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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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    Admission Requirements

    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
    • ADN or ASN from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Three online recommendation forms (preferred) or three letters of recommendation with waiver forms 
    • Hold an unencumbered RN license in the state where you plan to do your practicums
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    Application Deadline Deadlines
    • Spring I, 2021: October 15, 2021
    • Spring I, 2022: October 15, 2022
    Residency Restrictions

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

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    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 708  Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project **

      3

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

      3

      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

      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

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      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.

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      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.

    WSCUC

    University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

    CCNE

    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees at University of Massachusetts Global are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Questions about Nursing immersion sessions DNP program? Browse through frequently asked questions about Nursing at UMass Global. 

    DNP

    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 University of Massachusetts Global. 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 UMass Global offer continuing education courses or graduate certificates?

    Both continuing education courses and post-doctorate certificates in the two nurse practitioner specialties are offered.

    Does the nursing program offer fully online degrees?

    All nursing programs in the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions are delivered using a blend of online learning and clinical practicum or mentored experiences in a variety of healthcare settings.  During online sessions, students will engage in instructor-guided or self-directed study using live and recorded lectures, demonstrations, tutorials and other activities. This blend of teaching methods provides a rich and engaging learning experience for busy professionals who must juggle school, work and family.

    Each DNP program also requires a limited number of 3- to 4-day Immersion sessions at the University of Massachusetts Global Irvine campus

    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.
    Jacinta A. | Doctor of Nursing Practice
    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 Practice
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    sharon h nurse practitioner brandman
    ...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. | Doctorate of Nursing Practice

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