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.

August 29-31, 2018

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.


MSN-DNP for Advanced Nursing Practice Roles

Fall Entry

Spring Entry

MSN-DNP Adding New Certification in Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner

Fall Entry

Spring Entry


Fall Entry

Spring Entry


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