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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


The post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP PMHNP) program at the University of North Florida is designed as a program for those who already possess, at a minimum, a MS in Nursing, and are licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and nationally certified as a Nurse Practitioner who wish to obtain their DNP and become certified as PMHNP.

This program is fully online, with PMHNP clinical precepted hours done in the student's community.

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Application Deadlines

Spring Term . . . . . . . . July 1

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  • Fully Online
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Graduate Program Director

Dr. Marie Smith-East
Assistant Professor

Program Contacts

Dr. Beth Dibble
Assistant Director for Admissions, Nursing Programs
Emily Schroder
Academic Advisor

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
      • Nursing roles/experiences
      • 2,000 hours in clinical practice as a licensed nurse practitioner (1 year full-time experience) at the time of application
    • Proctored application essay (by invitation only)
      • APA format, not to exceed 500 words to address each of the following areas describing
        • your future career plans and how UNF's PMHNP program will help you achieve those career goals;
        • the changes you will make in your personal and professional life to ensure success in the program given its rigor as a graduate track; and
        • identify one significant contemporary mental health-related issue or problem in U.S. healthcare and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
    • Admission interview (by invitation only)
    • Professional licensure
      • Applicant should be active as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in their state of practice
      • Copy of actual license showing expiration date is required
    • Certification
      • Active national certification as a nurse practitioner
      • Copy of actual certificate showing expiration date is required
      • We will also accept applications from those nationally certified as a CNM, CNS, or CRNA with a B or better in graduate-level coursework for pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and assessment (the assessment course must include across the lifespan)
    • Masters degree in Nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited institution
      • Program accreditation by the CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC)
      • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.50

    The resume, essay, professional licensure, and certification should be updated with each new application unless prior submitted documents have been approved for use by the nursing admissions team.

    Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic and work experience requirements will not be considered for the proctored essay or interview portion of the selection process.