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.
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.
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:
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.
|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.
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.