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Dual Concentration: Psychiatric-Mental Health/Family Nurse Practitioner

The dual concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner prepares graduates to write both national certification examinations. Students should thoughtfully consider their time commitments and career goals before applying to the dual concentration. Please refer to the descriptions of the individual concentrations.

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,  655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202.887.6791,, through December 31, 2024, and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Dual Concentration: Psychiatric-Mental Health/Family Nurse Practitioner Course Requirements

Post-BSN DNP Courses

Core Courses

Course ID Title Credits
NSG 876 Leadership and Health Policy  3
NSG 877 Healthcare Economics  3
NSG 824 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis 3
NSG 827 Epidemiology for Clinical Practice 3
NSG 855 DNP Advanced Practice Role Development 2
NSG 910 Philosophy of Science & Theory in Nursing 4
PATN 606 Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology 3
PHAN 830 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NSG 947 DNP Project Seminar I 1
NSG 948 DNP Project Design and Methods 2
NSG 949 DNP Project Implementation and Evaluation


NSG 950 DNP Project Seminar II  1
  Total 30

Concentration-Specific Courses

Course ID Title Credits
PMH 800 Individual, Group and Family Therapy 2
PMH 802 Psychiatric Mental Health Disorders 3
PMH 804 Child & Adolescent Mental Health Care in Advanced Psychiatric Nursing 3
PMH 809 Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Practice I 4
PMH 811 Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Practice II 5
PMH 810 Assessment Strategies in Psychiatric/Mental Healthcare 3
NSG 926 DNP Synthesis Practicum 2
PMH 812 Biological Treatments for Psychiatric Disorders 3
FNP 800 Advanced Family Nursing I 3
FNP 801 Advanced Family Clinical Practice I  3
FNP 802 Advanced Family Nursing II 3
FNP 803 Advanced Family Clinical Practice II  3
FNP 804 Advanced Practice Practicum 4
FNP 808 Health Promotion for Family Nurse Practitioners 2
  Total 46
  Dual DNP Total Credits:  73

Technical and Performance Standards

All students in the DNP Dual Concentration: Psychiatric-Mental Health/Family Nurse Practitioner Program must meet the Technical and Performance Standards for admission and progression.

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Technical and Performance Standards: All DNP Concentrations

In addition the technical and performance standards expected of all students in educational programs in the College of Nursing, students in the DNP program are also expected to possess the mental, auditory, visual, sensory, strength, manual dexterity, and communication skills to:

  1. Perform a systematic and complete history and physical examination on a client.
  2. Communicate significant examination findings to other professionals and client/family.
  3. Appropriately assess and record subjective and objective findings.
  4. Maintain effective relationships and interact appropriately with other professionals and clients/families, demonstrating skills of leadership collaborations and decisiveness.
  5. Accurately analyze alterations in functional patterns.
  6. Demonstrate advanced use of the nursing process: assess, develop, implement, educate and counsel clients, prescribe appropriate therapy, demonstrate self-care skills and evaluate appropriate plans of action for diagnosed problems.
  7. Maintain flexibility and emotional stability in response to novel, unique situations and stress.

Additional Technical and Performance Standards Specific to Psychiatric-Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner Concentrations

  1. Anticipate potential common, acute self-limiting, and selected chronic problems.
  2. Develop insight into own emotional functioning to evaluate the ability to provide therapeutic intervention for a client.
Feb 5, 2024