BSN to DNP, Psychiatric and Mental Health NP

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

This program is designed for the registered nurse with a BSN degree who wants to specialize in the care of individuals with psychiatric and mental health disorders. 

The Benefits of a DNP degree at Brandman

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) and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (AANPCB) certification examination after graduation.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Three recommendation forms
    • Self evaluation
    • Goal statement
  1. Personal interview as needed

Entry Options

  • Option 1: For the APRN (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, certified nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist) who has Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN), seeking Doctoral degree.
    • Apply To: Post Masters (PM) to DNP program
  • Option 2: For the APRN (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, certified nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist) who has Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN), seeking Doctoral degree and one of our five specialties.
    • Apply To: Post Masters (PM) to DNP program and identify the specialty of interest
  • Option 3: RN with Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, seeking Clinical Doctoral degree w/specialties:
    • Apply To: Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice Specialties
  • Option 4: RN with Master of Science Degree in Nursing who is not an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, seeking Doctoral degree and move into Advanced Practice in one of our five specialties.
    • Applicants are interviewed by the specialty Program Director for approval prior to admission

The following is only required for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program. 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 Master Entry Nursing Program, passed the NCLEX and are licensed, may be considered for admission.
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Analytical Writing Score (minimum score of 4.0) from the General Test.
  3. Unencumbered RN license from the state where you plan to do your clinical hours, or date for NCLEX scheduled before classes start. NCLEX must be passed for enrollment with application for license pending. The NCLEX must be passed by the end of the first session of enrollment to continue in the program.

Graduate Science Core (15 credits)

*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

 

DNP Essentials (24 Credits)

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 Healthcare through Outcomes Management 3
DNPU 707 Clinical Residency I 3
DNPU 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project 3
DNPU 710 Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice 3

 

Advanced Practice Core (19 credits)

*NURU 603 Advanced Health Assessment Across Lifespan and Cultures 4
*NURU 604 Clinical Practicum: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Cultures 3
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

 

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (15 credits)

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 73

*Students in these courses are required to attend the face-to-face immersion

Students graduating from this program will be eligible to take the national certification examination of their chosen specialty: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and/or National Certification Corporation (NCC) and apply for licensure as an APRN in the state where they plan to practice.

All courses must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher. Clinical residency courses are graded Pass/No Pass. A Pass is equivalent to a “B-” grade.

Some programs available to California residents only
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