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DNP - APRN Plan of Study

Students may enter the program with either a BSN or MSN.  Fall admittance only.  Specialty areas for Post-BSN DNP students include adult-gerontology, family, pediatric practice and psychiatric mental health tracks.  Post-BSN DNP graduates from these tracks will be eligible for certification as a nurse practitioner.  Post-MSN DNP graduates do not qualify for certification in an APRN specialty area because the DNP degree is an academic degree that is distinct and separate from the certification process.  A practice improvement project will be completed during the last year of the program under the direction of faculty.

Full and part-time plans of study are available. An individual program plan of study is completed at the time of admission into the program.

Sample plans of study are found below. 

Post-BSN DNP Plans of Study

Adult-Gerontology, Pediatric, Family or Psychiatric Mental Health**

**Certified CNS in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing students will have a tailored curriculum based upon CNS MSN transcript and degree preparation, and may require additional coursework, e.g. NRDNP 864-866 Advanced Care Management courses to be eligible for the lifespan PMHNP certification examination and DNP degree.

Post-MSN DNP Plans of Study

MUSC Alumni Post-MSN DNP Plan of Study


Post-Graduate Certificate Program Starting Spring 2021

Post-graduate certificate to obtain Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Lifespan Certification now available! Applications open July 1, 2020. Classes begin January 2021. Eligible applicants include: APRN licensed primary care or acute care certified Nurse Practitioners and certified Clinical Nurse Specialists in Psychiatric-Mental Health

PMHNP Plan of Study