 1, 2020
Autumn of 2021 Oct 1, 2020 Apr 1, 2021


  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • GPA of 3.0, both cumulative and in nursing courses
  • Current United States RN license before application*
  • One year of RN experience in the area of desired clinical concentration is strongly advised for application competitiveness
  • Application with personal statement
  • Three electronic recommendations (recommenders will receive an email once application is submitted) – preferred: professor, current work supervisor
  • Official transcripts for all college credits
  • Shadowing highly recommended (4 to 8 hours)
  • Interview by faculty members in the School of Nursing

*California RN license required before start of classes

Discipline Accrediting Agency

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates are prepared for certification by the State of California and the American Nurses Association as a Nurse Practitioner.

State Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The California Board of Registered Nursing granted continuing approval in 2010 to the School of Nursing.
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