A doctorate in nursing practice from MU can help you advance your career in family psychiatry and mental health. If you want to deliver advanced primary mental health care to children, adolescents and their families, this program could be for you.
Graduates will be eligible for advanced practice nurse certification as a Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FMHNP) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
- Mental health care provider
- Mental health care services coordinator
- Institutional mental health care consultant
- Clinical instructor
Program structure and topics
Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but an on-campus visit is required for five days during the summer before course work begins for orientation to the DNP program. Additional campus visits will be required throughout the program.
Courses are semester-based. How long it takes to complete the program depends on your academic progress so far. If you already have a masters degree, you can study part time and complete the program in three years. If you have a bachelors degree and want to study part time, the program is more likely to take you five or six years.
Course work covers, among others:
- Diagnostics and psychopharmacology
- Pediatric mental health assessment and management
- Brief individual psychotherapy, group therapy and social skills training
- Mental health intervention for families
- Ethics and sociocultural issues
- Physical assessment and diagnostic reasoning
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
Completed baccalaureate or master’s degree from a nationally accredited nursing program.
Minimum GPA of 3.5 for applicants with a master’s degree in nursing.
For applicants without a master’s degree, an average GPA of 3.3 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate nursing course work.
If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirements, you must submit acceptable GRE scores.
If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Unofficial transcripts suffice for application; if you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
GRE scores only if you don’t meet the GPA requirements. You must have taken the GRE within the last five years.
Additional evidence of your outstanding professional leadership, practice or scholarship for special consideration if you don’t meet the GPA requirements.
Essay (three to five pages) describing your professional goals and how participation in the DNP program will enhance these goals. Identify a topic or practice-based problem that you might address in your final, scholarly project. This project should be large enough to result in change at the organizational, system, regional or national level; new or revised state health policy; or the establishment of a significant new health-related service to a population or geographic region.
List of contacted clinical preceptors.
Copies of current, unencumbered registered nurse license(s.)
Copies of all advanced practice nursing certification and/or credentialing/recognition documents (for applicants with masters’ degrees).
Verification of clinical hours from previous MSN and/or certificate programs.
Curriculum vitae documenting education, work experience, leadership, professional organization activities and scholarly endeavors (e.g. publications, presentations, research, honors, awards).
Three professional recommendations from master’s or doctorally prepared nurses or faculty members who can address your potential or ability to function in the advanced practice nursing role (i.e. clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaboration and communication with other health professionals, and leadership abilities). If you are currently enrolled in a nursing program, submit at least one recommendation from a current faculty member in that program. Do not include recommendations from friends, fellow staff nurses or ministers. Submit names and contact details for recommendation providers within the online application.
To apply to this program:
This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend applying early as applications are considered as they are received.
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Basic inference methods, both parametric and non-parametric, appropriate for answering questions arising in health sciences research. Computer exercises involving data from real experiments from health science area. Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or MATH 1120 and instructor's consent.
Examines basic concepts of data management, study design, descriptive and inferential biostatistics using analytic software. Emphasizes statistical literacy and critical thinking for health researchers. Graded on A-F basis only.
Introduction to knowledge and skills essential to support research and practice doctorates. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Admission to DNP or PhD program.
Analysis, application and evaluation of a variety of nursing and non nursing theories used in advanced nursing practice and research.
An overview of the advanced nursing practice role and professional issues. Provides foundational knowledge on which other advanced nursing courses will build. Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program or faculty consent.
Focus on the normal and altered physiological functioning of body systems. Provides essential knowledge of human health and disease across the lifespan necessary for advanced nursing practice.
Advanced practice nurse drug therapy management for health maintenance and treatment of acute episodic and chronic health problems in various populations over the life span. Prerequisites: BSN or instructor's consent.
Expands history and physical assessment techniques across lifespan. Addresses diagnostic reasoning, differential diagnosis, selection of common diagnostic test, disease risk factors, and health promotion strategies. Prerequisites: BSN or instructor's consent.
Examines fundamentals of scientific inquiry. Addresses research design issues. Focuses on interpreting, critiquing, and synthesizing research findings. Prerequisites: NURSE 7100.
Explores key concepts of epidemiology and epidemiologic methods for studying the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations. Application to public health and population-based practice addressed. Prerequisites: NURSE 7150 or faculty consent.
Explores concepts of public health with a focus on the advanced practice nurse in population-based/primary care practice; core public health functions will be addressed at three service levels--the aggregate, the family, and the individual. Prerequisites: NURSE 7100.
In-depth examination of rural and other vulnerable populations and their interactions with the health care system including access, utilization, and outcomes. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: NURSE 7087, NURSE 8300 or faculty consent.
Emphasis is on the neurobiologic basis and diagnosis of mental health problems and advanced nursing management of psychiatric conditions using pharmaceutical agents. Prerequisites: NURSE 7120, NURSE 7130 and NURSE 7140.
