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Post-graduate psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner residency program

Thank you for your interest in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner residency (PMHNPR). This residency is designed for new nurse practitioners committed to serving the Veteran population.

Accepting applications for Mental Health Residency 2023 Cohorts starting October 1, 2022 and ending on February 1, 2023

When to apply:

  • Accepting applications October 1, 2022, 12 a.m. CST – February 1, 2023, 12 a.m. CST
    • We will not accept applications after the deadline.
    • Interviews will be tentatively conducted in March 2023.
  • Applicants will be notified if selected by April, 2023.
  • The 2023-2024 Cohort will begin on August 13, 2023 with first day on Campus being August 14, 2023.
  • If you are a current government employee, please contact Dr. Maryann Ugoh before completing your application. A conversion status change from an employee to a trainee, including changes in benefits, is required to participate in the residency programs. 
PMHNPR program mission

The mission of the MH-NPR residency program is to bridge education and practice while

transitioning novice Psychiatry Mental Health nurse practitioners into safe, competent

professionals to care for the Veteran using clinical evidence to guide practice.

PMHNPR program structure

Our residency is a 12-month program, including a four-phase curriculum model with 80% experiential and 20% didactic learning activities. In addition, our residency includes introductory rotations, core rotations, and rotations in specialty Mental Health clinics.

Rotations are primarily at the Dallas VA Medical Center and include our VA clinics. Didactic sessions include various academic and learning activities, didactic classes, and pre and post-clinical conferences for experiential learning and formative and summative evaluations.

Residents participate in an interprofessional learning environment with medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, and other interdisciplinary health care team members. In addition, residents will implement an evidence-based practice scholarly project and participate in professional development activities geared toward career advancement, networking, and building relationships within the VA health care community.

Upon completing this program, our graduates will receive a Residency Completion Certificate.

This program supports a minimum of three residents yearly.


Longitudinal activities

  • Psychiatric research/journal clubs
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Psychopharmacology education groups


Required rotation experiences

  • Outpatient mental health (longitudinal rotation)
  • VA clinics (longitudinal rotation)
  • Primary Care – Mental Health Integration (PCMHI)
  • Substance use disorders
  • Inpatient psychiatry
  • Inpatient & outpatient geriatric psychiatry


Elective rotation experiences

  • Any of the rotations above
  • MH consultation team
  • Homeless domiciliary (HDOM)
  • Trauma clinic
  • Consult liaison psychiatry
PMHNPR program goals
  • . Support professional role transition, integration, and socialization of new nurse practitioners.
  • . Provide clinical leadership at the point of Veteran care and beyond.
  • . Improve veteran access to high quality care.
  • . Recruit and retain high performing nurse practitioners within the VA Healthcare System.
PMHNPR program eligibility
  • A recent graduate (within the past 12 months or upcoming graduation by May 2023) of master's or doctoral level nurse practitioner program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • No previous experience as an NP required
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • U.S. citizen.
  • Hold current board certification in the same specialty area as the program’s focus:
    • Mental Health NP residents must hold a master’s degree or Doctorate degree with board certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
  • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a nurse practitioner in a U.S. state, commonwealth, territory or the District of Columbia, prior to the start of the NPR program.

Note: Although admission priority must be given to trainees who possess licensure and board certification at the time of program entry, the OAA Nursing Education Director may grant a “90-day grace period” to highly qualified NP residency candidate(s) whose licensure and board certification have been delayed.

Candidates must provide written assurance that they will obtain licensure and board certification within 90 days from the start of the program. If a nurse practitioner resident fails to meet board certification or licensure requirement within the 90 days since the start of the program, the trainee will be terminated from the program.

PMHNPR program benefits
  • Salary is paid by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) and rates may increase depending on the current year allocation rate. 
  • Government health care medical plan with optional dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • 10 paid holidays.
  • PTO & sick leave accrued per pay period.
  • No call or weekend shifts required.
  • 100% protected learning time.
  • Other VA unmatched benefits.

Connect with our staff:

 Maryann Ugoh portrait


Mental health nurse practitioner residency program director

VA North Texas health care


Heather Holland Skrivanek

Heather Holland Skrivanek PhD, APRN, CPNP, PMHNP-BC

Assistant clinical professor

VA North Texas health care

Current residents:

Portrait of Martin Margolis

Martin Margolis

Mental health nurse practitioner resident cohort 2

VA North Texas health care

Portrait of Nathalee Walker

Nathalee Walker

Mental health nurse practitioner resident cohort 2

VA North Texas health care

Portrait of Susana Ofori – Buadu

Susana Ofori – Buadu

Mental health nurse practitioner resident cohort 2

VA North Texas health care