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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.


The PMHNP DNP track 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. This track is 61 credits with 750 clinical hours*.  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, which must be selected on the application form.  The seats for this program are combined with the seats for the PMHNP Certificate program for 12 total each spring term beginning in 2023.


*The content and layout for this DNP track are currently in approval stages with the university in order to better align with new certification requirements.  The new curriculum, which is not pictured below, should post to the website later in 2022 and goes into effect for Spring 2023.  Please contact the program directly for additional details.

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Technical Requirements

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

Program Description for Nursing

Major: Nursing Concentration: Psychiatric/Mental Health NP 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.
  • 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)

MHS6941 Clinical Counseling Skills (3 Credits)

NGR6740 Role Dev in Adv Practice Nsg (3 Credits)

NGR6538 Psychopharmacology (3 Credits)

2nd Semester (14 credits)

Spring semester

NGR6512C Diag/Manage Psych Conditions 2 (5 Credits)

NGR7843 Stat Interp for Adv Prac (3 Credits)

MHS6070 Psychopathology (3 Credits)

NGR7871 Health Informatics for AP (3 Credits)

3rd Semester (11 credits)

Summer semester

NGR6510C Diag/Manag of Older Adults (5 Credits)

NGR6673 Prin Epidem for Adv Prac (3 Credits)

NGR7850 Evidence Based Practice I (3 Credits)

4th Semester (14 credits)

Fall semester

NGR6511C Diag/Manag of Adults (5 Credits)

NGR7851 Evidence Based Practice II (3 Credits)

NGR6892 Pub Pol Impl Adv Prac (3 Credits)

NGR7767 Practice Management (3 Credits)

5th Semester (5 credits)

Spring semester

NGR7946 Residency in ANP (1-6 Credits)

DNP PMHNP students should take 3 credits of NGR7946.

NGR7974 Doctoral Project (1-6 Credits)

DNP PMHNP students should take 2 credits of NGR7974.

6th Semester (5 credits)

Summer semester

NGR7946 Residency in ANP (1-6 Credits)

DNP PMHNP students should take 3 credits of NGR7946.

NGR7974 Doctoral Project (1-6 Credits)

DNP PMHNP students should take 2 credits of NGR7974.