Psychiatric – Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The Psychiatric – Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide psychiatric and mental health care to individuals and families throughout the lifespan. The course of study includes 24 credit hours of graduate nursing coursework and 22 credit hours of psychiatric nurse practitioner-specific coursework. Upon successful completion of the concentration, students are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The pass rate for the certification exam for graduates of this program has been 100% since the first class, which graduated in the spring of 2015.
After obtaining your master’s degree and certification you will be qualified to:
- Work with individuals, families, groups, and communities, across the life-span
- Offer primary mental health care services, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for acute and chronic mental health disorders
- Offer the full scope of therapeutic services, including medication management and psychotherapy
- Collaborate with other members of the healthcare team to provide the highest quality of care possible
- Work in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, inpatient, outpatient, residential, and forensic environments
Second Master’s Option
There is a second master’s degree option for this program that is primarily aimed at nurse practitioners from other specialties who wish to pursue the specialty of psychiatry. Admission requirements, as required by the Graduate School policies, are the same as the admission requirements for the program with the addition of a master’s degree in nursing. A list of pre-requisites and curriculum requirements can be found here .
Admission into the program is based on cohort groups who complete their practicum sequence together at the end of the program. Applications are due by April first for consideration for admission the following fall. A personal interview with the concentration director will be scheduled after review of the complete application. Most interviews will occur in April and May and notification of admission decisions will occur by June 15.
All applications are reviewed as they are completed. Exceptional applicants may be identified during this process and may be interviewed and admitted early. Also, part-time and transfer/second master’s students may inquire about a different start date. Such admissions are based on cohort availability and may vary as limited openings occur. Please contact the program director regarding the possibility of joining an earlier cohort.
To be considered for admission to this graduate nursing concentration, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Have earned either a BSN or MSN from an NLN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale