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Graduate Program:
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track is a post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the University of North Florida. This program is designed for those who already possess, at a minimum, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), are licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), hold national certification as a Nurse Practitioner (NP), and wish to obtain their DNP and become certified as a PMHNP.  The curriculum for the program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice (2006) and the National Organization for Nursing Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs.  The program objectives build upon those for the masters in nursing program.


For those admitted through Fall 2020, the program requires 53 credits and 630 clinical hours, which are reflected below in the current program layout.  However, for the cohort starting in Fall 2021, this program will be updated to 61 credits and 750 clinical hours; the program layout will update over Summer 2020 to reflect approved changes. The PMHNP program is designed to include education and preparation that will assist the student to acquire the advanced knowledge and clinical skills to provide best practices and comprehensive care to clients across the lifespan. The clinical component of this program will focus on the mental health care needs of individuals and families whether in outpatient, inpatient, or private practice settings.


The program currently offers online studies in this degree track with courses following the traditional full-length semesters. Full- and part-time enrollment options are available.

Below are several tools and resources to review:

Distance Learning Student Services

Technical Requirements

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