Mental health needs are everywhere, and Saint Mary's innovative Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares you to provide population-based mental health care across the lifespan. You will gain a foundational knowledge of the neurobiological and mind-body connection that underpins mental health issues frequently encountered in primary care settings. You will also assess mental health issues across the lifespan, develop management and referral strategies, and attend to pharmacologic therapies in a primary care setting using effective evidence based best practices. Emerge ready to advocate, health coach, and teach patients and families best practices in their quest for mental health services.
- Jennifer Jimenez, FNP-BC PMHNP-BC, Faculty Fellow
With just 2-3 classes per term, the primarily online program is designed to allow you to work and complete your course assignments just about anywhere, all with the support of the Saint Mary's community. The DNP is available in three tracks:
At the program’s conclusion, you will be eligible for licensure as a nurse practitioner. Additionally, with the completion of your track, you will be prepared to take a national exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to be certified as a Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-BC) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC).