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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

The past decade has witnessed efforts to destigmatize mental health while also providing greater access to lifesaving mental health services — increasing the demand for skilled mental health practitioners. This need has intensified as communities cope with the stress, depression, irritability, insomnia, fear, confusion, anger, frustration, and boredom associated with COVID-19, economic struggles, and contentious political ideologies.

The 100% online BSN-DNP program with a concentration in psychiatric mental health at Hawai‘i Pacific University can prepare you to assess, diagnose, and treat patients with mental health issues. Additionally, as a DNP-credentialed nursing professional, you can be well positioned for leadership, advocacy, or policy-related roles.

Note: Upon completion of our BSN to DNP program, the DNP degree will be awarded. This program does not lead to the MSN degree.


Online Coursework

100% online coursework with mobile-friendly delivery

Small classes with accessible faculty who care about your success and well-being

Cert exam

Prepare to pass the ANCC certification exam on your first attempt

class size

Dedicated student support from first contact through graduation

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Earn your BSN-DNP in as few as 34-44 months*

student transfer

Transfer up to 12 credits

*Full-time students take 34 months and part-time students take 44 months to complete the program.

Why earn your DNP with HPU?

Fit classes around work and family

HPU’s online DNP program is designed for working students, which means class scheduling is flexible.

Build versatile skills

Through core courses, specialized electives, and more than 1,000 clinical hours, HPU BSN-DNP students develop a strong foundation in advanced practice nursing that translates to a variety of practice settings and leadership opportunities.

Collaborate with experienced faculty

HPU DNP faculty are leaders at the local, national, and global levels. Not only are they actively practicing clinicians, they’re also doctorally educated, scholars, researchers, and skilled change agents.

Experience unrivaled student support

HPU faculty care about your well-being and are fiercely dedicated to your success from day one to long after graduation.