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DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)  DNP is a practice-focused doctoral program that prepares nurses to provide comprehensive primary mental health care across the lifespan to those at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems. Program emphasis is on working with a multidisciplinary team to facilitate and accelerate the patient’s return to optimal health and manage mental health in the context of individuals, families, health care settings, and society.

PMHNPs practice in a variety of locations including, in-patient psychiatric facilities, state psychiatric facilities, correctional facilities, mental health centers, home health, school, and private practice. Graduates will be eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Clinical Experience

One year of experience or its equivalent as a registered nurse is preferred

Program Highlights

  • Admission requirements
  • Online format
  • Summer term admission
  • 66 credit hours total (includes 1000 minimum clinical hours)
  • Three years full-time or four years part-time
  • Clinical practicum experiences with qualified preceptors arranged close to home when possible
  • On-campus intensives for skills development (2 required)

See the course catalog to learn more about our curriculum.