Samford University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates to provide comprehensive mental health care to those who are in need of psychiatric services. Students learn to evaluate, diagnose, manage, and provide specialized treatment to people with mental health disorders.

Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness in a given year, and 1 in 5 youth experience a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. These staggering statistics showcase why the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration adds value to any D.N.P. advanced practice degree.

Graduates meet the eligibility criteria to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Why Samford?

Nurse practitioner students

  • Earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree online
  • Participate in cutting edge, web-based learning with clinical experiences close to home
  • Access all coursework and resources anywhere, anytime and from any internet-connected electronic device
  • Complete clinical hours in a variety of health care sites across the United States, ranging from pediatrics to obstetrics/gynecology to adult/geriatrics to emergency/urgent care
  • Receive instruction from experienced nurse practitioners and physicians who are dedicated to excellent patient care and student education
  • Receive close, personal attention from highly educated and experienced faculty who are readily available to you
  • Experience a rich tradition of high academic standards and quality education practices
  • Visit Samford's beautiful campus in Birmingham for four required sessions during the program
  • N.P. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduates are eligible to sit for the certification examination for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)


The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares you to

  • Obtain specialty certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through ANCC
  • Provide care for patients in primary care as well as assess, diagnose and treat individuals or families with psychiatric disorders
  • Identify risk factors for psychiatric and mental health disorders
  • Increase your marketability as a provider in an ever-changing healthcare climate 

Admission Requirements & Criteria

Admission Deadline

Entry Month: August
Slate Application Deadline: April 1

Admission Criteria

  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • Master's degree from a CCNE, CNEA or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) and regionally accredited program in the area of family nurse practitioner (FNP)
  • Master's degree cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • A video interview submission (a link to this site will be provided after application has been submitted)
  • American citizens or permanent residents who learned English as a second language must score at least 575 (paper) or 90 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $750 is required to secure admission to the program. This fee is applied to the first semester's tuition.
  • Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis

Application Process

Applications are submitted online through Slate.

Transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail to:

Ida Moffett School of Nursing Office of Admission
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Plan of Study