Nursing, Family Psychiatric Mental Health (DNP)

Program Overview

NOTES: Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences is transitioning its Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) program to the DNP degree starting in fall 2024. We’re making this change in accordance with recommendations from national nursing organizations such as the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), which has committed to move all entry-level NP education to the DNP degree by 2025.

Decker College offers two options to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree: the BS-DNP and the Advanced Standing DNP. In the family psychiatric mental health specialty, nurse practitioner is the only functional role available. The DNP program prepare nurses to respond more efficiently to changes in healthcare delivery and emerging healthcare needs and focus on providing leadership for evidence-based practice.

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Degrees Offered

  • DNP in Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

Decker College's Innovative Simulation and Practice Center, accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, provides advanced-practice graduate nursing students with regularly scheduled clinical activities to assess and manage common healthcare disorders through the use of standardized patients. Decker's Kresge Center for Nursing Research provides students with opportunities for hands-on learning during all phases of the research process under the supervision of nursing scientists.

Students in the DNP program can take advantage of a diverse and vigorous curriculum that includes courses on information technology, patient care and healthcare policy for healthcare advocacy. Under the guidance of a committee, students will complete a DNP Scholarly Project that meets the criteria of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's "Essential Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice." This project will focus on a change that impacts healthcare outcomes through direct or indirect care, including planning, implementation and evaluation components.

After You Graduate

Decker boasts high employment rates for our graduates, with many alumni taking positions in healthcare agencies such as Albany Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical University, United Health Services (UHS) and University of Rochester Medical Center. Other graduates often work at government and educational institutions.

Admission Requirements


There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information.

For more information, visit the Nursing, Family Psychiatric Mental Health website.

Susan Glodstein, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC

Program Coordinator of Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences