Program of Study

Program of Study

The Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) focal area prepares graduates to provide comprehensive mental health and addiction treatment care in hospitals, outpatient, and community settings. The PMHNP program is a lifespan program, providing education to care of patients with mental health problems from early childhood to old age. The distinctive program focus is integration of mental illness and addictions, including preparation to serve diverse populations who may be disproportionately affected by mental health and substance abuse problems and/or health care disparities, such as barriers to accessing services.

The following program of study is for students entering the DNP program with an RN and all APNI students who have successfully completed pre-licensure year one. 


Summer Quarter - 11 creditsSummer Quarter - 9 credits Summer Quarter - 8 credits
6004 Pharmacology for Registered Nurses
6024 Advanced Pathophysiology
6130 Foundations of Nursing Knowledge
6120 Population Based Health Care
6500 Psychotherapy and Health Promotion
6507 Clinical Practicum, Psychiatric III
6508 Assessment and Management of
Substance Abuse
Fall Quarter - 13 creditsFall Quarter - 13 creditsFall Quarter - 12-14 credits
6014 Nursing Theory and Critical Inquiry I
6017 Finance and Healthcare 
6110 Ethical Care and Social Justice
6502 Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders
6503 Clinical Practicum, Psychiatric I
6504 Advanced Psychiatric Diagnosis and
6009 Advanced Practice Nursing Roles
6510 Psychopharmacology II
6512 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
6903 DNP Internship II
Winter Quarter - 13 creditsWinter Quarter - 10 creditsWinter Quarter - 10-12 credits
6001 Health Assessment
6010 Healthcare Policy
6075 Differential Diagnoses
6111 Informatics
6018 Program Design and Evaluation
6160 Leadership in Health Systems
6506 Psychopharmacology I
6509 Transition to Professional Practice,
Psychiatric IV
6905 DNP Internship III
DNP Elective
Spring Quarter - 13 creditsSpring Quarter - 11 creditsSpring Quarter- 2-4 credits
6015 Critical Inquiry II
6022 Advanced Pharmacology
6020 Epidemiology
6190 Quality Improvement Processes
6505 Clinical Practicum, Psychiatric II
6901 DNP Internship I
6907 DNP Internship IV
DNP Project Presentation

* A typical program of study is subject to change based on faculty and other resource availability. All courses begin with prefix NURS.