Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP

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Now accepting applications for Fall 2024

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024

Program Overview

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNP) are advanced practice registered nurses that specialize in the care of children from pre-natal through 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. Students will learn how to provide high quality care to children within the context of their family, community, and environmental setting.

Track Highlights

  • PNPs 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 and specialized settings in the community.
  • Upon completion, our graduates are eligible to sit for certification through the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board.


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Meet Your Lead Faculty, Dr. Natalia Davila


Natalia Davila
Lead PNP Track

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.