DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
You have recognized the chronic lack of access to mental health treatment in your patients and you have seen this need highlighted in local, state, and national news. This is a major health care crisis and you are ready to be part of the solution. The DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program will prepare you to fill this gap, enabling you to provide physical and mental health care for your patients in need.
Several issues affect the need for better mental health treatment access including limited trained health care professionals, the need for policy changes, lack of patient financing, and cultural stigmas that keep patients silent. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a specialization in Psychiatric and Mental Health prepares advanced practice nurses to respond to this need while also addressing the other systemic issues that impact their patients.
Advanced practice psychiatric nurses (psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners [PMHNPs]), are prepared to provide advanced mental health treatment across the lifespan to individuals with mental health disorders and are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Advanced care includes the capacity to use at least two treatment modalities (individual, group, family, or couples counseling) and prescribe and manage psychiatric medications. These advanced mental health treatments are built on a foundation of advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment.
The DNP degree enables nurse practitioners to directly address care gaps within the mental health system by utilizing evidence-based practice and system interventions.
Join the Fall 2022 Cohort
Applications are now open for the new DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
Submit your materials by May 1, 2022, to jumpstart your career this Fall 2022 semester.
Do you have questions about the program or the application process? Contact Kristin Norton, Office of Student Services Director, at email@example.com.
Meet the Faculty
Our faculty are leaders in their fields and bring an interprofessional perspective to our DNP courses. In addition to our exceptional Doctor of Nursing Practice faculty and faculty from the School of Public Health, these nursing faculty members teach our psychiatric mental health-focused courses.
Graduate Student Course Progression Plan
Clinical Nurse Practitioner hours:
- NUR 677 (150 hours)
- NUR 678 (150 hours)
- NUR 679 (225 hours)
- NUR 753 (75 hours)
Total clinical hours: 600
DNP Immersion hours:
- NUR 792 (180 hours)
- NUR 710 (45 hours)
- NUR 793 (90 hours)
- NUR 711 (90 hours)
- NUR 712 (45 hours)
Total immersion hours: 450