DNP-Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2024

Written by: Merle Kataoka-Yahiro

NAWSON’s most anticipated DNP-Pathway is gearing up for Fall 2024 and we can’t afford to wait a second longer. Mental health has widespread impact throughout healthcare and society. As we work to break down stigma and see prioritization of mental health in the public, we know that there is still much work to be done to address complicated system issues such as provider shortages and access to care. Nurses with a passion for mental health and ready to make a positive impact through advanced practice nursing, should consider this track. The career opportunities are as vast as the mental health needs in the community – reaching across the lifespan, in a variety of settings across the continuum of care.

PMHNPs holistically care for individuals, families and populations through practice, advocacy, policy, program development and administration, research and education. The DNP-PMHNP program is a 3-year cohort model that will leverage the existing DNP foundational coursework which will develop core competencies. Holding strong to NAWSON’s reputation of developing clinically competent, caring and innovative nurse leaders, we recognize the importance of building and fostering relationships with local PMHNPs, interdisciplinary partners, and community organizations to ensure students have diverse and enriching clinical sites, preceptors, and content experts to guide their learning, unlock their potential, and inspire their practice.

Learn more about the PMHNP program online. Virtual informational sessions are being offered, starting September 1st, visit the event calendar.

If you are interested in applying, would like more information, or have ideas about the PMHNP pathway, contact Christine Loui, PMH Specialty Track Coordinator at

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