Psychiatric Mental Health NP

The University of Delaware School of Nursing DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration prepares clinicians to deliver high quality care to patient populations across the vast mental health and substance disorder continuum. By combining cutting-edge neuroscience, evidence-based practice, classical theoretical underpinnings, and innovative holistic modalities, our practitioners are dually prepared to provide both psychotherapy and medication management to promote optimal health outcomes in individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. Practitioners are prepared to tackle the latest clinical challenges in the field and to provide leadership in integrated healthcare delivery models and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Students prepare for American Nurses Credentialing Center’s PMHNP certification exam with more than 700 clinical training hours in three psychotherapeutic treatment modalities addressing individuals, families, and groups. Comprehensive role preparation is offered in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology with culturally diverse populations across the lifespan as well as the mental health and substance disorder continuum. The PMHNP concentration uses innovative teaching modalities including a hybrid delivery model, combining the benefits of technology with the benefits of human interactions with on-campus experiential intensives and cutting edge simulations with healthcare theatre students.

The University of Delaware is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to conduct practice experiences in the state of Washington for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP program.

Clinical Requirements

  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP): 81 credit hours and 1008 clinical hours (direct care: 672 /indirect: 336)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program admits students once a year. Applications and supplementary materials for admission must be submitted by February 1st for the summer/fall semester admission. Upon review, qualified applicants with completed applications will be scheduled for an interview prior to admission.

Admission Criteria:

Students will be admitted to the program based on enrollment availability, and their ability to meet the following minimum recommended entrance requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited School of Nursing (for Post-Baccalaureate Program).
  • A master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited School of Nursing (for Post-Master’s Program).
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (post-baccalaureate); a master’s GPA of 3.5 or higher (post-master’s).
  • Certification as an APRN (post-master’s)
  • Eligible for RN licensure in Delaware
  • A letter from Master’s program indicating the number of clinical hours completed.

Admission Requirements

  • A written statement of goals and objectives that clearly identifies the applicant’s career goals and how admission to the program will facilitate his or her professional objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation from an academic, employer and/or other professional source, preferably from those holding graduate degrees. All letters of recommendation should be uploaded by each reference person to the Office of Graduate Studies online application website.
  • Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam taken within the last 2 years (for non- native English speaking applicants only).
  • Copy of U.S. Registered Nurse (RN) license(s)
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.
  • A successful interview with the DNP Program Coordinator and members of the DNP Subcommittee.
  • Prior to the students first clinical course they must have completed one year of full time (or the equivalent) work experience as a registered nurse (RN).