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Post-Master’s DNP – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

This track is for students who already have a master’s degree and want to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner and earn their DNP. Students must take all of the following course work.

View the Course Catalog for course descriptions.


Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
NURS 501Psychiatric Assessment, Diagnosis and Management of Children & Adolescents3
NURS 502Psychiatric Assessment, Diagnosis and Management of Adults and Geriatrics3
NURS 505Analytical Foundations for Practice Inquiry3
NURS 518Translating Evidence into Practice3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 530Theory of Psychopharmacology and Safe Prescribing Practices 3
NURS 544Therapeutic Modalities I: Introduction to Therapies3
NURS 545Therapeutic Modalities II 3
NURS 547*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 II 3 (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 credit 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 581
Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 582*
PMHNP Internship3 (minimum 180 credit hours)
NURS 584Healthcare Law, Policy, and Analysis3
NURS 591Introduction to Mixed Methods and Evaluation3
Total Credits & Hours69
(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.