Doctor of Nursing Practice / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
East Tennessee State University

Program Details

East Tennessee State University offers a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program online, the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree.  This is a terminal degree designed for advanced nursing students that integrates specialized knowledge, theories, and research from nursing science and related disciplines for application to nursing practice.  Students gain the knowledge and skills needed to take on leadership roles in the DNP degree.

The Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration focuses on teaching nurses to provide comprehensive psychiatric-mental health care to individuals of all ages as well as to groups and families in diverse settings.  You will be prepared to work in various healthcare settings and to collaborate with others in the healthcare team to ensure your patient receives the highest quality of care with the best possible outcome.  

Upon completion of this mental health nurse practitioner program students are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner national certification examination.

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School Accreditation & Licensing

East Tennessee State University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests


Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Criminal Background Check, Essay/Writing Sample, Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s)

Additional Info

  • Requires one intensive session on campus per semester
  • Must hold an unencumbered RN license and have two or more years full-time nursing work experience
  • GRE scores waived for applicants with a 3.2 GPA or higher