Creating a healing environment is the prime directive of nursing. The UST Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs enables professional nurses to expand their abilities through the practice of nursing 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.
UST’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers two tracks: a DNP degree in Transformational Leadership and a DNP in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
PMHNP Graduates are prepared to provide individualized patient care and address population-based mental health needs across the lifespan. Skills developed for the certificate options include psychiatric assessment, differential diagnosis, symptom management, psychotherapeutic modalities- individual, group, and family therapy. The PMHNP core courses include advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment, and the nurse practitioner role foundation course. Students will complete coursework in the neurobiology of addiction, telehealth-telepsych-telemedicine, and psychopharmacology.
The DNP program 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. Courses are online with in-person seminars and opportunities each semester. Full-time and part-time options are available.