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Brooks College of Health

Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner | DNP

Advance Your Career in Mental Health:
Explore the PMHNP Track at UNF

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), is 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 program will also consider applications from those who are nationally certified as a CNM, CNS, or CRNA with a B or better in graduate-level coursework in pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and assessment (the assessment course must include across the lifespan). 

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PMHNP Nurse talking with a patient with holding a stethoscope
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 master's in a nursing program.

Who Should Pursue the PMHNP DNP?

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 68 credits with 1,100 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 14 total each spring term beginning in 2024.  Note:  Those who are only interested in completing the PMHNP Certificate rather than the DNP should apply under the PMHNP Certificate track.

Support and Resources for Online Students

Candidates seeking online, distance learning options who do not reside in Florida are encouraged to first review the State Authorization page for distance learning before making application.  This program prepares students for licensure in the state of Florida. To be admitted, students must be located in Florida or intend to seek employment in Florida.

Below are several tools and resources to review:

Distance Learning Student Services

Technical Requirements

Application Deadlines

Spring Term . . . . . . . . Sept. 1

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Admission Requirements

For admission requirements and information on how to apply, please visit our Admissions area or

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Dr. Beth A. Dibble

Assistant Director of Admissions: Nursing Programs