BSN to DNP, Psychiatric and Mental Health NP

This program is designed for the registered nurse with a BSN degree who wants to specialize in providing and managing the care of individuals with psychiatric and mental health disorders in environments such as private practices, outpatient or community clinics.  Areas of focus include: psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic treatments.

Psychiatric & Mental Health Program Overview

The BSN to DNP, Psych and Mental Health NP program prepares nurse practitioners to conduct a wide range of services to individual patients, groups and families, including emergency psychiatric services, psychosocial and physical assessments, treatment plans and managed patient care. Students will participate in clinical rotations near their home or work.

  • Expand your scope of practice in a variety of settings, including private psychiatric practices, outpatient clinics and urgent care facilities
  • Learn from online lectures, plus demonstrations and exercises during immersion sessions at the Irvine, California, campus
  • Develop and foster strong values, ethics and leadership skills to apply evidence-based practice in the workplace and lead positive change within the health care system.
  • Complete your degree in as little as 36 months.
  • Become eligible for the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification examination after graduation.


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Spring I (Jan 13, 2020)

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Working adults prefer the flexible format that allows them study any time of day.
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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Three on-line forms (preferred) or 3 letters of recommendation forms
    • Goal statement
    • Self evaluation
    • Current resume or CV
    • Personal interview with specialty Program Director
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Analytical Writing Score (minimum score of 4.0) from the General Test
    • BSN from a CCNE or NLN CNEA accredited program
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    • Hold an unencumbered RN license in the state where you plan to do your practicums OR have evidence of a scheduled NCLEX date (which must be passed by the end of the first session enrolled in the BSN-DNP program)
    • Must have an ADN or ASN from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Must also have an ADN or ASN from an ACEN, CCNE, BRN approved nursing program.
    Final completed admissions Deadlines
    • Priority application deadline for the Spring 1, 2019 admission is October 30, 2019
    • Final completed application deadline for Spring 1, 2019 admission is December 1, 2019
    Residency Restrictions

    This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.

    Program Curriculum

    • NURU 600  Theoretical Foundations of Evidence-based and Advanced Practice Nursing


      NURU 601  Transitions in Practice: The Advanced Practice Nurse as DNP *


      NURU 602  Developmental, Cultural and Spiritual Care Across the Lifespan


      DNPU 701  Biostatistics for Clinical Practice *


      DNPU 704  Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship And Practice III *


      Graduate Science Core Subtotal


    • DNPU 700  Healthcare Policy, Organization and Delivery


      DNPU 702  Innovations in Technology and Information Access


      DNPU 703  Leading Through Innovation


      DNPU 705  Health Communication


      DNPU 706  Transforming Health Care Through Outcomes Management


      DNPU 711  Clinical Residency for BSN-DNP and Post-Masters adding a Specialty Clinical Scholarly Project


      DNPU 708  Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project **


      DNPU 710  Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice


      DNP Core Essentials Subtotal


    • NURU 603  Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Cultures


      NURU 604  Clinical Practicum: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Cultures *^


      NURU 605  Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan


      NURU 606  Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan


      NURU 609  Genetics Across the Lifespan


      NURU 610  Synthesis of Advanced Practice Management, Role and EBP


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      Complete a Specialty


      Specialty Subtotal


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    • NURU 641 Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan


      NURU 642 Management in Lifespan Psychiatric and Mental Health Care *


      NURU 643 Practicum in Psychotherapeutic Treatment Modalities (255 hours) *^^


      NURU 644 Complex and Chronic Problems in Psychiatric and Mental Health Care *


      NURU 645 Practicum for Complex and Chronic Problems in Psychiatric and Mental Health Care (255 hours) *^^


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      Students in these courses are required to attend a face-to-face Immersion on the Irvine campus.


      If a student does not complete the required 255 clinical hours during the initial specialty course clinical session/s (NURU 673 Practicum in Common and Acute Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care and NURU 675 Practicum in Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care), s/he will be enrolled in a NURU 699 Independent Practicum for Clinical Hours completion Independent Practicum for Clinical Hours completion (0 credits) and required to pay a Continuing Clinical fee, per each course and session, until the student receives a “P” in the specialty clinical course or until the student’s seven year program completion timeline has expired.

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