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. PMHNPs engage in independent and interdependent decision-making, manage psychotropic medications, and deliver psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational interventions. For more information on the 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 7110Advanced Nursing Roles and Professional Communication3
NURSE 7120Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3
NURSE 7130Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics3
NURSE 7140Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion3.5
NURSE 7160Scientific Foundations for Health Sciences4
NURSE 8089Transition to APRN Practice1
NURSE 8100Principles of Epidemiology3
NURSE 8170Public Health, Sociocultural Issues, and Health Policy3
NURSE 8610Diagnostics and Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Nurses3.5
NURSE 8620Brief Individual and Family Psychotherapy4
NURSE 8640Group Therapy and Social Skills Training3.5
NURSE 8680Pediatric Mental Health Assessment and Treatment3.5
NURSE 8910Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
NURSE 8920Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes3
NURSE 8930Health Program Design and Management3
NURSE 9070DNP Clinical Residency1-5
NURSE 9080DNP Residency Project1-3
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
ESC_PS 7087Seminar in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology1-3
ESC_PS 7200Positive Psychology3
ESC_PS 8200Applied Positive Psychology3
ESC_PS 8700Life/Career Coaching and Development3
ESC_PS 8710Meaning In Work3
ESC_PS 8720Community and Stewardship3
ESC_PS 8730Positive Organizational Psychology3


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 have applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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