Psychiatric Mental Health NP

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The University of Delaware School of Nursing DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration prepares clinicians to deliver high quality care to patient populations across the vast mental health and substance disorder continuum. By combining cutting-edge neuroscience, evidence-based practice, classical theoretical underpinnings, and innovative holistic modalities, our practitioners are dually prepared to provide both psychotherapy and medication management to promote optimal health outcomes in individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. Practitioners are prepared to tackle the latest clinical challenges in the field and to provide leadership in integrated healthcare delivery models and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Students prepare for American Nurses Credentialing Center’s PMHNP certification exam with more than 700 clinical training hours in three psychotherapeutic treatment modalities addressing individuals, families, and groups. Comprehensive role preparation is offered in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology with culturally diverse populations across the lifespan as well as the mental health and substance disorder continuum. The PMHNP concentration uses innovative teaching modalities including a hybrid delivery model, combining the benefits of technology with the benefits of human interactions with on-campus experiential intensives and cutting edge simulations with healthcare theatre students.

 

Clinical Requirements

  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP): 81 credit hours and 1008 clinical hours (direct care: 672 /indirect: 336)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program admits students once a year. Applications and supplementary materials for admission must be submitted by February 1st for the summer/fall semester admission. Upon review, qualified applicants with completed applications will be scheduled for an interview prior to admission.

Admission Criteria:

Students will be admitted to the program based on enrollment availability, and their ability to meet the following minimum recommended entrance requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited School of Nursing (for Post-Baccalaureate Program).
  • A master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited School of Nursing (for Post-Master’s Program).
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (post-baccalaureate); a master’s GPA of 3.5 or higher (post-master’s).
  • Certification as an APRN (post-master’s)
  • Eligible for RN licensure in Delaware
  • A letter from Master’s program indicating the number of clinical hours completed.

Admission Requirements

  • A written statement of goals and objectives that clearly identifies the applicant’s career goals and how admission to the program will facilitate his or her professional objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation from an academic, employer and/or other professional source, preferably from those holding graduate degrees. All letters of recommendation should be uploaded by each reference person to the Office of Graduate Studies online application website.
  • Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam taken within the last 2 years (for non- native English speaking applicants only).
  • Copy of U.S. Registered Nurse (RN) license(s)
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.
  • A successful interview with the DNP Program Coordinator and members of the DNP Subcommittee.
  • Prior to the students first clinical course they must have completed one year of full time (or the equivalent) work experience as a registered nurse (RN).
Semester/Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Summer Year 1  
NURS 622: Advanced Pharmacology 3
EDUC 665: Elementary Statistics 3
Fall Year 1  
NURS 621: Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 813: Leadership & Innovation in Population Health 3
NURS 818: Advanced Nursing Science 1
NURS 852: Integrated Healthcare Delivery I 3
NURS 881: Population Health I 3
Winter Year 1  
NURS 668: Advanced Clinical Neuroscience 3
Spring Year 1  
NURS 677: Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 3
NURS 843: Policy & Finance for Healthcare Delivery 3
NURS 844: Population Healthcare Informatics 3
NURS 882: Population Health II 3
Summer Year 2  
NURS 669: Advanced Psychopharmacology 3
NURS 883: Evidence Based Practice I: Methods 3
Fall Year 2  
NURS 671: Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing I 3
NURS 674: Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing Practicum I 3 (168 hours)
NURS 873: DNP Project I: Problem Identification 3 (1+2) (112 hours)
Spring Year 2  
NURS 672: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing II 3
NURS 675: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum II 3 (168 hours)
NURS 886: Evidence Based Practice II: Translation 3
Summer Year 3  
NURS 874: DNP Project II: Planning & Development 3 (1+2) (112 hours)
Fall Year 3  
NURS 673: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing III 3
NURS 676: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum III 3 (168 hours)
NURS 870: Writing for Dissemination 2
NURS 900: DNP Project III: Implementation 3 (1+2) (112 hours)
Spring Year 3  
NURS 910: DNP Project IV: Evaluation & Dissemination 1
NURS 853: Integrated Healthcare Delivery II 3
NURS 921: Clinical Role Immersion 5 (2+3) (168 hours)
Semester/Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1  
NURS 818: Advanced Nursing Science 1
NURS 881: Population Health I 3
Spring Year 1  
EDUC 665: Elementary Statistics  3
NURS 882: Population Health II  3
Summer Year 1  
 NURS 622: Advanced Pharmacology 3
 Fall Year 2  
NURS 813: Leadership & Innovation in Population Health 3
NURS 852: Integrated Healthcare Delivery 3
 Spring Year 2  
NURS 844: Population Healthcare Informatics 3
NURS 843: Policy & Finance for Healthcare Delivery 3
 Summer Year 2  
 NURS 883: Evidence Based Practice I: Methods 3
 Fall Year 3  
NURS 621: Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 873: DNP Project I: Problem Identification 3 (1+2) (112 hours)
NURS 870: Writing for Dissemination 2
 Winter Year 3  
NURS 668: Advanced Clinical Neuroscience 3
 Spring Year 3  
NURS 677: Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 3
NURS 886: Evidence Based Practice II: Translation 3
 Summer Year 3  
NURS 669: Advanced Psychopharmacology 3
 Fall Year 4  
NURS 671: Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing I 3
NURS 674: Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing Practicum I 3 (168 hours)
 Spring Year 4  
NURS 672: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing II 3
NURS 675: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum II 3 (168)
 Summer Year 4  
NURS 874: DNP Project II: Planning & Development 3 (1+2) (112 hours)
 Fall Year 5  
NURS 673: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing III  3

NURS 676: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum III

NURS 900: DNP Project III: Implementation

 3 (168 hours)

3 (1+2) (112 hours)

 Spring Year 5  
NURS 910: DNP Project IV: Evaluation and Dissemination 1
NURS 853: Integrated Healthcare Delivery II 3
NURS 921: Clinical Role Immersion 5  (2+3) (168 hours)