DNP – Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Post-BSN)

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Post-BSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

What You Will Learn

Prepare to Help Meet Your Patients’ Mental Health Needs with Liberty’s BSN to DNP – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program

Liberty’s post-BSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree seeks to help meet the need for mental health care providers in the United States.

CCNE accreditation

If you are a registered nurse and hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), our program can help you earn a doctoral nursing degree without completing a master’s program.

Throughout your DNP in PMHNP courses, you will receive practical training that can help you pursue top-level nursing roles. Additionally, you can prepare to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner national certification exam and pursue state licensure as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

By honing your expertise in the area of mental health, you can stand out from other nurse practitioners and provide holistic care to your patients. Partner with us and prepare to make a difference in the lives of people of all ages.

At this time, our School of Nursing programs are limited in certain states. Please view the licensure/certification requirements for your state: International students can contact the School of Nursing for questions about admission to their specific degree of interest.

What Will You Learn in Our Online PMHNP BSN to DNP Program?

  • Analyze common causes of mental disorders, including injury, trauma, disease, infection, and genetics
  • Learn how to assess and diagnose patients who face a variety of mental health challenges
  • Prepare to treat mental health disorders, substance abuse issues, and developmental problems in people of all ages

This post-BSN degree is broken down into core nursing courses, advanced practice courses, project and practicum classes, and the PMHNP specialization. You will complete extensive practicums as well as write and defend a scholarly project. The core DNP courses provide training in advanced nursing research, clinical prevention, applications of evidence-based care, healthcare operations, and ethical issues in nursing. You’ll also explore advanced topics in health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.

Learn how to provide quality psychiatric care in a variety of settings. With the PMHNP specialization, you can learn how to treat and support patients who suffer from mental health problems. You’ll study how to conduct psychiatric diagnoses using tools like behavioral assessments and diagnostic tests. Additionally, our courses can help you understand the various cultural, legal, ethical, and socioeconomic factors that affect individuals and families seeking psychiatric care. You will also analyze best practices for using psychopharmacology to treat mental disorders across the lifespan.

Potential Careers for Graduates of Liberty’s Online Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program

Prepare to work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in a variety of settings, including:

  • Behavioral health clinics
  • Correctional facilities
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • General practitioners’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Inpatient or outpatient psychiatric facilities
  • Mental health agencies
  • Private practices
  • Residential treatment centers
  • Veteran psychiatric facilities

Benefits of Pursuing Your DNP in PMHNP Degree with Liberty University

As a leader in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to create a flexible and affordable education for busy people. Since we have been investing in distance and online learning for decades, our experience has taught us how to streamline our degree options so you can focus on what really matters to you. While many schools offer online degrees, we believe Liberty stands out.

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among’s top 5 online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 7 years.* While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • You can complete this DNP in PMHNP program in as little as 3 years!
  • Liberty’s BSN to DNP in PMHNP degree is accredited by CCNE, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Prepare to pursue national certification and state licensure as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
  • Complete over 1,000 practicum hours before graduation.
  • Pursue a doctoral nursing degree without needing to complete a master’s program.
  • Receive hands-on instruction, utilize state-of-the-art equipment, and connect in-person with your classmates and professors during 2 residential intensives.

*Please note: Effective Spring 2022, tuition rates for Liberty’s PMHNP programs have increased. For details, please see our tuition and fees page:



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Years (Avg.)

Class Type

Online with required intensives

Transfer Credits

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Next Start Date

Jun 20, 2022