The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) concentration clinical option prepares the nurse for a leadership role in the health-care system. Clinical and theoretical content focuses on systems thinking, evidence-based practice, and translational research as they relate to the promotion of mental health, prevention, and treatment of psychiatric disorders, in consultation and collaboration with psychiatrists and other mental health-care providers. The curriculum includes 570 hours of clinical practice in the advanced practice role and 510 practicum hours for the D.N.P. role. The curriculum prepares the student to be certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner by the state of California and the American Nurses Certification Corporation.

CoreTheoryClinicalTotal Units
NGRD 650Advanced Role Development and Collaboration4.0404.0
NGRD 651Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice4.0404.0
NGRD 652Health-Care Systems Leadership4.0404.0
NGRD 653Health Systems Policy Development and Advocacy4.0404.0
NGRD 654Social Determinants of Health14.0404.0
NGRD 655Health Systems Finance4.0404.0
NGRD 656Outcomes Assessment for Strategic Planning4.0404.0
NGRD 657Intermediate Statistics4.0404.0
NGRD 658Nursing Research and Translational Science4.0404.0
NGRD 659Professional Writing for Nurse Leaders4.0404.0
RELE 564Ethics and Health Disparities3.0303.0
RELR 525Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership3.0303.0
RELT 557Theology of Human Suffering3.0303.0
NGPM 549Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner VII: Skills Laboratory1.0301.0
NGRD 621Pharmacology in Advanced Practice I2.0202.0
NGRD 622Pharmacology in Advanced Practice II3.0303.0
NGRD 624Advanced Health Assessment4.0404.0
NGRD 625Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology4.0404.0
NGPM 541Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I3.0301.0304.0
NGPM 542Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner II3.0303.0906.0
NGPM 543Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner III3.0303.0906.0
NGPM 544Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner IV3.0303.0906.0
NGPM 545Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner V3.0303.0906.0
NGPM 546Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner VI: Practicum1.0106.01807.0
D.N.P. Project
NGRD 667Introduction to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Inquiry Proposal Project1.8201.2403.0
NGRD 669ADNP Practice Inquiry Project4.01204.0
NGRD 669BDNP Practice Inquiry Project4.01204.0
NGRD 669CDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0802.0
NGRD 669DDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
NGRD 669EDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
NGRD 669FDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
Overall Totals79.880037.21140117.0

Fulfills service learning requirement


Prior to graduation, students are required to submit an online professional portfolio. Documentation of 510 doctoral leadership practice hours will be included in the portfolio.

Normal time to complete the program

Four years (15 academic quarters)—based on less than full-time enrollment.