Doctor of Nursing Practice

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Program Description

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) DNP specialty prepares nurses to focus on mental health care and the mind-body connection for patients. Students will learn the modalities to diagnose and treat depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, social disorders, and more. Graduates will work with the patients over the short term or on long term to diagnose and develop treatment plans with the patient.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program is a hybrid program utilizing a mixture of online didactic coursework, on-campus intensives and on-ground practicum and clinical placements. Applicants may enter the program as a post-BSN student or a post-master’s (in nursing) student. The program has both part-time and full-time options. Graduates of the PMHNP specialty are prepared as advanced practice nurses and are eligible for Nurse Practitioner certification.

Program Facts

2.5
Years

Full-time Program Length
3-5 Courses per Semester*

3.5
Years

Part-time Program Length
2-3 Courses per Semester*

Hybrid

Program Delivery
Online coursework with 3 on-campus intensives and a clinical practicum

67

Credit
Hours

720

Clinical
Hours

30

Average
Cohort Size

Aug
15

Applications Open

Oct
31

Application Deadline

*Course load is approximated and may vary between semester and year. Students should consult their academic program guide for a complete course schedule.

DNP-PMHNP Admissions


BSN to DNP Pathway

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure in active and good standing throughout the duration of the program

MS to DNP Pathway

  • Master of Science (MS) in Nursing degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure in active and good standing throughout the duration of the program

Application Materials

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Current CV/Resume

Dorothy Chinyere Igwe Portrait

Dorothy Chinyere Igwe, DNP-PMHNP Candidate

"When I was looking for schools, I applied to several universities but the one that really resonated with me was UArizona. I was very fortunate to attend UArizona Nursing because it helped me become well-rounded. It was rigorous but it paid off in the end."

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DNP-PMHNP Curriculum


Students admitted to the DNP-PMHNP program must complete a rigorous curriculum consisting of 67 credit hours and 720 clinical hours. In addition, students attend RISE twice and CSI once during their study. Admitted students should refer to and follow the academic program guide for their cohort year.

Full-Time DNP-PMHNP Program Guide Part-Time DNP-PMHNP Program Guide

RISE

Residential Intensive Summer Experience (RISE)

RISE is an intensive learning experience designed to support student success in the DNP program. DNP students are required to attend RISE in Tucson, AZ on an annual basis. RISE attendance for part-time students may vary.

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Clinical Skills Intensive

Clinical Skills Intensive (CSI)

Clinical Skills Intensive (CSI) helps prepare DNP students for further specialty-specific skills under the supervision of a clinical preceptor. Students are required to attend in Tucson, AZ once before the start of clinical coursework.

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Clinical Practicum

Clinical Practicum

Clinical placements for nurse practitioner students are arranged with appropriate preceptors and administrators. Priority is given to arranging clinical placements in the student's geographical area.

Additional Program Options

DNP-FNP and Certificate-PMHNP Option

The DNP-FNP and Certificate-PMHNP Option is available only to FNP or PMHNP students.

  • Timeline: Requires one additional year (3 semesters).
  • Clinical Requirements: 720 hours for each specialty, total = 1440 hours.
  • RISE and CSI: Attend RISE 3 times and CSI 2 times
  • DNP Project: During the last year with second specialty.
  • Apply: First fall semester the student must meet with their academic advisor, with advisor approval can apply in the spring semester.

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DNP-PNP and Certificate-PMHNP Option

The DNP-PNP and Certificate-PMHNP Option is available only to PNP or PMHNP students.

  • Timeline: Requires one additional year (3 semesters).
  • Clinical Requirements: 720 hours for each specialty, total = 1440 hours.
  • RISE and CSI: Attend RISE 3 times and CSI 2 times
  • DNP Project: During the last year with second specialty.
  • Apply: First fall semester the student must meet with their academic advisor, with advisor approval can apply in the spring semester.

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DNP/PhD Dual Degree

If you are interested in attaining broader advanced clinical practice skills with strong research competencies, consider taking advantage of our dual Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) / Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees. You will be prepared at the highest level of nursing science and professional nursing practice, and with advanced skills for engaging in research to create, apply and translate new knowledge to improve health care – in practice domains and/or academia.

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Frequently Asked Questions


For more information about this DNP specialty or applying to the DNP program, please contact:

Dentin Garrett
Senior Academic Programs Recruiting Coordinator
Email: dentinezekiel@arizona.edu
Phone: 520-561-1263

Students are assigned clinical sites in coordination with clinical coordinators and the program administrator. Students may be required to travel to a different geographic area if a suitable preceptor cannot be found.

No elective courses are required for this DNP specialty. Students may elect to take additional courses to meet their needs and interests but should first consult their faculty advisor.

Consider attending a virtual information session hosted by the College of Nursing for all specialties EXCEPT Nurse Anesthesia. You will have the opportunity to meet the program team and select members of the faculty as well as ask questions about the program and admissions process. Registration is required and the session is conducted via Zoom.

The DNP program holds multiple information sessions throughout the year. If you are unable to attend a currently scheduled session, check back soon for the next available session or fill out the Request Information form on this page to have program details delivered to your inbox.

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DNP Admissions

RecruIting Coordinator

Dentin Garrett
Senior Academic Programs Recruiting Coordinator
Email: dentinezekiel@arizona.edu
Phone: 520-561-1263

PMHNP Specialty Coordinator

Lindsay Ann Bouchard, DNP, PMHNP-BC, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor and PMHNP Specialty Coordinator

DNP Program Director

Allen Prettyman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP
Clinical Professor and DNP Program Director

Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at The University of Arizona College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.