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Doctor of Nursing Practice - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Walsh University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP-PMHNP) program allows students to expand their scope of practice to meet the psychiatric and mental health care needs of individuals across the lifespan. Graduates of the BSN-DNP-PMHNP program are prepared to practice at the highest level of advanced nursing practice with a focus on patient care in acute, crisis and chronic conditions including substance abuse disorders. Integration of scientific knowledge grounded in evidenced-based practice, systems leadership, quality improvement, ethics, health care policy and advocacy, and effective use of health care technology and data management equip graduates of the BSN-DNP-AGACNP program to take leadership roles within health care systems.

  • Online coursework with scheduled on campus requirements and hands on experiences
  • Learn from faculty who are current in PMHNP practice
  • Two courses taught inter-professionally with the Walsh University School of Behavioral and Health Sciences Counseling and Human Development Program
  • Opportunity to use direct patient care clinical hours towards an Addiction Certification through the International Nurses Society on Addictions
  • DNP Project with a focus on quality improvement and utilization of current research and evidence-based practice to improve outcomes for individuals and families seeking mental health treatment


  • Experienced faculty and small classes assure individual attention and encourage active participation.
  • Online format makes it convenient for students throughout Ohio and beyond.
  • A focus on clinical practice provides our students with critical hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Each student is challenged to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet client needs in a variety of health care settings, all while maintaining a grounding in Judeo-Christian values. 

In many institutions, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Mid-Wives, and Certified Nurse Anesthetists, are prepared in master's-degree programs that often carry a credit load equivalent to doctoral degrees in the other health professions. AACN's position statement calls for educating APRNs and nurses seeking top systems/organizational roles in DNP programs.

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