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Post-Baccalaureate DNP – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

The list of courses below is for students who enter the DNP program with a bachelor’s degree. If you are a post-master’s DNP student, refer to the Post-Master’s DNP-PMHNP Curriculum page for a complete list of required courses.

View the Course Catalog for course descriptions.


Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
NURS 501Psychiatric Assessment, Diagnosis and Management of Children and Adolescents3
NURS 502Psychiatric Assessment, Diagnosis and Management of Adults and Geriatrics3
NURS 503Scientific Inquiry in Nursing2
NURS 504Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 505Analytical Foundations for Practice Inquiry3
NURS 518Translating Evidence into Practice3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 530Theory of Psychopharmacology and Safe Prescribing Practices3
NURS 544Therapeutic Modalities I: Introduction to Therapies3
NURS 545Therapeutic Modalities II3
NURS 547*Introduction to Therapeutic Modalities in Practice 3 (2 practicum - minimum 120 clinic hours; 1 seminar)
NURS 553*Organizational Systems and Leadership II3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 554Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Health Professions3
NURS 555*PMHNP Practicum I 3 (minimum 180 clinic hours)
NURS 557*DNP Project I3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 558*DNP Project II3 (120 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 559*DNP Project III 3 (120 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 560*PMHNP Practicum II3 (minimum 180 clinic hours)
NURS 562Advanced Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis3
NURS 563Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 565Information Management for Clinical Practice3
NURS 576Organizational Systems and Leadership I3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 581Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 582*PMHNP Internship3 (minimum 180 clinic hours)
NURS 584Healthcare Law, Policy, and Analysis3
NURS 591Introduction to Mixed Mixed Methods and Evaluation3
Total Credits & Hours74
(660 hours PMHNP specialty, 480 hours DNP general)

*Practicum courses require the completion of pre-approved experience with a preceptor who is an organizational leader and who has completed a master’s degree in nursing or a related field