What will I learn?

Students in our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program perform many of the same duties as psychiatrists and therapists. Some of these duties include assessment, diagnosis, and management of issues related to mental health and substance abuse.

You will help a diverse range of patients, from children through older adults, who experience various psychiatric and mental disorders. In the PMHNP role, you will partner with patients and their families to promote mental health and well-being.


All Doctor of Nursing Practice tracks are offered as full-time study only.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are prepared to:

  • Take medical histories and conduct physical and psychological assessment, including ordering and interpreting psychiatric related diagnostic testing
  • Work with patients who have a number of mental health issues, including: psychosis, depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, and schizophrenia
  • Manage medications and create holistic, long-term treatment plans
  • Generate differential diagnoses and manage psychiatric and mental health problems
  • Prescribe and evaluate treatment plan (pharmacological and non-pharmacological
  • Partner with patients and families for mental health promotion and illness prevention
  • Advocate for nursing and the role of the PMHNP

Which department am I in?

School of Nursing

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
US$41,607.00 per year
USD $13,869 for Quarterly tuition fee
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

It is highly recommended that PMHNP track applicants have recent direct patient care experience of at least one year as a registered nurse in psychiatric and mental health, behavioral health, or similar care setting.

An in-process or earned bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited nursing program (a nursing degree must be completed prior to beginning your program of study)

A minimum 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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