Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Providing holistic mental health care across the lifespan

The DNP-PMHNP has full practice authority.  The PMHNP may assess, order and interpret diagnostic tests within scope, and diagnose and manage psychiatric-mental health problems and disorders; management may include prescription of psychiatric medications and provision of psychotherapy.  PMHNPs promote mental health and wellness through patient education and empowerment.

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 prerequisite 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 practice
  • Group practice
  • Practices within large healthcare organizations
  • Federally qualified health centers
  • Primary care clinics offering integrated care
  • Inpatient or day hospital psychiatric settings
  • Substance use treatment centers