Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Idaho State University

Program Details

Idaho State University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree allows students with a bachelor’s degree to pursue advanced specialization as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Students in this degree track study topics relevant to working with mental health clients across the lifespan.

This online Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program examines the neurobiology of mental disorders, psychopharmacology, and the role of genetics. Coursework is completed online, with clinicals able to be scheduled in the student’s local community, and a once-per-semester clinical intensive on the ISU Pocatello campus.

Core DNP topics covered in this degree program include:

  • Advanced human pathophysiology
  • Professional issues of the DNP
  • Informational technology in healthcare
  • Leadership and health policy

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Idaho State University is accredited by:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Requires 2-3 days on the ISU Pocatello campus each semester for clinical intensives
  • Must attend a mandatory orientation at the ISU Pocatello campus in August of the year of admission
  • Must have a bachelor's degree in Nursing from an accredited program and a current, unencumbered RN license
  • Two years of previous healthcare or nursing experience preferred but not required