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Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Doctor of Nursing Practice

MSN to DNP | CNS Psychiatric Mental Health

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing concentration prepares nurses in advanced practice as expert clinicians in the care of patients with mental disorders. The CNS in adult psychiatric mental health leads multidisciplinary teams to ensure that patients receive the full range of mental health care services needed, initiates research projects to deliver and test innovative practices, provides consultation to health care providers related to psychiatric issues, and facilitates cost-effective, quality clinical outcomes.  The CNS PMHN student prepared at the DNP level will develop knowledge, skills, and practice to become effective leaders in mental health care.  The CNS-DNP program focuses on leadership, health policy, finance, and quality improvement. Capstone topics may include mental health projects, related to  organization and systems innovations, and  other clinical practice evaluations

Curriclum MSN to DNP

Fall Term (Year 1)

Spring Term (Year 1)

  • NUR 2680/2480* Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics 3 cr.
  • NUR 2007/2407* Research for Evidence-Based Practice 2 2 cr.
  • NURSP 2091/2491* Finance and Economics for Health Care Leaders 3 cr.

Summer Term (Year 1)

Fall Term (Year 2)

  • NURSP 2061/2461* Organizational and Management Theory 3 cr.
  • NUR 3099/3499* The Science of Health Care Delivery 2 cr.
  •         Cognate 3 cr.

Spring Term (Year 2)

Summer Term (Year 2)

Online Clinical Nurse Specialist Psychiatric Mental Health

* These courses are available via distance education for qualified students per Policy 438