Nursing & Infant Mental Health (D.N.P. or Ph.D. Dual-Title)

Students in the Ph.D. or D.N.P. programs in Nursing can apply to earn a Ph.D. in Nursing or a D.N.P. with a dual-title in Infant Mental Health (IMH). This dual-title degree is designed to prepare nurses to support early social and emotional development in a variety of contexts in which parents or children suffer from developmental disabilities, health problems, or mental health problems. The program also prepares nurses to conduct research related to infant mental health. Students take courses in infant development and assessment, and develop specific skills related to infant mental health assessment and treatment. The dual-title coursework follows competencies outlined by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health that are required for endorsement as an infant mental health specialist or an infant mental health mentor.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Students should indicate on their application to the Nursing program their desire to earn an infant mental health dual-title. Students may also contact the IMH program director, Ann Stacks, any time prior to the completion of their qualifying/preliminary examination to enroll in the program.

In addition to D.N.P. or Ph.D. requirements, students are required to complete twelve to fourteen credits of infant mental health coursework including the following courses with at least a 3.0 g.p.a. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Nursing and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

ELE 7025Infant Mental Health: Theory to Practice Across Early Childhood Settings2
NUR 7880Infant/Family Mental Health Assessment2
SW 7010Infant Mental Health Practice1-2
PSY 7425Psychology of Infant Behavior and Development3
PSY 7430Developmental Assessment of Infants and Toddlers3
Total Credits11-12

D.N.P. students must also complete a qualifying examination and a Clinical Inquiry Project related to infant mental health.

Ph.D. students must also complete a qualifying examination and a Doctoral Dissertation related to infant mental health.