Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - DNP

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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.

  • 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

Why Walsh?

  • 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.


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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