DNP Completion

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Completion

For nurse practitioners interested in obtaining a second certification as a PMHNP and a doctoral degree, the Post-Master’s PMHNP Certification/DNP completion provides this option. The doctoral courses are delivered in an intensive one-week (five-day) classroom session per semester, with other course requirements completed online. The courses in the PMHNP certification are delivered 1 day per week throughout the semester via video teleconferencing. This program emphasizes skills in differential diagnosis and management, including both pharmacology and psychotherapy, in addition to emphasizing working in interdisciplinary teams and implementing evidence-based practice findings into delivery of care.

Educational Objectives:

The Post-Master’s PMHNP Certification/DNP Completion Program is designed to prepare certified registered PMHNPs who:

  1. Utilize expert communication and leadership skills with interdisciplinary teams to ensure quality of care of patients experiencing mental illness;
  2. Employ clinical reasoning to aid in the differential diagnosis of both medical and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan;
  3. Utilize pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic and complementary interventions using an evidence-based practice approach in the provision of treatment to individuals across the lifespan experiencing acute and chronic psychiatric disorders;
  4. Function as team leaders to facilitate collaborative, interprofessional teamwork to ensure safe, patient-centered care;
  5. Demonstrate culturally competent care in the provision of treatment to individuals across the life span experiencing acute and chronic psychiatric disorders.

Program Format

The doctoral courses in the DNP completion program are delivered in an intensive one-week (five-day) classroom session per semester, with other course requirements completed online. The courses in the PMHNP certification are delivered 1 day per week throughout the semester via video teleconferencing and these courses include clinical hours to be completed in your area.

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the B.S.N. to D.N.P. Program, applicants must have:

  1. A master of science degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  2. A minimum graduate QPA of 3.25 or acceptable GRE scores
  3. Current RN licensure
  4. At least one year of work experience as an RN

DNP Completion with Summer Start

Course Credits Clinical Hours Date Taken
Year 1 – Summer Semester
Principles of Biological Psychiatry NURS 9010 2
Health Assessment of Children & Adolescents NURS 9120 2
Health Assessment of Children & Adolescents Practicum NURS 9125 1 56
Year 1 – Fall Semester
Psychopharmacology NURS 9110 3
Psychiatric Diagnosis NURS 9210 3
Psychiatric Diagnosis Across the Lifespan Practicum for the APRN NURS 9230 2 112
Year 1 – Spring Semester
Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan I NURS 9310 3
Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan I
Practicum for the APRN
NURS 9340 2 112
Clinical Teams & Teamwork II HSIC 8120 2 EX WEEK
Principles of Epidemiology NURS 8030 2 EX WEEK
Year 2 – Summer Semester
Individual Therapy NURS 9330 2
Individual Therapy Practicum NURS 9335 2 112
Health Care Economics HSIC 8030 2 EX WEEK
Year 2 – Fall Semester
Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan II NURS 9320 3
Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan II
for the APRN
NURS 9350 2 112
Research & Theory NURS 8020 3 EX WEEK
Applied Statistics for EBP NURS 8050 3 EX WEEK
Year 2-Spring Semester
Family Therapy NURS 9510 2
Family Therapy Practicum NURS 9515 2
Integrating Research & Practice NURS 8150 3 EX WEEK
Year 3 – Summer
EBP for Advanced Nursing Roles NURS 8140 3 EX WEEK
Year 3-Fall
Health Policy HSIC 8020 2 EX WEEK
EBP & Information Systems NURS 9130 3 EX WEEK
Year 3 – Spring
Practice Management Issues/Role Integration NURS 9610 3 EX WEEK
Applying Evidence Based Practice in Health Care NURS 9620 5 EX WEEK
TOTAL 62 616