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Combined Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice

This option provides students the opportunity to earn a Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice simultaneously. The Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice combined option provides a solid academic and practical foundation for master’s prepared nurses without current certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate is designed to prepare graduates to provide comprehensive mental health services to diverse populations. The program combines theory, practice, and therapeutic interventions to promote the highest level of care. Upon completion of the Post-Masters Certificate, students will be eligible for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensure and national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

For more information regarding the Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program including application deadlines, please refer to: https://www.wilmu.edu/health/psychiatric-mental-health-nurse-practitioner-certificate-curriculum.aspx 

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is designed for nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing and offers an educational pathway to earn the highest clinically focused doctoral degree in nursing. Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, students will possess forward thinking clinical and leadership skills to promote the application of evidence-based practice to address the nation’s increasingly complex healthcare needs.

For more information regarding the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program including application deadlines, please refer to: https://www.wilmu.edu/health/dnp.aspx

Program Information 

Admission, progression, and graduation requirements are a coordinated effort within the College of Health Professions graduate and doctoral programs. The combined Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is 57 credits. This includes 24 credits and 500 clinical hours for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate and 33 credits and 500 experiential engagement hours for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Students will be dual advised by the MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Chair and DNP Program Chair.

A maximum of six credits may be transferred and accepted for doctoral credit in accordance with the Wilmington University catalog.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet admission requirements for both the Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

In addition, this program requires two applications, one to the Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate program and one for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. 



57 Credits, 19 Courses

Psychiatric Mental Health NP Certificate Courses

MSN 8348 Psychopharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse Across the Lifespan

MSN 8349 Therapeutic Modalities and Psychiatric Conditions Across the Lifespan

MSN 8350 Psychiatric Mental Health Conditions and Therapeutic Interventions Across the Lifespan I

MSN 8351 Psychiatric Mental Health Conditions and Therapeutic Interventions Across the Lifespan II

MSN 8352 Psychiatric Mental Health Management of Serious Conditions in Vulnerable Populations Across the Lifespan: Family/Group

MSN 8353 Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum I

MSN 8354 Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum II

MSN 8355 Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum III

DNP Core Courses

DNP 7000 Bioethics for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7101 Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7103 Population Health (20 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 7104 Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System

DNP 7105 Healthcare Economics and the Business of Practice

DNP 7106 Healthcare Informatics

DNP 7107 Applied Evidence-Based Practice

DNP 7108 Quality Improvement in Healthcare (35 experiential engagement hours)

DNP Project Courses

DNP 8000 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I (145 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 8001 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II (150 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 8002 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project III (150 experiential engagement hours)