500x330_DNP_DNP_Nurse PractitionerPsychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners represent one of the most in-demand nursing specialties today. The PMHNP program will increase the number of psychiatric nurse practitioners who are prepared at the Doctor of Nursing Practice level to practice and address growing mental health needs.

The PMHNP option will build on the DNP core curriculum.  Graduates will be prepared to provide individualized patient care and to address population-based mental health needs. Psychiatric nursing coursework includes psychiatric assessment and symptom management; psychopharmacology; individual, group, and family therapy.

To further address the PMHNP shortage, a Post-APRN and Post-master's certificate for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner has been added to the UST DNP program. The Post-APRN certificate is for nurses currently educated and recognized as nurse practitioners who wish to add recognition in the Psychiatric Mental Health specialty. The Post-master's certificate is designed for nurses with a masters or doctoral degree in nursing who are not nurse practitioners but wish to be prepared in the Psychiatric Mental Health specialty.

Upon completion of the post-graduate certificate option, students are eligible to sit for ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) Certification (PMHNP-BC™) or the Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification (PMHNP-BC).

If you want to advance your nursing career and increase your earning potential, data shows that a graduate degree in nursing will help you advance. Nurse Practitioners with a doctorate degree have access to more career options and higher salaries.

Claudine Dufrene, Ph.D, RN-BC, GNP-BC, CNE
Executive Dean, Associate Professor
Sr. Martina Casey Endowed Chair in Nursing

Lucindra Campbell-Law, PhD, APRN, ANP, PMHNP-BC
Graduate Nursing Division Dean, Professor
Cullen Trust Endowed Chair for Health Care in Nursing

Michael E. Sullivan, DBe, HEC-C, FACHE, Associate Professor
Program Director/Chair-Graduate Studies
Program Director- Title V
Cameron School of Business
Program Director- Healthcare Administration(MHA)

Vanessa Arline, MSN/Ed, RN, MSRN-BC, Assistant Professor

Cheryl-Lynn Carson, MSN, BScN, RN, Assistant Professor

Lauren Delumpa, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Assistant Professor

Jessica Granger, MSN, RN, CEN, Visiting Professor

Sarah A. Hirsch, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, Assistant Professor

Connie Martinez, DNP,WHCNP,RNC, Assistant Professor

Mayra Paredes, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, Assistant Professor

Katherine Simpson, DNP,MSN,APRN-C,CNRN,CVRN-II,LNC, Assistant Professor

Mary Anne Vincent, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor

Phyllis Waters, Ph.D., Professor, Carol and Odis Peavy Endowed Chair in Nursing

Jillian Weber, PhD, RN, CNL Assistant Professor

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*Please note: This is an online program and international students cannot maintain or obtain F-1 student visa status or I-20 form through this program.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, post-graduate APRN certificate program and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of St. Thomas are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).