About this Program

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has been developed to address a growing demand from advanced practice nurses for programming that enables them to obtain a DNP and an additional national certification as a nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health. This Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health DNP program is targeted to licensed, registered nurses with an APRN MSN who wish to gain new skills and knowledge for board certification to provide psychiatric care services as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Program Highlights

  • Learn advanced diagnostics and practice skills in psychiatric mental health.

  • Incorporate emerging care technologies into practice.

  • Prepare for a career in a growing and in demand field.

  • Full-time students complete in 7 semesters.

At a Glance
Degree Level
Degree Earned
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Registered Nurses

$73,550 Median Salary

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

$77,360 Median Salary

Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

$143,703 Median Salary

Provide advanced nursing care for patients with psychiatric disorders. May provide psychotherapy under the direction of a psychiatrist.

Nurse Practitioners

$121,610 Median Salary

Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.


What are the requirements to apply for Psychiatric Mental Health DNP at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Psychiatric Mental Health DNP should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

In addition to meeting University requirements, applicants must meet the admission criteria below.

  • Current, unencumbered license as a registered nurse (RN)

  • Master's degree in nursing or a related field from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of 3.0 grade point

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing or related field from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average

  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from a former faculty member and at least two from former employers

  • A 500-700 word essay that should speak specifically to the concentration area to which you are applying

  • Current Resume

For Admission to the Psychiatric Mental Health DNP Program

Application Deadline

September 1


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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