2020-21 Graduate Catalog


Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

The DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates to provide comprehensive primary mental health care across the lifespan to those at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems. Program emphasis is on working with a multidisciplinary team to facilitate and accelerate the patient's return to optimal health and manage mental health in the context of individuals, families, health care settings, and society.

Graduates will be eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Requirements

The BSN to DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program requires 66 semester hours of coursework for completion. The curriculum has 52 hours of didactic coursework and 14 hours of clinical practicum. Students may complete the program of study in three years (36 months). A part-time option is available.

Required Coursework

NURS 50003Advanced Pathophysiology

3.00

NURS 50013Advanced Health Assessment

3.00

NURS 50022Advanced Practice Roles

2.00

NURS 50053Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

3.00

NAPN 86212Psychotherapy Concepts for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

2.00

NAPN 84212Business and Legal Aspects for the Nurse Practitioner

2.00

NAPN 86222Neurobiology of Mental Illness: Lifespan

2.00

NAPN 86213Psychopharmacology for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

3.00

NAPN 86223Psychiatric Care of Adult and Geriatric Populations

3.00

NAPN 86283Advanced Clinical Practicum I Psychiatric-Mental Health: Adult and Geriatric Population

3.00

NAPN 86333Psychiatric Care of Children and Adolescents

3.00

NAPN 86383Advanced Clinical Practicum II Psychiatric-Mental Health: Children and Adolescents

3.00

NAPN 86384Advanced Clinical Practicum III Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship

4.00

NDNP 81113Complexity and Innovation in Healthcare

3.00

NDNP 81123Biostatistics for the Advanced Health Practitioner

3.00

NDNP 81233Decision Science and Informatics

3.00

NDNP 81243Translational Research

3.00

NDNP 81353Health Care Policy and Politics

3.00

NDNP 81363Emerging Sciences for Advanced Practice

3.00

NDNP 82272Advanced Practicum I

2.00

NDNP 82282Advanced Practicum II

2.00

NDNP 88062DNP Project I

2.00

NDNP 88072DNP Project II

2.00

NDNP 88182DNP Project III

2.00

NDNP 86612Foundations of Scholarly Inquiry

2.00

A minimum of 6 hours of NDNP 88062, 88072, and 88182 are required to complete the program. Students may enroll in additional DNP Project hours if necessary to complete requirements for the project.

A student must complete the BSN to DNP degree within six academic years from the semester they first began coursework. Extension of time must be applied for in writing to the Division Director of Graduate Nursing, who will then make a recommendation to the Associate Dean for Nursing. The letter should explain why the degree was not completed within the time limit and should present a schedule for completing the program. Additional courses may be assigned to students who do not complete the degree within the time limit.

Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in accordance with provisions described under "Academic Warning." All grades are included in the computation of the GPA, but no more than one grade of "C" or lower may be utilized in satisfying degree requirements. Students who achieve a GPA of less than 3.0 in any semester or term will be placed on academic warning. Students can be removed from that status by achieving a 3.0 cumulative average by the end of the next six hours of enrollment. If a student should fail to do so, further enrollment will be granted only by the special recommendation of the Division Director of Graduate Nursing and with permission of the Associate Dean for Nursing.

An "I" (incomplete) grade is recorded when the student and instructor have determined that the work required for a course cannot be completed within the term of enrollment due to circumstances beyond the student's control. Under no circumstances will a grade of "I" be given to avoid earning an "F" for the course.

The "I" grade must be removed within the first 60 days of the regular semester immediately following or it is changed to an "F." Any extension of this time must have written approval of the instructor and the Associate Dean for Nursing.

Until the "I" grade is removed, progression in the program will be at the discretion of the Division Director of Graduate Nursing.

The practicum and project must be completed within two academic years.

Grade Point Average

Two GPAs are maintained by TCU:

A semester average based on courses taken at TCU during a particular term; and a cumulative average based on all work attempted at TCU.

A student's GPA is computed by dividing the number of grade points (grade points earned per semester hour for the successful completion of academic work) by the number of hours (total credit hours attempted at TCU, excluding those attempted on a pass/no-credit basis).