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From small towns to urban centers, a mental health crisis is gripping America with over one-third of the country living in an area with a shortage of mental health professionals. Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of this shortage has never been greater. If you’re currently a registered nurse (RN) in the Greater Chicago (IL, IN, MI, WI) area with direct or indirect experience in mental health and want to go further, you're at the right place. We will coordinate ALL of your clinical rotations with our amazing clinical partners.

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP: PMHNP) program provides RNs with the advanced clinical knowledge, leadership and research skills, to practice at the highest level of nursing practice, and become a board certified PMHNP-BC. Students will be mentored through clinical focus areas in Community Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, and Psychotherapy with our accomplished faculty in project teams. Graduates are prepared to provide psychiatric assessments, diagnosis and psychopharmacological and psychotherapy treatments across the lifespan, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Our 33-month and 45-month decelerated programs of study are delivered via a blend of online (synchromesh/asynchronous) and in person learning. Our program promotes the delivery of effective, evidence-based mental healthcare services, through interprofessional teams. Students will complete 1,000 hours of supervised direct patient care clinical practicum for graduation. Upon earning a DNP degree, students will be eligible to take the national PMHNP board certification exam. Each quarter, you will participate in two-four in-person classroom, simulation and lab intensives. 

Take the first steps toward a long-term rewarding career, as a professional mental health leader in your community. Apply now for our DNP: PMHNP program, and let the journey begin!