Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Doctor of Nursing Practice with specialization in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program

The SUNY Poly Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is post-baccalaureate nursing program degree with a specialization in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). It is built upon the generalist foundation of baccalaureate nursing education or the generalist master’s degree in nursing. The DNP program prepares nurses at the highest level for specialized practice as advanced practice nurses.

The DNP consists of 76 credits in advanced nursing theory, scientific inquiry, advanced pathophysiology and health assessment, pharmacology and psychopharmacology, organizational leadership, evidence based practice, biostatistics and epidemiological trends, integrative health, health behavior and promotion, advanced diagnostics, population health, and social policy with 1040 clinical hours in psychiatric mental health. This program culminates in an evidence-based clinical project under the mentorship of a doctoral-prepared faculty member and clinical preceptor.  

The DNP is the first practice doctorate program based at the institution’s Utica campus and is delivered as an online program with asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities to address the educational needs of adult learners. It can be completed within 3 years full-time study with 3 summers and 5 years part-time study with 4 summers, with an on-site Orientation and two on-site DNP Residencies at specified times in the curriculum.

    Accreditation Standards

    The PMHNP-DNP program meets the license qualifying regulations as determined by the New York
    State Education Department and complies with professional standards established by the American
    Academy of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the nurse practitioner competencies defined by the
    American Psychiatric Nurse Association (APNA).

    It is designed to meet accreditation standards established by the:

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Suite 2 West, Philadelphia, PA. 19104 Phone: 267.284.5000.

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791.Current Accreditation Award: Continuing. Last Accreditation Date: 9.16.2013. Next Review Cycle: Fall 2023.

    New York State Board of Regents, Office of the Professions for nursing education at 88 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12203, 518.474.3817.Office of the Professions, Registration Unit, State Education Building - 2nd Floor, Albany, NY 12234. and the Commissioner’s regulations for
    the profession.

    For academic questions/information contact:
    Darlene Del Prato, Ph.D., R.N.
    Chair, Nursing Department
    315-792-7295 |

    Lynne Longtin, D.N.P., R.N.
    Assistant Professor
    315-792-7555 |

    For admissions questions/information contact:
    Alicia Foster
    Director of Graduate Admissions
    315-792-7347 |


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