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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
Total Credits & Hours69
(660 hours PMHNP Specialty, 480 hours DNP general)
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
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 (minimum of 120 DNP practicum hours)
NURS 554Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Health Professions3
NURS 555*PMHNP Practicum I
3 (minimum 180 clinic hours)
NURS 557*DNP Project I3 (minimum of 120 DNP practicum hours)
NURS 558*DNP Project II 3 (minimum of 120 DNP practicum hours)
NURS 559*DNP Project III 3 (minimum of 120 DNP practicum hours)
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
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

*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.

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