Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty and Doctor of Nursing Practice

Graduate Department APRN Program


The MSN to DNP is available for currently practicing nurse practitioners who want to add the PMHNP specialty. A separate application to the DNP program and offer of admission to the DNP program is required to pursue the MSN to DNP while dually enrolled in the PMHNP program. Students who complete the PMHNP specialty courses and the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) are prepared to assume a psychiatric-mental health care provider role in the community, acute care and telemental health settings. This program will provide you with evidence based tools to diagnose and manage patients with common to complex mental health conditions throughout the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on rural health and establishing a PMHNP practice through face-to-face and telemental health delivery. A key focus area will be on mental health promotion, diagnosis and early intervention with children, adolescents and families.

Additionally graduates of the DNP will have the following outcomes. Click on the following link for the DNP role outcomes. Applicants must apply both to the DNP program and the post-master’s PMHNP specialty track. Click on the following link for DNP admission requirements.

Upon completion of the PMHNP course requirements graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.

For more information contact Graduate Coordinators

Why Choose TTUHSC?

TTUHSC is the ideal setting for providing this innovative program that incorporates telemental health through interprofessional collaboration and resources within the following Institutes and Centers:

  • F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural Health
  • F. Marie Hall SimLife Center
  • The TexLa Telehealth Resource Center
  • Center for Geriatric Education
  • Center for Global Health
  • Center for Innovation in Nursing Education
  • Center of Excellence in Evidence-based Practice
  • Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics
  • Center of Excellence for Geriatric Scholarship, Training & Faculty Development

Program Length

An individualized plan of study will be developed for those applicants who want to be dually enrolled in the Post-Master’s PMHNP program and the DNP program.

The Post-Master's PMHNP certificate for students with current certification in another nurse practitioner specialty is completed in up to 28 semester credit hours.

Program Cost

Current tuition information can be found here or by contacting Student Business Services from 8:30am-4pm CST at (806) 743-7867. Additional school fees applied may vary.

Financial Aid

Financial aid (student loans, grants, scholarships) are available upon admittance to the School of Nursing. Additional information may be found at the Financial Aid Office website or by calling 806-743-3025.