Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health NP



With increased awareness of mental health issues in our communities today, demand has increased for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs). The Post-Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice - Psychiatric Mental Health NP program will equip you for work in various private and public settings, including health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, health maintenance organizations, and community mental health providers. This unique program will prepare you for the highest level of nursing practice and help you make a personal and professional impact wherever you go.

With a BS or BSN degree, you can advance directly into the doctoral program, bypassing the master’s degree entirely. Early entry into a doctoral program could mean entering the NP field with the ability to take a leadership role, increasing your earning capacity and contribution to the field of psychiatric mental health.

  • Online program with minimal onsite requirements, such as residencies, health assessment course, and practicum hours
  • Bypass the master’s degree and start contributing to leadership in the field earlier
  • Participate in a cross-cultural experience
  • Integrate your faith experiences into your nursing career and coursework

Career Data

  • 36.1% - Projected employment growth in US, 2016-2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $99,287 - Mean Market Salary in the US, 2018/2019 (Burning Glass Labor insights tool)


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is highly focused on developing nurse practitioners. Students in this program are prepared for the ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification examination. After meeting the eligibility requirements and successfully passing the exam, you will be awarded the credential Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (PMHNP-BC). Certified PMHNPs can also become members of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456.  Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at  

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ( IWU is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The School of Nursing is also a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties,

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
70 Total $850/ credit hour

The total cost of the program, including tuition and any fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. Payment for each course is due three weeks before the course begins. Course textbooks are not included in the costs listed above.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Program costs may change if you withdraw from the program and rejoin in a future cohort at a later date.

Payment Process

  1. Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.
  2. Financial Aid:, 800-621-8667 x2516, or NonResAid@

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email




Total - 70 Credit Hours


Below are the lists of requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice - Psychiatric Mental Health NP program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.


  • Submission of the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) Division of Doctoral Nursing application for the DPMH program.
  • International/Non-English Speaking Students - A student who is living in the United States but is not a United States citizen must submit a copy of a visa or permanent resident status during the process of application. Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For graduate students a score of at least 6.5 is required for regular academic admission. Student visas (I- 20s) are not issued for students wanting to enter the United States to enroll in programs offered for adult and graduate students.

Academic Requirements

  • Submission of transcript for a completed baccalaureate degree in nursing from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.25 based on a 4.0 scale from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours were completed.
  • GPA for conditional admission:
  • Applicants who do not meet the GPA listed in the criteria for regular admission and have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA if applying to the bachelor to DNP or graduate GPA if applying to the DNP may be conditionally admitted and allowed to take 9- credit hours of doctoral nursing courses to establish a graduate GPA.
  • Students who have earned a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 9-credit hours in doctoral nursing courses, will meet the criteria for regular admission.
  • An unsatisfactory grade (B- or lower in any DNP course) while conditionally admitted will result in administrative withdrawal from the program and denial of regular admission.
  • Students who do not earn a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 9-credit hours in doctoral nursing courses will be denied regular admission.

Professional Requirements

  • Submission of current unencumbered RN license. For new BSN graduates, this must be submitted before enrolling in the program. Proof that all nursing licenses – whether current or inactive – are unencumbered. Potential students with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Submission of resume/curriculum vitae.
  • All applicants must provide three letters of professional reference. References should be from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors, or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. These letters should be solicited from professionals who can address the applicant’s qualifications for the doctoral program.
  • Submission of a 2-3 page narrative describing practice experience and professional goals.
  • A criminal history background check (at the student's expense) must be completed upon admission to the program and will be repeated prior to the NP practicum courses.

General Information Regarding Admission

  • The Division of Doctoral Programs will request an interview with an applicant once all the admission criteria listed above have been met.
  • The number of applicants admitted to the DPMH programs will be limited. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not ensure that an applicant will be admitted to the program.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point is expected.
  • Once an application for the DPMH program has been submitted, it will remain valid for 12 months.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to nine hours of post-baccalaureate credit from a regionally accredited college or university provided:

  • The course is clearly comparable to one of the DPMH course offerings based on course description and learning outcomes.
  • The course is at the 600 or higher for any doctoral level courses and was not part of the baccalaureate degree requirements.
  • A grade of “B” or higher was earned in the course.
  • The course was completed within the past five years.
  • The course reflects current knowledge and best practice.
  • The course reflects higher order thinking, study, and assessment requirements of the scholarship of discovery.
  • Courses containing practicum requirements may not be met by transfer course (NP practicum courses, graduate level health assessment, graduate level healthcare policy, cultural healthcare and all DNP project courses). All DNP project work must be original and accomplished exclusively during IWU DNP enrollment.

