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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), and hold national certification as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) and wish to obtain their DNP and become certified as a PMHNP. This program requires 53 credits and 630 clinical hours. 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.

Program Objectives/Graduate Learning Outcomes

Objectives for the program are based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice (2006). The program objectives build upon those for the masters in nursing program. The objectives (graduate learning outcomes) for the DNP program state that upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate new practice approaches based on scientific knowledge;
  • Ensure accountability for quality care and patient safety for populations with whom they work;
  • Demonstrate analytical methodologies for the evaluation of clinical practice and the application of scientific evidence;
  • Utilize technological information systems to evaluate outcomes of care, health care delivery, and quality improvement;
  • Develop, evaluate, and provide leadership for health care policy which shapes health care financing, regulation, and delivery;
  • Work collaboratively with transdisciplinary teams to meet health care needs of individuals and populations;
  • Analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, and occupational data for the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs of clinical prevention and population health; and,
  • Base practice on the application of biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, sociopolitical, cultural, economic, ethical and nursing science as appropriate to area of specialization.

The program currently offers online studies in this degree track with courses following the traditional full-length semesters. Full - (outlined below) and part-time enrollment (link will open as a .pdf file) options are available. Questions regarding admission to this track should be directed to Nursing Admissions; questions regarding the track's layout and content should be directed to

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Technical Requirements

Nursing: Psychiatric/Mental Health (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Major: Nursing Concentration: Psychiatric/Mental Health Degree: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Informational Text

  • Satisfactorily complete all courses required by the program and approved by the university.
  • Satisfactorily complete all clinical requirements.
  • Complete all course work within the prescribed timeline of being admitted into the program.
  • Attain a 3.0 GPA average in all work counting toward the graduate degree.
  • Earn no more than 2 grades of less than B throughout the program.
  • Be in good standing; not subject to any sanction by the University community or School of Nursing.
  • All students in the Brooks College of Health programs will be held accountable to the most recent Code of Ethics, Guides for Professional Conduct and/or Position Statements as developed by their respective disciplines. Refer to your program handbook and Brooks College of Health policy - Student Breach of Professional Behaviors (Click here)
  • Meet graduation requirements applicable to all University students; such as residency hours and final requirements.
  • If you earned graduate level (5000/6000 level) credit from another institution, consult with your Program Director .
  • Apply for graduation online through myWings by the 2nd week of the semester you are graduating (see academic calendar at for specific deadlines).

1st Semester (12 credits)

Fall semester

NGR6894 Global Health Care and Culture (3 Credits)

MHS6430 Intro to Family Counseling (3 Credits)

NGR6740 Role Dev in Adv Practice Nsg (3 Credits)

NGR6538 Psychopharmacology (3 Credits)

2nd Semester (12 credits)

Spring semester

NGR6510C Diag/Manage Psych Conditions 1 (3 Credits)

NGR6673 Prin Epidem for Adv Prac (3 Credits)

MHS6070 Psychopathology (3 Credits)

NGR7871 Health Informatics for AP (3 Credits)

3rd Semester (9 credits)

Summer semester

NGR6511C Diag/Manage Psych Conditions 2 (3 Credits)

NGR7850 Evidence Based Practice I (3 Credits)

NGR7843 Stat Interp for Adv Prac (3 Credits)

4th Semester (12 credits)

Fall semester

NGR6512C Diag/Manage Psych Conditions 3 (3 Credits)

NGR7851 Evidence Based Practice II (3 Credits)

NGR6892 Pub Pol Impl Adv Prac (3 Credits)

NGR7767 Practice Management (3 Credits)

5th Semester (4 credits)

Spring semester

NGR7946 Residency in ANP (1-6 Credits)

NGR7974 Doctoral Project (1-6 Credits)

6th Semester (4 credits)

Summer semester

NGR7946 Residency in ANP (1-6 Credits)

NGR7974 Doctoral Project (1-6 Credits)