DNP-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Programs

DNP-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Programs


  • The DNP-PMHNP concentration 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.

DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum 
Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines:
 April 1
Spring: June 1 (Augusta University MSN-CNL Alumni only - Part-time study only)

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.

Concentration Options

The DNP-PMHNP concentration 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 concentrations 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

Concentration GOALS

The goals of the Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing Program is to prepare graduates to

  • To prepare expert nurses who will provide psychiatric nursing care to individuals across the lifespan.
  • To serve as leaders in improving the health care system and psychiatric health care outcomes.
  • To prepare nurses to assume a leadership role in clinical practice and clinical teaching in psychiatric nursing
  • To incorporate a philosophy of social caring based upon respect for the whole person with professional practice and services within a multicultural society.

Other Information

Contact Us

DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

Darrell Thompson, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC
DNP Program Director - Primary Care Tracks

PMHNP Track Coordinator 

Karen Sturgill, MPA
Program Manager II