Family PMHNP Curriculum Pattern MSN to DNP

The Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice program track is ideal for the registered nurse with a master's degree interested in providing the full spectrum of Advanced Practice Registered Nursing mental health services including assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic counseling, and medication management. 

The focus in this track is a psychiatric diagnosis, including differential diagnosis of medical disorders with psychiatric symptoms, and on medication treatment for psychiatric disorders. As a MSN-DNP student, you also have the option of completing a MPH or MS in Behavioral Health specialty Masters in conjunction with the DNP degree.

Program Delivery

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Role programs have a variety of delivery methods due to their interprofessional nature.

  • A key element of our program is the in-person intensives. These intensives provide time for you to work together and receive feedback from faculty and peers.
  • Our program is committed to accessible education for the working professional. However, clinical practicum requirements of the program require flexibility in your schedule.

The Nurse Practitioner courses are offered in a variety of delivery formats.

  • Some tracks have courses which meet during the week during business hours or in the evening.
  • Some courses are offered in a blended format where the courses are offered one week on-campus and the alternating week online.
  • Some tracks are offered entirely online.
  • It depends upon the specialty track you choose to pursue to determine what specific course delivery you will follow.
  • Contact us for more information about program delivery.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice courses are offered in 2 delivery format options: Online and on-campus

  • Both options follow the same course progression and requirements leading to the same degree.
  • You will generally take your Doctor of Nursing Practice courses in the second half of the BSN-DNP program. You can determine which courses are DNP courses in the curriculum plan as they begin with NURS. Choose your program track option and refer to the curriculum plan for a course list.
On-campus DNP
  • In-person teaching intensives are every other weekend on Friday (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) during the day. See our Teaching Weekend schedule for dates.
Online DNP
  • Our online option includes in-person intensives that are scheduled once a semester, Friday (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Clinical Practicum Hours

As a Doctor of Nursing Practice student, you must complete a total of 1,000 clinical hours during the MSN-DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program track.

Estimated Cost

Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and more information can be found about tuition and graduate student fees on the university tuition and fees schedule. The current estimated tuition costs based on the 2015-16 academic year rate is $1,245 per unit. You can expect to pay about $2,000 more in books and fees over the course of the program. In addition to tuition there are fees for graduate students including mandatory health insurance, Associate Graduate Students of USF (AGSUSF) of $50 per semester (Spring/Fall semesters only), and an applicable fieldwork fee of $100 per fieldwork course.

MSN-DNP Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Course Details

You can complete the MSN-DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner doctoral program track in 2.5 years, or 7 semesters, depending upon how many courses are taken in a semester. Individualized curriculum plans are negotiated between you and your adviser if you wish to complete the program following a different pace.

This is a sample curriculum pattern. A detailed progression of the courses below will be provided to you in your acceptance packet or upon request.

Course descriptions are available in the catalog.

MSN-DNP Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Year 1 | Semester 1
Fall
 
NURS 706 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3 credits
NURS 707 Applied Drug Therapy 3 credits
NURS 705 Scholarly Communication 3 credits
NURS 701 Applied Data Analysis 3 credits
  Semester Total 12 credits
     
Year 1 | Semester 2
Spring
 
NURS 735 Advanced Assessment and Differential Diagnosis Skills 3 credits
NURS 736 Advanced Assessment and Differential Diagnosis Skills Practicum 2 credits
NURS XXX Advanced Mental Health Assessment Psychopathology Across the Lifespan 2 credits
PSYD XXX/NURS 760 Psychopharmacology 2 credits
NURS 702 Epidemiology 3 credits
  Semester Total 12 credits
     
Year 1 | Semester 3   
Summer
 
NURS 762 Financial Resource Management Basics 1 credit
NURS 763 Management of Financial Resources 3 credits
NURS 704 Healthcare Informatics 3 credits
NURS 711 Evidence Based Practice in Health Care 3 credits
NURS 749A Qualifying Project: Manuscript Development 1 credit
  Semester Total 11 credits
     
Year 2 | Semester 4 Fall  
PSYD 725 Evidence Based Practice I: Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal Psychotherapy 3 credits
NURS 748 Family PMHNP Clinical Practicum (Focus on Adults) 3 credits
NURS 765 Project and Practice Management 3 credits
NURS 754 Policy and Ethical Implications for Healthcare 3 credits
  Semester Total 12 credits
     
Year 2 | Semester 5 Spring   
NURS 745 Community Based Health Promotion and FNP Role Development 3 credits
PSYD 730 Evidence Based Practice II: Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy 3 credits
NURS 778 Family PMHNP Clinical Practicum (Focus on Patients w/ Psychiatric Disorders and Medical Co-Morbidities) 3 credits
NURS 749A Qualifying Project: Prospectus Development 1 credit
  Semester Total 10 credits
     
Year 2 | Semester 6 Summer  
PSYD 735 Evidence Based Practice III: Couples, Family and Parent-Child 3 credits
NURS 758 Family PMHNP Clinical Practicum II (Focus on Child and Adolescent) 3 credits
NURS 795 DNP Residency 3 credits
  Semester Total 9 credits
     
Year 2 | Semester 7 Fall  
NURS 756 Nursing Leadership Within Current and Future Healthcare Delivery Systems 3 credits
NURS 788 Family PMHNP Clinical Practicum IV: Choice of Therapeutic Modalities 3 credits
NURS 789 DNP Project 1 credit
 
DNP AWARDED / Eligible for PMHNP Certification
73 credits
Course descriptions are available in the catalog.
DNP Clinical Hours
  • NURS 735: Advanced Assessment and Differential Diagnosis Clinical (90)
  • NURS 748: Family PMHNP Clinical Practicum I (135)
  • NURS 778: Family PMHNP Clinical Practicum II (135)
  • NURS 775: Family PMHNP Clinical Practicum III (135)
  • NURS 788: Family PMHNP Clinical Practicum IV (135)
  • NURS 795: DNP Residency (135)
  • NURS 789: DNP Project (45)
810 clinical hours + master's degree clinical hours or additional DNP clinical credits = 1,000 clinical hours