Doctor of Nursing Practice / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN to DNP)
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Program Details

The online DNP / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide mental health care to individuals of all ages in a variety of settings. This program is designed for nurses with a master’s degree who wish to gain PMHNP certification.

Nurses gain advanced knowledge and skills through online coursework, simulations, and supervised clinical experiences. Students learn how to conduct thorough assessment, diagnosis, and treatment plans, including in-depth understanding of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Graduates can practice in a wide variety of settings caring for patients across the lifespan in need of mental health services.

Classes examine a range of topics, including:

  • Psychopharmacology in advance practice
  • Population health in global society
  • Health and healthcare policy
  • Evidence acquisition, appraisal, and synthesis

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

GRE, Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Requires on-campus visits twice per semester during clinical courses in area of concentration
  • Must have a MSN degree from a regionally accredited program that also holds nursing accreditation through the National Accrediting Commission or the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education
  • GRE scores not required for applicants with GPA of 3.3 or higher