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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Caring for the whole person to make a positive impact on mental health.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) are one of the most in-demand nursing specialties today. PMHNPs learn the advanced psychiatric skills of therapy, clinical management, and prescribing psychiatric medications to patients. Psychiatric nursing coursework includes psychiatric assessment and symptom management; psychopharmacology; individual, group, and family therapy; and ethics.

DNP-PMHNP details

  • 81 credits
  • Three years full-time
  • Five years part-time
  • Hybrid format (meeting the first and third Thursdays of each month)
  • 1000 clinical hours

Post-graduate certificate option

 for NPs already certified in another specialty:

  • 18 credits
  • Hybrid format
  • 500 clinical hours

Graduate DNP-PMHNP students are competent, compassionate caregivers who will:

  • Provide primary mental health care to patients seeking mental health services.
  • Assess, diagnose, and manage mental health problems and psychiatric disorders.
  • Apply ethical perspectives to decision-making.
  • Advocate health care access for both children and adults.
  • Use technology to support the practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the issues and trends related to health care and socio-economic policies.