Program Highlights

  • 3 tracks available:
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Small class size
  • Accessible faculty
  • Primarily online
  • Start post-BSN or post-MSN
  • 2-3 courses per term
  • 1 weekend visit to campus each term
  • Completion of clinical work in your hometown
  • No tuition increase from term to term
  • No prior work experience required
  • No GRE required

Application Deadline
March 31

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Mental Health Component and Clinical Advances Students' Knowledge

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, DNP"In a world where 1 in 4 people suffer with mental illness and where 90% of people who suffer with depression seek care at a primary care office, it makes sense to expose DNP students to this population. Our goal at SMC is to break the stigma of mental illness and provide students with the tools and confidence they need to address these issues and know when and how to refer to specialists."

- Jennifer Jimenez, FNP-BC PMHNP-BC, Faculty Fellow

Advance Your Nursing Practice

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: 

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

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).