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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP

Our Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides you with the tools to treat people with psychiatric disorders across the life span.

We help you develop knowledge in behavioral and biological disciplines. You will then apply your skills to treat individuals, families and groups across the life span.

We place an emphasis on developing psychiatric nurse practitioners (NPs) who will be prepared to function autonomously in a variety of clinical settings.

Our program is ranked second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and has been ranked in the top three in each of the last seven years.

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Fast Facts: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP
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Program Type:
(Full-Time Option Available on a Case-by-Case Basis for BSN-to-DNP Students)
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Two to Four Years

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Our Approach

You learn from faculty who are active practitioners at a top-tier academic medical center, RUSH University Medical Center.

This means many program advisers and clinical faculty are practicing nurse practitioners who have clinical experience that will enrich your learning.

We offer tracks for both bachelor’s and master’s-prepared nurses (APRNs and non-APRNs).

The terminal degree is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). We do not offer a PMHNP MSN degree.

Program Length and Location

It takes approximately four years (part-time) to complete for students who have a bachelor’s degree.

Students with a master’s generally complete the program in three years (part-time). Advanced practice registered nurses may have the program length shortened depending on previously completed coursework.

All of the core coursework takes place online. You have the option to take some classes both online and on campus.

Campus visits

A one day on-campus orientation (usually September) is highly recommended, but it is not required.

You will present your DNP project during your final summer term. This may be done online or on campus. You are be expected to attend all of your classmates’ presentations.


We prepare you to sit for the national examination to be certified as a lifespan PMHNP by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Graduates have an exceptional first-time pass rate on the national examination. Once certified, you are eligible to apply for state APN licensure where available.

Program Tuition

At RUSH University, we know your education is a big investment. We want to make sure you have all the information to be able to make the best financial decisions for you and your family.

Tuition for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP program is $1,344 per credit hour.

Learn about student financial aid options.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP Career Opportunities

Our graduates work independently and collaboratively with health care team members to provide comprehensive health care.

Psychiatric nurse practitioners have a wide range of career options, and include the following:

  • Administration
  • Clinical practice
  • Consultation
  • Research
  • Teaching

It is an exciting time for this field. There are not enough graduates to fill available positions.

Employment of nurse practitioners is expected to grow 40% from 2021-31. This is much faster than the average for other professions.

We regularly send job opportunities to our clinical students and alumni through email and our LinkedIn group.

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Admissions Contact Information

Elizabeth Miranda
Admissions Specialist
(312) 942-6986

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