Doctor of Nursing Practice – Psychiatric/Mental Health
- Fall December 1
- Spokane: Yes
- Tri-Cities: Yes
- Vancouver: Yes
- 550 TOEFL Minimum score
- 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
- 7 IELTS Minimum score
The Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP PMHNP) is a practice-focused degree that is designed to educate advanced practice nurses to provide direct care to individual patients; manage care for individuals, families, groups and populations; serve as administrators in health care organizations; engage as faculty in nursing programs; develop and implement health policy; and translate research into expert practice.
Education: Post-Baccalaureate DNP applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program; Post-Master’s DNP applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or another field and a master’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission OR a graduate nurse anesthesia degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists OR a graduate nurse-midwifery degree from a program accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in bachelor’s, and if applicable, master’s program, written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus, official transcripts from all previous college work. Practice/Professional: One year of full-time nursing practice, curriculum vitae or resume, for U.S. Residents, current Washington State or state of residency RN licensure. International students are eligible to apply if they are eligible to obtain a current Washington State Registered Nurse (RN) license, which must be obtained prior to enrollment in any clinical or practicum course. International applicants must meet general Graduate School international applicant requirements. References/Interviews: Three letters of reference, a telephone or in-person interview may be required.
Student Learning Outcomes:
All graduates will be able to:
- Develop, evaluate, and apply scientific theories of health, illness, and human behavior to strategies and interventions.
- Lead in the vision, development, implementation, and evaluation of care delivery approaches that ensure ethical stewardship, accountability, quality, and patient safety.
- Translate evidence-based research into practice.
- Integrate, evaluate, and apply new knowledge and technology in advanced practice, administration, and education.
- Serve as a leader in the development, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare policy to advance the nursing profession and to advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in all aspects of healthcare.
- Provide leadership in collaborative efforts among health professionals and with clients and community partners.
- Analyze and translate scientific information related to the health of diverse populations to reduce health disparities in urban, rural, and global settings and to transform care delivery systems to prevent illness and optimize health.
- Apply advanced clinical judgment and accountability in the design, delivery, and evaluation of evidence-based care to individuals, families, and populations.
- Demonstrate mastery of professional competencies leading to certification within a practice specialty.
The DNP is a new program offered through Washington State University. Presently in the masters in nursing program, 15-20 teaching assistantships per semester are available. HRSA scholarships to qualified disadvantaged full-time students, HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Traineeships, HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Funds and College of Nursing scholarships are available for application.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) offer primary mental health care services to individuals of all ages and families. PMHNPs assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with psychiatric disorders or those with the potential for such disorders using a full scope of therapeutic skills, including the prescription of medication and administration of psychotherapy. PMHNPs can practice in private or corporate offices and hospitals as well as consult with groups, communities, legislators, and businesses.
Barbosa-Leiker, Celestina, PhD
Examining psychosocial risk factors of heart disease, specifically the predictive ability of stress, depression, and anger on traditional heart disease risk factors such as hypertension, adiposity, and dyslipidemia.
Carollo, Sandy, Ph.D.
Effective communication with an emphasis on developing health literacy to impact disease prevention and intervention for optimal outcomes.
Daratha, Kenn B, Ph.D.
Davis, Andra, Ph.D.
Dermody, Dana, Ph.D.
Gerontology, gerontologic nursing, prevention of functional decline in older adults, evidence-based practice in the acute care setting; patient-centered care, care coordination and nursing care delivery, interdisciplinary team, complexity science and translational science. Issues with nurse-documentation in the electronic health record; microsystem and macrosystem factors that contribute to barriers to the integration of evidence-based nursing care delivery; Evidence-based–practice, nursing care delivery in the global context, and the development of partnerships with the international community.
Dotson, Joann, Ph.D.
Duvall, Darryl, D.N.P.
Eddy, Linda Lee, Ph.D.
Eide, Phyllis, Ph.D.
Rural health, global climate change, and public health
Fincham, Sarah J, D.N.P.
HPV Vaccine education and uptake
DNP student education
DNP project development
Patient-provider communication-exploring what is most effective
The role and contributions of the nurse practitioner in health care
STD prevention and treatment
Fritz, Shelly, Ph.D.
Graves, Janessa, Ph.D.
Pediatric injury research, health services research, head injuries in children & adolescents, occupational injuries among working adolescents, impacts of work on young people, global health.
Haberman, Melvin R, Ph.D.
Oncology, cancer survivorship, health-related quality of life, demands of illness, alternative therapies for cancer, mixed methods research designs.
Hoeksel, Renee Celeste, Ph.D.
Holliday, Carrie, Ph.D.
Suicide, suicide prevention, suicide assessment and risk management, substance abuse, adolescent mental health, vulnerable populations
Hollister-Meadows, Laura, MSN
Health informatics, exercise perscriptions, maintaining broad scope family practitioners.
Hunter, Anita, Ph,D.
Global health, child and adolescent health, curriculum development, organizational systems, and leadership, resilience, global health and environment
Kaplan, Louise, Ph.D.
ARNP prescribing of controlled substances
DNP program evaluation
Landscape assessment of readiness for implementation of the family nurse practitioner role in Swaziland
Katz, Janet Ruth, Ph.D.
Klein, Tracy Ann, Ph.D.
Maaks, Dawn Garzon, Ph.D.
Research and scholarly interests include: improving child and family health outcomes in primary care settings; improving the primary care management of pediatric mental health disorders; and preschool injury prevention.
Mason, Anne Michele, D.N.P.
Nguyen-Truong, Connie, Ph.D.
Cervical cancer screening health disparity
Oneal, Gail Ann, Ph.D.
Health literacy, risk communication and health information use, risk messages, environmental and occupational health, population health, underserved and rural populations
Postma, Julie Marie, Ph.D.
Environmental health promotion, socio-cultural aspects of environmental health, environmental justice, social determinants of health
Purath, Janet, Ph.D.
Severtsen, Billie M, Ph.D.
Ethical decision making in health care, life narratives of illness and quality of life, Heideggerian Hermaneutic Phenomenology, and health care policy
Shaw, Michele Rose, Ph.D.
Shishani, Kawkab, Ph.D.
Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Smart, Denise, D.P.H.
Work place safety, military health, women’s health and health and safety for disaster response workers.
Stover, Pamela, DNP
Geriatric mental health; vulnerable populations and mental health; therapeutic communication; dementia care; integrated mental health care
Van_Son, Catherine, Ph.D.
Gerontology, managing chronic conditions, qualitative methods, late-in-life migration, health literacy, gero-education