Doctor of Nursing Practice – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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
Post-master’s to DNP-PMHNP

View WSU’s Course Catalog for course descriptions.

Multiple Campus Locations

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

Program Delivery

DNP courses are completed on campus at WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, or WSU Vancouver, online, and in clinical settings. You can expect to attend class in-person on your campus for five sessions per semester (two 2-day sessions and three 1-day sessions), for a total of seven on-campus days per semester. Courses are archived online and can be accessed to review class materials. You will complete clinical course requirements working in various health care settings across the Northwest.

Flexible Scheduling

Full and part-time study options are offered allowing for maximum flexibility for the working nurse. If you are a bachelor’s prepared student attending full-time, you will complete the program in about 3-4 years. if you attend part-time, you will likely complete the degree requirements in 4-5 years.

Admission Criteria

You must have a Washington state RN license and have worked as a full-time nurse for at least 1 year to be eligible to apply. To learn about other pre-application requirements, visit the DNP Admission Requirements page.

Research and Teaching Assistant Opportunities

Research and Teaching Assistant positions are available. Contact an advisor at your site.

Career Settings

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

Certification & Licensure

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.

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