What will I learn?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track offers specialized doctoral-level training for Registered Nurses who have a bachelor’s degree to become a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The D.N.P. PMHNP program emphasizes clinical reasoning at the highest level, preparing graduates to be nursing leaders who deliver patient-centered care as members of interdisciplinary teams emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics.

The program is available in a traditional on-ground format or via distance learning option. Coursework culminates in an evidence-based DNP project that provides opportunities for innovation and collaboration in areas such as patient-centered care, system influences on care providers, and population-focused healthcare. The program can be completed in 3.5 to 4 years. A plan of study will be developed with the academic advisor to meet individual student needs.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in the School of Nursing and Health Services are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

RMU also offers students the Access to Interprofessional Mental Health Education (AIME) program, whose mission is to expand the number of psychiatric mental health care providers and educate future Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners to provide evidence-based holistic care as part of an interprofessional team to individuals of all ages experiencing mental health problems.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in the School of Nursing, Education and Human Studies are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates of the PMHNP program are eligible to take the PMHNP specialty ANCC national certification exam.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

  • Advanced Physical Assessment
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Healthcare Economics

Which department am I in?

School of Nursing, Education and Human Studies

Study options

Full Time (86 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,246.00 per year
USD $10,123 per semester
Application deadline

Expected May, November 2022

Start date

January 2022

Venue

School of Nursing, Education and Human Studies

6001 University Boulevard,

MOON TOWNSHIP,

Pennsylvania,

15108, United States

Online/Distance (86 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,246.00 per year
USD $10,123 per semester
Application deadline

Expected May, November 2022

Start date

January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

For international students

Students must have a Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university; Minimum undergraduate QPA of 3.25. If the QPA is below 3.25, the GRE or additional coursework may be recommended for admission consideration.

English Language Scores:

Testing for non-native English speakers: TOEFL - 79 iBT, 550 pBT all schools; IELTS - 7.0; Duolingo English Test (DET) – 100; PTE – 53.

Application Deadline: May 1st for Fall attendance and November 1st for Spring attendance.

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

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