Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post Master’s DNP) / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Idaho State University

Program Details

This Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Track allows certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) to advance their education and abilities to treat those with mental illness. Students in this program are prepared for advanced nursing practice within their specialty. The curriculum emphasizes innovation and evidence-based applications to improve healthcare outcomes.

This online Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program examines the neurobiology of mental disorders, psychopharmacology, and the role of genetics. Coursework is completed online, with clinicals able to be scheduled in the student’s local community, and a once-per-semester clinical intensive on the ISU Pocatello campus.

Classes explore topics such as:

  • Professional issues of the DNP
  • Research and practice in rural and global communities
  • Advanced leadership
  • Informational technology in healthcare

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Idaho State University is accredited by:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Requires 2-3 days on the ISU Pocatello campus each semester for clinical intensives
  • Must attend a mandatory orientation at the ISU Pocatello campus in August of the year of admission
  • Must hold national certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a current, unencumbered RN license
  • Two years of previous healthcare or nursing experience preferred but not required