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Bachelor's to DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Curriculum and Plan of Study

This is a four year part-time program. Dates, times and locations of individual courses are subject to change based on department requirements. These requirements are for students meeting the 2021-2022 catalog and after.

Total Credits:  75

Total Clinical Hours: 1020

Year one

SemesterCurriculumHoursLocationFinancial Aid Eligible*
FallNURS 615 Foundations of Advanced Nursing3OnlineYes
FallNURS 835 Ethical Issues Influencing Practice and Research in Health Disciplines2Online HybridYes
FallNURS 760 Advance Concepts in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3OnlineYes
SpringNURS 860 Health Operations and Financial Management in Nurse Leaders3OnlineNo
SpringNURS 623 Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan: Applied to Advance Practice Nursing3OnlineNo
SpringPHA 738 Health Informatics1OnlineNo
SummerNURS 670 Health Policy, Legislation, Economics and Ethics3OnlineYes
SummerNURS750 Transformational Leadership in Nursing3OnlineYes

Year two

SemesterCurriculumHoursLocationFinancial Aid Eligible*
FallNURS 631 Advanced Assessment Across the Lifespan and Lab

4

45 (lab)

Sioux Falls and Rapid CityYes
FallHSC 631 Biostatistics I3OnlineYes
FallNURS 875 DNP Intensive

1

60 Clinical Hours Required

FlexibleYes
SpringNURS 850 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations for Evidence Based Care3Sioux Falls and Rapid CityYes
SpringNURS 875 DNP Intensive

1

60 Clinical Hours Required

FlexibleYes
SummerNURS 855 Transitional Research in Health Care3Sioux Falls and Rapid CityYes
SummerNURS 645 Pharmacotherapeutics Across the lifespan: Application to Advanced Practice4OnlineYes
SummerNURS 780 Clinical Genetics and Genomics-Advanced Concepts1OnlineYes

Year three

SemesterCurriculumHoursLocationFinancial Aid Eligible*
FallNURS 733 Psychopathological Disorders Across the Lifespan3Online 
FallNURS 734 Theories and Interventions for Individuals and Groups2Online 
Fall

NURS 880 DNP Project

Didactic

1Online 
Fall

NURS 880 DNP Project

Project

1Flexible 
SpringNURS 732 Psychopharmacology and Neurobiology Across the Lifespan2OnlineYes
SpringNURS 735 Advanced Psychiatric Assessment and Differential Diagnosis Across the Lifespan2OnlineYes
Spring

NURS 880 DNP Project

Didactic

2OnlineYes
Spring

NURS 880 DNP Project

Project

1OnlineYes
Summer

NURS 880 DNP Project

Project

2FlexibleYes
SummerNURS 875 DNP Intensive

4

240 Clinical Hours Required

FlexibleYes

Year four

SemesterCurriculumHoursLocationFinancial Aid Eligible*
FallNURS 781 Clinical Epidemiology - Advanced Concepts1Online 
FallNURS 736 Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan I

4

(0,4)

240 Clinical Hours Required

FlexibleYes
Fall

NURS 880 DNP Project

Project

1FlexibleYes
FallNURS 875 DNP Intensive

1

60 Clinical Hours Required

Flexible 
SpringNURS 737 Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan II

5

(0,5)

300 Clinical Hours Required

FlexibleYes
Spring

NURS 880 DNP Project

Project

1FlexibleYes

*Minimum of 5 credits per semester required to be eligible for financial aid

**Clinical courses, direct patient care clinicals