Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Philosophy and Design

Graduate School of Nursing

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Philosophy and Design


The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (DNP Track) is dedicated to preparing graduate nurses for advanced clinical practice, the critical appraisal and translation of evidence in to practice, and leadership in the advanced practice nursing role across healthcare systems. The rigorous curriculum stresses delivering operationally relevant psychiatric – mental health care across the lifespan that is consistent with current standards of practice for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. As a developing leader within the military healthcare system, the DNP graduate receives education in Population Health & Epidemiology, Healthcare Economics, Health Informatics, Translating Evidence into Practice and Systems Leadership.


The PMHNP MSN track is a 36 month – full time program that refines critical thinking skills through case study, clinical simulation, and residency. Our curriculum stresses operationally relevant psychiatric –mental health care foundationally built upon evidenced based practice and systems orientation. Didactic learning is crystalized into knowledge within the clinical practice environment at military and federal facilities supervised by experienced nurse practitioners and other behavioral health providers. Upon program completion, the graduate is qualified to apply for national board certification through the American Nurses' Credentialing Center. Program Faculties are experienced Nurse Practitioner clinicians, nursing scientists and educators. A DNP Project is required for graduation.