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Deepen your understanding of addiction and its impact on mental health care.

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is the first school in the nation to offer a Substance Use and Addictions specialty as part of its Psychiatric Mental Health Doctor of Nursing Practice track. By offering this unique specialty, our graduates will understand how substance use disorders and addiction impact psychiatric mental health and treatment options. Preparing Psychiatric Mental Health NPs with the knowledge and skills to identify and treat substance use disorders is critical given the number of people who suffer from substance abuse and its repercussions throughout families, communities, the health care system, and society.

Curriculum

The Psychiatric Mental Health NP with Substance Use and Addictions specialty is offered in a hybrid learning format with both online and in-person instruction.

Courses

Students pursuing the Substance Use and Addictions specialty will take the following courses in addition to their DNP coursework:

  • Advanced Practice Nursing of Clients with Substance Use and Addictive Disorders Across the Lifespan I
  • Advanced Practice Nursing of Clients with Substance Use and Addictive Disorders Across the Lifespan I
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Substance Use and Addictive Disorders Practicum experiences

Credit Hours

72 credit hours

Admission

To apply, you must be a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited program. Applicants should have at least one year of nursing experience and be dedicated to advancing the practice of psychiatric nursing. Admission is competitive and based on the strength of application materials and interview.

Have a question or want to learn more about the program? Contact Program Track Director Cynthia Paidipati, PhD, APRN, PMH-NP/CNS-BC at cpaidipati@luc.edu

Tuition and Financial Aid

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.