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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, DNP

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #801 (QS) San Francisco, CA, United States
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) plan of study in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offered by the University of San Francisco prepares registered nurses (RNs) with a baccalaureate or master's degree as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) in the PMHNP role. A post-graduate PMHNP certificate program is available for the doctorally prepared nurse.
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The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP plan of study offered by the University of San Francisco offers two options for completion, based on your level of degree upon entry. The focus is on differential diagnosis of medical disorders with psychiatric symptoms, and on medication treatment for psychiatric disorders.

As a PMHNP, you'll be:

  • Equipped to provide a wide range of services to adults, children, adolescents, and their families in primary care facilities, outpatient mental health clinics, psychiatric emergency settings, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, private practices, or in hospital or community health centers.
  • Trained to diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders or substance abuse problems. Licensed to provide emergency psychiatric services, psychosocial and physical assessment of their patients, treatment plans, and manage patient care.
  • Serve as consultants or as educators for families and staff.
  • Focused on psychiatric diagnosis, including the differential diagnosis of medical disorders with psychiatric symptoms, and on medication treatment for psychiatric disorders.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Master of Science in Nursing degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at the University of San Francisco, School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Community Health Nursing Practicum
  • Foundations of CNL Leadership
  • Introductory Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion of Families and Individuals
  • Healthcare Systems Leadership
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing I 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

    • A completed online application and fee
    • Completion of a master's degree (in any field) from an accredited institution
    • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. 
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation:
    • A professional résumé
    • Statement of professional goals
    • Documentation of RN license
    For international students only:
    • Certification of Finances form or Letter of Support
    • Bank statement(s) that indicate funds for the total costs
    • A copy of passport copy
    • English Language Exam: Official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores
    • International Transcripts: Your transcripts need to be in the original language of your university, AND in English translation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1385 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1385 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1385 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1385 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) is proud to offer a variety of ways to assist in funding your education. SONHP offers scholarships through the School and an assortment of resources for funding opportunities outside of the School. In addition to scholarship funding, students seeking Federal Financial Aid can find more information on the he University's Financial Aid webpage. A graduate education is a significant investment in your future. There are financial aid opportunities available for students. The following information describes funding resources that may be useful to your graduate studies.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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