SUNY offers Doctor of Nursing Practice program

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MARCY — SUNY Polytechnic Institute will offer a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a license-qualifying post-baccalaureate nursing program degree with a specialization in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), the college has announced.

It is the first practice doctorate program based at the institution’s Utica/Marcy campus, according to a SUNY Poly announcement.

It noted the DNP program is delivered online with asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities to address the educational needs of adult learners.

The program is designed to advance excellence in clinical practice with specialized knowledge to meet the complexities of behavioral and mental health issues, shape health care policy, and improve the stabilization, management, and treatment of children, adults, families and populations experiencing psychological challenges and disorders, the college announcement added.

For more information, and to apply, visit https://sunypoly.edu/academics/majors-and-programs/doctor-nursing-practice-dnp.html online.

SUNY Poly said that with a shortage of psychiatric practitioners trained in the biopsychosocial model, the degree program will help advance a more comprehensive and holistic perspective toward patient health.

“SUNY Poly’s first practice doctoral nursing program degree provides a vital platform for our graduates to meet the mental health needs of individuals whose lives can be positively transformed by receiving proper care,” said SUNY Poly interim President Grace Wang. “We are thrilled our expert faculty will arm the next generation of educators and researchers with the experience to design mental health policy and programs, address issues related to mental health chronic illnesses and health disparities, and promote economically and culturally acceptable disease prevention programs.”

The first group of students in the post-baccalaureate DNP in PMHNP program is expected in the fall 2021 semester. Interested applicants with a master’s in nursing degree from an accredited program may apply for advanced standing in the DNP program and will be reviewed on an individual basis.

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