The Doctor of Nursing Practice - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP-PMHNP) concentration is an extension of the state's first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for advanced practice nurses.
The DNP-PMHNP concentration 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. Full-time and part-time schedules are available. Cohort locations are on our Augusta and Athens campuses.
Application Deadline: Fall 2019: May 15, 2019
Plan of Study
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.
Students complete more than 1000 hours of clinical and simulated experiences which emphasize essential competencies to address the mental health care needs of patients and their families. Complex needs of vulnerable populations is threaded throughout the course of study. Faculty and students work collaboratively to identify clinical sites and preceptors.
This program prepares students to meet the eligibility requirements of the certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center after graduation.