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Doctor of Nursing Practice – Psychiatric/Mental Health

Faculty working with Students: 28
Students: 38
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall November 15
  • Spokane: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
  • Vancouver: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • 7 IELTS Minimum score

Degree Description:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP PMHNP) is a practice-focused degree that is designed to educate advanced practice nurses to provide direct care to individual patients; manage care for individuals, families, groups and populations; serve as administrators in health care organizations; engage as faculty in nursing programs; develop and implement health policy; and translate research into expert practice.

Admission Requirements:

Click here to go to the College of Nursing’s DNP PMHNP admission requirement page.

Also, please check out the Steps to Apply page to get started today!

Student Learning Outcomes:

Click here for the student learning outcomes.

Student Opportunities:

Presently in the graduate nursing programs, 15-20 teaching assistantships per semester are available. HRSA scholarships to qualified disadvantaged full-time students, HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Traineeships, HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Funds and College of Nursing scholarships are available for application.

Career Opportunities:

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) offer primary mental health care services to individuals of all ages and families. PMHNPs assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with psychiatric disorders or those with the potential for such disorders using a full scope of therapeutic skills, including the prescription of medication and administration of psychotherapy. PMHNPs can practice in private or corporate offices and hospitals as well as consult with groups, communities, legislators, and businesses.

Faculty Members:

Burduli, Ekaterina

Location: Spokane

Chacon, Christina

DePriest, Dawn

Dotson, Joann, Ph.D.

Eddy, Linda Lee, Ph.D.

Eide, Phyllis, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Rural health, global climate change, and public health

Eti, Deborah

Fincham, Sarah J, D.N.P.

Research Interests

HPV Vaccine education and uptake
Immunization education
DNP student education
DNP project development
Communicable disease
Patient-provider communication-exploring what is most effective
Contraceptive Management
The role and contributions of the nurse practitioner in health care
Adolescent health
STD prevention and treatment
Public health

Graves, Janessa, Ph.D.

Location: Spokane

Research Interests

Pediatric injury research, health services research, head injuries in children & adolescents, occupational injuries among working adolescents, impacts of work on young people, global health.

Haberman, Melvin R, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Oncology, cancer survivorship, health-related quality of life, demands of illness, alternative therapies for cancer, mixed methods research designs.

Hoeksel, Renee Celeste, Ph.D.

Hunter, Anita, Ph,D.

Research Interests

Global health, child and adolescent health, curriculum development, organizational systems, and leadership, resilience, global health and environment

Kaplan, Louise, Ph.D.

Research Interests

ARNP prescribing of controlled substances
APRN workforce
ARNP reimbursement
DNP program evaluation
Landscape assessment of readiness for implementation of the family nurse practitioner role in Swaziland
Medical marijuana

Katz, Janet Ruth, Ph.D.

Klein, Tracy Ann, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Research Interests

Interface between public policy and prescribing patterns as they relate to practitioner, patient, and institutional factors”

Nguyen-Truong, Connie, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Cervical cancer screening health disparity

Oneal, Gail Ann, Ph.D.

Location: Spokane

Research Interests

Health literacy, risk communication and health information use, risk messages, environmental and occupational health, population health, underserved and rural populations

Postma, Julie Marie, Ph.D.

Location: Puyallup Research and Extension Center

Research Interests

Environmental health promotion, socio-cultural aspects of environmental health, environmental justice, social determinants of health

Purath, Janet, Ph.D.

Sarkinen, Bonnie

Severtsen, Billie M, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Ethical decision making in health care, life narratives of illness and quality of life, Heideggerian Hermaneutic Phenomenology, and health care policy   

Shishani, Kawkab, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Smart, Denise, D.P.H.

Location: Spokane

Research Interests

Work place safety, military health, women’s health and health and safety for disaster response workers.

Stover, Pamela, DNP

Research Interests

Geriatric mental health; vulnerable populations and mental health; therapeutic communication; dementia care; integrated mental health care

VanSon, Catherine, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Gerontology, managing chronic conditions, qualitative methods, late-in-life migration, health literacy, gero-education

Wood, Natsuko

Location: Spokane

Contact Information:

Anne Mason
WSU Health Sciences Spokane, College of Nursing
SNRS 161, 412 Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99202
Tamara Kelley
WSU Health Sciences Spokane, College of Nursing
SNRS 129, 412 Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99202