DNP – Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
A Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is an RN with an advanced degree specializing in Psychiatric and Mental Health. The job involves assessing, examining, diagnosing, and treating patients with mental health issues or disorders. Their work is varied and can overlap with therapists, psychologists, educators, and doctors.
Overview of a DNP – Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
- Students prepare to specialize as primary mental health care providers for individuals and families.
- Students learn to apply neurobiological and psychosocial theories and use both pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies in the delivery of mental health care.
- Coursework focuses on mental health care through the full lifespan, with a sub-specialty in child/adolescent psychiatry or adult/gerontological psychiatry.
- Students prepare for the Board of Nurse certification exam and to take either the Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Exam or the Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Exam.
- Students participate in focused clinical environments that facilitate skill building in assessment and treatment of mental health problems.
Steps to Become a DNP Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
- Receive a Registered Nurse Certification.
- Enroll and complete a DNP in family psychiatric & mental health.
- Obtain DNP certification and proper licensure, which varies by state.
Salary and Career Information
- Estimated Salary: $73,296 – $114,455 (determined by place of employment and area of specialty), according to Payscale.com.
- Job Setting: Home health, family practice settings, criminal justice, behavioral health clinics, additions treatment, pain clinics, private psychiatric practices, hospitals, emergency departments, school based clinics, and long term care.
- Job Prospects: Excellent, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Online Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Degrees
Earn an Online Nurse Practitioner Degree
Online nurse practitioner programs have grown in popularity in recent years as more accredited schools have begun offering online alternatives to these degrees. Combining flexibility with the lack of campus visitation required these programs are ideal for working professionals. By clicking on links below, you can request information from each school about its tuition, classes, and programs.
||Georgetown University — Stationed out of Washington DC, Georgetown University is a cultural and social hub and is one of the oldest schools in the nation. The school has two online nursing programs available, an MSN in Family Nursing and an MSN in Midwifery and Women's Health. Georgetown is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Read more about Georgetown University.|
||University of Cincinnati — The University of Cincinnati is an Ohio-based school with more than 42,000 students and over 300 programs. Many of these programs have online options available like MSN in Clinical Nursing and MSN in Nurse Midwifery, which are great for students who need the flexibility to study around work and family. UC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Read more about University of Cincinnati.|
||South University — South University began operations over 100 years ago in Savannah, Georgia and now has 12 campuses and an online division, including an MSN for Nurse Practitioners program. The program can be completed in less than two years and there is an RN to MSN bridge option available for you if you do not have a bachelor degree. South is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Read more about South University.|
||Capella University — Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Capella University is an online school with over 37000 current students across the nation. Its online programs like MSN in Nurse Educator (Bridge option also available) have one-to-one tutoring, accelerated study, and low student to teacher ratios. Capella holds several accreditations, including The Higher Learning Commission and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Read more about Capella University.|
||Walden University — Walden University is private institution headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Boasting almost 50,000 students enrolled, Walden is one of the largest online schools conferring mostly master’s or doctorate degrees, like the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Walden is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Read more about Walden University.|
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