Psychiatric/Mental Health

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) have expert knowledge and skills essential for promoting, supporting, and facilitating optimal mental health through compassionate client-centered care. The PMHNP specialty track combines neuro-biological science and psychosocial theory while emphasizing respect for person, family, community, and culture.

As a doctoral student in the Psychiatric/Mental Health track, you will:

  • Develop skills to influence public policy through participation in professional organizations and health policy activities at the local, national, and global level.
  • Learn essential skills for psychiatric assessment, mental health diagnoses, comprehensive treatment planning, and prescriptive practice.
  • Take courses in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership.
  • Have mentoring and clinical supervision while learning and integrating interpersonal skills that are foundational to psychotherapy practice across the lifespan.
  • Complete the PMHNP track in three years, including two summer semesters. Click here for a sample Program of Study.

Certification Eligibility

Graduates are prepared to sit for the national certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Upon successful completion of the exam, candidates are eligible to become certified or licensed to practice.

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Phone: 801-587-3194

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Program Manager
Shelley Kern, MPC

Faculty Specialty Track Director
Sheila Deyette, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC