Psychiatric-Mental Health

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide effective care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs.

Certification & Career

Graduates are prepared to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (PMHNP) certification exam upon completion. This exam tests knowledge and skills related to psychiatric advanced practice across the lifespan.

Psychiatric Mental Health NPs work in a variety of settings, including acute care environments, outpatient clinics, schools, prisons, health homes and behavioral health homes, long-term care facilities and private practice offices. These advanced practice nurses complete assessments and provide treatment, including therapy and medication prescription and management.

Clinical Hours

Students complete a minimum of 560 clinical practicum hours for the ANCC Certification. The first clinical practicum may be with any preceptor who is licensed in his or her respective state to provide psychotherapy. The second and third clinical practicum may be with a CNS, NP or MD preceptor. Clinical placements are determined by students’ areas of interest, career goals and preceptor availability.

Remaining hours are focused on a DNP project. This quality-improvement project will be grounded in a clinical problem. Students will work closely with a DNP advisor to formulate a capstone project.

Prior Experience

Applicants must have a minimum of one year of RN experience in an adult care setting with excellent assessment skills at the generalist level, before undertaking advanced practice. For those who do not meet this requirement, the part-time option is offered to allow nurses to continue working to gain experience.


The program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the program in nine semesters. Part-time students will receive individualized schema.

Students must attend a one- or two- day, on-campus orientation in the first fall semester of their program and return to campus to defend their DNP project in the final semester of their program. For more information, visit the On-Campus Requirement page.

Full-Time Semester Schema

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice

NDNP 8002 (3 Credits)
Role Seminar for the Doctorally Prepared APRN

NDNP 9001 (2 Credits)
Informatics for DNP Practice

NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology

NDNP 9005 (2 Credits - Optional)
DNP Scholarly Writing

NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis of Clinical Reasoning

NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
Epidemiological Methods in Health Care

NDNP 8010 (3 Credits)
Finance & Economics of Health Care

NURS 8020C (3 Credits)
Advanced Health Assessment

3 Lab Hours Per Week

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

NDNP 9006 (4 Credits)
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice

NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
Healthcare Policy for the Doctorally Prepared Nurse

NURS 8026 (3 Credits)
Differential Diagnosis for the APN

NURS 8024 (3 Credits)
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses

ANPS 8003 (3 Credits)
Psychological Disorders across the Lifespan

ANPS 8005 (3 Credits)
Neurobiology and Psychopharmacology: Life Cycle Perspectives

ANPS 8020 (3 Credits)
Psychiatric Nursing NP Practicum I

168 Clinical Hours (about 12 per week)

NDNP 9030 (4 Credits)
Planning, Management, & Evaluation of Programs & Projects

Semester 7

Semester 8

Semester 9

ANPS 8007 (2 Credits)
Systems Interventions for Individuals & Groups

ANPS 8022 (3 Credits)
Psychiatric Nursing NP Practicum II

168 Clinical Hours (about 12 per week)

NDNP 9025 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum I

ANPS 8013 (3 Credits)
Clinical Psychiatric Diagnostics Management of Adults

ANPS 8014 (3 Credits)
Clinical Psychiatric Diagnostics Management of Children

ANPS 8024 (3 Credits)
Psychiatric Nursing NP Practicum III

NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum II

ANPS 8088 (2 Credits)
Role for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Promoting Health

NDNP 9038 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum III

NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
DNP Leadership Seminar: Synthesis of Leadership Role

NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)
DNP Manuscript Writing Seminar


If you have specific questions about the program, contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or