Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner D.N.P.

NUR-613Nursing Leadership and Communication3
NUR-727Teaching Design and Evaluation3
NUR-728Evidence Based Practice and Information Technology 3
NUR-729 Epidemiology and Population Based Care 3
NUR-730Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3
NUR-731Global Health and Social Justice 3
NUR-750 DNP/PMHNP Practicum Immersion3
NUR-751Practice Doctorate Project With Clinical Practicum I3
NUR-752Practice Doctorate Project II with Clinical Practicum 3
NUR-716Psy Mental Health Clinical Practicum II4
NUR-612Entrepreneurship for Nursing Leaders1
NUR-614Financial Management for Nurse Leaders (Revised MNP.DR plan of study (PMHNP.DNP)) 30 credit hours2

Total credits required for Doctor of Nursing Practice (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner): 30


An individual gap analysis will be made of each applicant’s transcripts to determine what additional courses or clinical hours may be needed to satisfy the DNP requirements.

Admission Criteria For Doctorate Of Nursing Practice (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner)

Applicants to D’Youville’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) degree program require the following:

1. Completion of a master's degree with specialty preparation as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from an approved or accredited program at a college or university  OR current enrollment with a status of good standing in the Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner program in the Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater. 

2. Minimum graduate grade point average of 3.25 (based on a 4.0 system).

3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended; this must include all undergraduate and graduate work.

4. Copy of an active, unencumbered license as a professional registered nurse and advanced practice certification in the state or province in which clinical hours will take place.

5. Current CPR certification with a psychomotor component.

6. Copy of current national certification (or exam-eligibility) as an advanced practice nursing in a specialty area (where applicable).

7. Documentation of the number of clinical hours completed in prior Master's degree program.

8. At least two years of relevant professional experience.

9. Current resume or curriculum vitae.

10. Evidence of active membership on CV in at least one professional organization.

11. Favorable review with a panel of D'Youville nursing faculty members.

12. Three letters of reference; the faculty prefer that one come from a college-level professor if possible and at least one from an employer or colleague with an advanced or terminal degree, focusing on the applicant's potential for success in the doctoral program.

13. A written personal statement outlining how the applicant expects this degree to assist in achieving specific career goals.

14. Any applicant may choose to submit GRE scores if they believe their application does not adequately reflect their potential to succeed in a doctoral program.

15. If an applicant meets all admission criteria and is attending or has previously attended a doctoral program, he or she must submit a letter from that school of nursing stating the applicant is in good standing and can register for classes.

Academic Regulations

In addition to the general academic regulations, all matriculated students in the nurse practitioner program must fulfill these requirements:

  1. Completion of 30 credit-hours (Doctorate of nursing science).
  2. Students on academic probation are limited to six credits per semester while on probation.
    1. Students in Doctoral Nursing Programs are expected to maintain a cumulative and semester GPA of 3.0. Students who do not maintain this GPA will be reviewed by the Progression and Retention Committee for academic consequences. A student who has less than a 3.0 GPA in either semester or cumulative, at any time will be placed on academic probation for the next semester or summer session. At the end of the probation period, the student’s file will be reviewed by the program Graduate Progression and Retention committee. If the student’s cumulative or semester GPA is a minimum of 3.0, the student will be removed from probation.
    2.  If the student does not achieve the 3.0 cumulative or semester GPA after a first probation, the graduate progression and retention committee may consider a second semester of probation. If a minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative or semester) is not achieved after a second probation, the student will automatically be ineligible to continue in their program.
    3. A student will be allowed probationary status for no more than two semesters during the entire graduate program. The student will automatically be ineligible to continue in their program if in excess of two semesters.
  3. Students cannot register for clinical courses in the D.N.P. program until formally accepted into the program.
  4. Doctoral Nurse Practitioner students are required to receive at least a B in all courses required for the DNP degree. Students who receive less than a B, including a B-, C+, C or lower in the course, will be placed on probation and cannot take any of the clinical practicum courses until they raise their grade in the applicable course to at least a B. They are also limited to six credits while on probation.
  5. Student responsibilities: The doctoral nursing program is a demanding program in coursework, time, commitment and financial obligation. Due to these responsibilities for the program, students should seriously evaluate the impact that employment may have on their clinical performance and academic progress.