The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is designed to prepare nurses for the highest level of clinical practice in the profession of nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health (PMH) Nurse Practitioner. The program is for PMH nurse practitioners wishing to earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which includes a total of 42 credit hours of post Master’s study and 540 clinical hours. The program is designed in accordance with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) Core competencies, and Population Focus Nurse Practitioner Competencies (2013). Upon completion of this program the graduate to be awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
The applicant must have at least a Master’s as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and be a certified PMHNP. The academic transcript and resume of applicants with MSN degrees will be evaluated individually to determine the number of MSN degree credit and clinical hours that can be applied toward the DNP degree.
Successful completion of 42 credit hours plus at least 40 transfer credit hours of post-Master’s, graduate course work will complete the program of study. The coursework includes a successful completion of all courses with a B or higher and a evidence based DNP project. Must have a cumulative GPA in the program of 3.0 or higher. The DNP degree must be completed within 5 calendar years from time of formal matriculation into the program.