Attendance Policy

The doctoral program is a blend of onsite residencies and interactive online workshops. Students are required to attend all onsite residencies and substantively engage in all interactive, online and prescribed learning activities.
Three residencies are held on the Marion campus throughout the program. Residency dates will be posted in advance. Attendance at all residency sessions is mandatory. Transportation to and from campus, lodging and meals are at the student's expense.


Residency requirements for the doctoral program is satisfied by attending three onsite residencies and one onsite intensive. Students are expected to be in attendance throughout the residency and are not allowed an absence from required workshops, events, or class sessions that are scheduled during the residency. If a student does need to withdraw from a residency, and the withdrawal date is less than ten days from the start date of the residency, residency fees are non-refundable. Business casual is the expected attire. Students are expected to follow the community lifestyle statement of the university while on campus. This includes refraining from the use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, use of firearms, and unethical or illegal activities.

  • Residency I – Orientation to the DNP Program and DNP Scholarly Project requirements
  • Residency II –DNP Scholarly Project Proposal presentation
  • Residency III – Final DNP Scholarly Project presentation and other required activities
  • DNP-793 is the culmination of the PHMNP clinical experiences and includes residency for OSCHE simulation

Progression Requirements

  • All courses must be successfully completed in the sequence prescribed by the program's requirements. Failure to successfully complete a course will result in an administrative withdrawal from the program.
  • Each course must be satisfactorily completed with a grade of “B” or above before progressing into the next course.
  • Doctoral Nursing Students will be academically dismissed upon receipt of a second unsatisfactory grade.
  • Students must maintain an RN license that is active and unencumbered at all times during enrollment in the program. Students
    must have a valid unencumbered RN license in the state(s) of the practicum sites. If students have multiple state licenses, all must be unencumbered. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the School of Nursing if the status of his or her RN license changes. Students will be administratively withdrawn from the program at any point if this status is not maintained.
  • A transcultural healthcare experience is required.
  • Students must meet all practicum agency requirements. Nurse Practitioner students must have health clearance and documentation of TB, Rubella, and Hepatitis B status; and meet any other requirements of the practicum site before any client contact. A second criminal background check and drug screen (at the student's expense) will be required for all Nurse Practitioner students prior to the first practicum course. Progression in the program is dependent on the results of the reports.
  • Any student found to have falsified practicum hours will be immediately dismissed and not allowed to re-enter.
  • Students who maintain continuous enrollment, who make normal progress toward a degree, and who earn their degree within the major program's maximum time from the date of enrollment may meet the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog under which they enrolled.

Practicum Hours

A minimum of 1000 graduate level practicum hours are required to be eligible for graduation. Practicum hours will be a culmination of practicum hours completed during the DPMH.

Practicum hours may be accrued by completion of work or projects as approved by the course faculty or the Dean of Doctoral Nursing. Further explanation of practicum hours can be found in the DNP Scholarly Project Manual and NP Clinical Guidelines.

Degree Completion Limits

The DPMH program is designed as a lock-step curriculum to be completed in approximately 48 months. The program requirements must be completed within 78 months from start date. Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment with their original cohort and curriculum will be required to join a new cohort (as space is available), meet all additional catalog requirements, DNP Scholarly Project Manual changes, NP Clinical Guideline changes, and incur any changes in program charge or cost. Any exceptions to this policy must be requested in writing to the SON Student Life Council and the Dean of Doctoral Programs.

DNP Scholarly Project Continuation

Doctoral students who do not complete the DNP Scholarly Project by the end of program course work, will be required to enroll in a one-hour DNP Scholarly Project Continuation course continuously until the DNP Scholarly Project is successfully defended. Students will pay the one-credit-hour course tuition, $500 additional DNP Scholarly Project Advisor fee, and any other required fees to maintain continuous enrollment. Each continuation course will be ten weeks in length. The maximum number of continuation courses will be seven.

Graduation Requirements

  • All credits required in the program with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
  • No grade less than a "B" in any given course.
  • Fulfillment of at least 1000 practicum hours.
  • Successful completion, defense, and submission of the DNP Project.
  • Degree requirements must be completed within 78 months of matriculation.
  • All financial obligations must be settled in order to receive a diploma.

Start Dates

Below are upcoming start dates for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact us.