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Doctor of Nursing Practice—Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialization

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.

Required Coursework

Total Credits:  75

Total Clinical Hours: 1020

Year 1 Coursework

CourseCreditsSemester(s) OfferedLocationFinancial Aid Eligible*
NURS 615 - Foundations of Advanced Nursing3FallOnlineYes
NURS 835 - Ethical Issues Influencing Practice and Research in Health Disciplines2FallOnline HybridYes
NURS 760 - Advance Concepts in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3FallOnlineYes
NURS 860 - Health Operations and Financial Management in Nurse Leaders3SpringOnlineNo
NURS 623 - Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan: Applied to Advance Practice Nursing3SpringOnlineNo
PHA 738 - Health Informatics1SpringOnlineNo
NURS 670 - Health Policy, Legislation, Economics and Ethics3SummerOnlineYes

NURS750 - Transformational Leadership in Nursing

3SummerOnlineYes

Year 2 Coursework

CourseCreditsSemester OfferedLocationFinancial Aid Eligible*
NURS 631 - Advanced Assessment Across the Lifespan and Lab4

45

(lab)

Sioux Falls and Rapid City

Yes

HSC 631 - Biostatistics I

3FallOnlineYes

NURS 875 - DNP Intensive

1

60 Clinical Hours Required

FallFlexibleYes
NURS - 850 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations for Evidence Based Care3SPring

Sioux Falls and Rapid City

Yes
NURS 875 - DNP Intensive

1

60 Clinical Hours Required

SpringFlexibleYes
NURS 855 - Transitional Research in Health Care3Summer

Sioux Falls and Rapid City

Yes
NURS 645 - Pharmacotherapeutics Across the lifespan: Application to Advanced Practice4SummerOnlineYes
NURS 780 - Clinical Genetics and Genomics-Advanced Concepts1SummerOnlineYes

Year 3 Coursework

CourseCredit HoursSemester OfferedLocationFinancial Aid Eligible*
NURS 733 - Psychopathological Disorders Across the Lifespan3FallOnline 
NURS 734 - Theories and Interventions for Individuals and Groups2FallOnline 

NURS 880 - DNP Project

Didactic

1FallOnline 

NURS 880 - DNP Project

Project

1FallFlexible 
NURS 732 - Psychopharmacology and Neurobiology Across the Lifespan2SpringOnlineYes
     
NURS 735 - Advanced Psychiatric Assessment and Differential Diagnosis Across the Lifespan2SpringOnlineYes

NURS 880 - DNP Project

Didactic

2SpringOnlineYes

NURS 880 - DNP Project

Project

1SpringOnlineYes

NURS 880 - DNP Project

Project

2SummerFlexibleYes
NURS 875 - DNP Intensive

4

240 Clinical Hours Required

SummerFlexibleYes

Year 4 Coursework

CourseCredit HoursSemester OfferedLocationFinancial Aid Eligible*
NURS 781 - Clinical Epidemiology - Advanced Concepts1FallOnline 

NURS 736 - Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan I

4

(0,4)

240 Clinical Hours Required

FallFlexibleYes

NURS 880 - DNP Project

Project

1FallFlexibleYes
NURS 875 - DNP Intensive

1

60 Clinical Hours Required

FallFlexible 
NURS 737 - Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan II

5

(0,5)

300 Clinical Hours Required

SpringFlexibleYes

NURS 880 - DNP Project

Project

1SpringFlexibleYes

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

**Clinical courses, direct patient care clinicals