Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Doctor Of Nursing Practice (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner)
Greater access to health care and a shortage in mental health professionals has lead to a growing demand for nursing professionals who have the clinical preparation and knowledge to provide holistic care to individuals, families and groups experiencing mental health dysfunction.
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) plan of study in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program allows students to expand on what they've learned as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) to assume leadership roles in mental health care, research, administration and education.
The D’Youville College doctoral program combines traditional coursework, clinical fieldwork and graduate-level research to professional nurses who want to broaden their mental health care knowledge and enhance their professional career prospects.
If you’re interested in advancing your career as a Doctor of Nursing Practice (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), D’Youville College’s nursing program is an ideal place to learn. Established in 1942, the School of Nursing has earned a reputation as a leading resource in the region for high-quality, student-centered education.
Doctor of Nursing: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
In the specific area of concentration:
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This course explores the epidemiology of health literacy and its influence on the
delivery of health care services. Individuals with low health literacy are afflicted
with a higher number of chronic diseases, have worse health outcomes and generate
higher health care costs when compared with their literate cohorts. Students will
be introduced to the social, economic, legal, political and education-based policies
that contribute to health literacy problems. Health system barriers encountered by
low literate individuals who seek care will be explored. Students will work in groups
to develop creative, community based solutions to identified health literacy barriers.
This course examines the use of evidence based practice (EBP) and information technology
(IT) in healthcare delivery. Using advanced Internet and database search skills,
the student will learn how to critically appraise the literature and apply evidence
based findings in a clinical, administrative, research, or educational health care
This course prepares the advance practice-nursing student to apply the tools and methods
of biostatistics to clinical practice. Clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine
applications are an integral component of clinical decision-making about individual
patients. Advance practice nurses need to utilize biostatistics principles to provide
best practice outcomes for patients.
This course was developed for the advanced practice-nursing student preparing to work
with older adults. Traditional assessment and treatment plans are often ineffective
in meeting the needs of community dwelling elders. Multiply-complex health, social,
personal, economic, spiritual and legal issues, not encountered by younger adults
contributes to increased morbidity and mortality for the elderly. Students will work
in groups to develop effective community based solutions in cases involving older
adults. Future nurse leaders will be integral to the development of interdisciplinary
solutions to improve outcomes for older Americans.
This course studies the ethical dilemmas encountered in Health Care Professions. There
are concerns that challenge the value of being human underscored in end-of-life decisions
as well as those that span the bioethical literature. Analysis of a collective ethic
of organizations will also be conducted.
This course will explore a variety of issues that affect advanced practice nursing,
with specific content pertinent to family nurse practitioners. The legal and ethical
underpinnings of advanced practice will be explored. Students will explore the interaction
of social, cultural, political, regulatory and institutional polices that influence
practice. New practice roles such as entrepreneurship will be discussed. Identifying
leadership opportunities for doctoral students will be stressed.
This initial capstone residency experience is designed to provide the student with
an intensive immersion opportunity in which they apply their foundational preparation
and identify a focus for their capstone project. The student will select a mentor
to work with who is an expert in their field of interest and associated with a community
site or organization. During the residency, a problem that is amendable to an evidence-based
solution will be identified within the clinical site.
The student will work with a mentor and project chair to design and pilot the translation
project in Capstone II. The project committee, which is mutually agreed upon by the
student and advisor, will be providing feedback and critique during this process.
The project chair and second committee member will be responsible for communicating
with the mentor when needed to enhance the design of the project. The student will
develop a theoretically and evidence-based program to address the problem identified
in Capstone I. The student will be responsible for presenting the proposed design
in writing and defending orally to committee members.
In Capstone III, the student will work with a mentor to actualize the problem defined
in Capstone I and designed in Capstone II. This experience allows the student to translate
evidence-based findings into practice, to evaluate program development projects,
and to participate in collaborative, inter-professional approaches to health care
problems. The student will implement and evaluate a theoretically and evidence-based
approach to address the identified problem. The student will be responsible for completing
the project, presenting it in writing and defending orally to their committee.
