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BSN-DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Walsh University’s online BSN-DNP PMHNP program is designed for aspiring PMHNP’s with an active RN license and BSN degree. Gain a DNP focused on leadership skills while earning the qualifications to sit for ANCC PMH-BC or the AANP PMHNP certification exam.

Already have your MSN? Check out our PMC-PMHNP or MSN-DNP degree options and explore which program would best fit your career goals.


This online program is designed to prepare students for this advanced health care role through didactic and clinical experiences that focus on psychiatric and mental health care needs across the lifespan. 

  • Earn a terminal degree 
  • Gain more professional autonomy 
  • Fill the need for mental health practitioners 
  • Advocate for psychiatric and mental health care needs of individuals, families or groups 
  • Deliver holistic mental health care and facilitate strong therapeutic patient relationships 


Online BSN-DNP PMHNP Fast Facts 

Program Details

  • 67 credits 
  • Full-time in three years, part-time in four years 
  • Two start dates per year (fall and spring) 
  • 1,100 clinical hours 
  • Clinical placement support provided 
  • Two intensive experiences (one online, one on campus) 
  • Affordable tuition 

Admissions Requirements

  • BSN degree from an accredited school of nursing with a 3.0 GPA 
  • Current, unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license with two years of RN experience preferred 
  • Completion of an undergrad or graduate-level statistics course 
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended 
  • Resume 
  • Interview 
  • Two Letters of reference 
  • Writing sample 
  • No application fee 
Upcoming Start Dates
  • Application Deadline: July 19, 2024 
  • Start Date: Aug 19, 2024 


CCNE Accredited Online DNP-FNP Program from Walsh University in Ohio

Online BSN-DNP PMHNP Program Curriculum

Walsh's contemporary curriculum ensures students are equipped with the core competencies required to prepare for their board certification. Below is a sample list of courses you will take while enrolled in the online BSN-DNP PMHNP program. For a full list, please download a brochure.

Seminar: Care of the PMH Patient

This course is designed to address common mental health disorders encountered in outpatient mental health settings. The course will focus on the development of knowledge and skills of the PMHNP student in the management of various mental health diagnoses in the outpatient setting. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge and skills needed for health history taking, mental health assessment and disease management of patients across the lifespan.  

Seminar: Care of the PMH Patient in Crisis

This course is designed to address the management of psychiatric patients in crisis across the lifespan. The course will improve the knowledge, competence and skills of the PMHNP student in addressing various mental health diagnoses in the acute psychiatric setting. The course emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills in mental health assessment and disease management of patients in crisis across the lifespan. 

NURS 710 - Nursing Role and Ethics for the Clinical Doctorate 3 sem. Hrs.

In this course, students will explore and analyze the Doctor of Nursing Practice role. The students will understand the changing healthcare arena in which the clinical doctorate is practiced and will utilize inter-professional collaboration, systems thinking, global and population health and quality improvement/professional education to improve patient outcomes. Both the traditional and emerging roles of the Doctor of Nursing Practice will be addressed with ethical decision-making emphasized. Students will explore methods for assessing emerging issues utilizing psychosocial dimensions and cultural diversity to improve outcomes as related to population and global health. 

NURS 725 – Advanced Leadership and Management 4 sem. Hrs.

This course is designed to advance the student’s ability to use leadership and management theory in nursing practice within current and emerging organizational systems. The student will build on previous course work to further develop the DNP leadership role in these focus areas: leadership development, management of care, collaboration with other health professionals, group and team dynamics, finance, physician relations/alignment, planning and human resource management (150 clinical hours). 

NURS 730 – DNP Residency 3 sem. Hrs.

This course is designed to provide a culminating practicum experience for the DNP leadership student. Students will focus on promoting evidence-based practice as interdisciplinary team members and providing high-quality, cost-effective care in a dynamic health care environment. Emphasis is placed on further refinement of competencies related to the leadership complex issues, organizations and systems (150 clinical hours).