DNP in Nursing with Emphasis in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan)

Students who pursue the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) area of study will deliver evidence based advanced primary mental health care to individuals of all ages including children, adolescents and their families in a variety of healthcare settings. FPMHNPs engage in independent and interdependent decision making, manage psychotropic medications, and deliver psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational interventions.  For more information on Area of Study Information please see the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) page.

Degree Requirements

NURSE 7010Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers3
or STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences
NURSE 7087Leadership and Technology Institute1
NURSE 7100Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing3
NURSE 7110Advanced Nursing Roles and Professional Communication3
NURSE 7120Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3
NURSE 7130Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics3
NURSE 7140Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion3.5
NURSE 7150Research Basis for Advanced Nursing3
NURSE 8100Principles of Epidemiology3
NURSE 8300Public Health and Sociocultural Issues3
NURSE 8610Diagnostics and Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Nurses3.5-4
NURSE 8640Group Therapy and Social Skills Training3.5-4
NURSE 8910Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
NURSE 9080DNP Residency Project (x 3)1-3
NURSE 8620Brief Individual Psychotherapy for Mental Health Nurses3.5-4
NURSE 8680Pediatric Mental Health Assessment and Treatment3.5-4
NURSE 8920Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes3
NURSE 8660Mental Health Nursing Interventions for Families3.5-4
NURSE 8930Health Program Design and Management3
NURSE 8940Nursing and Health Policy3
NURSE 9070DNP Clinical Residency (x 2)1-5
NURSE 9087Leadership and Transformational Role Institute2
Electives - choose from the following:
NURSE 8010Family Dynamics and Intervention3
NURSE 8720Symptom Management in Acute and Chronic Illness3-5
NURSE 8854Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Healthcare3
NURSE 8864Curriculum Development in Nursing3
NURSE 8820Health Care Financial Management4
Total Clinical Hours: 1110-1260

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Sample Plan of Study

There are multiple plans of study for this emphasis area.  Below a Sample Plan of Study for the post-baccalaureate, four year plan.  For more Plans of Study, please visit our website.

First Year
NURSE 71203NURSE 71503NURSE 7087 (one-week, on-campus seminar)1
NURSE 71103NURSE 71303NURSE 70103
NURSE 71003NURSE 7140 (90 clinical hours)*3.5 
 9 9.5 4
Second Year
NURSE 83003NURSE 8640 (90 clinical hours)*3.5 
NURSE 8610 (90 clinicall hours)*3.5NURSE 89103 
NURSE 81003NURSE 83103 
 9.5 9.5  
Third Year
NURSE 8680 (90 clinical hours)*3.5NURSE 8660 (90 clinical hours)*3.5NURSE 8620 (90 clinical hours)*3.5
NURSE 8920 (clinical hours)3NURSE 89303NURSE 9080 (section 1, 60 clinical hours)1
 9.5 9.5 4.5
Fourth Year
NURSE 89403NURSE 9070 (150-300 clinical hours)*2.5-5 
NURSE 9070 (180 clinical hours)*3NURSE 9080 (section 3, 60 clinical hours)1 
NURSE 9080 (section 2, 60 clinical hours)1NURSE 90872 
 7 5.5-8  
Total Credits: 77.5-80

   Total Clinical Hours: 1110-1260***

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Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the DNP in Nursing and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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