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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Become part of the solution for a national health care crisis.

A student from the TCU nursing program engaged in community work

Even as the health care provider shortage improves, Americans are still struggling to access desperately needed mental health services. As recently as 2016, two-thirds of primary care physicians reported difficulty finding mental health care providers for their patients.

Our student-focused nursing faculty equips the nurses who can help solve this problem with the BSN to DNP psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. Nurses with a BSN and one year of experience can earn their DNP in just three years and make a meaningful difference in communities where mental health services are needed most.


Programs Offered


Sample Courses


  • Neurobiology of Mental Illness: Lifespan

  • Psychopharmacology for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • Complexity and Innovation in Healthcare 

Special Admission Requirements


Learn about program admission requirements at our  page.

What Sets Us Apart


  • Learn from faculty who are outstanding educators, researchers, and practitioners committed to your success.

  • Benefit from coursework delivered online through an interactive learning platform.

  • Hone your leadership skills through interaction with fellow students, faculty, and community partnerships.

  • Join the distinguished TCU alumni network.

Career Prospects


  • The PMHNP creates substantial career possibilities and will allow you to become part of the solution to a national health care crisis.
  • 111 million people live in a mental health profession shortage area, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Nursing.org lists the PMHNP as the #3 highest-paying nursing degree.