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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Post-Master's (Nursing Practice, D.N.P.)

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has been developed to address a growing demand from advanced practice nurses for programming that enables them to obtain a DNP and an additional national certification as a nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health. This Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health DNP program is targeted to licensed, registered nurses with an APRN MSN who wish to gain new skills and knowledge for board certification to provide psychiatric care services as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Post-Master's (Nursing Practice, D.N.P.)


Description


What is Psychiatric Mental Health DNP at ODU like?

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has been developed to address a growing demand from advanced practice nurses for programming that enables them to obtain a DNP and an additional national certification as a nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health. This Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health DNP program is targeted to licensed, registered nurses with an APRN MSN who wish to gain new skills and knowledge for board certification to provide psychiatric care services as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Program Highlights


What makes Psychiatric Mental Health DNP at ODU unique?

  • Learn advanced diagnostics and practice skills in psychiatric mental health.

  • Incorporate emerging care technologies into practice.

  • Prepare for a career in a growing and in demand field.

  • Full-time students complete in 7 semesters.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

$80,010

MEDIAN SALARY


Assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with mental health or substance use disorders or the potential for such disorders. Apply therapeutic activities, including the prescription of medication, per state regulations, and the administration of psychotherapy.

Nurse Practitioners

$114,510

MEDIAN SALARY


Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

$84,060

MEDIAN SALARY


Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Registered Nurses

$80,010

MEDIAN SALARY


Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Psychiatric Mental Health DNP at ODU?

NURS 726:
Managing Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan


This course provides the opportunity to gain knowledge of the management of mental health conditions across the lifespan, including child, adolescent, adult and older adult. Disparities across populations will be a component of the course. Culturally-centered, collaborative care will be emphasized in the preventive care and management of mental health disorders.

NURS 800:
Introduction to Healthcare Disparities, Vulnerable Populations, and Epidemiology


This course focuses on four integrative concepts including leadership, advocacy, practice, and translational research. Issues related to planning and providing care related to disparity and issues for vulnerable and underserved populations will be highlighted. The role of epidemiology will be explored.

NURS 723:
Fundamentals of Psychotherapy and Differential Diagnosis


This course provides the history and current methods of psychotherapy as well as current methods of diagnosis of mental health disorders and differential diagnosis. Knowledge will be applied across the lifespan including: adult, child, adolescent, older adults and special populations.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Psychiatric Mental Health DNP at ODU?

Students entering the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Psychiatric Mental Health DNP should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

In addition to meeting University requirements, applicants must meet the admission criteria below.

  • Current, unencumbered license as a registered nurse (RN)

  • Master's degree in nursing or a related field from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of 3.0 grade point

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing or related field from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average

  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from a former faculty member and at least two from former employers

  • A 500-700 word essay that should speak specifically to the concentration area to which you are applying

  • Current Resume

  • GRE is required for the DNP Anesthesia Program but may be waived with a baccalaureate GPA of 3.5 or higher; waiver requires approval of the program director.

For admission to the Psychiatric Mental Health DNP program


Application Deadline:

September 1


Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Professor


Name:

Carolyn Rutledge PhD, FNP-BC


Location:

169D VA BEACH HIGHER ED CENTER 1881 UNIVERSITY DRIVE, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, 23453



Office:

757-683-5009


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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