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POST-BACC DOCTOR OF


NURSING PRACTICE


(POST-BACC DNP)

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track (PMHNP)

This track prepares nurse practitioners to care for individuals across the life span that have mental health disorders. PMHNPs typically practice in primary care settings, such as:

  • Private practices
  • Clinics
  • Mental health institutions
  • Community health centers

PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner Tracks students from the following states: WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.  If a student moves outside of this ten-state region after being accepted into the program, the student will not be able to progress to the practicum courses.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Quick Facts

  • 75 credit program
  • 1,000 hours of practicum experience are required to fully prepare students to be practice-ready upon graduation.
  • The didactic courses are offered online.
  • Students come to campus in Spokane, WA for a minimum of six, on-campus immersions over the course of the program (average 2/year). This is when students participate in the Culminating Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations or OSCEs – a cornerstone for student success. In these structured scenarios, students obtain a focused history and complete a focused exam of a scripted model patient, identify differential diagnoses and the most likely diagnosis, and determine a plan of care based on the most likely diagnosis. The OSCEs are led by practicing faculty who bring real-world scenarios and practical advice to life for the student.
  • Faculty will make site visits each semester to evaluate students in their practicum settings.
  • By the end of the program, students are required to complete a DNP project that improves practice.
  • At the completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam, which, if passed, makes them eligible for advanced practice licensure.
  • PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Option students from the following states: WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Post-Bacc DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

CORE: 6 Credits

NURS 561       Information Technology & Data Mgt. (3)
NURS 563       Evidence-Based Practice (3)

NP CORE: 10 Credits

NURS 523       Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
NURS 524       Advanced Pharmacology (3)
NURS 600       Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NURS 601       Advanced Health Assessment (1)

PMHNP SPECIALTY COURSES: 22 Credits

NURS 652M     Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurs Concepts I (3)
NURS 653M     Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurs Concepts II (3)
NURS 654M     Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurs Concepts III (3)
NURS 670         Psychopharmacology (3)
NURS 661M      PMHNP Practicum I (1-3)
NURS 662M      PMHNP Practicum II (1-3)
NURS 663M      PMHNP Practicum III (1-4)
NURS 683M      PMHNP Practicum Extension (1-3)

 

DNP COURSES: 34 credits

NURS 708      Inferential Statistics (3)
NURS 700      Theoretical Foundations for Doctor of Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 710      Population-Focused Care (3)
NURS 720      Evidence Synthesis for Practice (3)
NURS 730      Clinical Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (3)
NURS 740      Quality Improvement, Info. Management, and Leadership in Health Care (3)
NURS 750      Health Policy and Advocacy (3)
NURS 761      Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar I (2)
NURS 762      Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar II (2)
NURS 763      Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar III (1)
NURS 764      Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar IV (1)
NURS 701      DNP Practicum I: Application of Evidence Based Practice (1-3)
NURS 702      DNP Practicum II: Application of Evidence-Based Practice (1-3)
NURS 703      DNP Practicum III: Application of Evidence-Based Practice (1-3)
NURS 704      DNP Practicum IV: Application of Evidence-Based Practice (1-3)
NURS 705      DNP Immersion (1)

Program Outcomes

The DNP Program strives to prepare graduates who can and will:

  • Serve as leaders and champions of change within complex healthcare systems
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills to optimize health in a selected area of nursing
  • Demonstrate humanistic, reflective practice, ethical reasoning, and advocacy for a selected population
  • Synthesize theory and evidence to create, implement and evaluate strategies to improve practice

Application Deadlines:

Health Systems Leadership – January 2018 Priority Deadline, October 10th

All nursing programs (except HSL) – May 2018 Start Deadline, December 18th

At a Glance

Credits

FNP - 75

PMH NP - 75

Average completion time

13-15 semesters (including summers)

Cost per credit

$1,000

Accredited

Online Course Delivery

Admission cycles

Fall, Spring, & Summer

PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner Options students from the following states WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

Immersions

Minimum six, three-day immersions in Spokane, WA (average 2/year). Seven for Family Nurse Practitioner Option.

Rankings

“#4 Best Regional University in the West” by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

“#7 Best Value Among West Regional Universities” by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

“#3 Best Colleges for Veterans in the West” by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

“#13 Best Alumni Network” by Princeton Review, 2015

“#1 Best Value Among Private Colleges and Universities in the State of Washington” by Money Magazine, 2014

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