Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric (Family) NPs work collaboratively with other health team members to provide holistic mental health care that includes health promotion, disease prevention, and diagnosis and management of episodic and chronic illnesses.

Program Information

A psychiatric nurse practitioner is a master’s or doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse who provides advanced psychiatric nursing care to psychiatric patients and family members of all ages in psychiatric inpatient hospitals, psychiatric outpatient clinics, health departments, rural health clinics and other out-patient settings.

Support Courses

Students applying for a new certification must complete Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span if the student has not yet taken them.

Clinical Experience

BSN to DNP students and MSN to DNP students adding a certification in a new specialty area must have two years of nursing experience in the area of Psychiatric Nursing prior to starting the clinical portion of their program.

Clinical Orientation

All students enrolled in the first specialty course (CMN 548) are required to attend a mandatory three-day clinical orientation on campus during that fall term. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation.


for those students beginning the specialty course CMN 548 in the fall semester of 2017.  You will receive more information as the date approaches via your JAG e-mail. Please make plans to attend.

Clinical Affiliations

Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate program require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements. Please review the list of Clinical Affiliations on the College of Nursing Web Site. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.

DNP Residency

The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete an evidence-based scholarly project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care and patient outcomes. Residency requirements for the scholarly project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor.


BSN-DNP students complete all support, MSN core, MSN specialty, DNP Core, DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses for a total of 69 credit hours.  Both MSN and DNP degrees must be completed within seven years. The MSN portion must be completed within the first five years of the program.

MSN-DNP students Adding a New Specialty must complete the support courses if they have not previously completed the courses in their MSN program.  They must complete the Dual Role specialty courses and support courses, if need, to complete the Post Graduate Certificate. The MSN Core, DNP core, and DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses are required for completion of the DNP degree.  This program is a total of 60 credit hours or 69 credit hours if support courses are needed. The Post-Graduate Certificate must be completed within two calendar years. The student has seven years to complete both the Post Graduate Certificate and DNP degree for this program.

MSN-DNP for Advanced Practice Roles must only complete the MSN core, DNP core, and DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses to complete the DNP degree. This is a total of 36 credit hours.  The student has a total of five years to complete the degree requirements.

Support Courses

NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credits

NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credits

NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credits

MSN Core Courses

NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits

NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 credits

NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credits

NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credits

Psychiatric Family NP Specialty Courses

CMN 548 - Intro to Family Psych NP 3 credits

CMN 551 - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Family Psych NP 2 credits

CMN 552 - Family Psych NP I 3 credits

CMN 553 - Family Psych NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits

CMN 554 - Family Psych NP II 3 credits

CMN 555 - Family Psych NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits

CMN 556 - Family Psych NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credits

CMN 557 - Family Psych NP III 3 credits

DNP Core Courses

NU 611 - Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 credits

NU 612 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 credits

NU 615 - Quality Improvement and Outcomes Assessment 3 credits

NU 616 - Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 credits

Psychiatric Family NP DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency

NU 600 - DNP Project Planning & Development 3 credits

CMN 617 - Family Psych NP Residency I - 180 specialty clinical hours 3 credits

CMN 618 - Family Psych NP Residency II - 180 specialty clinical hours 3 credits

CMN 619 - Family Psych NP Residency III - 180 specialty clinical hours 3 credits


Please feel free to contact Dr. Kirsten Pancione for more information about this specialty: