Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Learn an integrated approach to addressing the needs of body, mind, soul, and spirit.

There is no health without mental health, and individuals who seek mental health care require competent, compassionate providers.

As a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, you’ll assess, evaluate, diagnose, and treat the mental health conditions of individuals across the life span.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing has had a distinguished psychiatric nursing program for more than 60 years.

Earn a post-doctoral certificate.

If you’re a doctoral-prepared nurse who wants to add or change your area of specialty, there’s no need to repeat coursework you’ve already taken. See the Course Listing for the Post-Doctoral Certificate under Plans of Study below.

How the Program Works

  • Core DNP courses are available online.
  • Specialty courses are conducted in person, allowing you to learn directly from and network with our faculty experts.
  • Flexible scheduling includes 3-, 4-, and 5-year plans of study.
  • You’ll learn from faculty with diverse doctoral training, research interests, and practice appointments.
  • You’ll be paired with faculty specialists and preceptors in clinical opportunities for sub-specialization in various high-risk populations, such as geriatric, children and adolescents, those with severe and persistent mental disorders, and those with substance abuse disorders.
  • For your clinical and practicum hours, placements are available at premium sites throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.

What You'll Learn

This specialized program prepares you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide primary care psychiatric services to children and adults. You’ll learn an evidence-based holistic approach to treat mental health problems, building on these four core competencies:

  • physical and psychosocial advanced health assessments
  • diagnosis of mental disorders, pathophysiology, and neurophysiology
  • individual, family, and group psychotherapy
  • medication management (pharmacology and psychopharmacology).

Other courses develop competencies in health care systems, best-practice research utilization and translation, and health care quality improvement.

What You'll Do

Upon completion of the program, you’ll be prepared to:

  • take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan) certification exam
  • meet the growing demand for qualified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners in private practices, outpatient clinics, and urgent care settings — or as hospital liaisons
  • educate nursing students across all education levels in psychiatric mental health nursing.
Choose one of four paths to your DNP.

Our Doctor of Nurse Practice program has an option that fits your goals and experience, whether you 1) have your BSN, 2) have your master's in nursing or a related field, 3) are already a nurse practitioner, 4) are looking to change your specialty. Focus your energy and resources on only those courses that you need to achieve your goals. Learn more about our DNP pathways.

More Information

Plans of Study

Post-BSN:

Plans of Study for Fall 2016 and Beyond:

Plans of Study Prior to Fall 2016:

Post-MS:

Post-Doctoral Certificate:

Post-BSN: Three-Year Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1
NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 Credits 
NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Life Span 3 Credits 
NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span 4 Credits
NRSG 785: Professional Writing 1 Credit
Total: 11 Credits 
Spring Year 1 
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3 Credits
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits 
NDNP 870: Diagnosis and Management 1: Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Across the Life Span 3 Credits 
NDNP 871: Diagnosis and Management 1: Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
Total: 12 Credits
Summer Year 1 
NRSG 780: Population Health and Promotion 3 Credits
NURS 810: Evidence-Based Health Policy 3 Credits
NPHY 862: Neurophysiology of Mental Disorders 2 Credits
Total: 8 Credits
Fall Year 2 
NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
NRSG 782: Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3 Credits 
NDNP 872: Diagnosis and Management 2: Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span 4 Credits
NDNP 873: Diagnosis and Management 2: Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 Credits (180 Hours)
Total: 14 Credits
Spring Year 2 
NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care 2 Credits
NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 810: DNP Project Identification 1 Credit
NDNP 874: Diagnosis and Management 3: Family Systems for Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span 3 Credits
NDNP 876: Diagnosis and Management 4: Psychopharmacology Across the Life Span  4 Credits
Total: 11 Credits
Summer Year 2 
NDNP 811: DNP Project Development 1 Credit
NURS 834: Translating Evidence to Practice 3 Credits
NDNP 875: Diagnosis and Management 3: Family Systems for Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 6 Credits
Fall Year 3 
NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 814: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems 3 Credits
NDNP 817: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems Clinical Practicum 2 Credits (90 Hours)
NDNP 877: Diagnosis and Management 5: Professional Practice Immersion: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 Credits (180 Hours)
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 3 
NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 878: Diagnosis and Management 6: Integration of Practice and Leadership: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 5 Credits (225 Hours)
ELECTIVE or Necessary Specialty Course 3 Credits
Total: 9 Credits
TOTAL 81 CREDITS (58 Didactic/23 Clinical Credits [1,035 Clinical Hours]) 

Post-BSN: Four-Year Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health 3 Credits 
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits 
NRSG 785: Professional Writing 1 Credit
Total: 7 Credits 
Spring Year 1 
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits 
NRSG 782: Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3 Credits 
Total: 6 Credits
Summer Year 1 
NURS 810: Evidence-based Health Policy 3 Credits
Total: 3 Credits
Fall Year 2 
NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Life Span 3 Credits 
NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span 4 Credits
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 2 
NDNP 870: Diagnosis and Management 1: Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Across the Life Span 3 Credits
NDNP 871: Diagnosis and Management 1: Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
Total: 9 Credits
Summer Year 2 
NPHY 862: Neurophysiology of Mental Disorders 2 Credits 
NURS 834: Translating Evidence to Practice 3 Credits
Total: 5 Credits
Fall Year 3 
NDNP 872: Diagnosis and Management 2: Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span 4 Credits 
NDNP 873: Diagnosis and Management 2: Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 Credits (180 Hours)
NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care 2 Credits
NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours)
Total: 11 Credits
Spring Year 3 
NDNP 810: DNP Project Identification 1 Credit
NDNP 874: Diagnosis and Management 3: Family Systems for Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span 3 Credits 
NDNP 876: Diagnosis and Management 4: Psychopharmacology Across the Life Span 4 Credits
Total: 8 Credits
Summer Year 3
NDNP 811: DNP Project Development 1 Credit
NDNP 875: Diagnosis and Management 3: Family Systems for Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 3 Credits
Fall Year 4
NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 877: Diagnosis and Management 5: Professional Practice Immersion: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 Credits (180 Hours)
NDNP 814: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems 3 Credits
NDNP 817: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems Clinical Practicum 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 4
NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 878: Diagnosis and Management 6: Integration of Practice and Leadership: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 5 Credits (225 Hours)
ELECTIVE or Necessary Specialty Course 3 Credits
Total: 9 Credits
TOTAL 81 CREDITS (58 Didactic/23 Clinical Credits [1,035 Clinical Hours]) 

Post-BSN: Five-Year Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health 3 Credits 
NRSG 782: Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3 Credits 
NRSG 785: Professional Writing 1 Credit
Total: 7 Credits 
Spring Year 1 
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
NURS 810: Evidence-based Health Policy 3 Credits 
Total: 6 Credits
Summer Year 1 
NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits 
Total: 3 Credits
Fall Year 2 
NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care 2 Credits
NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
Total: 6 Credits
Spring Year 2 
NURS 834: Translating Evidence to Practice 3 Credits
ELECTIVE or Necessary Specialty Course 3 Credits
Total: 6 Credits
Summer Year 2 
NDNP 814: Practice Leadership within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems 3 Credits 
NDNP 817: Practice Leadership within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems Clinical Practicum 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 5 Credits
Fall Year 3 
NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 Credits 
NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Life Span 3 Credits
NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span 4 Credits
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 3 
NDNP 870: Diagnosis and Management 1: Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Across the Life Span 3 Credits 
NDNP 871: Diagnosis and Management 1: Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
Total: 6 Credits
Summer Year 3
NPHY 862: Neurophysiology of Mental Disorders 2 Credits
Total: 2 Credits
Fall Year 4
NDNP 872: Diagnosis and Management 2: Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span 4 Credits
NDNP 873: Diagnosis and Management 2: Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 Credits (180 Hours)
Total: 8 Credits
Spring Year 4
NDNP 874: Diagnosis and Management 3: Family Systems for Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span 3 Credits
NDNP 876: Diagnosis and Management 4: Psychopharmacology Across the Life Span 4 Credits
NDNP 810: DNP Project Identification 1 Credit
Total: 8 Credits
Summer Year 4
NDNP 811: DNP Project Development 1 Credit
NDNP 875: Diagnosis and Management 3: Family Systems for Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 3 Credits
Fall Year 5
NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 877: Diagnosis and Management 5: Professional Practice Immersion: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 Credits (180 Hours)
Total: 5 Credits
Spring Year 5
NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 878: Diagnosis and Management 6: Integration of Practice and Leadership: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 5 Credits (225 Hours)
Total: 6 Credits
TOTAL 81 CREDITS (58 Didactic/23 Clinical Credits [1,035 Clinical Hours]) 

Post-MS: Core Degree Requirements

The Post Masters-DNP with Specialty plan of study is by definition variable credit based on the student’s individual educational experiences.

Students should work closely with their advisor to determine specific plans of study.

All of the below degree requirements must be completed at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, or through transfer credits that are directly equivalent to UMSON coursework.

Course Number/TitleCredit/Clinical Hours
NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Life Span 3 Credits 
NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span 4 Credits (May be satisfied by at least 3 credits of directly equivalent transfer credit) 
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits 
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits 
NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits 
NRSG 785: Professional Writing 1 Credit 
NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care 2 Credits 
NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours) 
NURS 834: Translating Evidence to Practice 3 Credits 
NDNP 810: Project Identification 1 Credit 
NDNP 811: DNP Project Development 1 Credit 
NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation 1 Credit (45 Hours)  
NDNP 814: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems 3 Credits 
NDNP 817: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems Clinical Practicum 2 Credits (90 Hours) 
NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination 1 Credit (45 Hours) 
NURS 810: Evidence-based Health Policy 3 Credits 
Total Core: 28 Credits
Total APRN Specialty Courses: 20 Credits (minimum)*
Total Credits:  48 – 93**

*Additional credits as needed to meet certification and 1,000-hour requirement.

**All students must complete a minimum of 48 credits to receive a DNP with specialty. Credits necessary to meet certification and DNP requirements determined upon admission.  Maximum credits for degree 93.


Post-MS: List of Specialty-Specific Courses

Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
NDNP 870: Diagnosis and Management 1: Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Across the Life Span 3
NDNP 871: Diagnosis and Management 1: Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 (135 hours)
NPHY 862: Neurophysiology of Mental Disorders 2
NDNP 872: Diagnosis and Management 2: Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Nursing Across the Life Span 3
NDNP 873: Diagnosis and Management 2: Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Nursing Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 (180 hours)
NDNP 874: Diagnosis and Management 3: Family Systems for Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span 3
NDNP 875: Diagnosis and Management 3: Family Systems for Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 2 (90 hours)
NDNP 876: Diagnosis and Management 4: Psychopharmacology Across the Life Span 4
NDNP 877: Diagnosis and Management 5: Professional Practice Immersion: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 (180 hours)
NDNP 878: Diagnosis and Management 6: Integration of Practice and Leadership: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 5 (225 hours)
Total Credits: 33
Total Clinical Hours: 990

If the student has already taken some of the required courses, the option of lowering the number of credits is possible upon review by the program director.


Post-Doctoral Certificate: Course Listing

Doctoral-prepared nurses who want to add or change their area of specialty only need to take the courses necessary for certification in that specialty. Your personalized plan of study will be determined at the time of admission.

Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Life Span 3
NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span 4
NDNP 870: Diagnosis and Management 1: Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Across the Life Span 3
NDNP 871: Diagnosis and Management 1: Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 (135 hours)
NPHY 862: Neurophysiology of Mental Disorders 2
NDNP 872: Diagnosis and Management 2: Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Nursing Across the Life Span 3
NDNP 873: Diagnosis and Management 2: Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Nursing Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 (180 hours)
NDNP 874: Diagnosis and Management 3: Family Systems for Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span 3
NDNP 875: Diagnosis and Management 3: Family Systems for Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span Clinical Practicum/Seminar 2 (90 hours)
NDNP 876: Diagnosis and Management 4: Psychopharmacology Across the Life Span 4
NDNP 877: Diagnosis and Management 5: Professional Practice Immersion: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 (180 hours)
NDNP 878: Diagnosis and Management 6: Integration of Practice and Leadership: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 5 (225 hours)
Total Credits: 43
Total Clinical Hours: 990

If the student has already taken some of the required courses, the option of lowering the number of credits is possible upon review by the program director.

Scholarship Opportunities

Your nursing education is an important investment. Financial aid and scholarships can help make your goals a reality.

UMSON offers multiple opportunities to help you afford your graduate education.

Type of AidAward
Federal Financial Aid various award amounts
Merit Scholarships $1,500-$3,000 per semester
(You are automatically considered for a merit scholarship upon submitting a completed application for enrollment in an UMSON academic program.)
Donor-Funded Scholarships $500-2,000 per semester
(offered during the fall and spring semesters)
Conway Scholarship full scholarship: tuition and fees
(for those who will have completed 12 credit hours of graduate study by the start of the semester for which the Conway Scholarship is awarded and who have at least half of their credit hours remaining)
Graduate Assistantships stipend, tuition remission, in-state status, and paid student health insurance

Learn More About Financial Aid and Scholarships


All students receiving funds through the University, including financial aid, merit awards, grants, and scholarships, must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • UMSON Federal Code: 002104
  • FAFSA Deadline for Maryland Residents (state awards and scholarships): Feb. 28
  • FAFSA Deadline: March 1

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Student Financial Assistance and Education Office is available to guide you through the FAFSA application process and the financial aid award package.


Contact Us:

UMSON Scholarships and Grants Office
410-706-0489 | nrsscholarships@umaryland.edu

UMB Student Financial Assistance and Education Office
410-706-7347 | aidtalk@umaryland.edu

 

DNP Admission Deadlines and Requirements

Note: The Nurse Anesthesia specialty accepts applicants for the summer session only and has different deadlines and requirements. 

All other specialties and the Post-Master's DNP option accept students for fall admission.


In this section:


Deadlines:

For best consideration, applicants are encouraged to have all required application materials submitted by the deadlines listed below.

  • Completed applications received after the priority deadline date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • After the admissions committee file review, applicants may be invited to an on-campus interview.
  • Applicants not selected for an interview will not be advanced to the next stage of applicant review. 
Priority Deadline Nov. 1
Application Review Nov. through mid-Dec.
Interviews mid-Dec. through end of January
Admissions Decisions Announced early Feb.

Qualifications:

  • bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from:
    • an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited college or university
      or
    • an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0

Application Materials:

Materials/Qualification

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

On the application drop down list:

  • post-baccalaureate DNP with specialty pathway applicants should select NURS – DNP – POST BSN
  • post-master's DNP with specialty applicants should select NURS – DNP with Specialties
  • post-master's DNP (without specialty) applicants should select NURS – DNP

Learn more about our DNP pathways.

Two recommendations. Recommendations must come from sources knowledgeable about your work performance and experience. Only the first two recommendations received will be considered.

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Returning students are required to submit UMSON transcripts via the Office of the Registrar.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Essay. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.

Applicants are expected to submit a concise essay (no more than 350 words) addressing the following:

How will earning this degree (or post-doctoral certificate) impact your care of the population you expect to serve after graduation?

Submit these materials via our Supplemental Documents Form.

(Alternatively, we accept submissions via email.)

 

 

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it either by mail, e-mail, or fax to the Office of the Registrar using the instructions supplied at the bottom of the residency application. The completed application, signed and dated, should be submitted prior to the first day of enrollment for the term and program for which you are seeking admission.

Verification of Nursing Practicum Hours Form (required for post-master's option applicants only).

Complete the form and submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Registration and Clinical Placements
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 108
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579


An interview with selected applicants will be arranged after the applications are received and reviewed.


Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.

This program is not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, due to the amount of online courses.


If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

Post-Doctoral Certificate Admission Deadlines and Requirements

In this section:


Deadlines:

Fall Admission

  • Priority Deadline: Nov. 1*
  • Deadline: June 1

Spring Admission:

  • Priority Deadline: Oct. 1*
  • Deadline: Nov. 15

*For best consideration, applicants are encouraged to have all required application materials submitted by the priority deadline.


Qualifications:

  • bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from:
    • an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited college or university
      or
    • an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0

Application Materials:

Materials/Qualification

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

On the application drop down list:

  • post-baccalaureate DNP with specialty pathway applicants should select NURS – DNP – POST BSN
  • post-master's DNP with specialty applicants should select NURS – DNP with Specialties
  • post-master's DNP (without specialty) applicants should select NURS – DNP
  • post-doctoral certificate applicants should select NURS - Postdoc Certificate

Learn more about our DNP pathways.

Two recommendations. Recommendations must come from sources knowledgeable about your work performance and experience. Only the first two recommendations received will be considered.

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Returning students are required to submit UMSON transcripts via the Office of the Registrar.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Essay. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.

Applicants are expected to submit a concise essay (no more than 350 words) addressing the following:

  • How will earning this degree (or post-doctoral certificate) impact your care of the population you expect to serve after graduation?
Submit these materials via our Supplemental Documents Form.

(Alternatively, we accept submissions via email.)

 

 

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it either by mail, e-mail, or fax to the Office of the Registrar using the instructions supplied at the bottom of the residency application. The completed application, signed and dated, should be submitted prior to the first day of enrollment for the term and program for which you are seeking admission.

