PMHNP Online Program
Credit Hours
Degree CCNE
Class Type
Online* with required intensive
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
May 13, 2024

Help Your Patients Overcome Mental Health Challenges with Liberty’s Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program Online

Are you a nurse looking to develop new skills and expand your career options? Do you want to help people who suffer from mental health issues? Are you seeking a fast track to a doctoral nursing degree? If so, Liberty’s post-BSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree is for you. You can apply to this program if you are a licensed, registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree — which means you won’t need to complete a master’s program before pursuing your doctorate!

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Our PMHNP program seeks to help meet the desperate need for mental health care providers in the United States. Throughout your courses, you can develop the skills needed to treat mental health disorders, substance abuse issues, and developmental problems in patients of all ages. Additionally, you can prepare to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner national certification exam and pursue state licensure as a PMHNP.

Partner with us and prepare to help meet a variety of patient health needs — both physical and mental.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

Licensure requirements may vary and are subject to change without notice. View your state’s requirements here: licensure/certification requirements.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the postgraduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Why Choose Liberty’s BSN to DNP – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Degree?

Liberty University has been a pioneer in distance education since 1985. A lot has changed since then, but our commitment to Training Champions for Christ has not. We seek to offer high-quality programs that maximize flexibility, affordability, and accessibility.

Here are just some of the benefits of choosing Liberty’s online PMHNP program:

  • Valuable Credentials | Our DNP – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). You can pursue your degree with confidence knowing that our courses have met rigorous academic standards.
  • Practical Experience | While pursuing your post-BSN DNP – PMHNP, you will complete over 1,000 practicum hours. That way, you can gain marketable experience that could help you stand out to future employers. Additionally, you’ll attend 1 residential intensive, giving you the opportunity to visit our beautiful campus in Lynchburg, Virginia. During this intensive, you can further benefit from hands-on instruction, state-of-the-art equipment, and the chance to connect in-person with your classmates and professors.
  • BSN to DNP Format | If you want to earn your nursing doctorate but don’t have a master’s degree, then this program is for you. You can apply to our DNP – PMHNP (post-BSN) program if you’ve completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing — allowing you to start achieving your academic and professional goals sooner.
  • Top-Notch Mentorship | In our PMHNP online program, you will study under nursing professionals who have years of real-world experience. Our DNP faculty will support you as you complete your scholarly project, and our practicum coordinators can help you gain practicum placement. Additionally, for some of your courses, you’ll have online meetings with your professors so you can further benefit from their mentorship.

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Additional Requirements

Students who are accepted and offered a seat each semester will be required to submit a $500 deposit,* which will be applied to your student account to be used towards tuition, fees, etc. If accepted to our program, you will receive additional information via your Liberty email regarding your next steps and payment of the deposit.

If you have any questions, you may reach the School of Nursing at or by calling (434) 592-6505.

*Deposit refund deadlines apply. Contact the School of Nursing for specific semester refund dates.

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

This post-BSN degree is broken down into core nursing courses, advanced practice courses, project and practicum classes, and the PMHNP specialization. In addition to completing extensive DNP and PMHNP practicums, you will research, write, and defend a scholarly project. You’ll also select an elective course so you can explore further topics of interest in the field of nursing.

Throughout the program, you can train to work at the highest level of clinical practice and help improve quality, safety, cost, and patient care in nursing. You can also prepare to lead multidisciplinary nursing initiatives, translate evidence into practice, and work as a PMHNP in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.

Liberty’s core DNP courses provide a solid foundation in advanced nursing research, applications of evidence-based care, clinical prevention, healthcare operations, and interprofessional collaboration. You’ll also receive advanced training in health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Our goal is to help you approach nursing from an ethical perspective so you can make medical decisions that are morally and scientifically sound.

Within the PMHNP specialization, you’ll study methods for treating and supporting patients with mental health problems. You will analyze the most common causes of mental disorders, including injury, trauma, infection, disease, and genetics. You can also learn how to approach psychiatric diagnoses using tools like behavioral assessments and diagnostic tests. Additionally, our program explores how to:

  • Account for the cultural, legal, ethical, and socioeconomic factors that affect individuals and families seeking psychiatric help.
  • Develop treatment plans and provide quality care to patients facing a variety of psychiatric mental health challenges.
  • Make client-centered prescriptive decisions within the context of outcomes, safety, quality, and costs.
  • Navigate challenges related to advocacy, policy, health promotion, and disease prevention.
  • Use psychopharmacology to treat mental illness and disorders across the lifespan.

Featured Courses

  • NURS 742 – Nursing Seminar: Issues in Global Health
  • NURS 751 – Neurobiology and Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
  • NURS 752 – Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • NURS 753 – Psychotherapeutic Theories, Frameworks, and Modalities

Course guides available upon request

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Highlights of Our BSN to DNP – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Online Degree

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years — and counting.*
  • Liberty’s BSN to DNP – PMHNP degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Prepare to pursue national certification and state licensure as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
  • Complete over 1,000 practicum hours before graduation.

*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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Career Opportunities for Graduates of Our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Online Program

With Liberty’s PHMNP online program, you can prepare to serve as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in a variety of settings, such as:

  • 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

Doctoral Nursing Information and Q&A Webinar

Below is an archived recording of the doctoral nursing informational webinar. Please note that this webinar covers all nursing doctoral programs. If you have further questions about a specific program, please request information.

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CCNE Accreditation for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the postgraduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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Liberty University is approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The Online Nursing Program (Doctor of Nursing Practice) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

For questions about the accreditation of Liberty University, please contact:

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Decatur, GA 30033-4097
(404) 679-4500

Inquiries about the institution itself, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Liberty University.

Admission Requirements for Liberty’s BSN to DNP – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program Online

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a 3.0 GPA or above for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information. An interview may be requested for selected applicants.

At this time, our DNP in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree is 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.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts showing CCNE- or ACEN-approved BSN or MSN degree
  • Current and active RN license issued in an approved state
  • Documentation of APRN license and associated national certification (if applicable)
  • American Heart Association BLS for healthcare providers with AED CPR card
  • 1 year of professional nursing experience prior to enrolling in NURS 768
  • 1 academic, 1 professional, and 1 personal recommender contact information
  • Clinical education prerequisites
  • Consent to Contact form (part of the CV template)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing Sample
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
Prerequisite Courses:

Students must have bachelor’s-level courses in statistics, research, and health assessment. A graduate-level biostatistics course is also required as a prerequisite to NURS 832, but this course may be completed after acceptance into the program.

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses — documentation verifying military status is required.