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School of Nursing  :  Academic Programs   :  Doctor of Nursing Practice  :  Post-Bachelor's DNP  :  Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Post-Bachelor's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Major

The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum prepares graduates to function in current and future roles assessing psychiatric disorders, implementing community-based short-term psychotherapy with individuals, groups and families and implementing rehabilitation services for individuals with chronic mental illness. In order to prepare advanced practice nurses who can integrate physical and mental health, advance practice core courses in assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology are included. These serve as a foundation for psychiatric/mental health courses which focus on neurobiological theories of psychiatric disorders, physical illness that mask as psychiatric conditions and psychopharmacology as well as short-term psychotherapy and rehabilitation.

Clinical practice sites are generally located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but may extend across the state of Kansas and other communities where students are located. Clinical experiences include obtaining a beginning level of competence in completing psychiatric assessment and comprehensive evaluations, documentation according to federal and state requirements, strategies for the implementation of individual, family and group therapy and medication initiation and management. Please review the preceptor process for more information.

Upon completion, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and to apply for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license.

The PMH NP curriculum requires 79 credit hours of coursework.  The psychiatric/mental specialty course sequence is offered every other year, which may affect a student’s program planning. The majority of required courses are available online. Attendance on campus at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City is required for the following course: NRSG 810 Advanced Health Assessment.

Summary of Course Requirements

Common Core


Credit Hrs.

NRSG 748

Theories for Practice and Research: Individual, Family, Community


NRSG 754

Health Care Research


NRSG 755

Health Care Professionalism: Issues and Roles


Advanced Practice Core

NRSG 806

Advanced Physiology


NRSG 809 Health Promotion 3

NRSG 810

Advanced Health Assessment


NRSG 812

Advanced Pathophysiology


NRSG 813

Applied Drug Therapy


Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Core

NRSG 844

Psychiatric Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice


NRSG 851



NRSG 845/846

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Short-Term Illness & Practicum

3 & 2

NRSG 865/866 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Chronic Illness & Practicum 3 & 4
NRSG 868 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Final Practicum 3

DNP  Core


NRSG 808

Social Context for Health care Policy


NRSG 804

Interpreting Research for Applied Science


NRSG 941

Preparing the Doctoral Leader


PRVM 800

Principles of Epidemiology




NRSG 980

Capstone Project for DNP


DNP Specialty Area: Psychiatric/Mental Health NP


Student selects 15 credits of DNP specialty courses, in nursing or other related disciplines

15 total

Total Credits Required for DNP degree


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Questions? Contact Us!

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Office of Student Affairs
Mail Stop 2029
3901 Rainbow Blvd. 
Kansas City, KS 66160

toll-free: 1-888-588-1619
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