Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP

Nursing talking to a patient.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNP) are advanced practice registered nurses that specialize in the care of children from pre-natal through age 21 years of age. This program prepares students in pediatric primary health care, providing knowledge and experience in well childcare and the prevention and management of common pediatric acute illnesses and chronic conditions. This program prepares students to provide high quality care to children within the context of their family, community, and environmental setting. Also included are topics including telehealth, psych-mental health, opioid and substance use, and palliative care. View the 3 Year Plan of Study and the 4 Year Plan of Study.

View the plans of study for our current students.


Meet Your Lead Faculty, Dr. Natalia Davila

Natalia Davila, DNP, APRN, CPNP
Lead PNP Track
Telephone : 843-792-3054

The role of the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) is to provide care for children from birth through young adult (0-21 years of age) in areas of preventative health as well as prevention and management of common pediatric conditions, both acute and chronic. Students in this program will be prepared to demonstrate the mastery of pediatric competencies through clinical practice, consultation, advocacy, and professional leadership activities. In-depth knowledge, skills, training and experience in pediatric primary care will allow the PNP to be an expert in this field to meet the specialized needs of children and their families in various primary care settings in the community. Upon completion, our graduates are eligible to sit for certification through the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board.

My name is Natalia Davila and I am the lead Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP).  I have been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 10 years and have practiced in primary care and pediatric orthopaedics.  From the time I started nursing school, I knew that I wanted to work with children.  I received my BSN, MSN and DNP from MUSC’s College of Nursing.  I am passionate about providing holistic care to all children and I am invested in improving access to care.  I am currently practicing at the Shifa Clinic in Mt Pleasant where I provide care to uninsured families.  I also serve a preceptor liaison for the College of Nursing where I coach both students and preceptors in the clinical setting.  I am passionate about education and guiding students through our PNP program is truly an honor.