Doctor of Nursing Practice in the Field of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The DNP: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner option prepares graduates to function as doctorally prepared nurses at the highest level of clinical practice, to translate knowledge into practice, to apply policy, as well as design, implement and evaluate innovations to improve health care systems and patient centered outcomes. 

This option offers registered nurses the opportunity to expand their scope of practice to include the care of individuals, families and groups with psychiatric and mental health needs.

Our lifespan curriculum is a synthesis of knowledge derived from nursing science, neuroscience, behavioral change theories, motivational theories, learning theories and other psychotherapeutic frameworks to provide a holistic perspective from which to assess, diagnose, treat, manage and evaluate acute and chronic mental illnesses.

You will learn about neuropsychopharmacology, interprofessional collaborative practice, crisis intervention, trauma-informed care, health policy, family systems theory, psychotherapy, group therapy, care of vulnerable populations, promotion of mental health and prevention of mental illness, substance use and co-occurring disorders, and other mental illnesses across the lifespan.

Admission deadline: 6/1/2020
Recommendation Requirements: Two letters of recommendation
Prior academic records: Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
Statement of Purpose: A personal statement describing your career goals relative to the doctoral study. You should include a general idea for your DNP project. Your vision for your post-DNP contributions to advance the nursing profession through scholarship and evidence-based practice must be emphasized in the statement Also, briefly describe your professional nursing practice and indicate any current or previous leadership roles. The applicants with a clear idea of a potential DNP project and the ability of the project to enhance/improve/contribute to nursing practice will be given preference for admission.
Prerequisites: None
Additional Requirements: - Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university with a preferred minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
- Active and unencumbered nursing licensure
- Current resume
International Requirements: The minimum required score for the TOEFL is:
- Internet-based test: 100 or higher
- Paper test: 600 or higher
The minimum required score for the IELTS is:
- An overall band score of 7.0 Individual band scores of 6.0 or higher

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
45085 University Drive, Suite 201-T
Ashburn, VA 20147

Contact for questions:
nursing@gwu.edu ~ 571-553-0138 (phone)
https://nursing.gwu.edu/admissions-aid
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 72 credits in required courses.

NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
NURS 6220Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 6222Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
NURS 6234Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing
NURS 6242Psychopharmacology
NURS 6243Addiction and Change
NURS 6244Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing with Families and Groups Across the Lifespan
NURS 6245Psychiatric/Mental Health Diagnostic Assessment Across the Lifespan
NURS 6246Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing with Individuals Across the Lifespan
NURS 6247Population-Based Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing Across the Lifespan
NURS 6248Integrated Application of Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing
NURS 8400Epidemiology and Population Health
NURS 8401Organizational Concepts in Nursing
NURS 8402Knowledge Management in Nursing
NURS 8403Translating Research into Practice
NURS 8405Health Care Quality Improvement
NURS 8417Health Policy and Analysis
NURS 8418Health Care Economics, Finance, and Reimbursement
NURS 8419Analytical Methods and Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice
NURS 8489DNP Project Scholarly Inquiry
NURS 8490DNP Project Planning
NURS 8491DNP Project Implementation
NURS 8492DNP Project Evaluation and Dissemination