This continuing clinical practicum residency course is designed for the advanced practice
nurse who requires additional clinical hours to meet the minimum total of 1000 hours
of practice for DNPs. Students who are placed in patient care areas will complete
clinical logs to document that experience. The total number of additional hours to
be completed will be determined by the DNP program director after assessing all previous
transcripts and coursework; the result of this assessment will be communicated in
writing to the student. The student works with a clinical faculty member who has
the academic preparation and experiential background to oversee this course. The site
and setting for this experience will be individualized based on student need.
This continuing advisement course is for DNP students who have identified, designed,
piloted and begun to implement their capstone project but require additional time
to complete or evaluate the project. Students may experience delays related to organizational
or mentor changes and need a mechanism for continuing registration in order to achieve
the course outcomes. The student continues to work with a community mentor and under
the guidance of his or her capstone chair until the project has concluded.
Interdisciplinary course work required for this major:
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This course addresses legal and ethical issues frequently encountered by health care
managers. Topics include the constitutional basis for government support of health
care services and constraints that law and regulation impose on the health care industry.
Bioethical theory, policy formulation and decision making in the professional setting
are also included. Specific problems discussed include such issues as the right to
health care, allocation of scarce resources, human experimentation, choices regarding
death, liability of health care providers and governing board and medical and health
care staff responsibilities.
Total credits required for Doctor of Nursing Practice (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner): 36*
*An individual gap analysis will be made of each applicant’s transcripts to determine what additional courses or clinical hours may be needed to satisfy the DNP requirements.
Admission Criteria For Doctorate Of Nursing Practice (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner)
Applicants to D’Youville’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) degree program require the following:
- Official transcripts from all college/universities attended;
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program at a college or university in the U.S. (or CNO in Ontario);
- Completion of a master's degree with specialty preparation as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist or nurse midwife) from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program at a college or university (or CNO in Ontario);
- Minimum graduate grade point average of 3.25 (based on a 4.0 system);
- Copy of an active unrestricted license as a professional registered nurse and advanced practice certification in New York State or Ontario.
- A current certification in CPR;
- Copy of current national certification (or exam eligibility) as an advanced practice nurse in a specialty area (where applicable)
- Documentation of the number of clinical hours completed in prior master's degree program;
- At least two years of relevant professional experience;
- Current resume or curriculum vitae;
- Evidence of active membership in at least one professional organization;
- Favorable review with a panel of D'Youville College nursing faculty;
- Three letters of reference; the faculty prefer that one come from a college-level professor if possible, and at least one from an employer or colleague with an advanced or terminal degree, focusing on the applicant's potential for success in the doctoral program;
- A written personal statement outlining how the applicant expects the degree to assist in achieving specific career goals.
- Any applicant may choose to submit GRE scores if they believe their application does not adequately reflect their potential to succeed in doctoral program
Undergraduate Course Prerequisites
- Computer Science (or its equivalent)
School of Nursing
Programs in the School of Nursing include undergraduate and graduate degree programs and post-graduate APRN certificates. The entry level professional program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in four academic years. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN® for licensure as registered nurses. The program has a strong liberal arts foundation preparatory to and correlated with professional courses. Students begin clinical course work in their sophomore year and complete a variety of clinical experiences before graduation.
A special curriculum (RN to BSN) is available for RN students with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The curriculum offered online, except for clinical experiences, is designed to capitalize on and enhance the knowledge and experience gained from practicing as a professional nurse and from previous college coursework.
D'Youville offers master's of science in nursing degree programs in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), family nurse practitioner (FNP), nursing management and quality leadership, and nursing education with a clinical focus. The PMHNP and FNP programs are also available in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and the post-graduate advanced practice certificate program. The nurse practitioner programs prepare graduates to apply for and take national certification exams.
All programs include a focus on evidence based practice, interdisciplinary healthcare studies, culturally competent healthcare, and collaboration and partnerships with clients, healthcare professionals, and agencies.
Graduates are prepared for careers in a multitude of healthcare settings including primary care, community and home health nursing, hospital nursing long-term care nursing, and new independent roles in managed care settings. Employment opportunities vary by specific programs.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the post-graduate APRN certificate at D’Youville are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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