Doctor of Nursing PracticeNursing - Psychiatric / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The Doctor of Nursing (DNP) Practice Postbaccalaureate degree program at Wichita State offers nurse practitioner specializations in the areas of Adult Gerontology/Acute Care, Family, or Psychiatric / Mental Health as well as the DNP advanced curriculum.

Learn how WSU's DNP - Psychiatric / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

Applicants must have:

  • An approved graduate-level statistics course taken within the last six years
  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited school (NLN or CCNE)
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA in the following areas:     
    1. Last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
    2. All undergraduate nursing courses
    3. Any graduate-level courses taken
    4. The following four science courses: anatomy / physiology, microbiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology     

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The psychiatric / mental health (PMHNP) curriculum will prepare you for a career in the assessment, management, diagnosis and treatment of patients with psychiatric disorders and mental health problems—in mental health centers, psychiatric offices, hospitals and long-term care.

The program consists of 74 credit hours. To graduate, you’ll also complete a DNP evidence-based project and an oral defense.


A nursing degree from Wichita State will give you the knowledge and practical skills for high-paying, high-demand nursing careers in diverse health care settings such as hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, schools and government.

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