Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, D.N.P.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is a practice degree designed to prepare nurses as clinical practitioners/scholars to assume advanced practice clinical roles. The curricular plan is designed for the student who has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). The degree prepares graduates to provide holistic, mental health care integrating neuroscientific principles of behavior, experience and psychopharmacology with psychotherapy, consultation and trauma-related care across the lifespan as well as population based and application science to improve patient outcomes. The PMHNP will be prepared to practice in diverse settings including nurse-managed clinics, inpatient psychiatric facilities, home health, private psychiatric practices, addiction centers, general ambulatory clinics and schools.

This curriculum prepares nurses to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner national certification.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify direct and indirect clinical problems in complex health settings and work with interprofessional teams to address them.\\n
  2. Differentiate theoretical knowledge as it applies to direct or indirect clinical care.
  3. Translate evidence to address population health problems.
  4. Integrate data bases and information literacy in designing interventions for advanced practice.
  5. Execute evidence-based interventions to improve health care outcomes.


The PMHNP, DNP program offers one entry point for students:

B.S.N. entry - a student must hold a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from a program that is nationally accredited.

Requirements for Earning the D.N.P. Degree include:

  1. Doctoral residency of at least 18 graduate credit hours for three consecutive major semesters. Enrollment in a summer term is not required to maintain continuity, but credits earned during summer terms (including May session) will count toward the 18 hours required for Residency. The residency requirement may be met only after admission to the D.N.P. program;
  2. Completion of an approved program of study;
  3. Comprehensive assessment through defense of project proposal;
  4. Completion of a research utilization / evidence-based practice project and oral defense.

Course Requirements (74 hours)

Course Title Credits
NURS 702Pharmacologic Mgmt in Pediatric, Adult, & Gerontological Patients Across Hlthcare Delivery Continuum3
NURS 704Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 13
NURS 707Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses3
NURS 717Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice & Service Management3
NURS 718Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities3
NURS 720Clinical Application of Population Analysis3
NURS 737Foundations for DNP Development3
NURS 761Neuroscientific Basis for Pharmacological & Nonpharmacological Treatments for Psychiatric Conditions4
NURS 763Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum I: Management of Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions 26
NURS 764Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum II: Management of Complex Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions 26
NURS 768Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Legal, Ethical, and Role Transition2
NURS 768AAdvanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum III: Role Development ( ) 22
NURS 779Health Policy 23
NURS 780Organizational Theories and Systems in Healthcare3
NURS 781Applied Technology in Health Care3
NURS 783Clinical Project Immersion & Proposal Development 23
NURS 790Research Methods for Nursing3
NURS 805Advanced Nursing Leadership3
NURS 808Advanced Nursing in Population Health3
NURS 817Application of Statistics for Evidence Based Nursing Practice3
NURS 819Evidence and Nursing Practice3
NURS 897DNP Project Preparation and Residency 26
Total Credit Hours74

Indicates on campus immersion course.


Indicates practicum course.