BSN to DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Curriculum

The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) concentration prepares principal providers of primary health care who treat individuals with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan in a variety of settings. PMHNP students begin their plan of study in core courses that include content on physical diagnosis, health promotion, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and management of acute, episodic, and chronic health problems. Psychiatric primary care content directly builds on these core concepts to provide students with the advanced practice skills to effectively manage complex psychobiological problems of people across the lifespan. PMHNP students prepared at the DNP level will be clinical experts with the organizational, economic, and leadership skills necessary to critique the literature, promote evidence-based practice, and design programs of care delivery that are functional, economically feasible, and which significantly impact health care outcomes. BSN to DNP graduates are eligible for national certification offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and legal certification as a CRNP  and prescriptive authority through the State Board of Nursing of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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

A sample program plan for full time study is provided below.   

Fall Term (Year 1)

Spring Term (Year 1)

  • NUR 2000/2000D* Research for Evidence-Based Practice 1 2 cr.
  • NUR 2034/2034D* Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan 3 cr.
  • NUR 2010/2010D* Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations 3 cr.
  • NUR 2680/2680D* Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics 3 cr.
  • NURNP 2540/2540D* Pediatric Well Child Care Theory 3 cr.

Summer Term (Year 1)

  • NUR 2031 The Diagnostic Physical Exam Across the Life Span 3 cr.
  • NUR 3031/3031D Methodologies for Doctorate of Nursing Practice Projects 2 cr.
  • NUR 3050/3050D*# Grant Writing  1 cr.

Fall Term (Year 2)

Spring Term (Year 2)

Summer Term (Year 2)

Fall Term (Year 3)

Spring Term (Year 3)

  • NURNP 2345 Management of Chronic Health Problems of Psychiatric Patients 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2346 Management Practicum Chronic Health Problems of Psychiatric Patients 2 cr.
  • NURNP 3038 DNP NP Role Practicum 1 cr.
  • NUR 3032/3032D* Data Analysis for DNP Project 2 cr.

Summer Term (Year 3)

Comprehensive Exam (DNP and Clinical Specialty Comprehensive Exams are required)

#Students may take  NUR 3052/3052D* Manuscript Development offered in the fall and spring term in lieu of this course.

** Therapy courses (choose 2 of 3)
**NURCNS 2350 Group Therapy Theory/*NURCNS 2351 Group Therapy Practicum (fall term)
**NURCNS 2352 Family Theory/Therapy Techniques /**NURCNS 2353 Family Therapy Role Seminar & Practicum (spring term)
**NURCNS 2354 Individual Psychotherapy Theory/**NURCNS 2355 Individual Psychotherapy Practicum (summer term)

BSN to DNP PMHNP Curriculum

Total Didactic: 77 credits
Total Clinical Credits: 18 (1120)
Total Credits: 95

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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner BSN to DNP Curriculum for 2018-2019