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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 67
Cost Per Credit: $1053
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College of Nursing

Program Details

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) specialty prepares nurses to focus on mental health care and the mind-body connection for patients. You will learn the modalities to diagnose and treat depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, social disorders, and more. Graduates will work with the patients over the short term or long term to analyze and develop treatment plans with the patient.

The DNP program is a hybrid program utilizing a mixture of online didactic coursework, on-campus intensives, and on-ground practicum and clinical placements. It is a practice-focused doctoral program emphasizing innovative, evidence-based professional practice and reflecting the application and implementation of credible research findings. The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialization is intended for registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing.

The College of Nursing offers full-time and part-time options for DNP students. Part-time students must be enrolled in at least 6 units per semester. Part-time study is only available during the pre-clinical portion of the program and adds a year to the degree completion timeline.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.



Earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will build core skills, including:

  • Mental health assessment
  • Psychology
  • Patient safety
  • Quality improvement
  • Hospital work experience
  • Ability to prescribe medications
  • Medical record management
  • Telehealth
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing process
  • Nursing practices
  • Care coordination
  • Trauma care
  • Critical care
  • Acute care
  • Case management
  • Clinical experience
  • Operating room experience
  • Measuring vital signs
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Discharge planning
  • Treatment planning
  • Performance improvement
  • Rehabilitation

Graduates of the Psychiatric Mental Health DNP program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Patient Care Coordinator
    • Nursing Supervisor
    • Nurse Practitioner