2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
    
    Jun 27, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022)

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


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The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse trained to provide a wide range of mental health services to patients and families in a variety of settings. PMHNPs diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders, or substance abuse problems. They are licensed to provide emergency psychiatric services, conduct psychosocial and physical assessment of their patients, develop and manage treatment plans, and provide ongoing manage patient care. They may also serve as consultants or as educators for families and staff. The PMHNP has a focus on making a psychiatric diagnosis, differentiates between medical disorders with psychiatric symptoms, and orders appropriate medications to treat various psychiatric disorders. A PMHNP can often practice autonomously, depending on state licensure laws.

Graduates of Walden’s program will be eligible to take the national certifying examination, PMHNP—Across the Lifespan, through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Minimum Completion Requirements


BSN-DNP entry: 95 quarter credits. MSN-DNP entry: 85 quarter credits

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
    • BSN-DNP entry only: Essential courses (10 cr.)
      • DNRS 6052 - Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice
      • DNRS 6211 - Finance and Economics in Healthcare Delivery
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (40 cr.)
  • Completion of DNP Project
  • Doctoral Mentoring (0 cr.)
  • Doctoral DNP Project Completion (if needed to complete DNP Project after all other coursework has been completed; 3 cr. per term, taken continuously until completion of the DNP Project)

Course Sequences


BSN-DNP Entry Course Sequence


The BSN-DNP entry course sequence is as follows.

Quarter Course Credits
1    5 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
  (4 didactic, 1 practicum = 80 hrs.) 5 cr.
4   (taken as companion course throughout the program of study until project completed) 0 cr.
   5 cr.
5   (3 didactic, 2 cl. cr.) = 160 clinical hours 5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7    5 cr.
8   (3 cr. didactic) 3 cr.
  (2 cl. cr.) = 160 clinical hours minimum 2 cr.
   5 cr.
9    5 cr.
  (3 cr. didactic) 3 cr.
  (2 cl. cr.) = 160 clinical hours minimum 2 cr.
10   (3 cr. didactic) 3 cr.
  (2 cl. cr.) = 160 clinical hours  minimum 2 cr.
  (3 didactic, 2 cl. cr.) = 160 clinical hours 5 cr.
11+   (3 cr. didactic) 3 cr.
  (2 cl. cr.) = 160 clinical hours  minimum 2 cr.
  (if needed to complete DNP Project after all other coursework has been completed) 3 cr. per term, taken continuously until completion of the DNP project

MSN-DNP Entry Course Sequence


The MSN-DNP entry course sequence is as follows.

Quarter Course Credits
1    5 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
  (4 didactic, 1 practicum = 80 hrs) 5 cr.
3   (taken as companion course throughout the program of study until project completed) 0 cr.
   5 cr.
  (3 didactic, 2 cl. cr.) = 160 clinical hours 5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
6    5 cr.
7   (3 cr. didactic) 3 cr.
  (2 cl. cr.) = 160 clinical hours minimum 2 cr.
   5 cr.
8    5 cr.
  (3 cr. didactic) 3 cr.
  (2 cl. cr.) = 160 clinical hours 2 cr.
8   (3 cr. didactic) 3 cr.
  (2 cl. cr.) = 160 clinical hours minimum 2 cr.
9   (3 cr. didactic and 2 cr. clinical) = 160 hours 5 cr.
10+   (3 cr. didactic) 3 cr.
  (2 cl. cr.) = 160 clinical hours minimum 2 cr.
  (if needed to complete DNP Project after all other coursework has been completed) 3 cr. per term, taken continuously until completion of the DNP project

 

Note on Licensure


Walden’s DNP nurse practitioner specializations are designed to academically prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice in the United States as nurse practitioners. However, each state has its own academic preparation and authority to practice requirements and issues its own license for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Learn more about professional licensure.

No graduate program can guarantee that graduates will obtain licensure to practice as a nurse practitioner. We encourage students to consult the appropriate board of nursing or regulatory authority in the states or jurisdictions in which they reside or intend to seek licensure to determine specific requirements. Walden Enrollment Specialists can provide information relating to licensure; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to licensure for the state in which they intend to practice, as requirements vary widely.

Note on Certification


Walden’s DNP NP specializations are designed to academically prepare graduates to apply for national certification. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve national certification. We encourage students to consult an appropriate certifying body for the specific certification eligibility requirements. Students should also consult their state board of nursing or other state agency to determine what certifications are required or accepted in that state. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification, as requirements vary widely. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board at www.aanpcert.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other nurse practitioner certification websites.

Note on Field Experience and Relocating


Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their student success advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program.  Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their student success advisor immediately when considering relocating.