DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health NP: Robert Morris University


RMU is at the Forefront of this Ever-Changing Industry

In order to provide a holistic level of health care, today’s nurses are being asked to expand their knowledge and manage, across the lifespan, the care of individuals experiencing psychiatric problems.

RMU’s DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health NP track of the BSN to DNP Program emphasizes interprofessional educational competencies and teaches graduates to become leaders, using their expert communication skills to employ clinical reasoning at the highest level. As a result, they’re able to provide quality care to their patients while developing and implementing appropriate mental health policies.

Upon completion, graduates are eligible for national certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a PMHNP.

Why RMU?

The educational objectives of the DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Track of the BSN to DNP Program are to prepare certified registered psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners who:

  • Utilize expert communication and leadership skills with interdisciplinary teams to ensure quality of care of patients experiencing mental illness;
  • Employ clinical reasoning at the highest level of nursing practice to aid in the differential diagnosis of both medical and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan, in collaboration with other health care professionals;
  • Utilize pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic and complementary interventions using an evidence-based practice approach in the provision of treatment to individuals across the life span experiencing acute and chronic psychiatric disorders;
  • Engage proactively in the development and implementation of health policy in relation to mental health;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of standards and principles for selecting and evaluating information systems and patient care technology;
  • Function as team leaders to facilitate collaborative, interprofessional teamwork to ensure safe, patient-centered care;
  • Use evidence-based practice health promotion findings, related to clinical prevention and population health, to improve the health status of the U.S. population; and
  • Demonstrate culturally competent care in the provision of treatment to individuals experiencing acute and chronic psychiatric disorders across the life span.

The curriculum for the PMHNP Track includes a total of 86 credits and 1,252 clinical hours. The program can be completed in four years taking two to three courses per semester.