BSN to DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
TTUHSC BSN-DNP Class of 2021

All applicants and incoming students need to be aware that while the School of Nursing does not require COVID-19 vaccination, our clinical partners are requiring that all students are fully COVID-19 vaccinated prior to clinical placement and proof of vaccination must be provided, in advance.  The successful completion of the clinical component of your program is essential for graduation.  As a result, students will not be able to complete program requirements for graduation without completing the clinical requirement.

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Program Overview


In order to best serve our students and prepare them for future success as either doctorally prepared Family Nurse Practitioners or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, the TTUHSC BSN-DNP program is excited to announce a move to a four-year standard degree plan consisting of 78 credit hours. Additionally, an accelerated three-year option will also be available. As part of this change, the program will now admit each Summer.  The application for Summer 2022 will be open from September 1st, 2021 – January 15th, 2022.

For more information, please contact Cade Korchenko at

The DNP is a professional doctorate. Nurses with the BSN degree can apply to the BSN to DNP program and move directly from the BSN degree to the DNP degree for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track. The BSN to DNP program is a combination of online and face-to-face courses and supervised clinical experiences and will meet all educational standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty’s (NONPF) Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (2016), which are the standards for both FNP and PMHNP programs. Graduates will meet all qualifications to sit for national certification to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner upon completion of the DNP degree.

Disclaimer: Due to changing regulations, the TTUHSC SON Graduate Programs cannot guarantee at the time of submission of an application that we can accept students from a particular state. At this time, we are unable to accept students living in the following states – Arizona, California, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, and Washington.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon program completion, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences to foster a culture of heaths and transform clinical practice and health care delivery systems.
  • Develop and operationalize effective, culturally relevant, and evidence-based clinical practice approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations.
  • Design and implement evidence-based strategies to analyze and improve outcomes of care at the practice, system, or population levels.
  • Apply, use, and evaluate health care information systems, information literacy and patient care technology to advance quality, patient safety, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Facilitate interprofessional team building and collaborative leadership skills to create positive change and improve outcomes in complex health care systems.
  • Exercise leadership skills to analyze, develop, influence, and implement health policies that advocate social justice, equity, and ethics within all health care arenas.
  • Analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, and other appropriate scientific data to develop culturally relevant and scientifically based health promotion and disease prevention initiatives.
  • Employ advanced leadership skills, systems thinking, and accountability to design, deliver and evaluate evidence-based management practices to improve patient, population and health system outcomes (Executive Leadership track).
  • Employ advanced practice levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based care to improve patient and population outcomes (Advanced Practice Nursing Track).

Admission Requirements


An explanation of how TTUHSC School of Nursing considers courses in which a student earns grades of Pass (P), Fail(F), Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC) is outlined below:

  • Official transcripts with courses awarded with P or CR during the SPRING 2020 semester can be used to meet prerequisite course requirements and will not be used in calculating either the cumulative or science GPA for admissions.  
  • TTUHSC SON reserves the right to determine how, and if, courses awarded with P or CR during any semester, outside of spring 2020, will be calculated into a GPA and/or considered for transfer credit.
  • Official transcripts with courses awarded with a Fail (F) or No Credit (NC) during any semester cannot be used to meet prerequisite course requirements

Consideration for admission is given to applicants who meet all admission criteria and have submitted ALL admission requirements by the application deadline.

TOEFL Scores – Applicants from a country where the primary language is not English must provide evidence of achieving a total score of 84 or higher with a speaking score of 26 or higher and a writing score of 27 or higher on the TOEFL iBT. This may only be waived if the student has received a degree from an accredited college/university in one of the listed countries: Australia, Canada (except the Province of Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean countries (including Anguilla, Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands), Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales), United States.

All applicants must meet requirements listed below for admission consideration:

  • Completed and submitted online application as directed on the School of Nursing website.
  • Valid unencumbered Texas or Compact RN License
  • Baccalaureate nursing degree from a regionally accredited college or university with nursing program accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accreditation from the American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate research and statistics course
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale) in the BSN program
  • Basic Life Support (American Heart Association BLS) Certification
  • Computer literacy
  • Critical analysis essay
  • Letters of References (3)
  • Oath of Residency
  • Official transcripts from all institutions formerly attended. NOTE: All transcripts must be from regionally accredited colleges or universities with nursing program accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accreditation from American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
  • Current Curriculum Vita (CV) or Resume (in the template provided in the application process)
  • Interview with DNP faculty (Interviews are conducted on an invitation only basis after a review of submitted application materials).


It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that their application is complete: Application Instructions

All application fees and placement fees/enrollment deposits are non-refundable.  Please be sure you are applying for the correct term/program before submitting your application.


Admission Term Application Open Application Deadline
Fall No Admission  
Spring No Admission  
Summer September 1 January 15

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