DNP-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Programs

The DNP-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP-PMHNP) program is one of the newest offerings of the College of Nursing at Augusta University. The program is an extension of the state's first Doctor of Nursing Practice program for advanced practice nurses.

The DNP-PMHNP program prepares advanced practice nurses to provide psychiatric and mental healthcare to clients, families, and communities.  Coursework emphasizes the care of adult, pediatric, and geriatric patients and their families.  The doctoral-level education provides the clinical and management expertise to improve health care outcomes.  The program enables nurses to become expert nurse leaders and collaborators in solving health care problems in systems. 

Course of Study:

  • The DNP-PMHNP program integrates didactic and clinical instruction reinforced by clinical and lab experiences.
  • The DNP core courses provide the foundation of health care policy, evidence-based practice, leadership and systems management that prepares the advanced practice nurse to deliver optimal care in the ever-changing health care environment.
  • The clinical courses reflect PMHNP competencies including several advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment, nursing practice, and health care delivery across the life span.
  • Students complete more than 1000 hours of clinical and simulated experiences which emphasize essential competencies to address the primary health care needs of patients and their families. Complex needs of vulnerable populations is threaded throughout the course of study.
  • Study is rounded by a practice-improvement project that integrates DNP Essentials and PMHNP Competencies in a practice setting.
  • This program prepares students to meet the eligibility requirements of the certification exams offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center after graduation.

Program Options:

The DNP-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program offers full-time or part-time study, giving students the ability to work while attending school. Current sites include the Augusta and Athens campuses.

Prospective students for the DNP-PMHNP programs are considered on an individual basis requiring careful evaluation of their transcripts and clinical backgrounds to determine specific content and courses needed to reach their professional goals


Click here to apply now! 


Fall 2017 application deadline - Deadline extended to May 1, 2017

Spring 2018 application deadline - (Augusta University MSN-CNL Alumni only - Part-time study only) - Deadline extended to May 1, 2017.

Complete applications fully processed into the system by the application deadline will receive consideration priority.

Applicants are encouraged to check the status of their application regularly to ensure documents requested and/or sent have been processed into the system.

Visit with us on CON TOUR DAYS.

Admission Requirements







Jean Pawl, Ph.D., RN, OCN, CNE
Acting Interim Program Director, DNP Primary Care Tracks

PMHNP Track Coordinator

Karen Sturgill, MPA
Program Manager II

T 706-721-3676

For additional definitions and information about the DNP, see the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) website or the DNP Essentials document.