Doctor of Nursing Practice / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP)
University of Southern Mississippi

Program Details

Nurses looking to advance their career opportunities with a focus on mental health can pursue an online DNP / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Graduates are eligible to sit for national board certification.

Students gain the skills and knowledge needed to provide advanced primary and psychiatric health care to individuals and families across the lifespan in rural and community health environments. Courses examine the assessment and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, as well as the design and evaluation of interventions with groups and families. Students in the program undertake a DNP project to apply theories and concepts learned in the program.

Coursework in the Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program includes studies of:

  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Methods for evaluating evidence based practice
  • Population health and epidemiology

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by:

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

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests


Application Requirements

Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Requires one campus visit per semester
  • Must have a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from an accredited institution, including an introductory statistics course
  • Must have a current, unrestricted RN license eligible for practice in Mississippi and at least one year of recent clinical experience as an RN