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The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track presents education focused on improving mental health care for patients across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the promotion of mental health through assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of behavioral problems, mental disorders, and comorbid conditions in a variety of healthcare settings. Practice settings may vary but include inpatient care in hospitals or outpatient care in other clinical settings.

All programs are Full Post BSN-DNP programs, with minimal residency requirements. Doctoral coursework each semester can be completed mainly in an online format. International students are required to reside in the Oklahoma City area and participate in on-campus learning activities related to coursework and other educational requirements throughout each semester.

The Kramer School of Nursing offers a wide range of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. At Kramer, we foster a learning environment where students are challenged to think critically and holistically, encouraging them to use their passion and knowledge to advance the profession of nursing. From the undergraduate student taking pre-nursing general education courses to the doctorate student working on cutting-edge research, Kramer School of Nursing has a host of opportunities for any level of nursing. Our faculty is comprised of experienced nurses, many of whom are doctorally prepared, Certified Nurse Educators, dedicated staff and committed community leaders who work in tandem to ensure Kramer is a learning environment that allows students to advance their careers.

The DNP graduate of the Kramer School of Nursing will function as a professional nurse able to:

  • Create and sustain environments exemplifying professional, ethical, and legal nursing practice.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive education, advanced clinical practice, administration, and/or research programs based upon advanced theoretical knowledge, national practice standards, and/or clinical practice guidelines that promote health, enrich the environment, and advance the nursing profession.
  • Examine, implement, and evaluate nursing research and clinical practice guidelines to establish evidence-based advanced clinical practices using critical thinking frameworks for problem solving and making effective advanced clinical, educational, administrative, and/or evidence-based clinical practice policies and procedures.
  • Integrate the scholarship of nursing through the promotion of physical, mental, social, and spiritual health across the life span within diverse cultures.

Interested in applying for this program? Register to create a student account and begin your application here.

The core nurse practitioner courses meet once a week on campus. Advanced Practice students can expect one class day per week, on campus. The BSN-DNP program is completed in four years. Completion for students with an MSN pursing Advanced Practice education and DNP Completion may complete the program in three years.

  • Health Communications and Informatics in Advanced Practice
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Pharmacology for Advanced Practice
  • Transcultural and Global Health Care
  • Advanced Health Care Policy
  • Population Health
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Research Integration in Nursing Practice
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health for Advanced Practice
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Advanced Practice I
  • Psychiatric Mental Health for Advanced Practice Practicum I
  • Clinical Practice Management
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Advanced Practice II
  • Advanced Theory Development
  • Psychiatric Mental Health for Advanced Practice Practicum II
  • Translational Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Psychiatric Mental Health for Advanced Practice Practicum III
  • DNP Project
  • DNP Project II

    Credit Hours: 68

In addition to the general Kramer School of nursing doctoral admissions requirements, Advanced Practice DNP applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited baccalaureate nursing program with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00
  • Current active licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or the international equivalent
  • BSN level health assessment and statistics courses
  • Minimum of one year of professional nursing experience or the equivalent

Graduate nursing applicants: submit an application here.

You can find detailed information about the application process here.

Plan to have the following documents available to upload:

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Three References
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended

Transcripts: Official transcripts showing bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and any post-master’s coursework.

References: Three professional references, such as the employer, a coworker, or a nursing school faculty member who had the applicant as a student.

Essay: A personally written essay of 500-750 words demonstrating effective writing skills describing how the degree sought will help the applicant achieve life and career goals (requested as part of the application form).

CV/Resume: A Curriculum Vitae (CV) with a comprehensive listing of professional accomplishments.

English Proficiency: As defined in this document (click to download).

Interview: Applicants may be invited to an interview with the committee. Interviews of students living at a distance can be conducted by telephone or Teams. The interviews will validate and verify application materials and evaluate verbal communication skills.

GRE: The GRE is not required for admission to any Doctoral Nursing program.

In addition to these general doctoral requirements, each program has their own, additional requirements and processes. Visit each program’s page for more information.

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