DNP – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program Online Elevating Mental Health with Advanced Nursing Skills


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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

There is a critical shortage of mental health professionals in the United States and around the world. Regular nurse practitioners are qualified to address many health problems, but they lack expertise in the area of mental health.

That’s where Liberty’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree comes in. This program can help you develop a holistic approach to patient care so you can pursue a wider variety of nursing jobs.

If you are a nurse practitioner seeking specialized mental health training, Liberty can help. In this DNP program, you can learn how to assess, diagnose, and treat the mental health needs of your patients. Our program can also help you pursue state licensure and national certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

To qualify for this program, you must be a licensed nurse practitioner with an MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) degree. We can help you develop the skills needed to provide mental health services to patients in a variety of settings. You’ll also receive advanced training in nursing administration, healthcare research, and best nursing care practices.

Partner with us and prepare to take your nursing career to the next level.

*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.

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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  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

As pioneers in distance education since 1985, we’re committed to offering high-quality programs that fit your schedule. At Liberty, you’ll benefit from flexible courses, affordable tuition rates, and practical training that can help equip you for the real world.

Choosing Liberty means choosing…

Flexibility | Our psych DNP program is available 100% online. You can complete your coursework from the comfort of your home without needing to relocate to attend classes on campus. The best part? You can stay invested in your family and career while earning your degree!

Respected Credentials | Liberty’s online DNP – psychiatric nurse practitioner program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This degree can help you prepare to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner national certification exam. By completing our rigorous curriculum, you can pursue state licensure and national certification as a PMHNP.

Experienced Faculty | Our PMHNP professors have years of experience working in the field of nursing. With their guidance, you can develop marketable skills that could help set you apart from the competition. For some of your courses, you’ll have weekly online meetings with your professors, allowing you to further benefit from their mentorship.

Biblical Principles | As a Christian university, Liberty’s goal is to help you lead with integrity in the workplace. Our courses seek to integrate ethical principles with professional knowledge. That way, you can make medical decisions that are clinically and biblically sound.

This post-MSN degree is broken down into 3 main parts: core nursing courses, project and practicum classes, and the PMHNP specialization. Throughout the program, you will explore the theoretical, clinical, and administrative aspects of nursing. We can help equip you to develop innovative solutions to healthcare challenges and become a leader in the industry.

Our core DNP courses provide a solid foundation in translational research, evidence-based care, leadership and policy, clinical prevention, healthcare operations, and interprofessional collaboration. You can learn how to approach nursing from an ethical perspective so you can make medical decisions that are morally and scientifically sound.

Learn how to treat patients with mental health disorders. The PMHNP specialization dives into the essentials of psychiatric mental health nursing. You will analyze the various causes of mental disorders, including injury, trauma, disease, and genetics. You can also learn how to conduct diagnostic tests, treat disorders using methods in psychopharmacology, and help patients overcome acute psychiatric issues.

Before graduating, you will complete extensive practicums, allowing you to gain practical experience in your field. You’ll also write and defend a scholarly project based on original research so you can contribute to the base of knowledge in your field.

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