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A doctorate in nursing practice from MU can help you advance your career in psychiatry and mental health. If you want to deliver advanced primary mental health care to children, adolescents and their families, this program could be for you.
Graduates will be eligible for advanced practice nurse certification as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Official nameDoctor of nursing practice with an emphasis in psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (across the lifespan)
Academic homeSinclair School of Nursing
Delivery modeBlended, some campus visits required
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
- Mental health care provider
- Mental health care services coordinator
- Institutional mental health care consultant
- Clinical instructor
Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but an on-campus visit is required for five days during the summer before course work begins for orientation to the DNP program. Additional campus visits will be required throughout the program.
Courses are semester-based. How long it takes to complete the program depends on your academic progress so far. If you already have a master’s degree, you can study part time and complete the program in three years. If you have a bachelor’s degree and want to study part time, the program is more likely to take you five or six years.
Course work includes
- Diagnostics and psychopharmacology
- Pediatric mental health assessment and management
- Brief individual psychotherapy, group therapy and social skills training
- Mental health intervention for families
- Ethics and sociocultural issues
- Physical assessment and diagnostic reasoning