Doctor of Nursing Practice: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP)
College of Nursing
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From small towns to urban centers, a mental health crisis is gripping America with over one-third of the country living in an area with a shortage of mental health professionals. This crisis has been underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic, making behavioral health an integral part of assessing overall health at the individual and population levels. If you’re currently a registered nurse (RN) who has exposure to the mental health profession and want to go further, you're at the right place.
Our Doctor of Nursing Practice: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program provides RNs with the advanced knowledge and clinical, leadership and research skills to practice at the highest level of the specialty, and become a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Graduates are prepared to provide psychiatric assessment, diagnosis and treatments across the lifespan, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
This 33-month program of study is delivered via a blend of remote and on-campus learning, with an emphasis on delivering effective, evidence-based psychiatric mental healthcare services in interprofessional settings. Students will participate in supervised outpatient and inpatient experiences while completing the required 1,000 clinical hours for graduation. Upon earning a DNP degree, students will be recommended to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s board certification exam for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, a requirement for entry to practice as a PMHNP-BC.
Take the first step toward a fulfilling, long-term career in mental health and apply for our Doctor of Nursing Practice: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.