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 a private practice, community clinic or other outpatient settings.

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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Next Session

Jan 08, 2018

Estimated Cost

Ways to Learn

Hybrid

(on-campus/online)

Available Campuses

Fully Online
Working adults prefer the flexible format that allows them study any time of day.
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.
Lorelei P. | Doctorate of Nursing, 2017
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...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.
Sharon H., Nurse Practitioner | Doctorate of Nursing, 2015

Admissions Requirements

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

  • Completed application
  • Three recommendations
  • 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 NLNAC 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 practicum 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)
Spring Application Deadlines
  • Priority application deadline: October 30, 2017
  • Final completed application deadline: December 1, 2017
Don’t have a BSN?

Applicants who have a Bachelors in something else and have completed either a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing, or the equivalent of the BSN in the first year of a Masters Entry Nursing Program, passed the NCLEX and are licensed, may be considered for admission.

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

    3

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

    3

    NURU 602  Developmental, Cultural and Spiritual Care Across the Lifespan

    3

    DNPU 701  Biostatistics for Clinical Practice *

    3

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

    3

    Graduate Science Core Subtotal

    15

  • DNPU 700  Healthcare Policy, Organization and Delivery

    3

    DNPU 702  Innovations in Technology and Information Access

    3

    DNPU 703  Leading Through Innovation

    3

    DNPU 705  Health Communication

    3

    DNPU 706  Transforming Health Care Through Outcomes Management

    3

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

    3

    DNPU 708  Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project **

    3

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

    3

    DNP Core Essentials Subtotal

    24

  • NURU 603  Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Cultures

    3

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

    4

    NURU 605  Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan

    3

    NURU 606  Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan

    3

    NURU 609  Genetics Across the Lifespan

    3

    NURU 610  Synthesis of Advanced Practice Management, Role and EBP

    3

    Advanced Practice Core Subtotal

    19

    Specialty

     

    Complete a Specialty

    15

    Specialty Subtotal

    15

    Total Credits

    73

  • NURU 641 Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan

    3

    NURU 642 Management in Lifespan Psychiatric and Mental Health Care *

    3

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

    3

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

    3

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

    3

    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.

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