Verification of Nursing Practicum Hours Form (required for post-master's option applicants only).

Complete the form and submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Registration and Clinical Placements
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 104
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579


An interview with selected applicants will be arranged after the applications are received and reviewed.


Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.

This program is not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, due to the amount of online courses.


If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

Faculty

Specialty Director: 

Charon Burda, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, assistant professor

Faculty Members:

(Mary) Jan Carroll, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, assistant professor
Ana C. Duarte, MS, RN, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC, clinical instructor
W. Henry Gregory, Jr., PhD, assistant professor 
Gail Schoen Lemaire, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNL, associate professor and assistant dean for the Master of Science program
Lori Mooney, MS, RN, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC, CRRN, clinical instructor
Lynn Oswald, PhD, RN, associate professor
Debra Scrandis, PhD, CRNP-PMH, associate professor
Victoria Selby, PhD, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, assistant professor

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for general FAQs regarding the DNP.

How long does it take to complete the specialty?

Students can choose from several options for completing their studies. Click Plans of Study to view each of the different options.

What type of nursing experience should applicants have?  

It is strongly recommended that applicants are currently working in the area of psychiatry with at least one year of experience in an inpatient setting and that they are certified in Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing (RN-BC credential). Membership and participation in the professional specialty organization, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, is also recommended.

How much hands-on clinical time will need to be completed?

The minimum number of practicum hours required for the DNP degree is 1,000 hours. For UMSON graduates to be eligible for their respective board certification exams, they must complete the DNP degree. Refer to the plans of study for the number of clinical hours required each semester.

Do students have to find their own preceptor or clinical site?  Can they do their clinical rotations where they work? 

Students are not required to find their own preceptor or clinical site. The UMSON faculty is committed to assigning students to clinical sites that are appropriate for course and program objectives. We are fortunate to have contacts with many nurse practitioner alumni and other providers who serve as preceptors. UMSON has clinical contracts with agencies in a variety of settings across the state of Maryland and Washington, D.C.  Students with a particular clinical site/preceptor of interest may forward the contact information to the course faculty member so the faculty member can determine whether the site is appropriate to meet the course objectives. Faculty members must approve any student-suggested site.

Students have completed practica at emergency services and rehabilitation facilities, as well as a variety of private practices, community and non-profit behavioral health organizations, mobile and home treatment centers, military installations, substance abuse centers, and after-hours urgent care and crisis clinics. Preceptors include psychiatric nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and licensed social workers and counselors. Clinical hours vary by site and are typically completed during regular business hours. However, there may be instances when students attend clinical time after-hours and/or on weekends. Clinical experiences are designed to give students exposure to patients across the life span, from children to geriatric.

Students should not complete their clinical rotations in the specific environments where they are employed due to a potential conflict of interest. Final approval of clinical site placement is at the faculty member’s discretion. 

Where can graduates work? What is the job market like for graduates of this specialty?

PMH Nurse Practitioners are well-respected health care professionals and they are in very high demand. Graduates from this specialty work in areas similar to those where they gained clinical experience: private practice, mobile, hospital, and clinical settings are representative of the varied work environments where PMHNPs readily find jobs. Our graduates are very well prepared academically. Their pass rates for the ANCC board certification exam are above the national average, enabling them to confidently embark on their careers and immediately begin to help improve access to care.

Is there anything else I can do to strengthen my application?

Many variables are taken into consideration when reviewing a student’s application for admission. A strong foundation in courses such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment is one key to success. Writing and grammar skills are also critically important for graduate-level education. Taking a writing course, particularly a technical writing course, may be of assistance. You may take these courses at a university of your preference. In addition, an applicant’s involvement in professional and organizational activities, as well as other scholarly activities, is evidence of leadership capabilities and interests. Current clinical experience is ideal and completion of certification in your specialty area is strongly recommended. We highly recommend that you spend several hours shadowing an advanced practice nurse in the specialty you wish to pursue. 

How can I get additional information?

For more information regarding admissions to this specialty, please contact the UMSON Admissions Office at: 410-706-0501, option #2 or admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu.


American Nurses Credentialing CenterThis program has met the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s certification eligibility educational requirements. When you complete this program, you’ll be prepared to sit for ANCC’s certification examination, provided you meet all of the eligibility criteria.

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