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Earn your online DNP from the leader in doctoral nursing education.1

Our DNP - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialization empowers you to support your patients’ mental health wellness. Learn from practicing PMHNPs as you gain the training and expertise to meet a critical need in today’s society.

A DNP-PMHNP program prepares nurses to deliver a full spectrum of care to patients with their mental health needs, including those with psychiatric disorders, organic brain disorders, and substance abuse issues. As a graduate of this CCNE-accredited program, you’ll be academically prepared to sit for the national psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certification exam.

Manage Mental Health

Experience the challenge and reward of managing the complex mental health needs of your own patients.

Work With Children and Adults

Learn how to assess, diagnose, counsel, and prescribe medications for patients across the life span.

Skip the Traveling

The only travel required is to your local practicum. We can even help you find the ideal preceptor and clinical site for you.

Start With Your BSN

Many of our DNP specializations offer a BSN entry point if you’re ready to move your career forward—but don’t have your MSN.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $5,000 Walden Care & Compassion Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 29, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Choose the Path That Is Right for You

Choose the BSN to DNP track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have earned your bachelor’s in nursing degree.

Choose the MSN to DNP track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have earned your master’s in nursing degree.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Receive up to a $5,000 Walden Care & Compassion Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 29, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

Get Started Now

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-DNP track): You must have a current, active RN license, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or equivalent from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements.

Program Admission Considerations (MSN-DNP track): You must have a current, active RN license, a Master of Science in Nursing or equivalent from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts.

Build Your Mental Health Clinical Skill Set

In this online DNP psychiatric nurse practitioner program, you’ll learn how to provide holistic mental health services and lead mental health wellness efforts for individuals, groups, and families. Develop the clinical judgment to make mental health assessments and learn how to use research to create, assess, and refine educational materials that resonate with the populations in your community.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Nancy Moss

    Program Director

    With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Moss is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner (FNP). With deep expertise in online learning, she has developed and implemented curricula for various nursing programs, including a university nurse-midwifery program and nurse-midwifery practices for rural communities.

  • Barbara Barrett

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Barrett is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, providing mental health and wellness services in her community. Her research interests involve assisting vulnerable populations in daily living, especially in the area of transitioning through life.

  • Diane Whitehead

    Diane Whitehead

    Senior Core Faculty

    Dr. Whitehead has been actively teaching and administering associate, bachelor’s, and graduate degree nursing programs for many years. She is a fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education. Dr. Whitehead received the Walden University Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence in 2020.

Career Outlook

Mental illness and substance abuse affect approximately 56 million Americans today. With suicide, depression, and substance abuse at peak levels, quality mental health services and improved patient access to effective treatment are needed more than ever.2

An online DNP - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program prepares you to meet this need in a variety of settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of nurse practitioners is projected to grow 52% from 2019 to 2029.3

The annual mean salary for a nurse practitioner working in mental health in May 2020 was $126,200.4 Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many factors, such as education, certifications, additional skills, and the number of years you have spent in your profession.

A DNP-PMHNP degree can academically prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Mental health clinics
  • Correctional facilities
  • Inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities
  • Residential substance abuse facilities
  • Private psychiatric practices
  • Community mental health centers

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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