Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Ranked #1 in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing by US News and World Report

The central focus of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is on developing your knowledge and skills in the behavioral and biological disciplines and then applying this learning to the treatment of psychiatric disorders within individuals, families, and groups. You will learn evidence-based practice within a relationship framework across the life span. Emphasis is placed on the development of psychiatric nurse practitioners (NPs) who will be prepared to function autonomously in a variety of clinical settings.

After successfully graduating from our online PMHNP program, you may sit for national certification as a lifespan PMHNP by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Quick Facts: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Program Type:

Part-Time & Full Time




2 - 3.5 Years

Class size:



Per credit hour

Career Options

PMHNPs function independently and collaboratively with health care team members to provide comprehensive health care that maximizes care outcomes.

It is an exciting time for PMHNPs. Job opportunities are extensive for PMHNPs since there are not enough graduates to fill available positions. We regularly send news of job opportunities to our clinical students and alumni via email and our LinkedIn group.

Psychiatric nurse practitioner career prospects are quite diverse, and include the following opportunities:

  • Clinical practice
  • Consultation
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration

Tuition Pricing

As a top ranked college of nursing, Rush programs are competitively priced on a local and national level. Once you begin your program, you only pay tuition. Our pricing is unique compared to other colleges of nursing as we do not charge additional fees.

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