Doctor of Nursing Practice / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Program Details

Nurses can gain the required clinical competencies and theoretical knowledge necessary to deliver quality psychiatric care with the online DNP / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Graduates are eligible to take the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Students in this online mental health nurse practitioner program gain advanced skills in evidence-based practice, leadership, policy, finance, informatics, and genomics/ethics. Online courses are supplemented with four on-campus immersion experiences. Graduates can choose to work directly with patients and their families or to pursue leadership roles in healthcare settings.

Courses in this program cover topics such as:

  • Interviewing for nurse practitioners
  • Advanced psychiatric mental health role synthesis
  • Neurobiology and clinical psychopharmacology
  • Health promotion

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Criminal Background Check, Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Requires four on-campus immersion experiences
  • Must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited program
  • Submit evidence of completion of undergraduate statistics course with grade C or better
  • Submit evidence of current, unencumbered RN licensure in the state where practicum experience will be completed
  • Complete minimum of 1,872 hours of professional nursing practice prior to first specialization clinical course