Doctor of Nursing Practice / Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP)
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

Program Details

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty of the online Doctor of Nursing Practice from Saint Francis prepares students to care for individuals of all ages with mental health care needs in a variety of settings. Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles.

After completion of this online psychiatric nursing program, graduates can sit for national certification and apply for advanced practice licensure in their state. Coursework and practicum experiences prepare students to incorporate advanced levels of clinical judgment and scholarship into their nursing and leadership. Graduates will be able to advocate for positive change in healthcare practice through policy development and evaluation.

Some of the topics covered in this program include:

  • Advanced assessment and therapeutic interventions
  • Family mental health psycho-pharmacology
  • Diagnosis and management of children and adolescents
  • Impact of ethics and law on healthcare

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Essay/Writing Sample, Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • Requires BSN from a regionally accredited institution and ACEN, CNEA, or CCNE accredited program
  • Must have passed undergraduate health assessment and nursing research courses with minimum C grade
  • Submit proof of current, unencumbered RN licensure
  • Must have equivalent of one year of experience in psychiatric-mental health within the last 5 years
  • One year professional nursing experience preferred
  • Programs prepare students for professional licensure or certification in Illinois. Additional education requirements or special authorization may be required from the professional licensing or certification agencies for states outside of Illinois.