|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||
BSN to DNP in Psychiatric and Mental Health
Specialize in managing the care of individuals with psychiatric and mental health disorders with this online BSN to DNP program designed for registered nurse s who want to advance. After completing this degree, you can work in private practices, outpatient clinics, community clinics and more.
BSN to DNP Program Overview
The BSN to DNP, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 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. Areas of focus include: psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic treatments. 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 BSN to Nurse Practitioner degree in as little as 36 months.
- Become eligible for the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification examination after graduation.
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Applicants for the BSN to DNP program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:
- Completed application
- Goal statement
- Self evaluation
- Current resume or CV
- Personal interview with specialty Program Director
- BSN from a CCNE or NLN CNEA accredited program
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Analytical Writing Score (minimum score of 4.0) from the General Test
- Three on-line recommendation forms (preferred) or 3 letters of recommendation with waiver forms.
- 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.
- 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.
- Spring 1, 2021 admission is October 15, 2020
- Final completed application deadline for Spring 1, 2022 admission is Oct 15, 2021
This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.
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 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project **
DNPU 710 Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice
DNPU 711 Clinical Residency for DNP Clinical Scholarly Project for BSN-DNP & Post-Masters adding a Specialty (255 hours) 3 DNP Core Essentials Subtotal 24
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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Course List Code Title Credits 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) *^^
Total Credits 15 *
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about Nursing immersion sessions DNP program? Browse through frequently asked questions about Nursing at Brandman.
Do I need to live in or near Irvine, California, to complete my degree?
No. Coursework is delivered online with immersions for DNP students at the Irvine, California, campus. Clinical practicum or mentored experiences are attended in the student’s home community.
Can I work while completing my degree?
Yes. The DNP programs are designed for working nurses. The amount of time you work during the program is dependent on your capacity as a student. However, many students reduce their work hours while completing the clinical practicum experiences required for the APRN specialty.
How many credit hours is the DNP degree?
To earn the DNP degree, students must earn 73 credit hours, with 33 of the credits taken in residency at Brandman University. Students entering with an advanced practice MSN degree may transfer a maximum of 40 credit hours from the MSN when applying to the Post-Masters DNP.
Does Brandman offer continuing education courses or graduate certificates?
Does the nursing program offer fully online degrees?
Each DNP program also requires a limited number of 3- to 4-day Immersion sessions at the Brandman University Irvine campus.
Meet Our Faculty
Christine Williamitis, PhD-C, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Advanced Practice Nursing
Psychiatric Mental Health
Both the faculty and staff members have been very supportive in every way, manifesting their core values in action. Students are accorded the same respect and dignity regardless of their cultural background, color, gender or religion.
It was a big sacrifice with two daughters in college and it takes persistence and patience. Brandman is very supportive of students. They push their students in the right direction and motivate them. It was a positive experience and coming from a family of nurses, that’s saying a lot.
...it was always my goal to become a Nurse Practitioner. I wanted to mentor other nurses who were new to the profession and share my experiences with them.