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BSN-DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Doctorate


BSN graduates can save both time and money by completing master's level coursework while working directly towards their DNP degree. 

The DeSales BSN-DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track assures broad range of clinical experiences that prepare students to work in diverse healthcare settings including hospitals, skilled-care facilities, clinics, and other outpatient treatment centers. Graduates may follow psych mental health patients from hospital to outpatient settings to ensure successful transitional care.

The BSN-DNP NP Tracks are Fast and Flexible

All degree requirements can be met within a fifteen-semester timeframe following our full-time curriculum. DeSales University is proud to offer the first four-year BSN-DNP NP program in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania area. 

The DeSales Difference

  • Courses are offered in a variety of formats including on-line, synchronous, hybrid, and face-to-face instruction.
  • The curriculum is based on the full-time sequential completion of 23-26 courses over 15 semesters, based on selected track.
  • The BSN-DNP NP track options support students with a BSN degree to develop the necessary foundational principles in theory, quality, safety, and leadership.
  • Become a nurse leader and practice in a variety of roles providing advanced levels of nursing care.
  • Nursing faculty are highly experienced and have years of advanced experience across a variety of specialty areas.

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Important Program Information

Admissions Requirements

Requirements to apply to a BSN-DNP track:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students admitted to BSN-DNP programs shall be currently licensed as a registered nurse (RN) or, if enrolled in an RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or RN to Nursing Doctorate (ND) program, shall complete all competencies for undergraduate requirements prior to taking graduate courses.
    • New graduates are expected to obtain RN licensure within the first semester of program matriculation.
    • New graduates are expected to obtain a RN position within the first semester of program matriculation-specific to track option selected.
    • Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware RN licensures are also required prior to beginning the clinical sequence for all BSN-DNP track specialty curriculum.
  • Completion of an undergraduate health assessment course with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR or ACLS certification.
  • For the BSN-DNP Family/Individual Across the Lifespan NP track
    • 24 months of care in the adult population prior to entering the clinical sequence.
  • For the BSN-DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP track
    • evidence of 24 months of adult acute care / ICU specialty area (i.e. medical/surgical ICU, trauma ICU, neuro/neurosurgical ICU, cardiac ICU, open heart unit, burn unit) experience prior to entering the clinical sequence.
  • For the BSN-DNP Psychiatric/Mental Health NP track
    • evidence of 24 months of psych mental health experience prior to entering the clinical sequence.
  • For the BSN-DNP Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track
    • evidence of 24 months of adult gerontology RN experience prior to entering the clinical sequence.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit English proficiency test scores (TOEFL, iBT, IELTS, or CAE) as part of their application. An official copy of test results must be sent by the testing agency directly to the Division of Nursing at DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA 18034. Visit the following websites for up-to-date information:

* All exams must have been taken within two years of application to a DeSales program.

How to Apply

One cohort will be accepted annually for a Fall/August start.

Deadline to apply for Fall semester is May 15.


In the BSN-DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health NP track, you'll complete:

  • 26 courses including scholarly project and portfolio
  • 85 credits
  • 675 clinical hours and 525 residency hours
Track specific courses include:
  • NU 633: Behavioral Neuroscience
  • NU 634: Foundations of Assessment and Diagnosis in Psychiatry
  • NU 740: Foundations in Psychopathology
  • NU 741: Psychotherapy with Individuals and Groups
  • NU 738: Applied Psychopharmacology
  • NU 757:Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment
  • NU 758: Special Populations in Psychiatry 

See the curriculum and course details

Upon completion of Year 3 of the curriculum, students are eligible to take the Psychiatric-Mental Health (Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The required 60-hour advanced pharmacology course exceeds the minimum required hours for prescriptive authority in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Course Requirements

Learn more about the Division of Nursing mission and philosophy, program outcomes, and more. See important DNP program details

Tuition & Fees

Program Costs

  • Tuition/credit hour: $975*
  • Program Fees for BSN-DNP tracks: $3,750 ($250 per semester, 15 semesters)
  • Graduation Fee: $120
  • Returned Check Service: $30 

*Tuition/credit hours listed are for 2024/2025 academic year. Tuition and fees are reviewed each academic year and are subject to change with notice.

View a comprehensive list of financial aid forms and graduate program information sheets

Tuition Deferment

DeSales University offers graduate students the opportunity to defer payment of their tuition when they will be receiving reimbursement from their employer or when they are eligible to receive financial aid. A copy of your employer's tuition reimbursement policy must be forwarded to the Treasurer's Office and/or all necessary financial aid paperwork must be filed with the Financial Aid Office before tuition deferment is granted. 

Tuition deferment is a privilege given to graduate students at DeSales and can be revoked if this privilege is abused. Please note that you, as the student, are responsible for payment of your tuition balance in the event that your financial aid/loans or employer reimbursement is not received by the Treasurer's Office.

Tuition Reimbursement

When a student is eligible for tuition reimbursement from his/her employer, written evidence of eligibility is required. The student is responsible for requesting this reimbursement from his/her employer. In cases where reimbursement is contingent upon successful completion of the course(s) and the student either withdraws or does not achieve a grade sufficient to warrant maximum reimbursement, the student is ultimately responsible for payment for the course(s).

Refund on Withdrawal

A refund of tuition payments will be made to a student who withdraws from a course. In all cases, credits will be calculated from the date the student completed the official withdrawal form, and the rebate will be based on the schedule shown below. 

Refunds apply to tuition only. If a student is allowed to enroll by use of the deferred payment procedure, any funds due the University are immediately due and payable upon withdrawal.

Withdrawal during the add/drop period is 100% of tuition refunded. The schedule below is for withdrawal after the first class after the close of the add/drop period. 

The refund policy is based upon the number of classes held up to the date of withdrawal.

  • Withdrawal after 1st class: 80% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 2nd class: 65% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 3rd class: 50% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 4th class: 25% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 5th class: No refund

One FREE course for DeSales BSN and MSN graduates

DeSales offers one FREE 3-credit, 800-level Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) course to eligible* DeSales University graduates. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program graduates, as well as DSU Post-MSN Certificate (PMC) completers are eligible.

*Offer effective as of January 9, 2017. The discount applies to DSU DNP tuition only and is not applicable toward fees, textbooks, or other costs associated with the DNP Program. For details regarding evaluation for eligibility, please contact or 610-282-1100, x1664.

Veteran & Military Student Discount Program

Beginning Spring of 2023, DeSales University will match the Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program (T.A.) of $250/credit, or $750 for a three-credit course. The TA match discount program will be available to students who are currently serving on military active duty, National Guard, Reserve service members, and to eligible spouses or dependents. Adult Studies students eligible for TA match discount program will receive a combined $1,500 course credit against an approximately $1,600 course cost.

For more information, contact the Office of Veterans and Military Services

*Veteran & Military discount match is not applicable for the Accelerated BSN program nor combinable with additional DeSales University discount offerings.

CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at DeSales University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

CCNE - Accredited

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