Creating Healing Environments
Through Transformational Leadership

Corey Cowart, RN for Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital and UST DNP student.Creating a healing environment is the prime directive of nursing. The UST Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program enables professional nurses to expand their abilities through the practice of transformational leadership. By translating research into practice, graduates are equipped to create organization-wide changes that spark transformations in patient care and well-being. They will become experts in creating healing environments.

Along with the DNP program, UST offers a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) concentration, preparing nurses to meet high priority mental health needs. PMHNPs learn the advanced psychiatric skills of therapy, clinical management, and prescribing psychiatric medications to patients.

UST’s DNP programs admits nurses who have earned either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing. Those with a bachelor’s degree complete the program in three years of full-time study. Master’s graduates complete the program in less time based on an individual review of prior graduate work that will count toward the DNP degree. Part-time options are also available.

Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

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 Nurse Practitioner Track 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.

Nursing Careers Earning Power

If you want to advance your nursing career and have the financial means to support your family even more, data shows that a graduate degree in nursing will help you advance.

Creating Healing Environments

500X330_DNP_HEALINGDNP students focus their expanding capacity to create healing environments by selecting a patient population to work with throughout the program. This culminates in a formal, supervised DNP Project. Students work in collaboration with their chosen clinical site’s leadership and a clinical expert coach. The clinical expert coach works directly with the student throughout the program to maximize continuity and collaborative learning experiences with UST’s clinical partners.

The need and opportunity for transformational nurse leaders capable of creating healing environments is limitless. A graduate of the DNP program has many career options, not limited to existing health care service agencies. Graduates may choose to be a transformational leader at a university, in a government agency, at a nonprofit organization, or in a role or organization not yet imagined.

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

University of St. Thomas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of University of St. Thomas.

CCNE Accreditation logoThe baccalaureate degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of St. Thomas is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (