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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - DNP

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 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 DNP-PMHNP program to take leadership roles within health care systems.

Why Walsh?

  • Online coursework 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

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.


Morgan Gilbert, Enrollment Manager
330.490.7421  |

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Walsh University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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