Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Providing holistic mental health care across the lifespan

The DNP-PMHNP prepares you to provide psychiatric and mental health services using a full scope of therapies. A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner assesses, diagnoses, and treats people with psychiatric disorders or the potential for such disorders. Students have clinical experiences with psychiatric mental health practitioners in the community and are supervised by faculty who maintain active practices themselves.

Before admission

If you have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program, you may qualify for the Post-Baccalaureate to DNP-PMHNP.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program or another field, and you also have a master’s degree in nursing, anesthesia or midwifery, you may qualify for our Post-Master’s to DNP-PMHNP.

Students must hold a current, unencumbered RN license in each state or United States territory where practice or clinical experiences occur. One year of full-time nursing practice is preferred. To learn about other prerequisites requirements, visit the DNP Admission Requirements page.

After graduation

Certification & Licensure

Graduates of the DNP-PMHNP program are eligible to take the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner examination offered by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center to become certified and then state-licensed.

DNP–PMHNP nurses often work in:

  • Private mental health care practice
  • Inpatient mental health settings
  • Community-based counseling services