2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Oct 29, 2020  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) - Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialization (B.S. to D.N.P.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mary Minton, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing
Department of Graduate Nursing
Wagner Hall 217, Box 2275
E-mail: SDSU.gradnursing@sdstate.edu

Program Information

The Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares advanced practice nurses to transform clinical practice as expert clinicians and leaders with a special focus on rural and under-served populations.  The Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialization is offered in partnership with the University of Missouri-Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing. Students are prepared to deliver advanced primary mental health care to adults and are eligible for the ANCC psychiatric nurse practitioner examination.

Program Outcomes

  • To prepare graduates as clinicians and leaders with a special focus on rural and underserved populations. 
  • To prepare graduates to deliver evidence-based direct patient care to individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings. 
  • To prepare graduates to produce and implement scientific evidence to guide practice. 
  • To prepare graduates to work collaboratively with frontier, urban, and rural communities in an effort to reduce health disparities.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the graduate will successfully demonstrate the following competencies: 

  • Analyze significant practice issues with the theoretical and scientific underpinnings of knowledge-based practice. 
  • Employ advanced clinical judgment to assess, design, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based care of individuals in complex health and illness situations. 
  • Apply a broad system perspective to design, implement, and evaluate culturally congruent policies and practices to improve care for a diverse population. 
  • Lead health care inter-professional and intra-professional teams to transform care. 
  • Initiate ethically sound practice changes to address complex interwoven organization, population, fiscal, and policy trends. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of information technology to improve health care within systems. 
  • Implement evidence-based clinical prevention and health promotion activities to improve the health of populations.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure


The Doctor of Nursing Practice at South Dakota State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.


Students must provide evidence of professional registration by submitting a copy of the most current RN license.


After completing the program of study, graduates may be eligible to complete certification through several professional organizations.
Nursing Certification - Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification  

Course Delivery Format

Nursing courses are delivered face-to-face and enhanced with web-based instruction. Online course delivery is also offered for specified courses.

The College of Nursing has agreements for distance education and hybrid courses with the University of Missouri-Kansas City for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner courses, and the University of Missouri-Columbia for Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist courses. Students in these specializations receive their degree from SDSU.

Facilities and Services

The College of Nursing provides world-class facilities and a variety of students services and programs for graduate student engagement.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Doctor of Nursing Practice B.S. to D.N.P. 84.5 Credits

Core Requirements

Offered in collaboration with the University of Missouri - Columbia

++ Courses offered online by the Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri - Columbia

 On-campus requirement at the University of Missouri for clinical and Institute courses. Dates are posted on the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing site.
 University of Missouri coursework subject to change – contact the SDSU Graduate Nursing Department for updated information.
For additional information, refer to the Graduate Nursing Department webpage.

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 600 paper-based, 100 Internet-based, OR
IELTS: 7.0 total band

In addition to meeting the Graduate School admission requirements, applicants for graduate study for the Bachelor’s to Doctor of Nursing Practice must have:

  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE Accredited program with a minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA.
  • 1500 hours of documented nursing practice experience prior to the first clinical lab or within the first program year.
  • Completed and verified application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
  • Completion of a written response to questions regarding educational goals, scholarly practice interest and desired practice career.
  • Completed an approved statistical methods course within 5 years of enrollment in the designated research course within the DNP program coursework.
  • Interview with graduate faculty.
  • Compliance requirements: Background check, FBI rolled fingerprint, drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, Advanced Life Support certification specific to chosen DNP specialty, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.

General Requirements

Graduate students must consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

For additional information refer to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Requirements .

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