DNP PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER

The University of Delaware School of Nursing DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration prepares clinicians to deliver high quality care to patient populations across the vast mental health and substance disorder continuum. By combining cutting-edge neuroscience, evidence-based practice, classical theoretical underpinnings, and innovative holistic modalities, our practitioners are dually prepared to provide both psychotherapy and medication management to promote optimal health outcomes in individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. Practitioners are prepared to tackle the latest clinical challenges in the field and to provide leadership in integrated healthcare delivery models and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Students prepare for American Nurses Credentialing Center’s PMHNP certification exam with more than 700 clinical training hours in three psychotherapeutic treatment modalities addressing individuals, families, and groups. Comprehensive role preparation is offered in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology with culturally diverse populations across the lifespan as well as the mental health and substance disorder continuum. The PMHNP concentration uses innovative teaching modalities including a hybrid delivery model, combining the benefits of technology with the benefits of human interactions with on-campus experiential intensives and cutting edge simulations with healthcare theatre students.

Clinical Requirements

  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP): 81 credit hours and 1008 clinical hours (direct care: 672 /indirect: 336)
Full-Time PMHNP Plan of Study
Semester/Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Summer Year 1  
NURS 622: Advanced Pharmacology 3
EDUC 665: Elementary Statistics 3
Fall Year 1  
NURS 621: Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 813: Leadership & Innovation in Population Health 3
NURS 818: Advanced Nursing Science 1
NURS 852: Integrated Healthcare Delivery I 3
NURS 881: Population Health I 3
Winter Year 1  
NURS 668: Advanced Clinical Neuroscience 3
Spring Year 1  
NURS 677: Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 3
NURS 843: Policy & Finance for Healthcare Delivery 3
NURS 844: Population Healthcare Informatics 3
NURS 882: Population Health II 3
Summer Year 2  
NURS 669: Advanced Psychopharmacology 3
NURS 883: Evidence Based Practice I: Methods 3
Fall Year 2  
NURS 671: Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing I 3
NURS 674: Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing Practicum I 3 (168 hours)
NURS 873: DNP Project I: Problem Identification 3 (1+2) (112 hours)
Spring Year 2  
NURS 672: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing II 3
NURS 675: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum II 3 (168 hours)
NURS 886: Evidence Based Practice II: Translation 3
Summer Year 3  
NURS 874: DNP Project II: Planning & Development 3 (1+2) (112 hours)
Fall Year 3  
NURS 673: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing III 3
NURS 676: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum III 3 (168 hours)
NURS 870: Writing for Dissemination 2
NURS 900: DNP Project III: Implementation 3 (1+2) (112 hours)
Spring Year 3  
NURS 910: DNP Project IV: Evaluation & Dissemination 1
NURS 853: Integrated Healthcare Delivery II 3
NURS 921: Clinical Role Immersion 5 (2+3) (168 hours)
Part-Time PMHNP Plan of Study
Semester/Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1  
NURS 818: Advanced Nursing Science 1
NURS 881: Population Health I 3
Spring Year 1  
EDUC 665: Elementary Statistics  3
NURS 882: Population Health II  3
Summer Year 1  
 NURS 622: Advanced Pharmacology 3
 Fall Year 2  
NURS 813: Leadership & Innovation in Population Health 3
NURS 852: Integrated Healthcare Delivery 3
 Spring Year 2  
NURS 844: Population Healthcare Informatics 3
NURS 843: Policy & Finance for Healthcare Delivery 3
 Summer Year 2  
 NURS 883: Evidence Based Practice I: Methods 3
 Fall Year 3  
NURS 621: Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 873: DNP Project I: Problem Identification 3 (1+2) (112 hours)
NURS 870: Writing for Dissemination 2
 Winter Year 3  
NURS 668: Advanced Clinical Neuroscience 3
 Spring Year 3  
NURS 677: Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 3
NURS 886: Evidence Based Practice II: Translation 3
 Summer Year 3  
NURS 669: Advanced Psychopharmacology 3
 Fall Year 4  
NURS 671: Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing I 3
NURS 674: Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing Practicum I 3 (168 hours)
 Spring Year 4  
NURS 672: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing II 3
NURS 675: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum II 3 (168)
 Summer Year 4  
NURS 874: DNP Project II: Planning & Development 3 (1+2) (112 hours)
 Fall Year 5  
NURS 673: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing III  3

NURS 676: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum III

NURS 900: DNP Project III: Implementation

 3 (168 hours)

3 (1+2) (112 hours)

 Spring Year 5  
NURS 910: DNP Project IV: Evaluation and Dissemination 1
NURS 853: Integrated Healthcare Delivery II 3
NURS 921: Clinical Role Immersion 5  (2+3) (168 hours)