Nursing Practice (Psychiatric/Mental Health) - Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a doctoral degree for nurses at the highest level of nursing practice. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has proposed that the DNP degree will be the level of entry for all advanced practice nurses by 2020. Practice-focused doctoral nursing programs prepare leaders for the highest level of practice and is the terminal practice degree. Although the coursework for these programs is web-based, the clinical component consists of over 1000 contact hours. Anyone interested in pursuing a nurse practitioner doctorate must make certain that they can accommodate the intensive time commitment that these programs require.
The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track prepares nurses for advanced practice with a focus on mental health issues across the lifespan. The curriculum builds upon four core PMHNP competencies: advanced health assessment (physical and psychosocial); diagnosis (diagnosis of mental disorders, pathophysiology, and neurophysiology); psychotherapy (individual, group, and family); and medication management (pharmacology and psychopharmacology). Other courses develop competencies in health care systems, best-practice research utilization and translation, and health care quality improvement. Graduates are prepared to sit for the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Exam.
In order to complete the DNP program, each student is required to generate a project that reflects their advanced coursework in leadership, research translation, and clinical knowledge and skills.
New Mexico State University is a full member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements consortium (SARA). Students will need to check the NMSU SARA website before application to determine if NMSU has a reciprocity agreement with their home state before application is made. State Boards of Nursing may regulate NMSU's ability to have APRN students in clinical practice in the home state of out of state students. Please refer to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's APRN Distance Education Requirements website and contact with Nursing Graduate Advisor to confirm eligibility to conduct clinical training in states outside of New Mexico.
For application information, visit the School of Nursing website or contact the Nursing Graduate Advisor for more information about application and admission requirements at (575) 646-7770.
DNP Core Courses
|NURS 506||Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice||3|
|NURS 511||Advanced Pathophysiology for Clinical Nursing||3|
|NURS 512||Advanced Clinical Pharmacology||3|
|NURS 515||Advanced Health Assessment||3|
|NURS 530||Promoting Health Behavior||3|
|NURS 565||Advanced Leadership in Healthcare||3-5|
|NURS 567||Nursing Informatics||3|
|NURS 630||Issues in Studying Health of Culturally Diverse and Border Populations||3|
|NURS 649||Innovations and Health Care Organizations||3|
|NURS 651||Quality Improvement in Healthcare||3|
|NURS 653||Evidence-Based Practice for Nurse Practitioners||3|
|NURS 685||Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice||2|
|NURS 686||DNP Project I||2|
|NURS 687||DNP Project II||2|
|NURS 688||DNP Project III||2|
|NURS 697||Professional Roles for Advanced Practice Clinical Nursing||3|
|NURS 690||Doctoral Nursing Seminar||1-3|
PMHNP Specialty Courses
|NURS 514||Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice||3|
|NURS 660||PMHNP Across the Lifespan I||6|
|NURS 662||PMHNP Across the Lifespan II||5-7|
|NURS 664||PMHNP Across the Lifespan III||5|
|NURS 678||Health Needs of Special Populations||2-4|