Develops advanced skills in assessment, treatment, and follow-up evaluation of individuals experiencing acute mental health problems. Emphasizes brief psychotherapy based on frameworks from nursing and other disciplines. Prerequisites: NURSE 8610.
Application of group and behavioral methods in mental health prevention, promotion, maintenance, and restoration. Designing, implementing, and evaluating mental health promotion groups and social skills training programs. Prerequisites: NURSE 8610.
Application of nursing and family theories in advanced nursing management of families experiencing a variety of problems. Emphasis on designing, implementing, and evaluating advanced nursing interventions for families. Prerequisites: NURSE 8620 or consent of instructor.
Develops advanced skills in psychiatric assessment and follow-up evaluation of children and adolescents experiencing mental health problems. Explores diagnosis, treatment, and management of child and adolescent mental health disorders. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 8610 or faculty consent.
Provides essential skills for utilizing research to support practice change: assessing practice based problems, analyzing current evidence, proposing practice changes, and developing plans for implementing evidence-based practice concepts. Prerequisites: NURSE 8100 or faculty consent.
Uses information systems to identify and analyze patient safety and other clinical issues and recommend system-wide actions and measurement plans that result in safe, effective, efficient, equitable, patient-centered outcomes. Prerequisites: NURSE 8910.
Designing, implementing and evaluating effective health programs. Addresses leadership and organizational change issues. Prerequisites: NURSE 8920 or instructor's consent.
Designed to explore and critically evaluate the role of nursing and nurse leaders/scholars in health policy development and the organization and financing of health care in response to the health and social needs of the public.
Intensive clinical experience. Prepare experts in advanced nursing practice and leadership to effectively evaluate practice problems, translate evidence into practice, monitor outcomes, and implement innovative models of care. May be repeated for credit. Some sections may be graded on either an A-F or S/U basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 8930 and NURSE 8450 or NURSE 8610.
Final synthesis of DNP coursework culminating in an in-depth practice change project or case analysis impacting a rural or other undeserved population or critical healthcare system need. May be repeated for credit. Some sections may be offered on an A-F or S/U graded basis only. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURSE 8930 and NURSE 9070.
Synthesis of advanced nursing practice knowledge and leadership skills. Prepares DNP graduate to implement an advanced nursing practice role that will result in practice and/or policy change at the local, state, or national levels. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURSE 9080 and NURSE 9070.
(same as H_D_FS 8012). Theories of family function and dysfunction; techniques of assessment; models of family intervention. Practicum with selected families. Prerequisites: NURSE 7100 (Nursing students).
Clinical management of symptoms of acute and chronic illness across the lifespan. Preparation for teaching patient self-management strategies. Integrated clinical practicum with selected population and setting. Prerequisites: NURSE 7140 and NURSE 7150 or faculty consent.
Prepares nurses to use the techniques that facilitate financial analysis and decision-making for patient care programs across the healthcare continuum. Focuses on efficient, effective management of resources for delivery of quality healthcare services. Prerequisites: NURSE 7100
This course explores informatics from the perspective of health related fields through technology assessment and evaluation, and research and development in technological innovations. The impact of technology on patient privacy will also be examined. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 7087 or instructor's consent.
This course will provide an overview of leadership theories and strategies for managing individuals, groups, or systems within rapidly changing healthcare environments. Innovative and cutting edge phenomena in healthcare will be explored as well as entrepreneurship. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 7087 or instructors consent.
Examines principles, issues, techniques, and evaluation methods in teaching nursing. Focuses on the development of a variety of teaching strategies and evaluation methods for didactic and clinical settings. Prerequisites: NURSE 7100 and NURSE 7110 or instructor's consent.
This course will examine various organizational theories, organizational behavior, and the impact of change within organizations. Participants will apply and analyze workforce management principles in regard to employee rights, resources, and responsibilities. May be repeated for credit. Graded on an A-F basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 7087 or instructors consent.
Examines theoretical foundations, principles, and issues in curriculum design. Explores systematic evaluation of curriculum at all levels. Prerequisites: NURSE 7100 and NURSE 7110 or instructor's consent.
Participation in application of principles and methods of teaching, learning, and evaluation to the education of nursing students. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 8854 and NURSE 8864.
Faculty-guided application of distance mediated teaching, learning, and evaluation methods with graduate &/or undergraduate nursing students. Course graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 8854 and NURSE 8864 or equivalents.
Missouri Resident Fee Rates
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $440.16
- Fees: $222.97
- Total: $663.13
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1320.48
- Fees: $668.91
- Total: $1989.39
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $440.16
- Fees: $222.97
- Total: $663.13
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1320.48
- Fees: $668.91
- Total: $1989.39
Graduate distance students in online programs pay in-state base tuition rates regardless of where they live.
Tuition award available: Mizzou Online Military Tuition Award for veterans, active duty service members, Reservists, National Guardsmen, and military spouses or dependents.
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