DNP - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP Program is one of the very few programs in New Jersey preparing Post BSN–DNPs in the area of Psychiatric – Mental Health across the life span. This program prepares advanced practice nurses to provide comprehensive psychiatric-mental health care across the life span to individuals, groups and families in diverse settings. Graduates are eligible for national certification examination as a Psychiatric–Mental Health Nurse Practitioner American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC). The program is designed for either part-time or full-time study.
Rutgers School of Nursing prepares psychiatric-mental health practitioners to address emerging issues in psychiatric mental health, such as family and community violence, prevention of psychiatric illness and improving the quality of psychiatric care delivery to various populations. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are employed in community agencies, state and county psychiatric hospitals, forensic facilities, and long term care settings.
Focused on the improvement in the psychiatric-mental health quality of life using evidenced based practice, this advance practice role is grounded in nursing, neurobiological, social, and psychological and behavioral sciences.
All of the in-person classes are held at the Newark campus only.
Credits to Completion
The Post-Bacc DNP Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program is 74-credits with 720 clinical hours devoted to precepted NP practice and 500 mentored hours in which the student develops, implements, evaluates and disseminates their project.
Follow this link to view Doctor of Nursing Practice Outcomes
Psychiatric Mental Health NP One Page Overview (pdf)
Plans of Study
Deadline to Apply
- Apply by April 15 for Fall Term