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Combined Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health NP Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice

Students may wish to earn both a Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) simultaneously. The Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate and DNP combined option will provide a solid academic and practical foundation for Family Nurse Practice.



Admission, progression, and graduation requirements are a coordinated effort within the College of Health Professions graduate and doctoral programs. The combined Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice program is 57 credits, 24 credits/500 clinical hours for the Post-Masters Certificate and 33 credits/500 experiential engagement hours for the DNP. Students will be dual advised by the MSN-PMHNP Program Chair and the DNP Program Chair.


A maximum of six credits may be transferred and accepted for doctoral credit in accordance with the Wilmington University catalog.



Students will complete requirements for the Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate prior to completion of the DNP program, 12 months and 32 months, respectively. PMHNP and DNP courses can be completed 100% online. 


The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track prepares students to provide comprehensive mental health services to the diverse populations in inpatient and outpatient settings. Upon completion of the Post-Masters Certificate, students will be eligible for APRN licensure and national certification through the ANCC.


Admission Requirements


Students must meet admission requirements for both the Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.
Note: this program requires two applications, one to the Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate program and one to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.



*For more information regarding the Post-Masters Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner Program including application deadlines, please refer to: http://www.wilmu.edu/admission/msnpract_admission.aspx



*For more information regarding the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, please refer to: http://www.wilmu.edu/admission/dnp_admission.aspx






This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2018 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.