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Doctor of Nursing Practice – Psychiatric/Mental Health

Faculty working with Students: 28
Students: 38
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall November 15
  • Spokane: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
  • Vancouver: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • 7 IELTS Minimum score

Degree Description:

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.

Admission Requirements:

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 preferred, 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:

  1. Develop, evaluate, and apply scientific theories of health, illness, and human behavior to strategies and interventions.
  2. Lead in the vision, development, implementation, and evaluation of care delivery approaches that ensure ethical stewardship, accountability, quality, and patient safety.
  3. Translate evidence-based research into practice.
  4. Integrate, evaluate, and apply new knowledge and technology in advanced practice, administration, and education.
  5. 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.
  6. Provide leadership in collaborative efforts among health professionals and with clients and community partners.
  7. 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.
  8. Apply advanced clinical judgment and accountability in the design, delivery, and evaluation of evidence-based care to individuals, families, and populations.
  9. Demonstrate mastery of professional competencies leading to certification within a practice specialty.

Student Opportunities:

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.

Career Opportunities:

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.

Faculty Members:

Barbosa-Leiker, Celestina, PhD

Research Interests

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.

Research Interests

Effective communication with an emphasis on developing health literacy to impact disease prevention and intervention for optimal outcomes.

Davis, Andra, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Interprofessional education

Dotson, Joann, Ph.D.

Eddy, Linda Lee, Ph.D.

Eide, Phyllis, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Rural health, global climate change, and public health

Fincham, Sarah J, D.N.P.

Research Interests

HPV Vaccine education and uptake
Immunization education
DNP student education
DNP project development
Communicable disease
Patient-provider communication-exploring what is most effective
Contraceptive Management
The role and contributions of the nurse practitioner in health care
Adolescent health
STD prevention and treatment
Public health

Graves, Janessa, Ph.D.

Research Interests

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.

Research Interests

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.

Research Interests

Suicide, suicide prevention, suicide assessment and risk management, substance abuse, adolescent mental health, vulnerable populations

Hunter, Anita, Ph,D.

Research Interests

Global health, child and adolescent health, curriculum development, organizational systems, and leadership, resilience, global health and environment

Kaplan, Louise, Ph.D.

Research Interests

ARNP prescribing of controlled substances
APRN workforce
ARNP reimbursement
DNP program evaluation
Landscape assessment of readiness for implementation of the family nurse practitioner role in Swaziland
Medical marijuana

Katz, Janet Ruth, Ph.D.

Maaks, Dawn Garzon, Ph.D.

Research Interests

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.

Nguyen-Truong, Connie, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Cervical cancer screening health disparity

Oneal, Gail Ann, Ph.D.

Research Interests

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.

Research Interests

Environmental health promotion, socio-cultural aspects of environmental health, environmental justice, social determinants of health

Purath, Janet, Ph.D.

Severtsen, Billie M, Ph.D.

Research Interests

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.

Research Interests

Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Smart, Denise, D.P.H.

Research Interests

Work place safety, military health, women’s health and health and safety for disaster response workers.

Stover, Pamela, DNP

Research Interests

Geriatric mental health; vulnerable populations and mental health; therapeutic communication; dementia care; integrated mental health care

Van_Son, Catherine, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Gerontology, managing chronic conditions, qualitative methods, late-in-life migration, health literacy, gero-education

Contact Information:

Anne Mason
Tami Kelley
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495