Doctor of Nursing Practice / Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP)
New Mexico State University

Program Details

The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty of the online Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses for advanced practice focusing on mental health issues. Students learn about best practices in research and health care quality improvement. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

The curriculum focuses on four core PMHNP competencies:

  • Advanced health assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication management

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

New Mexico State University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Program requires twice-per-year mandatory on-campus weeklong residencies.
  • Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in nursing and current, unencumbered RN license.
  • A prerequisite statistics course is required.

Restricted States

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, US Territories, International