The DNP-PMHNP is offered at WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU Vancouver.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program prepares students to provide psychiatric and mental health services to individuals of all ages and to groups and populations. A strong background in assessment, pharmacology, diagnostic, and treatment modalities is provided. Students have clinical experiences with psychiatric mental health practitioners in the community and are supervised by faculty who maintain active practices themselves.

Two pathways are available:

Post-Baccalaureate to DNP-PMHNP
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Post-Master's to DNP-PMHNP
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View WSU's Course Catalog for course descriptions.


  • Private mental health care practice
  • Inpatient mental health settings
  • Community-based counseling services


Students must have a Washington State RN license and have worked as a full-time nurse for at least one year to be eligible to apply. To learn about other pre-application requirements, visit the DNP Application & Admission page.


Graduates of the DNP-PMHNP Program are eligible to take the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner examination offered by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center to become certified and then state-licensed.