Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Three-year full-time or four-year part-time hybrid program

The D.N.P. with a concentration in psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program prepares graduates to use outcomes to evaluate practice initiatives, use evidence-based practice to implement change, lead advanced decision-making and strategies to influence health policies and facilitate interprofessional collaboration in health care systems. Graduates earn a D.N.P. in nursing. This program is an option for bachelor's-prepared nurses.

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Program Details

In the D.N.P. psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner concentration, your coursework will focus on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders. You will learn about a variety of types of interventions to support and promote mental health and be introduced to topics such as psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, nonpharmacologic interventions, and advanced therapeutic communication. You will develop advanced clinical skills to to provide psychiatric care to individuals and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of care, explore pathways to implement quality improvement and develop leadership skills to prepare you for roles as a nurse practitioner, administrator or educator.

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Guaranteed Admission

Students who graduate with the minimum of a bachelor’s degree from the VCU School of Nursing are guaranteed admission to any VCU nursing graduate program provided they meet the requirements for admission and there is program space availability. Contact for more info.