MSN to DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Curriculum (onsite & online)

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. DNP project topics may include mental health projects, related to  organization and systems innovations, and  other clinical practice evaluations.

The online option is only available to applicants with a master’s degree in same focus and may not be available to students from every state. 

Courses  with a  “D” are delivered synchronously via distance technology. Such courses are open only to qualified on-site students as per Policy 438

Fall Term (Year 1)

Spring Term (Year 1)

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

Summer Term (Year 1)

Fall Term (Year 2)

Spring Term (Year 2)

Summer Term (Year 2)