Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Online DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Program Details:

Now Enrolling for Fall 2023!

  • Credit Hours: 37
  • Courses in Program: 14
  • Cost Per Credit: $995
  • Estimated Completion Time: Two years

Lead in mental health care with D’Youville University’s online psychiatric DNP program.

Better access to mental health services is a pressing need in communities across North America. RNs with doctoral-level training in psychiatric primary care can play a vital role in helping people receive support for depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many other mental health issues.

If you have at least two years of experience in mental health nursing and are a working registered nurse (RN) with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and an advanced practice certification, you can prepare to make a difference as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with D’Youville University.

In as few as two years, our Doctor of Nursing Practice – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program (DNP-PMHNP) can equip you to provide primary mental health services to patients across the lifespan and take on leadership roles in care coordination, research, administration, and education.

On your journey toward becoming a mental health care provider, you’ll benefit from personal attention offered by D’Youville nursing faculty—all of whom bring clinical experience to the courses they teach.

Who This Program Is For

The online DNP-PMHNP is a 37-credit doctoral program. It offers a flexible pathway into primary mental health care for master’s-qualified nurses. You can complete the DNP-PMHNP in as few as two years via flexible online study.

When applying to the program, your MSN and professional experience will be evaluated to determine if you need additional coursework or clinical experience beyond what is described in the curriculum. If we do find gaps, you may take longer to complete your DNP.

This program meets licensure requirements in the state of New York and in Ontario.


This program is for working nurses who have earned a master’s degree in nursing and who hold an advanced practice certification in any specialty area.


Core Courses

  • NUR-701 Health Literacy and Population Health Outcomes (3)
  • NUR-702 Evidence Based Practice and IT Healthcare Delivery (4)
  • NUR-703 Biostatistics for Advanced Nurse Leaders (2)
  • NUR-704 Community-Based Care of Aging Population (3)
  • NUR-705 Ethical Topics in Advanced Nursing Practice Seminar (3)
  • NUR-709 Advance Practice Role for Doctoral Nursing Leaders (3)
  • NUR-711 Translational Capstone I: Identify Project (2)
  • NUR-712 Translational Capstone II: Design and Pilot Project (2)
  • NUR-713 Translational Capstone III Implementation and Evaluation (3)

Interdisciplinary Courses

  • HAPH-653 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (3)
  • NUR-613 Nursing Leadership and Communication (3)

Select one of the following:

  • HAPH-652 Health Care Economics (3)
  • HAPH-648 Introduction to Health Care Finance (3)


We require that applicants hold a master’s degree and an APRN specialty certification. We also require at least two years of practice as a registered nurse in a psychiatric or mental health setting.
To apply, prospective students must provide:

  • Completion of a master’s degree with specialty preparation as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist or nurse midwife) from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program at a college or university (or CNO in Ontario).
  • Minimum graduate grade point average of 3.25 (based on a 4.0 system).
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended; this must include all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Copy of an active, unencumbered license as a professional registered nurse and advanced practice certification in New York state or Ontario.
  • Current CPR certification with a psychomotor component.
  • Copy of current national certification (or exam-eligibility) as an advanced practice nursing in a specialty area (where applicable).
  • Documentation of the number of clinical hours completed in prior master’s degree program.
  • Canadian students: D’Youville is proud to welcome Canadian applicants to our online programs. Our program is 100% online and therefore does not require any visa to attend.

NOTE: Any applicant may choose to submit GRE scores if they believe their application does not reflect their potential to succeed in a doctoral program.

If an applicant meets all admission criteria and is attending or has previously attended a doctoral program, he or she must submit a letter from that school of nursing stating the applicant is in good standing and can register for classes.


Tuition and fees vary based on your program of study and whether you are considered a full- or part-time student. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Below, you’ll find information about the potential cost of your program.

COST Total
Full Program Tuition $950 per credit hour $35,150
Full Program Fees $160 (per semester) $960
Full Program Total $36,110


Earning an DNP-PMHNP degree equips you to meet the growing demand for mental health care in community and clinical settings. General demand for nurse practitioners across all specialties is projected to grow rapidly over the next decade. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for nurse practitioners will grow by 46% from 2021-2031, making this one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.[1]


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

As a Doctor of Nursing Practice (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) you’ll have the experience and credentials to assume leadership roles in the treatment, research, and education of mental health issues.

You will gain a specialized understanding and knowledge of mental health issues needed to provide holistic care to individuals, families, and groups across all ages and from all backgrounds.


Start Start your journey toward a new chapter as a psychiatric mental health NP with D’Youville. Fill out an information form today!

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