Patricia Pearce, MPH, MSN, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP

Interim Dean & Associate Professor
Patricia Pearce
Career Highlights
  • 30 years in nursing
  • 20 years FNP with six in full-time practice and 12 in part-time practice
  • 20 years teaching graduate education, predominantly NP (master’s), DNP, and PhD.
  • PI on NIH-funded study (R21) and multiple intramural-funded studies; Strong research and clinical expertise.
  • Experienced in directing Masters theses, DNP projects, and PhD dissertations.

Dr. Patricia Pearce has been a registered nurse since 1976, a nurse practitioner since 1994, a nurse researcher since 2004, and an educator since 1995. Her clinical background is extensive. Dr. Pearce’s research interest is in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies, as well as working with nurses in evidence- based practice. She has precepted, taught and mentored staff nurses, nurse practitioners, and students at BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD levels.

Dr. Pearce is a two-time graduate of Loyola (History and Nursing), has a Master in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Masters in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women, and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Pearce lived in New Orleans from 1976 through 1999, and returned in 2012 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She teaches in the DNP Program and has served as the DNP Program Coordinator and Interim Director for the School of Nursing.

Courses Taught

NURS 830 Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum
NURS 835 Advanced Research Methods
NURS 845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum
NURS 855 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health Practicum
NURS 910 Epidemiology
NURS 915 Evidence-Based Practice, Research Translation & Implementation Science
NURS 930 DNP Advanced Practicum I
NURS 945 DNP Advanced Practicum II
NURS 960 DNP Scholarly Project

Published Works

Iribarren, S. J., Rubenstein, F., Disacciati, V., & Pearce, P. F. (2014, Sept., In Press). Listening to those at the frontline: Patient and healthcare personnel perspectives on tuberculosis treatment barriers and facilitators in high TB burden regions of Argentina. Tuberculosis Research and Treatment. [In collaboration with Institute for Clinical Effectiveness Research and Health Policy, Buenos Aires, Argentina.].

Pearce, P. F., Christian, B. J., Smith, S. L., & Vance, D. E. (2014). Research methods for graduate students: A practical framework to guide teachers and learners. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 26(1), 19-31. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12080

Pearce, P. F. (2014, Feb). APRNs and professionalism: The spectrum of impact. Podium session presented at the meeting of the Webinar (one-hour) for the Department of Veterans Affairs national APRN Call, Washington, DC.


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MSN, Mississippi University for Women
MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
BSN, Loyola University New Orleans